ABC News' The Note

The former head of a Republican consulting group pleaded guilty yesterday to jamming Democratic telephone lines in several New Hampshire cities during the 2002 general election which included the closely watched U.S. Senate race between outgoing Gov. Jeanne Shaheen and then-Congressman (and winner) John Sununu. LINK

Get the down low on all the "interesting people" the Bush and Kerry campaigns will be bringing to New Hampshire in the next few weeks, which potentially include Wesley Clark, Karl Rove, Tommy Thompson, and Jim Tobin. LINK

In Santa Fe, New Mexico, business interests are preparing for the next round in their legal fight to overturn Santa Fe's minimum-wage ordinance. LINK "GOP or Democrat? Voters saying 'nunya'" reads an article detailing how one quarter of the 38,621 new voters registered in New Mexico signed up without as neither Democrats nor Republicans nor Greens, according to the New Mexico Secretary of State's Office. LINK A petition signed by 244,587 people in the bid for a fall ballot measure to ban same-sex unions set records as the most signatures ever collected for a single ballot measure in Oregon. LINK

This Fourth of July holiday weekend brings Pennsylvania residents an extra dosage of American

Politics:

Vice President Dick Cheney campaigns in Oakland on Sunday and Senator John Kerry rallies with supporters Monday at a barbecue in Fox Chapel. LINK The Associated Press reports there is shock in Maine today after a newly released poll said Senator Kerry is neck-and-neck with the president among likely voters. Surveys taken in the spring showed Kerry with a 10-13 point lead over Bush in the state that Vice President Gore narrowly won in 2000. LINK By participating in the conference call attacking Kerry from his office in the state Capitol, Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn's natural resources adviser "might have crossed ethical lines," reports the Reno Gazette-Journal. Guinn's spokesman admitted the call fell into a "gray area," but insists there was nothing unethical. LINK

The Yucca debate continues in Nevada, with the government scheduled to make 1.2 million documents related to the project publicly available today. "To dramatize the immense volume of papers, the department said the documents, if stacked in one pile, would be as tall as an 18-story building," reports the Associated Press. LINK

With an economy that is stronger that its neighbors, Washington State is in a period of slight population growth. LINK

Dow Chemical's plant in South Charleston, W. Va. laid off more workers on Wednesday, according to an unconfirmed report in the Charleston Gazette. LINK

Employees at Charleston's Goodrich factory will be returning to work today after a 17-day strike ended yesterday. LINK

The Canton Repository continues its slow roll-out of the results of its Stark County poll, with today's numbers showing health care is an important issue to the battleground county's voters, but that opposition to gay marriage runs high among residents as well. LINK

At the same time, the Repository ed board takes its readers to task for having an overly gloomy view of the region's economy. Yes, recently announced plant closures will mean the loss of 1,700+ jobs, but the editorial Notes that a new nonprofit partnership plans to build an industrial park in Canton that could eventually attract 2,000 jobs to the area. LINK

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