The Note: The Pop-pop and Mom-mom Parties

Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) will join Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and the Bay State congressional delegation for a fund-raiser for Patrick on Monday.

Another visit by Sen. Obama, who stumped for Patrick during the primary and called to congratulate him Tuesday night, "is also in the works."

"'This is the beginning of a golden era in African-American politics,' said Peter Groff, founder of the University of Denver Center for African American Policy. 'This is our key black race of the moment. We've been watching it for a long time. We think he has the best chance of any African-American running for top office to win.'"

Marjorie O. Rendell, wife of Gov. Edward Rendell (D-PA), has traveled the state before to talk about issues relating to civic education, history and the arts but now in the midst of an election she is nowhere to be seen on the campaign trail, Notes Angela Couloumbis of the Philadelphia Inquire. LINK

In a sign that the advice of Pennsylvania Republican Party Chairman Rob Gleason is being heard, Lynn Swann, the party's gubernatorial nominee, crisscrossed the state yesterday attacking Gov. Rendell on the infamous pay raises of July 7, 2005, reports the Post-Gazette's Mauriello. LINK

The Schwarzenegger Era:

Per the AP's Juliet Williams, the California Faculty Association, a union that represents about 22,000 professors and other CSU employees, "launched a 'Flunk Arnold' contest on Wednesday asking CSU students to design a 30-second television commercial criticizing Schwarzenegger." LINK

"The winning spot will air statewide during The Daily Show in October. Its creator also will win a year's worth of fees at their school. One year of annual fees also will be paid for the student who designs the best 'Flunk Arnold' Web site."

Casting and counting:

In the latest case of moving technological progress backwards, Gov. Bob Ehrlich (R-MD) called for the state to "go low tech" and revert to a paper ballot system for the November elections a week after the primary was plagued with technological snafus despite $106 million voting system on hand. LINK

Election workers in Boston failed to count write-in votes in 8 precincts in the city. And this is not the first time the city has had election woes. LINK

``It was human error," Mayor Thomas M. Menino said in an interview yesterday. ``We haven't discovered yet why they didn't count them, because it is more important to get the count complete. We will. They were well trained. They went to training sessions, but somehow they didn't follow procedures."

More problems in the Lone Star State's Jefferson County. LINK

Political potpourri: Two must-read pieces in the Personal Journal, as the Wall Street Journal's Jessica Vascellaro takes a must-read look at new Web sites -- like Hotsoup -- that aim to capitalize on the social-networking craze to spark political involvement.

The Wall Street Journal's Peter Grant looks at the web-video factor in politics. LINK

We're not sure the DNC did anything other than boost Grover Norquist's speaking fee, by suing for the release of Secret Service records of entrance to the White House. "White House officials said Mr. Norquist, who runs the nonprofit Americans for Tax Reform, was cleared for 97 visits to the White House complex from 2001 to 2006, including a half-dozen with the president," reports the Associated Press. LINK

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