The Note

The Arizona Republic reports that according to the Rocky Mountain poll, done by the Behavior Research Center, only 35 percent of Arizona Latinos hold favorable opinions of Bush's job performance, down from 60 percent one year ago. This downward slide held true across all age, income, and education groups. LINK

In the midst of the storm of 9/11 controversy, undecided voters in swing states say they are feeling less certain about which candidate they should support, reports Kate Zernike of the New York Times. LINK

Bob Withers of the Huntington Herald-Dispatch writes on Bush's upcoming visit to the state of West Virginia Friday, where he will follow a long list of other presidents who visited the region while campaigning. LINK

The Santa Fe New Mexican's Steve Terrell Notes that, after 10 tumultuous months as New Mexico's chairwoman of the state Republican Party, Ramsay Gorham stepped down from her party position yesterday and announced she was withdrawing her re-election campaign for the state Senate seat she's held for eight years. Gorham said in a statement that she is stepping down to attempt to ensure GOP unity in the election year. LINK

Bart Jansen of the Portland Press Herald reports on a local Maine man who told the story of his layoff from a paper mill at a Capitol Hill rally during the culmination of an 18-city bus tour sponsored by the AFL-CIO to highlight job losses nationwide. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: the Senate:

The Palm Beach Post reports that Housing and Urban Development Secretary-turned Florida Republican Senate Candidate Mel Martinez raised a record $1.7 million during the last three months. LINK

The Miami Herald Notes "Martinez's closest money-race rival, former U.S. Rep. Bill McCollum, reported his 'strongest quarter to date,' but provided no final tally. His previous best was $524,000." LINK

"McCollum's campaign said it's not fazed by Martinez's money-raising prowess, noting that several polls of likely primary voters show Martinez as far as 20 points behind McCollum, who lost a 2000 bid for the U.S. Senate to Bill Nelson."

The Tampa Tribune writes, "Many Floridians have seen little of the race to succeed retiring Sen. Bob Graham, D-Miami Lakes, but the latest quarterly fundraising reports from Martinez and others show the candidates fighting for position in the advertising blitz that lies ahead." LINK

"Florida is one of seven states with Senate races that feature no incumbent. Both major parties promise to put extensive resources into all of them, but Florida's position as the biggest electoral battleground state -- and the emotional residue of the 2000 presidential election - ensure it will get special attention."

Liberal talk radio and liberals:

Al Gore was on Air yesterday; Sen. Clinton is expected today.

Howie Kurtz basically spent the day listening for the word "penis." LINK

Alessandra Stanley of the New York Times asks 'where is the rage' in her review of Air America's first day on the air. She Notes Al Franken was "subdued" and, "at times, defensive." LINK (We bet Richard Viguerie feels vindicated!)

The New York Daily News reports the Air America "network signed on with five stations, in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland and San Bernardino, Calif. Officials say they will be in San Francisco next week and hope for another "20 or 30" markets soon. It is also heard on XM satellite radio." LINK

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