The Note: Everything's Different Now

Medina also reports on the new challenges facing Lamont's campaign manager, Tom Swan, a man who apparently perspires. LINK

The New York Post's Haberman writes up some anti-Semitic comments regarding Sen. Lieberman that have appeared on a online forum.LINK

The Hartford Courant's David Lightman reports that duplicating Lamont's primary win has been no easy task for other Democrats. LINK

"Sen. Lincoln Chafee, Rhode Island Republican, says he will not follow the path of Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut by running as an independent if he loses his party's Sept. 12 primary election against Cranston Mayor Stephen Laffey," reports the Washington Times. LINK

Chafee told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" that that option is "off the boards."

2006: Governor:

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Milan Simonrich reports that if history is any indication, Lynn Swan's gubernatorial chances are pretty slim. LINK

The Columbus Dispatch's Mark Niquette curtain raises the upcoming series of four Blackwell v. Strickland gubernatorial debates getting underway today. While Strickland holds the lead in most polls, Blackwell is considered the better orator and expected to do well in the debates. LINK

The Schwarzenegger Era:

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected to appear with Angelides, who now trails behind Schwarzenegger by more than 10 points in some statewide polls, to officially endorse him at a morning rally today in San Francisco's Mission District, per San Francisco Chronicle's Carla Marinucci and John Wildermuth. LINK

The San Francisco Chronicle ed board Notes that Schwarzenegger's decision on whether or not to sign environmental bills in the coming weeks will determine just how serious the Governator is in his efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions. LINK

Labor Day, California style: LINK

Politics of Iraq:

The New York Times' Archibold profiles State Rep. Jonathan Paton (R-AZ) who is running for re-election while also preparing to be deployed to Iraq. LINK

2008: Democrats:

The Des Moines Register reports that former Sen. Edwards, who is eyeing a possible 2008 run, was very near Iowa over the weekend to discuss labor issues.LINK

More on the visit from the Quad City Times: LINK

Granite Staters got a glimpse of Edwards too. LINK

Casting and counting:

The New York Times' editorial page has an update on the latest report that America's voting methods are still "in disarray." LINK

Political potpourri:

Quinnipiac University is out with its updated national thermometer poll today showing Rudy Giuliani and John McCain at the top of the heap when people are asked about the warmth of their feelings toward 20 political leaders. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) round out the list at 19 and 20, but can take solace in the finding that many Americans don't know enough about either one of them to form an opinion. (We wonder what that percentage will be on November 8.)

The Washington Post endorses Adrian Fenty for mayor, writing that his "trademark energy is only part of the story." LINK

Judge Harvie Wilkinson III, a 4th Circuit judge who was mentioned in media reports as previously having been on President Bush's Supreme Court short list, columnizes against the Federal Marriage Amendment as well as state constitutional bans on gay marriage in a Washington Post op-ed. LINK

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