The New York Daily News calls Mayor Bloomberg's push to expand the city's plan to provide health care to the poor "stealing another page from the playbook of his Democratic rival...while also giving voters less of a reason to vote for Ferrer by narrowing the policy differences between them." LINK
New York's mayoral candidates dueled over competing health care proposals yesterday, reports the New York Times. LINK
Once the informal brain trust of former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, the Manhattan Institute has been frozen out by the Bloomberg administration. LINK
The New York Post reports that, "In a rare public spat, Gov. Pataki yesterday shot down Mayor Bloomberg's pitch to replace Ground Zero's proposed office towers with housing and hotels." LINK
The paper's editorial board also slams the idea, saying "color us confused." LINK
Bloomberg gets some flack over campaign volunteers pretending to be diners at a breakfast event last month. LINK
Stephanie McCrummen reports for the Washington Post's front-page that new exurban enclaves in Virginia lean GOP, but that residents seem isolated from state and local government. LINK
Michael Alison Chandler reports for the Washington Post's Metro section that nomadic workers have converged on Virginia from this year's busy election season. LINK
The Schwarzenegger Era:
Gov. Schwarzenegger faced off yesterday with opponents of the ballot initiatives he is promoting for the Nov. 8 special election. LINK
From the Los Angeles Times: "In what was billed as a 'showdown' between Schwarzenegger and his Democratic opponents, a 90-minute public forum in a local auditorium here offered the Republican governor a chance to make a now-familiar case: that he is fighting against union propaganda, entrenched legislators and backroom deals."
With the November 8 special election just around the corner, The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Gov. Schwarzenegger seemed at ease in his first in-depth televised appeal to California voters. Said the Governor: "I'm not to the right, I'm not to the left, I'm the people's representative." LINK
The Hill reports that House Democrats are holding a closed door meeting today to come up with a new slogan for the 2006 midterm elections. According to Democratic sources the two slogans on the table are "Together, We Can Do Better" or "Together, America Can Do Better." LINK
The Denver Post writes up Vice President Cheney's fundraising on behalf of Republican Rick O'Donnell in Colorado-7. LINK
Iraq war veteran Paul Hackett made his official entry into the Ohio U.S. Senate race. LINK
Other Tuesday schedule items:
Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) discusses whether journalists should have a federal shield law at 11:00 am ET at the Heritage Foundation.
AFL-CIO President John Sweeney and NAACP Director Hillary Shelton tout the role the Employee Free Choice Act could play in "reinstating the vital democratic right of workers to form unions" at 12:00 pm ET at AFL headquarters in Washington, DC.
Justice Antonin Scalia participates in a panel discussion at The Catholic University of America's law school.
John Edwards speaks on poverty at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele (R) makes a "major announcement" regarding his "future public service" at 12:00 pm ET at Prince George's Community College in Largo, MD.