The Note: Everything's Different Now

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."

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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

Time magazine's Mike Allen blogs about "Applebee's America," the new book by Ron Fournier, Matthew Dowd, and Douglas Sosnik, which urges Democrats to stop stereotyping churchgoers and to start targeting them. According to 2004 exit polls, Protestant suburbanites who attend church at least weekly are 49 percent Democrat or independent and 39 percent believe in gay rights. LINK

(When you get your copy, you'll Note that Sen. Clinton is a blurber on the back of the book.)

Jenny Jarvie of The Los Angeles Times reports on the "splintering" and drifting of the Christian Coalition. LINK

House of Labor:

Gov. Tom Vilsack (D-IA), the chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council, has been working to forge closer ties between the business-friendly DLC and the labor organizations that are the base of the Democratic Party.

Some of the fruits of his work will be on display Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 11:30 am ET at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill when the DLC and top labor organizations come together to announce their joint support for the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA).

The act would make it easier to form unions by requiring employers to recognize a union after a majority of workers sign cards authorizing union representation.

Less enamored with EFCA than the DLC, the Wall Street Journal's ed board slams "Big Labor's bid to kill secret union elections" in today's newspaper.

The Journal warns: "The Kennedy-Miller measure has more than 200 House co-sponsors, including all but four Democrats and more than a dozen Republicans. All that's needed now is for a House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to get the ball rolling."

The Week Ahead in Politics:

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