The Note: Not a Snip, Not a Bite

Former Gov. Tony Knowles (D-AK) plans to seek a third-term as governor of Alaska, per the Associated Press. Gov. Frank Murkowski (R-AK) announced his intention to seek a second term last week. LINK

2006: Senate:

The New York Times' Yardley looks beyond the anti-war hype and writes of Ned Lamont's need to broaden his candidacy in a relatively short period of time if he hopes to knock off incumbent Sen. Joe Lieberman on August 8. LINK

CA-50:

Whatever happened to "a win is a win?" "A loss here, or even a close victory, could be seen as a sign that the GOP hold on Washington is slipping and that November could see wholesale change," reports the Los Angeles Times in its one-week out look at the special election to replace Rep. Duke Cunningham. LINK

2006: House:

The New York Times' Shenon includes this nugget of reporting in his preview of Neil Volz's testimony in the Safavian trial: "Mr. Volz's testimony is scheduled to take place in the wake of several embarrassments for Mr. Ney, who is facing a difficult re-election fight this fall. These include the disclosure last week that his current chief of staff and another former House aide were resisting defense subpoenas and threatening to assert their Fifth Amendment rights against compelled self-incrimination if called to the stand in Mr. Safavian's trial." LINK

Mark Leibovich of the New York Times, a lover of Curly Fries and Funnel Cakes, explores some Republican excitement and Democratic hand-wringing surrounding a potential Speaker of the House Pelosi. LINK

2008:

Per the Washington Times' Greg Pierce, Newt Gingrich anticipates Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) making a possible presidential run in 2012 or 2016 -- in an interview with a Florida television station. Gingrich also Noted that Gov. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) are formidable Democratic candidates but will have a hard time beating frontrunner Sen. Hillary Clinton. LINK

The Boston Globe's Susan Milligan's Monday story on the 2008 Invisible Primary campaign trail heading through the key battleground that is Ohio: LINK

Quinnipiac University released some poll results this morning of potential 2008 general election match-ups in the key state of Florida. Sen. Clinton bests both Sen. Allen and Gov. Romney but "has difficulty getting above 50 percent in Florida against [the] two relatively unknown Republican candidates," per Quinnipiac's release.

2008: Republicans:

Perhaps to Kevin Sheekey's chagrin, Mayor Michael Bloomberg again attempts to tamp down speculation about a possible presidential run, reports the New York Daily News. LINK

2008: Democrats:

The Concord Monitor's Felice Belman on Mike Gravel, former Democratic Senator who announced his presidential run last month, and his travels to New Hampshire to promote his "National Initiative for Democracy "plan. LINK

The Schwarzenegger Era:

Californians have one more week of the nasty campaigning in the Democratic gubernatorial primary to which they seem to be paying very little attention. LINK

Al Pross, co-editor of the California Target Book, predicts that the June 6 primary between California state Treasurer Phil Angelides (D) and state Controller Steve Westly (D) boils down to the strength of their media campaign rather than the endorsements they got.

Analysts contend that the two Democratic candidates need to overcome voter fatigue with many of them still undecided and unimpressed, according to the Washington Times' Greg Pierce. LINK

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