The Note: CGI Friday

As Carrie Budoff from the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA) has decided to share some of his wealth, giving $200,000 of his $13.7 million cash on hand to Senate candidate Bob Casey (D-PA), who is ahead in the polls against Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) but is being out-fundraised by a 2-1 margin. LINK

2006: Governor: John Chase and Rick Pearson of the Chicago Tribune write that "Gov. Rod Blagojevich acknowledged Thursday he helped get a state job for a friend whose husband wrote a $1,500 check to the governor's daughter, but said it was "ludicrous" to suggest the job and gift were connected." LINK

The race for governor in Texas doesn't appear to be the humdrum battle between two front-runners that it once was, reports the New York Times. LINK

Kinky Friedman's words from his past continue to dominate some of the local coverage of the race. LINK

In Massachusetts, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Deval Patrick is distancing himself from remarks made by his state party chairman.  Philip Johnston accused GOP gubernatorial nominee Kerry Healey of coming "perilously close to race baiting," referring to Healey's recent remarks on illegal immigrants. Healey's camp wants Patrick to demand Johnston's resignation.  LINK

The Des Moines Register's Beaumont describes the breach in philosophies on embryonic stem cell research held by Iowa gubernatorial candidates Chet Culver (D) and Jim Nussle (R). LINK

The billionaire and the movie star:

Today's two most entertaining paragraphs in the political ether come courtesy of Josh Gerstein's New York Sun coverage of the Michael Bloomberg/Arnold Schwarzenegger anti-Washington love fest: LINK

"The notion of the Hollywood star and the New York billionaire as political populists may be difficult for some to swallow, but the two seemed convinced of the concept's appeal."

"At one point, Mr. Schwarzenegger turned to Mr. Bloomberg and gushed, 'He's my soul mate. He's the man.' The locker-room slap the former Mr. Universe then delivered to Mr. Bloomberg's shoulder looked for a moment as if it might knock the mayor off his feet."

The New York Post: LINK

The New York Times: LINK

2008: Republicans:

In the Washington Post's Style section, Libby Copeland trenchantly asks why did Sen. Allen "brag to the Richmond Times-Dispatch the other day about having eaten ham for lunch?" LINK

The Washington Post's editorial page includes a cartoon of Sen. Allen in front of a Confederate Flag, noose, and barrel of macaca, saying: "I'm proud of all my heritage. Some of it was just hard to see."

The New York Times' Anne Kornblut (on the front page of the Washington edition, but buried inside in New York) picks up on Sen. Allen's  "awkward moments" regarding the admission of his Jewish heritage and examines the role that religion plays in politics.  LINK

Faye Fiore of the Los Angeles Times on Allen's rough image week. LINK

The Hotline's Jonathan Martin Notes Gov. Romney (R-MA) strutted his stuff with some conservative House members while visiting the nation's capital. LINK

Thomas Beaumont of the Des Moines Register reports today that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) will tap David Roederer, a top GOP activist in Iowa, to head his Straight Talk America PAC in the Hawkeye State. Beaumont Notes that Roederer was also President Bush's Iowa campaign chairman in 2004. LINK

2008: Democrats:

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