The Note: Capital Expenditure

More: "But there were some rumblings in the results. A lot of Democrats told the governor: no dice. They opted for an underfunded, little-known, quixotic challenger, former Chicago Ald. Edwin Eisendrath. Topinka wakes up Wednesday knowing that more than half of the Republicans who voted wanted somebody other than her."

Tammy Duckworth "appeared victorious this morning," reports the Washingon Post on the close Democrartic congressional primary in Illinois' sixth congressional district. LINK

Self-funder/investment banker David McSweeney emerged victorious in the GOP primary in Illinois' eighth congressional district to take on Rep. Melissa Bean (D-IL), an incumbent on most endangered lists due to the make-up of the district.

"Bean -- who was unchallenged in Tuesday's primary -- is a top congressional money raiser among Democrats and has $1.5 million on hand as the general election campaign gets under way," cautions the Chicago Sun Times. LINK

Big Casino budget politics:

The Washington Post's Jonathan Weisman, using the oldest trick in his childhood book, reports that Public Citizen sued yesterday to block a recently-signed major budget-cutting bill/law. LINK

Jonathan Allen of the Hill details how Senate Republicans facing reelection in November had to make a choice between their fiscal conservative rhetoric and Sen. Arlen Specter's (R-PA) domestic spending increase. LINK

(Make sure to Note Dr./Sen./Leader Frist's acrobatic evolution on the issue.)

The economy:

The Washington Post's ed board criticizes Treasury Secretary John Snow for choosing post-stock market bubble statistics which, in the ed board's opinion, obscure the larger trend of growing inequality. LINK

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said he spent his first day in China, alongside Sens. Schumer (D-NY) and Coburn (R-OK) telling Beijing officials "if you think the relations between our two countries are good, you're misreading the tea leaves back home [in the U.S.]. They're not good, and they're getting worse," reports the Wall Street Journal.

Bush agenda:

Reversing itself, the White House will bar statements made under torture from its military courts at Guantanamo Bay, reports the Wall Street Journal. The new rule is expected this week, before next Tuesday's Supreme Court arguments over the legality of the courts.

The Washington Post's Tom Edsall reports that the Bush Administration has funneled "at least $157 million to organizations run by political and ideological allies, according to federal documents." LINK

Politics of immigration:

Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony continues to insert himself into the immigration debate, today with an op-ed in the New York Times reiterating his opposition to the immigration bill approved by the House in December and his support for the alternative McCain-Kennedy immigration bill. LINK

The Washington Post's Darryl Fears reports that pro-immigrant activists are planning an April 10 protest in 10 cities that could "pull tens of thousands of immigrant workers from their jobs." LINK

"In addition, activists, churches and labor unions are planning a national 'Day Without an Immigrant,' hoping to shut down farms, hotels, restaurant kitchens, meatpacking plants and chicken-processing plants on a large scale in places where immigrants work."

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