The Note: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

It's crunch time, and West Virginia voter registration lines aren't getting any shorter. Dave Gustafson of the Charlestown Gazette is on the scene. LINK

John Kerry gets a pick up from 2000 by scoring the Albuquerque Tribune endorsement. LINK

"Bush, whom The Tribune endorsed in 2000, has offered simplistic slogans to complex problems, while Kerry sees complicated problems and offers the promise of appropriate solutions — complex or not."

"The reality is the world is not a simple place, seldom black or white, and Kerry knows that intuitively. He understands the gray, the nuance - and that easy-bake solutions like nuclear weapons, Navy carriers and conservative or liberal platitudes usually don't apply or work."

Nader-Camejo:

The Columbus Dispatch reports a federal judge yesterday denied Ralph Nader's bid for the Ohio presidential ballot saying had "unclean hands" — which is an English common law phrase. Alan Johnson writes, "Judge Edmund A. Sargus Jr., of U.S. District Court in Columbus, said widespread fraud by paid circulators working for Nader's campaign took precedence over the candidate's argument that Ohio law is unconstitutional in requiring that people who gather signatures on a nominating petition must be residents and registered to vote in the state." LINK

Nader has a last shot in Ohio — a lawsuit is pending at the Ohio Supreme Court that seeks to get his name on the ballot.

Ralph Nader continues his push for write in votes in California, campaigning in Sacramento and San Diego "They will never give you a standard by which they will concede failure, it's just full-speed ahead," Nader said. "If you vote for the lesser of two evils, you still end up with evil." LINK

He is promoting his new website, WriteInNader.org. www.writeinnader.org

Tom Infield of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, "Ralph Nader's month-long struggle to remain a presidential candidate in Pennsylvania is expected to come to a head today with a court ruling that is likely to strip his name from the ballot."

Foreshadowing that decision, Infield writes, "One of several judges involved in the case gave a possible hint of the court's decision yesterday when he wrote that he had never seen so much fraudulent or improper behavior from a candidate for any ballot position. If the ruling goes against Nader, he is expected to appeal." LINK

Media:

The Washington Post's John F. Harris looks at the effort to persuade Viacom's MTV Networks to allow issue advocacy ads. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's editorial board argues that the furor over Sinclair Broadcast Group's airing of "Stolen Honor" is ridiculous, and that newspaper endorsements amount to the same kind of "in kind contribution" that Democrats are accusing Sinclair of.

TODAY'S SCHEDULE (all times ET):

—9:00 am: Supreme Court of Florida hears arguments in AFL-CIO et.al. v. Hood

—10:30 am: Chris Heinz attends a GOTV Forum at Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA

—11:00 am: Vice President Cheney and Lynne Cheney participate in town hall meeting at Allegheny College, Meadville, PA

—11:00 am: Elizabeth Edwards attends a town hall meeting on senior health care costs at the Sea Dog Banquet and Conference Center, Bangor, ME

—11:00 am: Cate Edwards attends a town hall meeting at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, Wilmington, NC

—11:00 am: Exhibit featuring original copy of the Declaration of Independence unveiled, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY

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