The Note: Everything's Different Now

The Los Angeles Times' Janet Hook's Sunday look at the shaky ground upon which House Republicans stand. LINK

Dan Balz and David Broder reported in Sunday's Washington Post that "at least 18 more Republicans have gone on the 'watch list' for potential defeat" since the start of the year in their look at the expanded map. LINK

Florida primary day:

The AP reports that despite mockery and criticism of a bad campaign, Rep. Katherine Harris (R-FL) will likely win the GOP nomination in Florida today. Harris' former campaign manager said, "this campaign will go down in history as one of the most disastrous ever run in the United States." LINK

The Associated Press also provides an excellent primer on the gubernatorial primaries in the Sunshine State. LINK

It is uncertain how Christine Jennings will fare in today's Democratic primary despite the support of the DCCC and the nearly $300,000 on hand, which is almost five times the amount Democratic opponent Jan Schneider has, writes The Hill. LINK

Bush Administration agenda:

Adam Nagourney and Jim Rutenberg's Sunday New York Times Page One take on how Karl Rove's influence with congressional GOP campaign strategy may be shrinking in relationship to the President's approval rating. LINK

Washington Post headline: "Ehrlich, Steel Absent From President's Md. Visit." LINK

Phil Singer will likely Note that the Washington Post has Steele spokeswoman Melissa Sellers saying the presumptive GOP Senate nominee would appear with Bush if he visits Maryland again.

David Sanger of the New York Times Notes President Bush's low-key Labor Day with nary a candidate by his side. LINK

GOP agenda:

In a must-read, the Wall Street Journal's David Rogers reports that House Republican leaders are considering a pre-election bid to make permanent the $1,000 child tax credit and marriage penalty relief provisions enacted in 2001. LINK

"Like most of the Bush administration's tax breaks, these are due to expire at the end of 2010, when top rates for the wealthy and capital gains also will be in play. The strategy has been to wait until close to the deadline and then call up all of these issues at once, making it harder for Democrats to resist. But in the current political climate, the leadership could accelerate action on provisions for middle-income taxpayers if it means preserving Republican control of Congress in November."

The New York Times' Carl Hulse and Rachel Swarns report the not-too-surprising news that Republicans will not push through any immigration reform legislation in the next weeks and will instead focus on national security. LINK

USA Today's Kiely also explains how the political calendar thwarted immigration reform at the current time. LINK

The Los Angeles Times on the upcoming security agenda: LINK

Bloomberg's James Rowley and Ryan J. Donmoyer on GOP efforts to paint Democrats as soft on terrorism and eager to raise taxes. LINK

Democratic agenda:

In a Washington Post review of "The Plan" by DCCC Chairman Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) and DLC President Bruce Reed, Jonathan Weisman writes: ". . . 'The Plan' reads more like a blueprint for a narrow Democratic majority looking for legislative beachheads before the 2008 elections than what the book says it is: 'A map to the challenges of a new era.'" LINK

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