The Note: Decisions to Be Made

Against, State Sen. Rod Smith (D-FL), AG Crist receives 39 percent versus Smith's 37 percent. The only pairing to show a little distance between the candidates (but still slightly hovering with in the margin of error) is CFO Gallagher's 41 percent versus State Sen. Smith's 35 percent.

Also from the Quinnipiac release: "In a Democratic primary, Davis leads State Sen. Rod Smith 27 -- 17 percent with 50 percent undecided. Among Republicans, Crist leads Gallagher 34 -- 30 percent, with 33 percent undecided."

Despite her 2002 decision alongside Gov. Romney to forgo her salary in the spirit of volunteerism, the Boston Herald reports that Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey says if she's elected as the next governor she'll take the paycheck. Governor hopeful/millionaire Chris Gabrieli is expected to do the job for free if elected. LINK

Next month, Mark Holman, former chief of staff to Gov. Ridge, will leave his post as a DC lobbyist to become a full-time senior adviser to the Swann campaign whose fundraising efforts are described as lagging reports James O'Toole of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. LINK

2006: House:

The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza dusts off his copy of "The Prince" and writes about the NRCC's Machiavellian tactics in Ohio's sixth congressional district. LINK

Eating Cillizza's dust, Josephine Hearn of The Hill reports the NRCC was quick to catch on Rep. Alan Mollohan's (D-WV) finance troubles by sponsoring "automated calls to registered voters in four congressional districts" calling for his resignation. LINK

Per Hearn: "The calls took place in the districts of Reps. Melissa Bean (D-IL) and Chet Edwards (D-TX) -- both top Republican targets -- and Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. They were also placed in Mollohan's district."

Florida:

Gary Fineout of the Miami Herald takes a look at the clash between Democrats and Republicans in Florida over campaign finances. LINK

McKinney:

"The official police report on Rep. Cynthia McKinney's clash with a Capitol Hill police officer three weeks ago says the DeKalb County congresswoman struck the officer 'in his chest with [a] closed fist,'" reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Kemper. LINK

Political potpourri:

The Washington Post's Al Kamen reports that Larry Klayman is suing Judicial Watch, the organization he founded and chaired, for "threatening the media" so it would "no longer refer to" him as the organization's former founder and chairman, which would result in the media's no longer calling on him "to comment on political and legal affairs." LINK

Some in Washington choose to forget or deny that Austin, Texas -- home of Matthew Dowd, Harry Whittington, Rick Perry, and Las Manitas Avenue Café -- is the center of the universe. But they forget at their peril. We can't decide which is the clearest evidence on display this week of this manifest fact: Texas Monthly's rollicking 8,500 eye-opening opus on Tom DeLay (sneak preview for Note readers here LINK), Evan Smith's we-can't-believe-it-either 40th birthday (It's Thursday. LINK), or U of T's David Oshinsky's smashing Pulitzer win for his classic book on the search for a cure for polio LINK. (Congratulations, David -- we would have e-mailed, but being 801st seemed weak. LINK)

The New Hampshire Union Leader catches Sen. John Sununu's (R-NH) rising star. LINK

Howie Kurtz's must-read work on A. Brit Hume. LINK

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