The Note

The Bush campaign retools their ad line-up to tout the President's education record (in English) and knock Kerry's education record (in Spanish). The campaign also returns an older ad to the air to beat up on Kerry for being a waffler.

By the numbers …

--2 new Bush ads on education: one touting his record and another (in Spanish) knocking Kerry's record

--1 Bush ad calling Kerry not-so-decisive --2 Kerry ads promoting his life story --4 anti-Bush Administration ads by outside groups --2 pro-Bush Administration ads by outside groups --2 ads by the New Democrat Network continuing to plug Hispanic unity behind Democrats

Veepstakes: Pat Healy of the Boston Globe vets Gen. Wesley Clark as the number 2 on the Democratic ticket and points out signs that Senator Kerry is looking more closely at the four star general than previously thought. LINK

Check out this blunt Nedra Pickler sentence: "Clark's standing also is not helped by Kerry advisers' belief that the former general helped spread rumors that Kerry had had an affair with a young woman." LINK

Check out the sourcing on this Adair/Smith story on Sen. Bob Graham's veepstakes activity. LINK

" … . it is known that representatives of the Kerry campaign have received records concerning Graham."

BUT — and this is an excellent example of good supply-side reporting — "The Kerry campaign has not visited two libraries that contain a wealth of information about Graham: No one has requested Graham's gubernatorial papers recently at the state archives in Tallahassee and no one has examined the legislative papers that are kept at the University of Florida." LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: the battlegrounds: The lead headline of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette goes to Rumsfeld, but Sen. Kerry's visit to Little Rock made it above the fold … however it was on Iraq, not health care. LINK

The New York Times' Elisabeth Rosenthal recently spent some time in a St. Louis suburb chatting with likely voters. We wonder how long it will take the Kerry campaign to contact Mr. Femmer. LINK

"Voters are waiting to be wooed, a task that almost all say the Kerry campaign has not really started yet. 'My vote is there to be won,' said Damon Femmer, 49, an architect who voted for Mr. Bush in 2000 but said he was dissatisfied with him because of a war he had come to see as dishonest and pointless."

About 500,000 Hispanic adults remain unregistered in Florida, according to estimates. LINK

AP reports that Minnesota's finance commissioner says that next year's state budget deficit could be $1.1 billion — much higher than the $160 million shortfall this year and the $441 million deficit forecasted for next. LINK

Eric Gorski of the Denver Post reports that Bishop Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs has issued a letter to the 125,000 Catholics under his domain that they cannot receive Communion if they vote for politicians who support abortion rights, stem-cell research, euthanasia, or gay marriage. LINK

"In an interview Thursday, Sheridan said he chose those issues because the church considers them 'intrinsically evil.'"

The New York Times has the story too. LINK

Dave Hogan of the Oregonian reports that the authors of a ballot initiative to ban same-sex marriage can begin gathering signatures next week, leaving them six weeks to collect 100,840 valid names before the July 2 deadline. LINK

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