The Note: The Bounce of the Live Cat

The first annual liberal blogging convention, Yearly Kos, is underway in Las Vegas, NV. Attendees will hear from Gen. Wesley Clark, Gov. Bill Richardson, Sen. Barbara Boxer, and many more prominent party figures (like Jennifer Palmieri) today. Howard Dean, Harry Reid, Mark Warner, and Tom Vilsack are expected to participate over the weekend. Here's the full schedule of events: LINK

"Sen. Reid understands that Republicans are going to continue to attack with everything they have, but he will use the speech to highlight a simple game plan designed to reject the Republican agenda of distract, distort, and divide while embracing a new direction for all," says Reid spokesman Jim Manley.

Manley also Notes that Reid is going to give the Democratic radio address this weekend on Iraq and deliver a address the Campaign for America's Future conference on Monday in Washington, DC.

DNC Chairman Howard Dean speaks to the Virgin Islands Democratic Party Unity Luncheon in St. Thomas at noon.

In anticipation of Tuesday's Democratic primary, Virginia Senate candidates Harris Miller and Jim Webb debate at the Washington Post Radio station in Washington, DC. The discussion airs on 1500 AM and 107.7 FM at 10:00 am ET, and will be rebroadcast at 11:00 pm ET tonight on Newschannel 8. Miller and Webb are vying to take on Sen. George Allen (R-VA) in November.

(Can anyone explain why there is no public polling in this primary race?)

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) is in Syracuse, NY today announcing grant money for the Metropolitan Development Association at 3:30 pm ET and attending a ceremony honoring the Syracuse Neighborhood Initiative at 5:45 pm ET. This evening, Sen. Clinton plans to attend the Association for the Help of Retarded Children Rose Ball in Woodbury, NY at 8:00 pm ET.

Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) visits New Hampshire today where he keynotes the annual Grover Cleveland Dinner. Tomorrow, Sen. Bayh raises funds for State Senate candidate Molly Kelly in Keene, NH, and State Senator Iris Estabrook in Rollinsford, NH.

Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) is scheduled to be the featured speaker this evening at the New York State Conservative Party annual dinner, New York, NY.

Gov. Romney (R-MA) is in California for political meetings and to spend time with his family.

Embattled Gov. Jim Doyle (D-WI) touts his dedication to stem cell research when he delivers the keynote address to the Wisconsin Democratic convention tonight. He then heads to the Golden State where he will keynote a stem cell conference at Stanford University. Also speaking at Friday's convention will be Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI).

You won't want to miss "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" on Sunday. George will talk exclusively with former US Administrator in Iraq Paul Bremer on Zarqawi and what lies ahead. Also, NRCC Chair Tom Reynolds and DCCC Chair Rahm Emanuel go head to head over the 2006 landscape, the Bilbray-Busby showdown in California, and more.

On Sunday, "This Week" will feature George Will's much anticipated interview with Grover Norquist. Here's a tease:

WILL: "Looking ahead two more years to 2008, probably fair to say the frontrunner for the Republican nomination is John McCain, who you have accused of Caesarism in his approach to leadership and have called him 'completely unstable.'"

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