In response to Donna Brazile's call to get rid of the current "privileged" nomination system, Secretary of State Bill Gardner vowed he would, "use his statutory authority to move the primary date ahead of newly placed states to preserve its tradition," Notes the Union Leader's John DiStaso. LINK
The Washington Post's Birnbaum and Weisman are the only ones to hit on the right lead on the day's lobbying reformm recaps, with an emphasis on the 527 provision. LINK
Per the Wall Street Journal, House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) and Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier (R-CA) were forced yesterday to confront their "party's old bulls over a set of new ethics and lobbying-disclosure rules in response to recent bribery and political-influence scandals" -- in a move that "demonstrated a communication gap" among the Republican caucus "that dismayed even those who share Mr. Hastert's sense of urgency."
Sheryl Gay Stolberg of the New York Times also writes of dissension in the GOP ranks over the temporary private travel ban in the leadership's proposed lobbying reform legislation. LINK
The Hill's Alexander Bolton reports that it is rush hour on the Hill today, as the deadline to submit the 10 allowed earmarks nears. LINK
Bennett Roth of the Houston Chronicle on lobbying reform: LINK
Campaign finance reform:
Per The Hill's Elana Schor, Sens. Ron Wyden and Lindsey Graham are unveiling a bill today that would change Senate rules to limit campaign fundraising by incumbents without amending the Constitution. LINK
The House will vote today on how the McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill applies to Internet blogs, ads, and other types of political speech online, writes Elana Schor of The Hill. LINK
Politics of energy:
New legislation restricting oil-company mergers is "gaining support among Senate Judiciary Committee members," reports the Wall Street Journal. LINK
The Schwarzenegger Era:
Governor Schwarzenegger's ambitious public works project will have to wait at least until November, reports the Los Angeles Times. The California Senate declined to act on the borrowing plan, pushing further negotiations until the next ballot. LINK
Carla Marinucci of the San Francisco Chronicle looks at how the gubernatorial primary race is heating up in California as Phil Angelides' (D-CA) fundraising past comes to light. LINK
Politics of immigration:
The New York Times looks at the influence the Irish immigrant lobby hopes to have on comprehensive immigration reform legislation. LINK
Remember when the showdown over judicial nominees nearly brought Washington to a standstill? Bob Novak does too, and he misses it. LINK
In one of today's near-must-reads, Peter Savodnik and Andrew Barr of the Hill write that there is no kiss-and-make-up for Tom DeLay (R-TX) and his primary opponents, especially after DeLay's victory statement that accused the defeated Republicans of "mimicking Democrat attacks and Democrat talking points." LINK
Be sure to read the defeated Republican opponents' comments, which include challenger Michael Fjetland saying: "I cannot endorse any felon."
NRCC "dissed" by Daisy Duke, writes Roll Call's always-sassy Mary Ann Akers.
Jessica Simpson declined an invitation to attend tonight's NRCC fundraising gala "even after she was offered some private face time with the president," reports Reuters. LINK