The Note: The Silver State of the (Political) Union

Per Sheinin of The State, "Sanford's fourth State of the State was long on topics, but relatively short on specifics that Democrats -- and some Republicans -- say they were looking for." LINK

Read the speech. LINK

Iowa:

Jim Nussle (R-IA) and Chet Culver (D-IA) performed the best in their gubernatorial race fundraising efforts, in what is expected to be "state's most expensive race for governor and one of the nation's most competitive," reports Tom Beaumont of the Des Moines Register. LINK and LINK

The Schwarzenegger Era:

The Los Angeles Times' Peter Nicholas offers a must-read in which he has California GOP Chairman "Duf" Sundheim conceding that he may have declared the Susan Kennedy issue over a bit too soon. LINK

"Restive Republicans said they would rally conservatives behind a resolution, to be offered at the state GOP convention in San Jose next month, that may give Schwarzenegger an ultimatum: Dump Kennedy by March 15 or the party will withdraw its backing of his reelection bid."

The Note goes Hollywood:

You won't want to miss this Sunday's episode of The West Wing (8 pm ET on NBC), penned by Al Gore's former chief scribe Eli Attie. In the episode, entitled "Duck and Cover" and dealing with the familiar primetime TV topic of nuclear energy policy, Ron Silver's Bruno Gianelli character (who is oddly Dick Morrisian) name-checks The Note, and then proclaims himself to be a liberal Democrat in real life! (Okay, maybe not. But he does name-check the Note, per our sources.)

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