The Note: Faux-mentum?

"Lawmakers Get Extra Credit," Sunday's Washington Post on the US Chamber of Commerce altering two of its ads – for Reps. Michael Sodrel (R-IN) and Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) – while pulling a third, which got the vote of Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) wrong. LINK

"Leveled Colorado District Creates an Election Lab," Saturday New York Times on the (beautiful) political experiment that is Coloardo's 7th district. LINK

"Democrats mum on 'corruption,' " the Washington Times' Christina Bellatoni sees Democrats reining in their use of the "culture of corruption" attack out of fear that the slogan would "backfire after two senior members of their own party were implicated in ethical scandals." LINK

"Pennsylvania: Murphy Poll Shows her Tied with Gerlach," Roll Call on Democrat Lois Murphy's campaign's latest poll indicating her race in Pennsylvania's sixth congressional district against Rep. Jim Gerlach (R) is a dead heat, with Murphy leading 42-41 percent. LINK

Facing Voters, Georgia Congressman Gets an Assist From Documentary," New York Times on Rep. Cynthia McKinney's hope of last-minute support from a new movie that depicts her as "a progressive heroine." LINK

"Critics Say Politics Driving Immigration Hearings," New York Times. LINK

"3 Indiana races represent worry for GOP," The Chicago Tribune. LINK

2006: Senate:

"Why Harold Ford Has a Shot," Time Magazine on Rep. Harold Ford Jr.'s (D-TN) potentially rosy chances at capturing the Tennessee Senate seat vacated by Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN), a victory that could give Dems "the sixth [seat] that they need to take back control of the chamber." LINK

"Will Tennessee Swing?" Newsweek asks the question on everyone's minds given the recent GOP primary victory of former Chattanooga mayor Bob Corker, a "strong foe with crossover appeal and a big bank account." LINK

"In Montana Senate Race, Focus Is on Local Issues Rather Than Washington," New York Times. LINK

"Md. Democrats Look to Seize Senate Race's New Spotlight," Washington Post. LINK

"The Race About Race," US News & World Report on why the Maryland Senate race might be more about the fight for the white vote than the black vote. LINK

"Ex-Harris aides provide peek into campaign," the Palm Beach Post has former staffers to Rep. Katherine Harris' (R-FL) Senate campaign portraying the congresswoman as micro-managing, "ungrateful," and akin to Meryl Streep's character in "The Devil Wears Prada." LINK

2006: Governor:

"Two sides of Spitzer," the New York Daily News on the would-be governor. LINK

"How Many Voters See a Black-White Contest?," Columbus Dispatch on Ohio's gubernatorial race. LINK

"An independent candidate with independent ideas," the Economist on Rod Bryan's independent bid for Arkansas' governorship. LINK

2006: ballot measures:

"Court's Eminent-Domain Edict Is a Flashpoint on State Ballots," The Wall Street Journal on Republicans' push to curb eminent domain through state initatives. LINK

2008: Senate:

"Thune Won't Bid for NRSC," Roll Call reports that Sen. John Thune (R-SD) has announced he will not accept the bid to head the NRSC in 2008, opening up a top spot in the GOP.

2008: Republicans:

"Courting a New Coalition," Time Magazine's Mike Allen on the star-studded recent meeting of Legacy, a group of wealthy Evangelicals that comprises one of the "least known" but "most eagerly courted screening committees for the next G.O.P. presidential nominee." LINK

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