The Note: Catoctin Cacophony

The Washington Post's Ruth Marcus writes her in column, "I hadn't planned to write about DeLay's departure…But his speech cries out for, if nothing else, a review of the ethical and political wreckage left behind." LINK

Voting Rights Act:

The Wall Street Journal's ed board Notes that legislation to renew Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which was voted out of the House Judiciary Committee last month, has been "transformed into a tool for creating safe Congressional seats."

Politics of the Internet:

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Steve Forbes writes that if you scratch the surface3 of what the Net Neutrality crowd is really asking for, it shifts from "benign to ominous."

Dean's Democrats:

The AP reported Saturday that many deep-pocketed Democratic donors are unsatisfied with DNC Chair Howard Dean's outreach efforts, and are are offering up to $3 million in grants to organizations trying to persuade young voters. LINK

Sen. Robert C. Byrd:

Roll Call's Lauren Whittington reports that Sen. Byrd, who is expected to be re-elected in the fall, is facing one of the toughest re-election campaigns of his long career. LINK

Brian Faler of Bloomberg Notes Sen. Byrd's professional beginnings as a butcher in his look at the longest-serving Senator's big day. LINK

The Washington Times has a Q & A with Sen. Byrd. LINK

Politics of global warming:

The Western Governors Association unanimously passed a resolution to reduce human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, but did not specify what steps need to be taken. And Gov. Schwarzenegger (R-CA) used the opportunity to show his environmentally-friendly side. The Los Angeles Times has the story. LINK


The Washington Times on DeLays' next literal move, " He said some have already offered him office space up on Capitol Hill." LINK


Robert Novak writes that the Republican Party may not have found themselves in "more embarrassment" if they had agreed to the Congressional office searches last month, and as a result, the claims that Rep. Hastert was under investigation for corruption charges may have been leaked out in retaliation to his opposition of those searches. LINK


Wayne Slater of the Dallas Morning news reports that the San Antonio convention found an unusual amount of Democrats "wearing religion on their sleeves." LINK

The Washington Post's Al Kamen reports that the doors may be closing shortly on the nine-year-old Project for a New American Century. LINK

The weekend political schedule:

On Tuesday, Maine, North Dakota, South Carolina, and Virginia hold primary elections; Brian Bilbray gets sworn into office by Speaker Hastert; former Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-NY) delivers a policy speech on energy at a Manhattan Institute luncheon in New York City; Chairman Dean attends a grassroots fundraiser at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC; Gov. Tom Vilsack (D-IA) delivers "Foreign Policy: A Governor's Perspective" at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC; and former Vice President Gore keynotes the AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival in Silver Spring, MD.

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