The Note: The Bounce of the Live Cat

Politicians, union leaders, interest groups, and liberal devotees are flocking to Las Vegas' Riviera Hotel and Casino to eat, drink, and be merry with over 1,000 "netroots" activists at the Yearly Kos convention, paying tribute to the expanding blogosphere that's shaped the new media and allegedly transformed some Democratic campaigns.

Per the San Francisco Chronicle's Garofoli, "the most important outcome of this convention could end up being good old-fashioned networking, gained from actual human interaction. Or, as Yearly Kos organizer Gina Cooper described it, 'Showing that there are people behind the pixels.'" LINK

Unlike some of her fellow '08ers (Warner, Vilsack, Clark, and Richardson), Sen. Hillary Clinton is not scheduled to address the liberal blogging convention in Las Vegas, NV, Notes the New York Sun's Josh Gerstein. LINK

(Don't miss the to and fro between DailyKos' Markos Moulitsas and the DLC's Tammy Sun, or Joe Trippi's typical straddle.)

". . .mainstream media reporters are barred from the workshops even though the bloggers are putting it out there for all to see on their blogs." LINK

2006: landscape:

The Wall Street Journal's Harwood writes that Democrats find "mixed results" in Tuesday's results beyond CA-50. Democratic turnout in Montana's Democratic Senate primary exceeded balloting in the primary re-nominating Burns but the DCCC-preferred Steve Filson lost "badly" to business executive Jerry McNerney in a California House race against Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA). "DCCC-preferred candidates earlier lost primaries in key Kentucky and Ohio races."

2006: Governor:

Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Mark Brewer tells the Detroit News' Mark Hornbeck that the governor's race between incumbent Jennifer Granholm (D-MI) and Republican Dick DeVos will cost $100 million. LINK

Kathleen Gray of the Detroit Free Press reports that Granholm (via the Michigan Democratic Party) has finally entered the television ad war after watching four months (and $5.4 million) of statewide ads from challenger DeVos. LINK

"Because [Granholm] is an incumbent with a very high name recognition, it was imperative for her not to get out too early, but save her money for the longer stretch. But DeVos was smart to go on the air early. It was shrewd because it shows he's competitive," says Craig Ruff of the Lansing-based Public Sector Consultants.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chet Culver was surrounded by his former rivals to present a united Democratic front heading into the general election. The Des Moines Register has the story. LINK

The Dayton Daily News reports on Rep. Ted Strickland's (D-OH) call on his Republican opponent Secretary of State Ken Blackwell to step down from his post of overseeing the November 7 election. LINK

"Mel Martinez, the first Cuban-American elected to the U.S. Senate, will endorse Crist" today in his race for governor, reports the Florida Sun-Sentinel. LINK

In the Florida Democratic primary, a new Florida Chamber of Commerce poll claims that State Sen. Rod Smith has caught up with US Rep. Jim Davis. LINK

The St. Petersburg Times Notes Smith's association with and contributions from Eddie Dugger, whose American Institutional Services, a prison vending service, was recently raided by the FBI. LINK

The Schwarzenegger Era:

The San Francisco Chronicle's Marinucci writes up Schwarzenegger's "re-branding," complete with a new, green campaign bus. LINK

2006: Senate:

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