The Note

The Washington Post's Evelyn Nieves reports that Pine Ridge Indian Tim Giago has decided to drop his bid for the South Dakota Senate seat and instead endorse incumbent Sen. Tom Daschle -- a move that "represents a huge victory for Daschle, who was counting on the Indian vote." LINK

Roll Call's Paul Kane takes Note that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist seems to be doing everything he can to unseat Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle. Example? Sen. Frist's PAC donated more than $166,000 to the campaign of Sen. Daschle's Republican challenger John Thune. "Bundled contributions steered through Frist's Volunteer PAC accounted for almost 8 percent of the more than $2.2 million former Rep. Thune raised from January through March, according to Federal Election Commission reports."

Roll Call writes that since taking over as majority leader last year, Sen. Frist has used his political action group VOLPAC to raise more money than any other Congressional leadership PAC, nearly $2.8 million in 15 months.

The politics of gas:

The Rocky Mountain News' Gargi Chakrabarty reports on gas prices in Colorado, which are the highest in the state's history and causing gas retailers to blame the EPA and the EPA to blame the retailers for the sharp increases under the EPA's new summer gasoline regulations. LINK

No Child Left Behind:

New York school chancellor Joel Klein steps into Washington's debate over who should control its schools. LINK

The politics of same-sex marriage:

It seems opponents of same-sex marriage are getting desperate as it gets closer and closer to the legalization date (28 days, but who's counting?). State Rep. Emile J. Goguen, a Democrat, is sponsoring a long-shot bill to remove the four judges who ruled in favor of same-sex marriage. LINK

Courting Hispanic votes:

The Washington Times' Amy Fagan reports that 53 percent of Hispanic voters get all their news in English, while 40 percent watch both English and Spanish-language media for news. LINK


The Los Angeles Times profiles Log Cabin backer Michael Huffington, who says he will always be a Republican. LINK

The Supreme Court upheld yesterday the Texas redistricting plan, "effectively handing Republicans a victory in their efforts to maintain a GOP majority in the U.S. House of Representatives in the November elections." LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Greenberger reports the Supreme Court Monday "declined to review a lawsuit filed by Texas Democrats seeking to block a congressional redistricting plan pushed through by the state's Republicans."

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