The Note: Ws and Ls

The New York Times' Abby Goodnough reports that Democrats are hoping to make some significant gains in the swing state of Florida with a socially moderate Republican for governor on the ballot which may keep the key social conservative base at home. LINK

And/but, the Associated Press reports on Attorney General Charlie Crist's (R-FL) advantages in the Florida gubernatorial race. LINK

Molly Ball reports in the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Nevada Democrats claim that Republican gubernatorial nominee, Jim Gibbons silenced a miner's complaints in a whistle-blowing incident regarding a contaminated former mine site. LINK

New York Governor candidate Eliot Spitzer "appeared at times yesterday. . . was taking a victory lap," reports Celeste Katz of the New York Daily News. LINK

Gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman (I-TX) proposed a border security plan during a campaign appearance yesterday. Friedman also made inflammatory remarks about the Hurricane Katrina evacuees now living in Houston, saying that they are "crackheads and thugs." Later, Friedman's campaign retracted the statement. LINK

The Schwarzenegger Era:

Gov. Schwarzenegger (R-CA) tries to patch things up with the GOP in California after a mixed voting record and criticism of cooperating with Democratic bills, reports the Los Angeles Times' Jordan Rau. LINK

New Hampshire:

As with every Thursday, John DiStaso's must-read Granite Status column in the New Hampshire Union Leader is your one-stop shop. Upcoming visits from Kerry and Dodd and key staffers for Romney and Pataki are just a few of the nuggets you will enjoy today. LINK

Iowa:

Here's some fun for you all. Try to find the Economic Freedom Fund in some FEC disclosure forms to find out who is doing this polling in Iowa: LINK

2008: Republicans:

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) writes in a Wall Street Journal op-ed: "President Bush today finds himself in precisely the same dilemma Lincoln faced 144 years ago. With American survival at stake, he also must choose. His strategies are not wrong, but they are failing."

Gingrich urges his former congressional colleagues to "immediately pass the legislation sent by the president yesterday to meet the requirements of the Supreme Court's Hamdan decision." More broadly, he calls on Congress to "pass an act that recognizes that we are entering World War III and serves notice that the U.S. will use all its resources to defeat our enemies -- not accommodate, understand or negotiate with them, but defeat them."

Glenn Blain of the Journal News Notes that Rudy Giuliani continues to ride the wave of Sept. 11 and remain one of the nation's most popular political figures. LINK

Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) stands by his decision not to provide state protection to the former President of Iran when he comes to speak at Harvard this weekend. LINK

A Wall Street Journal editorial on two of the three Democratic candidates for governor in Massachusetts backing tax cuts includes Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) saying that the state's $1 billion revenue surplus more than justifies a tax cut.

2008: Democrats:

The Las Vegas Review-Journal's Ball writes that former Gov. Mark Warner (D-VA) was the first Democratic presidential hopeful to visit Nevada since it became an early caucus location in 2008. Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) and former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) are planning trips there next week. LINK

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