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Peter Frampton's concert/fundraiser in Cincinnati yesterday on behalf of the Kerry campaign demonstrates "the growing visibility of Democratic fund-raising efforts in Cincinnati, a town much better known as one of the most productive Republican money machines in the country." LINK

As if the importance of issues like outsourcing and free trade in Ohio wasn't already clear, yesterday's move by Ohio Sen. George Voinovich (who, it should be Noted, is up for re-election) must confirm it. Speaking on the Senate floor, the Republican took a "jab" at the President on trade, accusing him of failing to "take any significant action" to prevent Ohio from "bleeding jobs." LINK

Particularly at issue for Voinovich is the Administration's failure to "enforce existing trade laws and stop China from manipulating its currency" — positions which put Voinovich squarely in line with Sen. Kerry. LINK

With the average Arkansas teacher making only $37,536 during the 2002-2003 school year, teacher salaries in Arkansas are slowly growing, but remain low in comparison to those in most states. LINK Plus, Arkansas spends less money on education than almost any other state. LINK

New Mexico's teacher salaries rank as the 46th lowest in the nation for 2002-2003, a slight drop from its unimpressive 42nd finish the year before. LINK

New Hampshire delegates to the DNC will defend the state's early primary to any skeptics they meet in Boston. Their strategy? "More chitchat than hard-charging," the AP reports. LINK

"Fill 'er up" seems to be the sentiment of New Hampshire tourists who are not being deterred by the statewide average gas price of $1.91 per gallon, reports the Dover Foster's Democrat. LINK

Sen. John Kerry holds a slim lead over President Bush in Minnesota and Iowa though Bush is slightly ahead in Wisconsin, according to a poll of voters in the three states by the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute. LINK

RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie went to Minnesota yesterday to attend one of 6,800 simultaneous nationwide house parties sponsored by grassroots activists in the campaign to reelect President George Bush. LINK

Mere months before a tight presidential election, Minnesota's Secretary of State is defending her hopes to install a new $4 million computer voter-registration system that was tested for the first time only two weeks ago with favorable results, the AP reports. LINK

The tobacco buyout is the front page news in the Raleigh News & Observer. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: the Senate::

Well, there goes another one perhaps. The Chicago Sun-Times' Scott Fornek reports on an investigation into the behavior of Dr. Andrea Grubb Barthwell, one of the possible replacements for the GOP Senate nomination, substantiating charges about "'lewd and abusive behavior' by joking about the sexual orientation of an underling at an office party." Fornek writes that members of the Republican State Central Committee "were split on whether the incident would hurt Barthwell's chances." LINK

Mark Couch and Karen Crummy of the Denver Post look at the campaign finance reports of the contenders for Colorado's open U.S. Senate seat, Noting that brewing executive Pete Coors and state Attorney General Ken Salazar have brought in the most money. Salazar raised $2 million in the last quarter, with $1.6 million on hand. Coors has raised $1.6 million since getting into the race in April, and has $787,000 on hand. LINK

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