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

The Denver Post reports of John Edward's fourth trip to Colorado that the North Carolina Senator "unleashed a greatest-hits set of attacks against President Bush on Tuesday." Before a crowd of about 1,700 students and supporters in the Adams City High School field house, Edwards "lambasted Bush on everything from the economy to energy and told the crowd that Bush is out of touch with America and its challenges," reports John Ingold. "The problem is, if you don't see a problem, you can't fix it," Edwards said. "... John Kerry sees the problem, and he has a plan to make things better in America." LINK

The Washington Post's VandeHei and Russakoff look at Kerry's management style and his penchant for getting bogged down in indecision by wanting too much information. LINK

James Dao of the New York Times takes a closer look at West Virginia, and the lessons that Kerry learned from the Gore campaign — leading him to pay more attention to the state and try to lock it down in his column early, rather than leaving it until the last minute. LINK

Which doesn't mean that it has worked!!!

Liberal religious groups are criticizing Kerry for his attempts to reach out to African-American voters, accusing him of politicizing religion, reports the New York Times' David Kirkpatrick. LINK

The New York Times' Marion Burros takes a look at the kitchen stylings of Teresa Heinz Kerry in the Dining section, and what her knowledge of and expression through cooking says about her. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: casting and counting:

At 9:00 am ET today, the Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case brought by unions to require all verified provisional ballots be cast within proper counties to be judged acceptable.

Yesterday, Florida Secretary of State Glenda Hood releases a draft proposal of a manual recount rule that would require counties to print out copies of all ballots cast in a machine and compare that to the total number of voters recorded by the machine. It was rejected by some advocates because they say that the proposal does not allow for the under vote disparity to be remedied nor does it render an image of the electronic ballot as cast by individual voters.

"Black leaders in Florida are charging that GOP officials are using the law to keep black people off the rolls and hinder them from voting," the Washington Post reports. LINK

"In Duval County, 31,155 black voters had been added to the rolls by the end of last week. That is more than the total number of ballots nullified here four years ago, in a race that George W. Bush won by 537 votes. But hundreds more could show up at the polls only to find they cannot vote. The office has flagged 1,448 registrations as incomplete, and as of last week had yet to process 11,500 more. A Washington Post analysis found nearly three times the number of flagged Democratic registrations as Republican. Broken down by race, no group had more flagged registrations than blacks."

More lawsuits against Hood:

"A coalition of unions sued Secretary of State Glenda Hood and elections officials from five counties Tuesday, arguing that thousands of voters have been disenfranchised by the rejection of their voter-registration forms. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Miami, is similar to one filed by state Democrats last week. It accuses Hood of violating federal law for telling the 67 elections supervisors that they should reject incomplete voter-registration forms." LINK

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