ABC News' The Note: First Source for Political News

Today, RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie will proclaim the upcoming convention the most diverse in the party's history . . . but Floridians will have to take his word for it. "Citing privacy and security concerns, Florida Republicans are refusing to make public a list of delegates who will attend the convention later this month." LINK

"Several Colorado delegates to this month's Republican National Convention are questioning Bill Owens' leadership of the party's platform committee, saying the governor doesn't represent their 'pro-family' values," writes Susan Greene of the Denver Post. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: the Senate: The AP's Maura Kelly Lannan reports "Illinois Republican leaders asked two-time residential hopeful Alan Keyes on Wednesday to be their Senate candidate, but like a string of previous possibilities, Keyes said he needed a few days to think about it." LINK

House Speaker Dennis Hastert's support might have been what punched Keyes' ticket. LINK

A week later, Tina Brown is still in full-blown Obama swoon. LINK

Cindy Adams says that Barack Obama's book will be re-released. LINK

Pete Coors and Bob Schaffer play a game of who's more conservative. Think they're playing to their base? Check out the article from the Aspen Times' Scott Condon. LINK

Curtis Krueger of the St. Petersburg Times Notes that Karen Saull's "unusual" Florida Senate campaign has come to an end. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: the gubernatorial races:

Republican and gubernatorial candidate in Missouri Matt Blunt has thrown down a "go time" challenge to Democrat Claire McCaskill. He'll debate "any time, any place to shed light on the 'stark contrasts' between them," writes Terry Ganey of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "Great," McCaskill replied. "Let's have six." Taking a page from the BC04 playbook, Blunt is already trying to paint McCaskill as a "career liberal politician." McCaskill, who now holds the Post of state auditor, is of attacking the fresh-faced Blunt, who now holds the Post of secretary of state, as short on experience. LINK

Kit Wagner of The Kansas City Star Notes it was the rural vote that cinched the victory for McCaskill — who snatched the nomination from incumbent Gov. Bob Holden, who grew up in the Ozarks. LINK


Chris Brennan of the Philadelphia Daily News reports Democrats are feverishly testing Nader's signatures to beat the Monday, 5 p.m. deadline. "Fifty Democratic volunteers started working in shifts yesterday at the City Commission office, building the case for a Commonwealth Court challenge to Nader's spot on the ballot. LINK

The AP Notes musician Vedder supported Nader in 2000. LINK

Presidential campaigns come and go but for Nader the Good Fight remains. The Toledo Blade reports, Ralph Nader has made a written appeal to Toledo Mayor Jack Ford to save a small mom and pop auto repair business from eminent domain and a Daimler Chrysler plant in North Toledo. LINK


Libertarian presidential candidate Michael Badnarik tells 20 members of the Hastings Rotary Club the first thing he'd do if elected is to abolish the Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Reserve, the North American Free Trade Agreement and the U.S. Department of Education, "saying they're all sucking away people's hard-earned money," reports Brad Buck of the Palatka Daily News. LINK

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