ABC News' The Note: First Source for Political News

The New York Times ' Ian Austen Notes the warm welcome a group advocating for marijuana law reform has unexpectedly given the Republicans. LINK

Hot off the presses from a RNC press release: "Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie and Bill Harris, CEO of the 2004 Republican National Convention, today announced a second group of entertainers who will perform in New York City during the 2004 Republican National Convention. Country music superstars Brooks & Dunn, Grammy Award-winning Country singer Lee Ann Womack, Latin Grammy Nominee Jaci Velasquez, Grammy Award-win ning rock band Third Day, the inspirational Gracie Rosenberger, rock band Dexter Freebish, Country star Darryl Worley, and Grammy Award-winning Donnie McClurkin join a previously announced lineup of entertainers who will take the stage at Madison Square Garden."

Note to Mayor Bloomberg and Ed Skyler: a Boston Globe survey found that Mayor Menino got high marks. LINK

Republican National Convention: the media:

The Sheekey Bridge is about to experience tens of thousands of journalistic feet traipsing back and forth across Eighth Avenue.

But, as you no doubt recall, New York's original plan for 2004 would have already put the Sheekey bridge to a test had the city won both political conventions this year as Mayor Bloomberg had wanted.

What would the bridge have looked like for the Democratic convention, you ask? The Note obtained an exclusive look at a rendering from the 2002 host city bid submitted by New York to the DNC and the blue wrapped walkway full of Democratic pride would clearly have been the centerpiece of the Democratic convention much as the current incarnation will be the focal point of next week's activities.

Here is your exclusive look at a rendering from the 2002 host city bid submitted by New York to the DNC: LINK

A brief reminder to our fellow convention covering journalists: You know what today is, right? Of course you do! It's the fist day you can pick up your credential for the "Official Media Welcome" party to be held Saturday night at the Time Warner Center.

So, head on over to the Hotel Pennsylvania at 33rd & 7th to pick up your credential because without it, you aren't getting in!

ABC News Vote 2004: Bush v. Kerry:

The Wall Street Journal 's Chris Cooper has a boffo look at the efforts to get soldiers serving in Iraq to vote and writes that, based on anecdote and a single, loose poll, "some unease over the post-war occupation of Iraq suggests that Democratic nominee Senator John Kerry might have his own following among the rank and file, even if the upper ranks remain a Republican redoubt."LINK

The New York Times ' Steven Greenhouse leads his preview of new overtime rules by citing Kerry and union critiques and reports that the AFL-CIO will hold a news conference today claiming the rules are a gift to corporations "that will cut the paychecks of millions of Americans." LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Ron Brownstein laments the campaign's focus on the past and hopes for a debate about the future will emerge. Be sure to Note Brownstein's reporting on the president's convention speech breaking ground and his heads up about the Census Bureau report due out this week. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin:

Boca Pointe is the Florida of Florida: LINK

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