The Note

The Green nod could deliver coveted ballot access in 22 states and the District of Columbia -- but even if the majority of Greens do throw their support behind NC'04, it will be but one step in a tricky process to get their names on the ballot in each of those states which include in seven battlegrounds: Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Wisconsin.

Graeme Zielinski of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel talked to David Cobb, Nader's rival for the Green Party nomination, who said it's unclear whether the choice of Camejo will be enough to persuade delegates to this week's convention in Milwaukee who want to grow the Green movement to vote for Nader. LINK

The Los Angeles Times Notes Democrats fear the NC'04 campaign will politicize the war. LINK

The Los Angeles Times reports Camejo, a first-generation Venezuelan-American who is fluent in Spanish, plans to campaign vigorously for Latino votes Republicans which could make battlegrounds like Nevada and New Mexico more battlegroundy. LINK

Nader's announcement makes his campaign realer and scarier to Democrats who are afraid he will eat into their base. LINK

Will it increase sales of Stop Nader gear? LINK

Meanwhile the independent effort to place Nader on the ballot continues. Nader-Camejo '04 spokesman Kevin Zeese tells ABC News the campaign submitted 35,581 signatures to the secretary of state's office in Springfield, Ill., today, just before 5:00 p.m. deadline. The group collected about 10,000 signatures of pad, just in case.

This afternoon Ralph Nader will hold a tete-a-tete with members of the Congressional Black Caucus where he hopes to discuss economic issues like predatory lending practices and unfairness in the criminal justice system.

ABC News Vote 2004: the battlegrounds:

Despite the protests and the project's unpopularity, the nuclear dump in Yucca Mountain continues to move forward, with Sen. Pete Domenici introducing new ideas yesterday about ways to fund the project -- all much to Nevada Sen. Harry Reid's chagrin. LINK

The story coming out of Iowa right now is the economic-development bill compromise and potential VPer Gov. Tom Vilsack's backup plan should it fail. LINK

Will Vilsack unite the legislature and save the plan? Will it help or hurt either party in the state? And will Vilsack ever get over this "embarrassing" setback? The Des Moines Register's David Yepsen sheds some light on these questions and more. LINK

The Denver Post's Susan Greene reports on the arrival of Colorado Kerry campaign Communications Director Steve Haro, the first official Kerry campaign staffer in the state. LINK

On the heels of recent visits by the President and Vice President to Nevada, Terry McAuliffe said yesterday that Sen. Kerry plans to "visit the state many times" as part of what the Associated Press predicts will be a post-convention "Nevada campaign blitz." LINK

The New Jersey legislature approved Gov. McGreevey's "millionaire tax," reports the New York Times. LINK

And today's just-released Quinnipiac poll numbers indicate they did so with 60 percent of New Jerseyans in agreement. So, in a state where the Democratic governor may be on a bit of a rebound (today's poll numbers show a net positive approval rating for the first time in 20 months) and where residents believe in taxing the rich, what are the chances it will appear red on network television maps on Nov. 2?

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