The Note: "Yada, Yada, Yada -- and So We Go"

Jane Norman of the Des Moines Register writes up Gov. Tom Vilsack's (D-IA) moral opposition to Republican proposed Medicaid cuts. LINK


While Mayor Bloomberg dealt with criticism of questionable campaign tactics, Ferrer returned to his larger 2001 theme of "two New Yorks" yesterday, as he "worked to elevate his candidacy to a social cause" while acknowledging that defeat may be a potential outcome. LINK

The New Daily News wraps Ferrer's speech yesterday, saying that "While it's extremely unusual for a serious contender for any public office to acknowledge openly the possibility of defeat, Ferrer's supporters described the address as a candid and emotional appeal for his candidacy." LINK

As the rising cost of living and higher property taxes have put the squeeze on many Queens residents, the New York Times' Patrick D. Healy reports that some New Yorkers are "quietly seething at the incumbent," even if it may not help his challenger much. LINK

The New York Post reports that Bloomberg has turned to Magic Johnson to give his latest round of TV ads some additional, well, magic. LINK

The New York Observer asks Bloomberg: who's really in charge of Ground Zero? LINK

For the Washington Post's front page, Michael Shear and Robert Barnes report that the Republican candidate for governor of Virginia has decided not to attend President Bush's appearance in Norfolk on Friday. LINK

"The decision highlights some concerns among Virginia Republicans, who have watched nervously in recent weeks as Bush's popularity has waned and as scandals involving presidential aides and congressional leaders have dominated news coverage. Although it is unclear how the national political environment affects voters choosing who should lead their state, even small shifts are important in races that are as close as the Virginia contest."

Bloomberg's Stacie Babula looks at the mudslinging in the New Jersey governor's race and revels in the Notion that Corzine and Forrester both started out portraying themselves as "reformers who would change the state's rancid political climate." LINK

The Schwarzenegger Era:

Per the Los Angeles Times, "Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is moving to rekindle his celebrity appeal and exploit the edge of incumbency while opponents in organized labor step up efforts to discredit him and his agenda" by using tightly staged television events "in settings that fit his strategy of portraying himself as an agent of the people." LINK

The Los Angeles Times on the Governor's taped forum for Spanish-language Univision, which critics denounced for lack of balance. LINK

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Gov. Schwarzenegger has turned to town hall events on local television stations to promote his special election agenda. LINK


The Hill takes Note of one-time Bush booster Senator Santorum's (R-PA) considerably cooler relationship with the White House these days. LINK

President Carter's eldest son Jack is "pretty sure" he will run against Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) for a Nevada Senate seat. LINK

The Washington Post's Matthew Mosk covers Lt. Gov. Michael Steele's (R) formal entry into the race to replace retiring Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-MD): "Steele delivered a rousing populist speech that never mentioned his Republican Party affiliation and appeared to take swipes at both parties, including the same Washington insiders who urged him to enter the race and financed his exploratory committee." LINK

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