The Note: The First Woman Speaker

Politically, several 2008 presidential hopefuls will use the opportunity to make inroads in the important Palmetto State, which may well play a critical role in both the GOP and Democratic nomination contests in 2008. Gov. Romney (R-MA), Gov. Huckabee (R-AR), Gov. Pataki (R-NY), Gov. Richardson (D-NM), and Gov. Vilsack (D-IA) are all eyeing the White House in 2008 and are all expected to attend the NGA meeting.

South Carolina Democrats recently won a critical vote by a DNC panel to host the first presidential primary after the New Hampshire primary in early 2008.

The partisan sister organizations, the Democratic Governors Association and Republican Governors Association, will have representatives at the meeting discussing the competitive governors races this election year. The current partisan breakdown of governors is 28 Republicans and 22 Democrats. Both parties acknowledge that Democrats may be able to pick up a net-gain of four seats for majority bragging rights the day after the election -- the only bragging rights they will have if they fail to regain control of the House or Senate.

"S.C. to Give Governors Red-Carpet Treatment," The State on this weekend's Annual Conference of the National Governors Association. LINK

Tennessee:

"Resilient Corker win GOP Senate primary," Nashville City Paper. LINK

"Corker Wins Tenn. GOP Senate Primary," Associated Press. LINK

In her statement responding to Corker's win, NRSC Chair Ellizabeth Dole (R-NC) praised him as a "distinguished public servant who will go to Washington and represent Tennessee in the conservative tradition of Bill Brock, Howard Baker, Fred Thompson, Bill Frist, and Lamar Alexander."

Bush Administration agenda:

In his story about President Bush beginning his 10-day Texas vacation, the Washington Post's Michael Fletcher has former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer saying: "The impact of Katrina was profound. It caught a tired White House staff off guard and turned out to be one of the most damaging events of his presidency." LINK

"Bush's Grade on Environment Fails," the LA Times/Bloomberg poll. LINK

"Americans Want More Federal Action on Environment, Poll Says," Bloomberg LINK

"Bush ready for Houdini country," Chicago Tribune's Mark Silva in the Swamp. LINK

"Bush chooses director of faith office," New York Times. LINK

2006: landscape:

"Business Grows Bearish on Republicans holding Congress," the Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire in an item that has Bernadette Budde of Business-Industry Political Action Committee saying: "It is likely that Republicans lose control of the House."

"The biggest danger for Republicans: 'clumps' of defeats in states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York, submerging incumbents who don't now appear vulnerable."

"Democrats set an agenda they can agree on," The Boston Globe. LINK

2006: House:

"Prosecutors Face Pre-election Dilemma," the Wall Street Journal's Jeanne Cummings reports that "party officials fear late-season indictments of incumbents could scramble House races.

"Investigators remain mum, but the uncertainty has raised worries among some Republicans that the wave of public-corruption cases could take on new life late this summer, hurting their chances of retaining control of the House. Others cling to the hope that prosecutors will sit tight rather than risk accusations of acting for partisan reasons."

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