The Note: Cowboy and Indians

The US Department of Justice has filed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit against New York State for failing to comply with HAVA. LINK

New Orleans:

The NRA has filed a motion for contempt against the City of New Orleans, Mayor Ray Nagin, and the acting police chief for failing to comply with a temporary restraining order, handed down Sept. 12, 2005, ordering an end to all illegal gun confiscations.

More from CNS News LINK and NewsMax LINK

Dean's Democrats:

DNC Chairman Howard Dean has invited the 43 members of the Congressional Black Caucus to meet with him today to discuss minority hiring and '06 politics, reports Roll Call's Steve Kornacki.

Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D-MT) touted his plans for coal gasification and bio-fuels at the University of Virginia yesterday, reports Bob Gibson of the Daily Progress. LINK

He also shared his favorites for the 2008 nominations: Gov. Warner and Sen. Clinton for the Democrats and Sen. Allen for the Republicans.

Iowa:

Per the AP, the Iowa GOP "scrubbed" yesterday a proposition to increase state minimum wage, "effectively ending any chance of the measure being approved this year." LINK

David Yepsen of the Des Moines Register has details on the Chet Culver vs. Mike Blouin gubernatorial primary: "I told you this primary was going to get ugly." LINK

Politics:

Democrats are pushing for C-SPAN coverage of the House Rules Committee Panel, which is a determining factor on the majority party's influence on legislature, writes Josephine Hearn of The Hill. LINK

Virginia Republicans yesterday demanded Virginia Democratic Gov. Timothy Kaine "publicly disavow" his chief of staff's comments that the Kaine plans retribution against Republicans who do not support his transportation plans. LINK

The Washington Post's Matthew Mosk on the continuing saga of Maryland Republican state Sen. John A. Giannetti, who saved his political rival from choking on Monday night: LINK

The Washington Post editorializes on the politician-helps-rival story: LINK

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