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Hauling a slice of a 420-year-old Douglas fir to downtown Charleston, W.Va., yesterday to protest Bush Administration forest policies, members of the Ancient Forest Roadshow are traveling the country to raise public awareness of threats to public forests. LINK

On the Hill: The Washington Post 's Helen Dewar reports "Democrats yesterday blocked the appeals court nomination of former Interior Department solicitor William G. Myers III, rekindling the Senate's bitter struggle over President Bush's judicial choices just before the two parties' national conventions." LINK

"Senate Democrats on Tuesday used a filibuster threat to block yet another of President Bush's judicial candidates, asserting that William G. Myers 3rd, a longtime lobbyist for large ranchers and mining interests, was unsuited to be a federal judge," reports Nick Lewis of the New York Times . LINK

The Washington Times ' Charles Hurt reports that another vote has been scheduled on Judge Henry W. Said, a nominee to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals — also expected to be filibustered. LINK

Conservatives say that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is committed to using a controversial procedural tactic that would rewrite the chamber's filibuster rule, Alexander Bolton of The Hill reports. LINK

Roll Call reports Senate Republicans scheming a "major floor action" to end judicial filibusters led by Democrats. LINK

Independent Senator Jim Jeffords will fundraise for Dems in Boston. LINK

"House panel gave initial approval to a $128 billion domestic-spending bill that would shift billions of dollars from space, science and environmental programs to shore up funding for veterans' medical care, a major political issue this election year," reports David Rogers of the Wall Street Journal .

Georgia and North Carolina primaries: Dick Pettys of the Associated Press reports that Rep. Johnny Isakson will face either Rep. Denise Majette or businessman Cliff Oxford in November — Majette and Oxford are going to a runoff race for the Democratic nomination. In North Carolina, Former Charlotte Mayor Richard Vinroot and former state Senator Patrick Ballantine will compete in a runoff for the Republican gubernatorial nomination to oppose Gov. Mike Easley in the fall. LINK

In Georgia: Isakson advances cleanly; the Democrats face a run-off. LINK

The Los Angeles Times provides a nice wrap of yesterday's primary news out of Georgia and North Carolina, complete with Gov. Sonny Perdue's prediction that Georgia will soon be represented by two Republicans in the United States Senate for the first time in history. LINK

The Charlotte Observer's Jim Morrill reports that there will be runoffs in the 5th and 10th districts in North Carolina after some crowded and close primaries yesterday. LINK

The Raleigh News and Observer's Amy Gardner and Dan Kane report that former Charlotte Mayor Richard Vinroot and former state Senator Patrick Ballantine finished "virtually tied with 30 percent" each in yesterday's Republican primary, and they will now face off in an Aug. 17 runoff. LINK

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, last night Cynthia McKinney called her primary victory "one of the greatest political comebacks in history" while Johnny Isakson "cruised to victory without a runoff" in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. LINK

Elections in Georgia — who's headed for a run-off, who isn't. LINK and LINK

Lots more in Georgia, county by county. LINK

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