The Note

Governor Dean continues his Sleepless Summer Tour today. Dean will host an economic town hall forum at the West Central Community Center in Spokane, Washington. He will then head to Austin for a fundraiser and then on to San Antonio for a rally with supporters. The tour wraps up tomorrow in Chicago and New York City. He has no public events scheduled until he's in New Hampshire on Saturday and Iowa on Sunday.

Senator Edwards' Real Solutions Express is in New Hampshire again this morning. He'll stop by the Corner View restaurant in Concord this morning before flying south to Charleston, South Carolina, for a town hall meeting. Edwards makes stops in Columbia and Greenville, South Carolina, tomorrow.

Congressman Gephardt will address the Communication Workers of America's convention in Chicago today.

Senator Lieberman will go to a happy hour tonight with young professionals at the Arch Street Tavern in Hartford, Connecticut. He will address the Communication Workers of America's convention in Chicago on Tuesday and also attend a reception for donors at a private home in Glencoe, Illinois. On Wednesday, Lieberman will meet with local activists and tour a textile plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Ambassador Braun will campaign in Miami today and hold a voter registration event for workers and members of the Service Employees International Union at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. Later in the day, she will coordinate voter registration with the Miami-Dade NAACP in a south side neighborhood.

Congressman Kucinich will address the Communication Workers of America's convention in Chicago today. He goes to Pittsburgh tomorrow for the United Electrical Workers Union convention. On Thursday, he will attend the Wisconsin Corn Roast hosted by Congressman Ron Kind at the La Crosse County Fairground. He'll be in Cleveland for the Labor Day parade on Saturday and in Iowa on Sunday for Labor Day picnics.

Reverend Sharpton will hold a press conference this morning outside of City Hall in San Francisco after a meeting with Mayor Willie Brown. Sharpton will speak out against the recall and Proposition 54. He'll be in Los Angeles on Tuesday, in Miami on Wednesday, keynote a meeting of the Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project in Houston on Thursday, and campaign in South Carolina for the weekend.

Senator Graham has no public events scheduled for today or tomorrow. He will hold a meet and greet on Wednesday in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Two bombshells this weekend in the California recall:

--Businessman Bill Simon's decision on Saturday to drop out of the race

--A Los Angeles Times poll shows Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante leading Arnold Schwarzenegger in the recall, and a large number of Californians against the measure.


--Looking ahead, the California Labor Federation holds a special convention tomorrow to decide what they will do about the recall — stick with Davis or endorse Bustamante.

--Arianna Huffington goes on the air this week with 30- and 60-second spots in cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, and San Jose, according to a campaign release.

The rest of the political world, in other news:

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