The Note

The Boston Herald's "Net Life" writer Stephanie Schorow casts an offhand eye at the linked success of Dean and LINK Hey Mr. Kiker — we truly love you, but.. Monday , you wrote:

"Shari Yost, 33, the only woman among the top candidates' finance directors" LINK Now … either you don't consider Dean a top tier candidate … or you've never met the very lovely Stephanie Schriock, finance director for Dean. (She works hand-in-hand with Mr. Grossman.)


The Norman Transcript's Sean Murphy reports that Senator Graham "will participate in an ongoing lecture series sponsored by the Oklahoma Democratic Party" on Monday. LINK


The Union Leader looks at the candidates busy 4ths of July. LINK


Ralph Nader, on a potential candidacy, on Crossfire:

"I'm considering, I haven't decided yet … it will likely be for the Green Party."

"Around Labor Day I'm going to send a progressive agenda to the Republican, Democratic Parties, not the candidates, and see how they react. We've got serious problems in this country that are being ignored, we've got serious necessities."

The House Of Labor:

Wednesday, August 6 will mark a significant turning point in this cycle's Invisible Primary. That's when the AFL-CIO executive council will meet to see whether a critical mass of their membership supports a particular presidential candidate.

The AFL's endorsement is widely credited with helping Al Gore survive the ground game in Iowa and New Hampshire in 2000.

Inarguably, in an ideal world for them, most AFL-CIO unions would support Congressman Dick Gephardt, (D-AFl-CIO). The man is literally friends with almost every union chief. He speaks labor's language; he's been just about its staunchest supporter.

But this winter, the AFL-CIO resolved not to endorse a presidential candidate unless a supermajority of its member unions (weighted by the relative proportion of their members to the AFL-CIO total) agrees to do so. A nod needs the approval of the AFL-CIO executive board, too.

A few of the big unions — the SEIU and AFSCME — have signaled they'd rather wait. If a few others follow this lead, Congressman Gephardt might not get the AFL-CIO's nod in August.

He may well get it later — time, and the dynamics of this race, will tell.

Labor politics are infinitely complex, and sources close to everyone involved — the unions, the AFL, the campaigns — agree that no scenario is a done-deal.

We'll point out, as will Congressman Gephardt's campaign, that five unions have already ignored the AFL-CIO's "endorse as one" dictum and chose Gephardt separately.

(Our longtime readers do not need a rehash of the Gerald McEntee/Kerry campaign flirtation — the McEntee/Rosenthal money tussle — the dawning power of SEIU's Andy Stern … etc … )

On Tuesday, August 5, the AFL-CIO will host a presidential candidate's forum at the Navy Pier.

You can bet that the new worker's pay/comp rule reclassification being promulgated by the Department of Labor will be bugbear numero uno. (We'd bet health care will the biggest forward-looking issue subject to debate).

Here's an AP story: LINK The NEA's six-day annual conference kicked off in full New Orleans swing. LINK

Big Casino budget politics:

The AP's Alan Fram has some bad news. LINK "A liberal advocacy group and an investment bank are projecting federal deficits over the next decade exceeding a staggering $4 trillion."

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