The Note: Cash and Carry

"Republicans insist that these measures will open the door to electoral fraud; if fraud does mar the November ballot, the Democrats will be responsible. But they are not unfair on their face. By contrast, tilting the early-voting system toward heavily Democratic areas in strategically key jurisdictions taints the election even before it occurs. With such arrogance and abuse, the Democrats will only erode their majority in Maryland."

Larry Lipman of the Palm Beach Post lists Rep. Katherine Harris' new staff, and has the unvaryingly delighting reactions from Harris ("I look at our campaign today and I am so excited") and former campaign manager Jim Dornan ("would be surprised if these folks are still with her in a few weeks"). LINK


Iowa Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Chet Culver is proposing new programs to seduce the female vote, the Des Moines Register reports. LINK

2008: Republicans:

Ron Fournier of the Associated Press writes of Sen. McCain's "contentious session" with the AFL-CIO's Building and Construction Trades Department yesterday. LINK

The Union Leader highlights the many facets of John McCain, leading with the loyalty he inspires. LINK

Chicago Tribune's Josh Noel writes up former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's speech yesterday, where Giuliani "repeatedly lauded President Bush, and laughed off suggestions of his own presidential ambitions." LINK

Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times has more on Giuliani's speech yesterday. LINK

2008: Democrats:

Colleen McCarthy, the DLC's national fundraising director, will be leaving the DLC on April 11 to go work for Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM).

The New York Post's Maggie Haberman writes of Al D'Amato's jumping to Hillary Clinton's defense. LINK

The AP's Andrew Miga writes that Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) is considering a 2008 presidential run. LINK

"It's an itch," Dodd said. "Could grow. Could disappear. It's an itch. It's not a bad word to use."

(Is Dodd feeling the "itch" kinda like Biden feeling the "tingle"?)

Clintons of Chappaqua:

The New York Observer on President Clinton's potential new role: "First Lady on steroids." LINK

Campaign finance:

The Washington Post ed board encourages the House to pass legislation it will consider today that would regulate 527s. LINK

Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) will likely oppose a bill to subject 527 groups to the contribution limits as PACs after the Republican leadership refused to consider his competing measure, reports Roll Call's Tory Newmyer.

Kennedy's book:

The Boston Globe previews Sen. Ted Kennedy's (D-MA) upcoming book, in which he contrasts his brothers' restrained leadership during the Cuban missile crisis with President Bush's decision to make a preemptive strike. LINK


The Hill's Jonathan Allen on Sen. Landrieu's yesterday threat to "hold President Bush's executive-branch nominees hostage" until her additional funds are approved. LINK


The inimitable Ben Smith has moved from the New York Observer and his Politicker blog there to the New York Daily News. You can find his new blog (with snazzy photo) here: LINK (The URL may have changed, but its must-read status has not.)

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