The Note: A Time of Andy Card's Choosing

The Wall Street Journal ed board casts Gov. Jim Doyle's (D-WI) opposition to raising the cap on the number of kids who can participate in Milwaukee's private school voucher program as a "sell out" of Wisconsin's poorest kids done in order to win the backing of the state's teachers union.

"New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's challenger for the state's Democratic gubernatorial nomination received hundreds of thousands of dollars from people with ties to Home Depot Inc. founder Kenneth Langone, a registered Republican and target of a Spitzer lawsuit," Bloomberg's Henry Goldman reports. LINK

The New York Post reports that Jeanine Pirro could see Republican competition coming her way in race for attorney general. LINK

"Charlie King, who four years ago ran as Andrew Cuomo's lieutenant governor, has called on his former running mate to offer refunds on $1.2 million left over from that race before he carries the cash over to his attorney-general campaign," The New York Post reports.LINK

The Schwarzenegger Era:

Conservatives turned up the heat on Gov. Schwarzenegger yesterday with a resolution demanding that the Governor fire his new Democratic chief of staff Susan Kennedy by March 15 or lose the party's endorsement for his 2006 re-election. The resolution will be introduced next month at the Republican State Party convention in San Jose. LINK

Washington Times' Valerie Richardson quotes Mike Spence, president of the California Republican Assembly who will lead the resolution drive as saying, "We're hoping to get his attention because he's on the wrong path to get re-elected." "Conservatives are going to sit on their hands come November if he doesn't get on the right track."

Clintons of Chappaqua:

Robert Litt, a Washington lawyer who served as principal associate deputy attorney general from 1994 to 1999, disputes the notion of a coverup in the investigation of Henry Cisneros in a Washington Post op-ed. LINK


Over the weekend, the RNC reported the largest cash on hand lead in over a decade. The RNC has total contributions of $101.6 million and cash-on-hand of $34 million, according to RNC spokesgal Tracey Schmitt.

Per the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza and Peter Baker, the DNC "raised $51 million in 2005 but showed $5.5 million on hand at the end of the year." LINK

The Los Angeles Times reports on corruption charges in the Atlanta mayor's race. LINK

The Los Angeles Times on the delicate dance of Hollywood celebrities coming inside the Beltway to support their cause. LINK

According to Josh Gerstein of the New York Sun, a gay Oregon couple lost their lawsuit against the United Senior Center, claiming libel for the use of their wedding photo without permission in an Internet ad attacking the American Association of Retired Persons. LINK

"The ad apparently was intended to call attention to a decision in 2004 by the Ohio branch of the AARP to oppose a ballot measure amending the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage as well as marriage-like privileges for gay couples."

"The ad was part of a campaign United Seniors launched last winter to criticize AARP for its opposition to President Bush's Social Security reform plan."

Al Gore and Ralph Nader dance it up at the Sundance Film Festival. LINK

Week ahead:

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