The Note: The First Woman Speaker

"GOP moderates feeling heat," the Chicago Tribune's Jill Zuckman on Rahm Emanuel's top target Rep. Rob Simmons (R-CT) and fellow moderate Republicans, describing how their stance on Iraq coupled with their typically Democratic districts could spell "the final purging of party moderates." LINK

"Rival tars Emanuel for clout list links," the Chicago Sun-Times' Fornek, writing that, "Forty of the more than 200 people who walked precincts gathering signatures to put Democratic U.S. Rep. Rahm Emamurl on this year's ballot have names that also appear on the secret clout list uncovered during the federal trial of Mayor Daley's patronage chief Robert Sorich."

Fornek adds that Kevin Edward White, Emanuel's GOP opponent, "is calling for a federal investigation and demanding that Emanuel explain the 'intentional, premeditated and persuasive use' of city workers on his re-election campaign." The DCCC says it's just the NRCC "playing politics." LINK

"Ads on Social Security Taking Aim at Rep. Pryce," Columbus Dispatch. LINK

"Challenger to Mollohan Revises Biographical Data on Education, War Service," Washington Post reports in a story LINK

". . . Wakim responded to his opponent's allegations of résumé-padding by admitting that he never served in the Persian Gulf during the war against Iraq in the 1990s. He also conceded that he received his master's degree at night and weekends from Harvard's extension studies program, and got it not in public policy but in liberal arts with a concentration in government."

"Ad blitz," the Washington Times on Rep. Cynthia McKinney's recently bought ad time in advance of Tuesday's runoff. LINK

"McKinney Must Fend Off Primary Challenge," Associated Press. LINK

"Groups Rally For, Against Murtha," the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on competing rallies throughout the city both supporting and slamming Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) and the Iraq War. LINK

2006: Senate:

"Santorum Adds Mine Plan to Wage Bill," the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) has added a mine-cleanup provision to his proposal to decrease estate taxes and increase the minimum wage in his efforts to win reelection in November. LINK

"Martinez backs Harris in Senate race," the Miami Herald reports that Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL) has come to the defense of Rep. Katherine Harris despite its unbridled "uneasiness" from the GOP. LINK

2006: Governor:

Can Ventura's team do it again?" Dallas Morning News on Kinky Friedman's team of Minnesota consultants. LINK

"Taft Hosting GOP Luncheon for Governors, Hopefuls," Columbus Dispatch reports that the Republican Governors' Association will host a fundraising luncheon later this month for gubernatorial candidate J. Kenneth Blackwell and fellow GOP-ers. LINK

"Strickland, Blackwell Reel in the Cash," Columbus Dispatch. LINK

"Activists: Advisory Proves Blackwell Suppressing Vote," Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that, according to voting rights activists, gubernatorial candidate J. Kenneth Blackwell and his campaign office are attempting to override voting laws. LINK

"Suozzi ad only half true: mag," the New York Daily News on an angry New York magazine. LINK

2008:

"A Bloomberg bid for President? Guests won't say," New York Times, in which Al From broke bread with the Mayor and we wonder if Hillary Clinton already knew about that. LINK

2008: Republicans:

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