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The Associated Press looks at Maine's delegates to the Democratic convention and finds many are political neophytes. Glenn Adams speculates Howard Dean, Dennis Kucinich, and a "strong anti-war feeling and strong disapproval of President Bush's leadership" may explain the trend. LINK

Julie Hinds of the Detroit Free Press takes an in-depth look at the most important players in the presidential election: the candidates' kids. Hinds finds that sending the children into battle is paying off: Marquette voter Kathy Weber tells Hinds she was impressed with how "incredibly poised and very pleasant" Barbara Bush is after seeing her on the campaign trail last week. LINK

R.E.M., Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp, and others may be planning a series of politically themed concerts for the remaining three months before the election. The Detroit Free Press reported on Saturday that the rockers will visit battleground cities like Detroit and Cleveland, plus major markets like New York and Los Angeles, to raise money for the Democratic Party and increase political awareness among concertgoers. LINK

Sen. Robert Byrd has advice for Sen. Kerry about how to win West Virginia: go there and get coal "dust on his hands and on his face." LINK

If the economy is the key to the election, though, Sen. Kerry may not have to bother with the coal: the director of the West Virginia Economic Outlook Program said over the weekend that the state's "economy will grow ever so slowly over the next 10 years, at about half the rate of the national economy, as the economy continues to lose mining and manufacturing jobs." LINK

The Charleston Gazette takes a closer look at the real effects of West Virginia manufacturing industry job losses. LINK

The Huntington Herald-Dispatch finds the paradox for the presidential candidates in West Virginia is that Kerry is "trying to win a socially conservative state with a platform based on economically liberal issues and Bush trying to win an economically liberal state with a platform based on socially conservative issues." LINK

A smaller percentage of veterans in Iowa — only 7 percent — receive federal disability benefits than almost anywhere in the country, the AP reports. LINK

The Northwest Arkansas Times takes a look at what upcoming elections mean for a city's media businesses, graphics companies, and similar industries. LINK

According to the AP, a man in Minnesota was forced to leave President Bush's campaign rally in Ashwaubenon, Minn., because he was wearing a T-shirt endorsing John Kerry for president. LINK

On the Hill:

Sen. William Frist's Senate, writes Bob Novak, is in disarray:

"Senate disarray is only one part of Republican malaise. George W. Bush is viewed by his own party's loyalists as sounding an uncertain trumpet, and GOP senators marvel that John Kerry has not forged well ahead in the polls." LINK

"Frist is more pitied than condemned. He was a leading future presidential prospect a year and a half ago when he became majority leader replacing Trent Lott, who was the victim of Democratic viciousness and Bush's nonsupport. Senate majority leader may be the toughest job in Washington, lacking the Rules Committee discipline that brings order to the House, or a president's ability to hide his mistakes. The Senate leader stands nakedly open to attack, and Frist assumed the leadership with less legislative experience than any predecessor in memory."

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