The Note: And Don't Forget Health Care, Part IV

1. Former Rep. Amo Houghton (whose family IS Corning Inc. and who is quoted in the story) was one of five House Republicans to vote against impeaching President Clinton in 1998.

2. The elegant and wise Priscilla Dewey Houghton (Amo's wife) is a committed Democrat and has been a Clinton supporter over the years.

Harvard University students are beginning to feel like prospective donors on Manhattan's Upper East Side -- Mark Warner one week, Evan Bayh the next. Here's the Harvard Crimson's take on the Indiana Senator's appeal for less partisanship and a more united political front to attack the country's most pressing issues. LINK

The Los Angeles Times does the Gov. Schweitzer (D-MT) profile thing and wonders if he has some 2008 dark-horse potential. LINK

2006: New Orleans:

The Washington Post's Sylvia Moreno looks at efforts being made by ACORN and the Metropolitan Organization to help Katrina evacuees vote in the New Orleans mayoral election. LINK

The Washington Post has Al Ater, Louisiana's secretary of state, saying, "It's entirely possible that we'll have 20 to 25 percent of the votes that get cast by mail."

House: 2006:

The DCCC is launching a radio ad in OH-06 to help support Charlie Wilson's write-in effort in the May primary. (You may recall that Wilson did not submit sufficient signatures to get his name placed on the ballot.)

The radio ad is of a country-style crooner who includes this line in his song: "George Bush will feel the pain when you write in Charlie's name."

2006: Senate:

"Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele (R) will report raising $1.3 million during the first three months of the year, the highest quarterly haul to date of any candidate in Maryland's race for the U.S. Senate, according to an internal campaign memo," reports the Washington Post's John Wagner. LINK

"Steele's fundraising clip is likely to match or exceed that of Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin of Baltimore, who has far outpaced the other half-dozen Democrats in the race in raising money."

This statement from Republican senate candidate Mike McGavick in Washington clearly places him at odds with President Bush and the Republican leadership in Congress.

"News today that gas prices will continue to skyrocket into this summer is further evidence that Congress and the Administration have failed to produce a balanced energy policy that helps Americans. Instead of real energy problem solving, we're stuck with political posturing. . . And, now we know that the energy bill passed by Congress last year is actually driving gas prices up."

Houston lawyer Barbara Ann Radnofsky emerged victorious in her runoff and will face Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) in November, reports Ratcliffe and Elliott of the Houston Chronicle. LINK

2006: Gubernatorial:

Patrick O'Connor of the Hill has gubernatorial candidate Rep. Jim Nussle (R-IA) touting his $1 million raised yesterday in the Hy-Vee Hall by President Bush. LINK

Ray Long and Maura Possley of the Chicago Tribune report on the face-off between Democrats and Republicans over the Illinois state budget and have a testy meta-exchange between GOP gubernatorial candidate Judy Baar Topinka and Gov. Blagojevich (D-IL). LINK

The New York Post reports that the state's Conservative Party, which has backed every winning Republican since 1974, will not support GOP favorite William Weld for governor, favoring instead former Assemblyman John Faso. LINK

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