The Note: Signs of Relief

He then went on to espouse his values which he said "Ted Kennedy and the boys back east don't share," in his attempt to make sure it is a "choice" election in Montana.

"The boys back east" is not, sources familiar with Burns' thinking say, a reference to The Note.

2006: Iowa results:

Culver 39%

Blouin 34%

Fallon 26%

Chet Culver's narrow victory for the Democratic nomination for governor indicates a turn away from Gov. Tom Vilsack, per the Des Moines Register. LINK

It is also the biggest day for Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School since John Harwood got the CNBC gig or Wonder Woman spoke at graduation.

Jane Norman of the Des Moines Register has the results in battleground IA-01 and Notes how Scott county helped put Whalen over the top in the GOP primary and the squeaker of a contest on the Democratic side. LINK

2006: Alabama results:

GOP:

Riley 67%

Moore 33%

DEM:

Baxley 59%

Siegelman 36%

Co-workers Gov. Bob Riley (R-AL) and Lt. Gov. Lucy Baxley (D-AL) easily won their respective primaries and will face each other in the general election, reports the Birmingham News. LINK

2006: New Jersey results:

GOP:

Kean 76

Ginty 24

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Republican challenger Tom Kean, Jr. won their primaries with flying colors, per the Newark Star-Ledger. LINK

Assemblyman Albio Sines (D-NJ) is headed to Congress. LINK

While Kean easily won the Republican nomination for Senate yesterday, the fact that his more conservative challenger received 24 percent of the vote may "cause concern about the firmness of conservative support for Mr. Kean in November," per the New York Times. LINK

Politics of Iraq:

The New York Times on Sen. John Warner's (R-VA) letter to the Pentagon announcing his plans for hearings into the deaths in Haditha: LINK

Data theft:

"Social Security numbers and other personal information for as many as 2.2 million U.S. military personnel -- including nearly 80 percent of the active-duty force -- were among the data stolen last month, federal officials said yesterday, raising concerns about national security as well as identity theft," the Washington Post's Tyson and Lee report. LINK

Politics of same sex marriage:

Supporters of the marriage amendment expect about 52 votes today (they need 60) on a motion to suspend debate and force a final vote, per the Washington Times' Amy Fagan. LINK

The New York Times' Carl Hulse on why some Republicans are wary of the debate on same-sex marriage and other social issues. LINK

Interesting placement and choices of people to quote. Over to you, Mr. Bozell.

Estate tax politics:

The New York Times' Edmund Andrews writes that Majority Leader Bill Frist's refusal to consider compromises in the estate tax repeal debate "has divided Republicans." LINK

Bloomberg News' Donmoyer reports that Sen. Grassley says Republicans are just three or four votes short of winning full repeal of the estate tax. LINK

Politics of immigration:

The New York Times on Bush's attempt to "win back the trust of conservatives" during his visit to the border yesterday: LINK

Gov. Janet Napolitano's (D-AZ) veto yesterday of a bill that would have given the police power to arrest illegal immigrants on trespassing charges just for being in the state was her 115th veto in the last three years. LINK

The Albuquerque Journal's Rene Romo outlines the President's border security plan during his visit to eastern New Mexico yesterday. LINK

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