The Note

We expect to see a lot more of the California GOP's field-clearing strategy leading up to next weekend's party convention.

The media savvy Maria Shriver didn't grant an interview for this Los Angeles Times look at her emerging public campaign role, but was kind enough to provide the names of people who would speak about her. LINK

"Now, after several weeks of being the offstage actor — nowhere on the campaign trail but a constant presence at her husband's campaign office, weighing in on key decisions including the hiring of senior staff — Shriver is embarking on a more public role."

The Los Angeles Times explores how Hollywood demographics are playing into the Schwarzenegger fundraising strategy. LINK

"'Hollywood North' — the high-profile cluster of show business players in Santa Barbara and neighboring Montecito — has turned into a surprising pocket of strength for the Arnold Schwarzenegger campaign, while would-be industry supporters in Los Angeles still are getting their act together."

We're not sure what is so surprising about it, but nonetheless reporters assigned to the Schwarzenegger campaign must be looking forward to the $5,000 per head fundraiser at Ivan Reitman's Montecito home. And for those of you wondering what's up with that Oprah interview …

"Meanwhile, another Montecito dweller, TV talk-show host Oprah Winfrey, has been courting Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, both longtime friends, for a possible September appearance on her program. A mid-campaign turn on "Oprah" might rival the effect of Schwarzenegger's bombshell launch on Jay Leno's late-night program: It would let him speak directly to a largely female audience at a time when his behavior toward women has become a hot-button campaign issue."

"'We're in discussions with Arnold and Maria about coming on the show, but we have nothing to announce at this time,' Winfrey spokeswoman Lisa Halliday said Friday."

The New York Daily News' Jane Furse reports which way Hollywood money is flowing among the replacement candidates. LINK

"Hollywood's dollars have gone instead to political columnist Arianna Huffington, who pocketed $2,000 and $5,000 from 'Mad About You' star Paul Reiser and 'West Wing' creator Aaron Sorkin, and $21,000 or more from Miramax honcho Harvey Weinstein and 'Seinfeld' co-creator Larry David."

The New York Post describes an "angry Arnold Schwarzenegger" responding to Governor Davis' making fun of his accent. LINK

California recall, immigration, race, and accents:

The Los Angeles Times' Teresa Watanabe on the constant theme of immigration issues in California politics. LINK

"Nine years ago, California politics featured a raging debate over excluding illegal immigrants from public schools and hospitals. Today, the divisive question is whether to give them driver's licenses."

"The gap between the two issues underlines a central fact of the state's politics: Immigration and its consequences remain topics of intense debate, but the ground has moved."

The San Francisco Chronicle reports on the candidates' efforts to court the Latino vote. LINK

"With a month to go before the election, Davis and candidates on the replacement ballot spent Sunday making carefully scripted pitches about immigration and other racial issues as they sought to attract support from Latinos and other minority groups that could swing the outcome."

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