The Note: Splitting the Baby Pinata

The Washington Post's Goldfarb and Slevin report that Gov. Ted Kulongoski (D-OR) has had to open his war chest earlier than expected to fend off state treasurer Jim Hill in what has become "an increasingly competitive nominating contest." LINK

The Oregonian on the lack of voters in today's primary. LINK

The Salem Statesman Journal's comprehensive list of primary participants, complete with links for more info on the candidates. LINK

Kentucky:

The Louisville Courier-Journal breaks down the races by district. LINK

Duke Cunningham:

Following Roll Call's reporting from yesterday, the New York Times reports that lawyers for House Republicans claim that Justice Department requests for documents from the House Appropriations and Intelligence Committees -- as a part of the expanding legal probe into activity surrounding former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham -- are too broad. LINK

Jefferson:

Keying off of recent talks between lawyers to Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) and the Justice Department, Roll Call's John Bresnahan and Steve Kornack report that it won't be long before an indictment is handed down.

CA-50:

National Democrats have launched a new ad in California that includes a kangaroo that jumps around and mocks former Rep. Bilbray for missing a week's worth of votes to go to Australia. The spot ends by saying that Bilbray enjoyed hanging out with lobbyists so much that he became one after he left Congress.

Per Roll Call, multimillionaire Bill Hauf (R) announced yesterday he will challenge GOP-special election nominee Bilbray in the November general election. Bilbray will now have to face off Democrat Francine Busby from the left and Hauf from the right in order to secure ex-Rep. Duke Cunningham's seat.

2006: House:

The Cleveland Plain Dealer has Democratic congressional candidate Betty Sutton using Vice President Cheney's fundraising appearance on behalf of her opponent, Craig Foltin, to suggest that Foltin would be "another yes man" for the Bush-Cheney Administration. LINK

First Lady Laura Bush (the Administration headliner most likely to fundraise for Blue State Republicans) plans to be the featured attraction at two fundraising events for Martha Rainville in Vermont on Friday, reports The Hill. LINK

2006: Governor:

Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA) "kicks off his 'Progress for Pennsylvania' tour tomorrow, barely 16 hours after the primary polls close," reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. LINK

Iowa Democratic gubernatorial candidates are sparring over ethanol use, the Des Moines Register reports. LINK

The Schwarzenegger Era:

The Los Angeles Times on the "unlikely partnership" forged between Gov. Schwarzenegger and Mayor Villaraigosa: LINK

San Francisco Chronicle's Carla Marinucci on Gov. Schwarzenegger's endorsement, or lack thereof, for GOP Californian candidates: LINK

Bush Administration personality:

The Washington Post says that President Bush and his wife had assets valued between $7.2 million and $20.9 million last year -- up from as much as $18.1 million the year before.

2006: New Orleans:

The New York Times on the important role displaced residents may play in the mayoral run-off with their absentee ballots: LINK

The New Orleans Times-Picayune sees Mayor Nagin's public outrage with the slow pace of emergency fudning as implying Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu is to blame. LINK

2008:

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