The Note: Not That There's Anything Wrong With It, Part IV

In a story that dismisses the competitiveness of Rep. Richard Pombo's (R-CA) seat and which downplays the competitiveness of Rep. John Doolittle's (R-CA) seat, the Wall Street Journal's Jackie Calmes Notes that the redistricting plan drawn by Michael Berman -- brother of Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) and uncle of Lindsey Berman -- has narrowed opportunities for both parties to pick up seats in California.

Patrick Murphy, the Democratic nominee and Iraq war veteran running against freshman GOP incumbent Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) in Pennsylvania's hotly contested 8th Congressional district garnered major editorial page space today in the Philadelphia Daily News with an editorial on Iraq co-written with Sen. John Kerry (D-MA). LINK

Of all the important issues on the table for November's midterms, the most important in the tight race between Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA) and Democratic challenger Lois Murphy may not be Iraq or education, but a referendum on trash collection in Reading, PA. The Philadelphia Inquirer's Nancy Peterson has the story. LINK

The Hartford Courant reports that the Connecticut state GOP is looking to attract some high-rollers for a $15,000-per-head fundraiser that will offer attendees "a picture and . . . a firm handshake" from President Bush. The money raised won't go to individual campaigns but be spent for the entire Republican ticket. LINK

The Des Moines Register's Higgins reports that Republicans around the country are stepping into the competitive IA-03 race and contributing huge sums of ad money to unseat Democrat Leonard Boswell, as the NRCC alone has spent nearly $112,000 on ads thus far. LINK

2006: Senate:

Sen. Chuck Schumer successfully persuaded four Senators with large campaign warchests (three of whom are in cycle with easy reelects) to part with big chunks of their cash. Sens. Kennedy, Clinton, Durbin, and Feinstein have stepped up to the plate, each giving $1 million from their campaign committees to the DSCC in recent days, reports Roll Call.

Making him the latest public official to discover Jewish roots late in life, the Washington Post's Michael Shear reports that Sen. Allen "said for the first time publicly yesterday that he has Jewish ancestry, a day after responding angrily to an exchange that included questions about his mother's racial sensitivity and whether his family has Jewish roots." LINK

The Note continues to wonder: Will Sen. Allen's angry reaction at Monday's debate spur Jews to give heavily to Webb? ABC News' Jake Tapper tackles the brewing controversy in his "Political Punch" blog. LINK

Sen. Allen is meta-embracing his Jewish heritage, something he only became aware of after reading an article last month, reports Carl Hulse of the New York Times. LINK

A Quinnipiac University poll finds a dead heat in Ohio. LINK

Quinnipiac also released a New Jersey Senate poll this morning and finds it within the margin of error too. (Note the awareness of and reaction to the Menendez ethics issues.) LINK

Sen. Maria Cantwell won a huge victory in the Democratic primary in Washington state, despite her support of the Iraq war. LINK

Republican challenger John Spencer called Clinton to defend Pope Benedict XVI's right to free speech, Notes the Washington Times. LINK

Bay State Primary Day:

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