ABC News' The Note: First Source for Political News

Leigh Strope of the AP looks at the new overtime laws taking effect on Monday. "The Labor Department says as many as 107,000 workers could lose overtime eligibility under its new rules, but about 1.3 million will gain it. The Economic Policy Institute, a liberal Washington think tank, says 6 million will lose, and only a few will get new rights to premium pay for working more than 40 hours a week." LINK

From the outside:

The Media Fund will announce today that Steve McMahon, Mark Squier and John Donovan will be their principal media firm for the two months leading up to the election. M and S were top advisers to Howard Dean (along with a globetrotting T). Donovan is a New York-trained whiz who's done ads for many Democratic Senators.

ABC News Vote 2004: the Senate:

Charlie Cook reports in National Journal on the "teetering" dominoes in the Senate. Arguing the odds in three Senate races have changed over the past few months: Oklahoma, South Carolina and North Carolina, with the five other Senate races looking like cliff hangers (Florida, Colorado, Louisiana, Alaska and South Dakota) . Note: "In 2000, tight races broke overwhelmingly in favor of Democrats."

According to the Chicago Tribune's Long and Parsons, Republican candidate for Senate from Illinois Alan Keyes was met with a lukewarm reception at Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair yesterday — the day following Democrat Barack Obama was greeted by his party at the same fair as if he was Elvis or something. LINK

It was a rough day for both Senate candidates from Illinois yesterday apparently. Colleen Mastony of the Chicago Tribune writes that Barack Obama was also met with an un-enthused response at the annual meeting of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police Thursday. LINK

Nader-Camejo '04:

Allison Benedikt The Chicago Tribune reports Ralph Nader's petitions flunked their validity test in Illinois Thursday, where a State Board of Elections unanimously found the independent candidate should not make the ballot because many of the addresses of petition signers did not match their addresses in voter registration records. Nader's attorney argues there are better ways to confirm signatures, as many of the independent candidate's supporters are young and transient. But the state review board does not have the last word — a federal judge does. That ruling is scheduled for Monday morning. LINK

Shea Anderson of the Albuquerque Tribune Review reports the Nader Factor (LINK) hits the airwaves Monday in Albuquerque and Wisconsin with their ad linking Nader and the GOP. "It's got to be one of the strangest alliances in the history of American politics," say David Jones, a former Democratic fund-raiser and anti-Nader guru. Arizona Republican State Senator Rod Adair — a Republican — recently included a copy of a Nader ballot petition in an e-mail newsletter he sends to about 24,000 supporters. Adair said he is defending the right of an independent to get on the ballot. In 2000, Al Gore won New Mexico by a measly 366 votes over Bush. Nader received 3.6 percent of the vote in New Mexico in 2000. LINK

Will the Nader Factor's Bush/Nader 04-logo campaign have legs?

The AP Notes legal proceedings to review Nader's status in Pennsylvania have been set for Sept. 3. There will be four or five separate hearings. LINK

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