The Note: The Turtle Is Back on the Fence Post

DNC Chairman Howard Dean addresses (and chairs) the DNC executive committee meeting at 10:30 am ET in New Orleans, LA. Later today, Dr. Dean will participate in ACORN's home clean-out demonstration program at the Cooper family home in New Orleans at 2:30 pm ET.

Also on the DNC spring meeting agenda today, the Association of State Democratic Chairs meets at 4:00 pm ET and DNC members receive a polling briefing at 5:30 pm ET. At 8:00 pm ET, the Denver 2008 host committee (in waiting) holds a reception. Mayor John Hickenlooper is expected to attend.

The people of New Orleans will choose from 23 mayoral candidates tomorrow in the city's first post-Katrina election. The three top contenders are Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu (D), incumbent Mayor Ray Nagin (D), and Ron Forman (D), the head of the Audubon Nature Institute.

Polls open at 7:00 am ET and close at 9:00 pm ET. Results will be available on the Secretary of State's Web site: LINK

The regular deadline to submit an absentee ballot is the close of business today. However, a law passed during the February Special Session of the State Legislature allows "displaced" voters to take advantage of the same extended deadline that applies to members of the military or overseas voters. If a voter brings a signed affidavit saying "I am a displaced" voter, they will be allowed to take advantage of the extended deadline which is 9:00 pm ET on Saturday.

If no candidate receives a majority of the vote, a runoff will be held on May 20.

RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman heads to Charlotte, NC today for a fundraising event.

The grand jury investigating the CIA leak is scheduled to meet at 9:30 am ET.

The Progressive Policy Institute explores the religious roots of progressivism with Georgetown University Professor Michael Kazin and Washington Post writer E.J. Dionne at a 9:30 am ET forum pegged to Kazin's new biography of William Jennings Bryan, "A Godly Hero."

Gov. Romney (R-MA) and Gov. Huckabee (R-AR) travel to Gauntanamo Bay, Cuba today to tour detention facilities there at the invitation of the Department of Defense.

Sen./Dr./Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) is in San Antonio, TX today for a "Texans for Rick Perry" event.

On the 35th anniversary of his testimony on the Vietnam War before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) is scheduled to deliver what his aides are billing as a "major address" at Faneuil Hall in Boston, MA at 11:00 am ET tomorrow. Kerry's speech is expected address patriotism and dissent at a time of war.

John Edwards is in Philadelphia, PA today helping Rep. Fattah (D-PA) raise some reelection funds. Next week, Edwards heads to Stanford University as part of his anti-poverty initiative and to discuss his recent Council on Foreign Relations report on Russia.

Gov. Vilsack (D-IA) holds a bill signing ceremony in Des Moines, IA at 11:00 am ET.

Make sure to check out "This Week All Week," the best political webcast around to see ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Martha Raddatz on the latest White House personnel moves and which candidates ABC News Political Director Mark Halperin says advanced their presidential prospects this week. LINK

And be sure to tune in to a blockbuster of a show on Sunday. George Stephanopoulos will be sitting down with Gov. Schwarzenegger and Sen. Kerry in a politically packed hour on "This Week." Check your local listings.

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