The Note: (F.B.)I. Spy

The New York Post has Secretary Rice repeating her lack of interest in running for president: "I've spoken to this. I know what I'm good at, I know what I want to do, and that's not it." LINK

Gov. Mitt Romney's (R-MA) press secretary had no immediate comment after the Governor was booed on stage following his remarks on the educational racial divide in Massachusetts. LINK

The Boston Herald has more on the "loud boos and polite applause." LINK

While speaking about MLK's legacy, Sen. George Allen (R-VA) touted his education initiatives, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. LINK

2008: Democrats:

The Washington Post's ed board salutes ex-Gov. Mark Warner (D-VA) for putting the controversy surrounding Roger Keith Coleman's guilt or innocence to rest. LINK

In his State of the State address, Gov. Richardson plans to lay out the details of his minimum-wage proposal. LINK

If New Mexico raises its minimum wage above the federal minimum of $5.15 an hour, it would be the 18th state to do so.


Former Gov. Tom Kean's son has an 11 point lead over Congressman Robert Menendez (D) in the New Jersey Senate race, according to a poll released by Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind Poll. LINK

With $4.3 million raised over the past year and $4.9 million in cash on hand (far more than previous gubernatorial candidates), the AP reports that Baltimore's Democratic Mayor is in the running to replace Gov. Bob Ehrlich (R-MD). LINK

Ehrlich will announce his fundraising numbers later today.

The New York Times wraps many fundraising figures for statewide candidates in New York including Eliot Spitzer's impressive $19.1 million on hand heading into the election year. LINK


The New York Daily News on Spitzer's coin. LINK

In his State of the State address tonight, Gov. Jim Doyle (D-WI) is expected to announce plans to bring 10 percent of the stem cell research market to Wisconsin by 2015. LINK

The State's Lee Bandy gives us a quick tour of Gov. Mark Sanford' (R-SC) fundraising efforts. LINK

Sanford is set to give his fourth State of the State address on Wednesday. LINK

Dean's Democrats:

In light of the less than stellar reviews Democrats received during the Alito confirmation hearings, former Lieberman communications director Dan Gerstein takes to the op-ed page of the Wall Street Journal to fire up the liberal base vs. the "mainstream" center debate which often dominates the Democratic Party.

"We think that if we simply call someone conservative, anti-choice and anti-civil rights, that's enough to scare people to our side. But that tired dogma won't hunt in today's electorate, which is far more independent-thinking and complex in its views on values than our side presumes."

More Gerstein: "We do badly need leaders with courage -- the courage, that is, to push our party (to borrow a phrase) to move on, to accept that we can't win with the same lame ideological arguments in post-9/11 America, and that we must develop an alternative affirmative agenda that shows we can keep the country safer, make the economy stronger, and govern straighter than the ethically challenged Republicans. Then we can worry about picking the nominees instead of fighting them."

The Schwarzenegger Era:

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