The Note: CGI Friday

The AP's Will Lester writes up Sen. John Kerry's appeal to Democrats to fight back against the Bob Perry (of Swift Boat fame) funded Economic Freedom Fund for running ads criticizing Democratic congressional candidates in Georgia, West Virginia, Iowa, and Indiana. LINK

The Des Moines Register's Jane Norman reports that Gov. Tom Vilsack (D-IA) landed in New Hampshire yesterday for his second recent visit to the Granite State. LINK

Casting and counting: The Washington Post's ed board suggests that Gov. Bob Ehrlich's (R-MD) call to junk the state's electronic voting equipment smacked of a candidate seeking political advantage. LINK

Political potpourri:

An end to the electoral college? The New York Times' Rick Lyman has a look at the Golden State man with a plan. LINK

The Washington Post's Ann Hornaday reviews the new "lively, engaging nail-biter of a film that recalls 'The War Room' in its candor, intimacy and breathless pace" opening today at the E Street Cinema.  The must-see film -- "Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?"-- profiles the unsuccessful campaign of Missourian Jeff Smith, who ran in 2004 to replace Dick Gephardt in Congress.  LINK

Weekend politics:

Hawaii holds its primary tomorrow with all eyes on the Democratic Senate primary between Sen. Akaka and Rep. Case.

Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) and challenger Jon Tester (D-MT) debate on Saturday.

Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) will be out helping Democratic state House and Senate candidates in New Hampshire this weekend.

    Gov. Tom Vilsack (D-IA) headlines the Coos County Truman Dinner on Saturday in Shelburne, NH.

The DNC hosts an African American Summit through the weekend in Detroit, Michigan.  DNC Chairman Howard Dean, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI) will be on hand. 

Gov. Mitt Romney travels to New Hampshire on Sunday to campaign with the GOP candidates in Stratham, NH.

Authors Stephen King and John Grisham will help fundraise for US Senate candidate Jim Webb (D-VA) in Charlottesville, VA on Sunday.

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