The Note: Home Is Where the Polls Are

"The Senate action was a bit of good news for the president, who has been buffeted by dipping poll numbers and criticism from within his own party on matters including Hurricane Katrina, electronic eavesdropping and port security," writes the New York Times' Stolberg. LINK

Los Angeles Times: LINK

Abramoff affair:

Bloomberg News's Michael Forsythe reports that a scandal may be good for fundraising. LINK

Reps. DeLay, Bob Ney (R-OH), Richard Pombo (D-CA), and John Doolittle, as well as Sen. Conrad Burns (D-MT) "saw their fund-raising totals surge in the past year compared with previous elections."

Politics of mine safety:

USA Today reports on Senate meetings with top mine safety officials yesterday. LINK

Iowa:

Per the Des Moines Register's Thomas Beaumont, "Democrat Mike Blouin's decision to place" Andrea McGuire, a female physician, on the gubernatorial ticket with him "was reassuring to some Democratic activists who have been uneasy about Blouin's opposition to abortion rights." LINK

New Hampshire:

Nine '08ers continue their bids to win over New Hampshire with visits to the Granite State over the next month. Those making the rounds include Gov. Romney, Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR), Sen. McCain, Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), Sen. George Allen (R-VA), Gov. Bill Richardson, (D-NM), Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN), Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), and Gen. Wesley Clark. LINK

Politics:

Legislation for stem cell research, which won support in the House last year, has become a divisive issue within the Senate GOP, according to Matthew Chayes of the Chicago Tribune. LINK

The nation's chief archivist has announced a "moratorium" on removing records from the National Archives for reclassification, reports the New York Times. LINK

Golden State Warriors Center, Colgate alumnus, and grassroots organizer Adonal Foyle says, "the goal of his self-financed Democracy Matters group is 'full public funding' of elections," according to the Wall Street Journal's John Harwood.

Florida Trend's detailed cover-story on Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) describes him as "one of the most influential governors in Florida's modern history." LINK

The Wall Street Journal's John Harwood observes that Democratic lobbyist Mike Berman addresses, "weight gain amid stressful presidential battles," in his new memoir "Living Large.

One advantage of the extra pounds: "Berman used his heft "to create presence" and command meetings. (The Note now understands why the networks covered all four nights of the Boston convention.)

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