The Note: House Rules, Part II

"GOP foes spar in velvet gloves," St. Petersburg Times on the debate between Republican Florida gubernatorial candidates Charlie Crist and Tom Gallagher. LINK

"Candidates Stress Accountability," Des Moines Register reports that Republican Jim Nussle and Democrat Chet Culver have proposed ideas to decrease scandals and corruption in the government as part of their campaign efforts. LINK

"Putting on the Spitz: Eliot's Brain Trust," the New York Observer on gubernatorial candidate Eliot Spitzer's "informal team of policy sages" who are already helping Spitzer hit the ground running as a "functional incumbent." LINK

"Campaign reports prompt legal expense questions," Chicago Tribune on Gov. Rod Blagojevich's (D-IL) campaign money. LINK

2008: Republicans:

"Romney, Frist to appear at Williamson GOP fund-raiser," Nashville City Paper on Williamson County Republican Party's annual Reagan Day Dinner, which will be headlined by Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA), who be introduced by Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN). LINK

"Massachusetts Raises Minimum Wage," the AP reports that the state of Massachusetts will see a boost in its minimum wage come January 1 due to a unanimous vote yesterday to override Gov. Mitt Romney's (R-MA) veto of the increase. LINK

"Senate's Drilling Bill Could Test California's Resolve to Keep Ban," the San Francisco Chronicle reports that in response to yesterday's Senate vote to approve oil and gas drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, Sen. George Allen (R-VA) and fellow east coast Senators are seeking to allow individual states to choose to approve offshore drilling. LINK

"Many Tribes Not Cashing in on Gaming," the Desert Sun reports that Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) proposed plan regarding Indian casinos would impose the strictest regulations on tribal gaming in nearly 20 years. LINK

2008: Democrats:

In a story on Sen. Lieberman, the New York Times writes: "Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton issued a press release on Monday supporting the letter, though in the past she has opposed setting a timetable." LINK

"FDA Nominee's Future Hinges on Pill," Los Angeles Times Notes Sen. Clinton's role in placing a hold on von Eschenbach's nomination until the FDA makes a decision on Plan B. LINK

The Washington Post on the same: LINK

"John Edwards talks education, poverty in Iowa," the Associated Press on the former Senator's telling "a group of Iowa educators that Democrats need to 'get a little backbone and spine" and take a stand on the moral issues facing America." LINK

"John Kerry takes fight against cancer personally, " Kerry is training for a 111 mile bike race to raise money for cancer research, Boston Globe. LINK

"Vilsack Will Attend N.H. Fundraiser," Des Moines Register. LINK

"Wesley Clark Visits City Today," Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports that Gen. Wesley Clark is scheduled to stump for congressional candidate Eric Massa today. LINK

2008: Republican National Convention:

"Tampa Unrolls Red Carpet for RNC Panel," Tampa Tribune on Tampa's efforts to woo the RNC's site selection committee, which will visit the city August 20-22. LINK

The Schwarzenegger Era:

"Sharing Quality Time With the Gov.," Los Angeles Times' Steve Lopez on his one-to-one chat with Schwarzenegger. LINK

Lopez writes: "So I decided to jump right in and ask how he felt about my taking batting practice on him."

"'I don't dwell on it,' he insisted, leveling his gaze at me and blowing smoke."

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