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But repercussions remain for McGreevey for not playing ball with the party bosses who wanted him to step aside early, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer's Tom Turcol. LINK

And don't expect John Kerry to be coming to New Jersey anytime soon, report the Trenton Times, as the politics of the state remain too volatile and awkward. LINK

Now that it looks like he'll be sticking around Drumthwacket for a little while longer, the story can devolve into sex, sex, and more sex!

The New York Post reports that "embarrassing tapes and photos" were part of Golan Cipel's alleged extortion plot. Cipel's lawyer, Allen Lowy, denied having any such document. "Never. It's absurd," Lowy said. "We haven't threatened anyone. We contemplated filing an action. After that, there were settlement discussions." LINK

Cipel responded strongly yesterday, denying accusations that he also had an affair with a male professor from Livingston, N.J. In addition, Cipel said, "I am a single person fighting a monstrous and organized machine of lies and manipulations, systematically working to destroy me," in a statement. LINK

The New York Post also has Cipel's comments. LINK

The Star Ledger calls into question the credibility on the Livingston professor who claims to have had an affair with Cipel. After reviewing police records, the Star Ledger reports that Michael David Miller, the professor, has "falsely told police he is a CIA operative and that the satellite dish on his house is used for CIA communication. In a series of phone calls to police and Essex County courts, the doctor has told a bizarre tale of an Iranian tenant he claimed would blow up the Essex County Courthouse in Newark." LINK

The New York Daily News takes a look at the once lofty political aspirations of Golan Cipel. LINK

In other New Jersey news, former Governor and Chair of the 9/11 Commission Thomas Kean announced "yesterday that he will step down as president of Drew University next spring after nearly 15 years as head of the Madison school," reports the Star Ledger. Kean said he was not stepping down for "any specific reason," saying, rather, it was just time. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: casting and counting:

The Orlando Sentinel's Gwyneth Shaw reports that "Six members of Congress asked Attorney General John Ashcroft on Thursday to investigate whether the Florida Department of Law Enforcement committed civil-rights violations in questioning some Orlando voters as part of a probe of last spring's mayoral election." LINK

Read Bob Herbert's second column about alleged voter suppression in Orlando if only to get a sense of what type of allegations are in store for November. LINK

Read carefully the FDLE's explanation for the document (already chewed over in the Florida press) that Mr. Herbert obtained.

ABC News Vote 2004: The Big Four: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Wisconsin:

"The University of Cincinnati's latest Ohio Poll out Thursday shows Democrat John Kerry and President Bush "neck and neck" — and their supporters chin to chin," reports Carl Weiser in the Cincinnati Enquirer. LINK

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Joel Dresang reports, "The Wisconsin job scene continued to improve last month as factory employment grew again and the unemployment rate dropped below 5% for only the second time in nearly three years, the state Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday." LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: the battlegrounds:

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