Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) wants the people of his state to know he's independent saying yesterday that "President Bush is coming out here not to help California, but to do fundraising in California, so there's no reason for me to meet with him." LINK
A new WNBC/Marist Poll reveals Rudy Giuliani as the leading contender for president in 2008. The New York Post Notes only 50 percent of Americans would be willing to vote for a female Democrat for president in 2008 and 51 percent of all voters don't want Clinton to run for the White House. LINK
The Daily News' Michael Saul slams Mayor Bloomberg's chances of winning in 2008 in a matchup against Giuliani and Hillary Clinton. Saul points to the WNBC/Marist poll, where only 8% of registered voters across the nation would vote for Bloomberg, compared with 44% for Giuliani, and 39% for Clinton.LINK
Per Michael Goodwin in a Daily News op-ed, "Mayor Bloomberg is soooo running for President." LINK
The Union Leader reports that Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) is gaining traction in New Hampshire, as 58 Granite Staters have signed onto his Commonwealth PAC. LINK
Steve Kornacki of politicsnh.com writes that Gov. George Pataki (R-NY) "is playing a dollar diplomacy game in New Hampshire," having opened an office in the Granite State and working up IOUs with local politicians, he may have a hard time proving he's a bona fide contender. LINK
Bloomberg's Henry Goldman reports that the New York Republican Party, which once proudly gave the state Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas E. Dewey and Nelson Rockefeller, is on the verge of its first shutout since 1938. LINK
"'The Republican Party today is in a state of chaos,' says former U.S. Senator Alfonse D'Amato, 69, its most powerful figure while in office. D'Amato says the party's eclipse -- as recently as 1998, it held the governorship, the attorney general's office and a U.S. Senate seat -- results partly from opportunities it missed while in power. 'The party became atrophied in the 12 years that George Pataki was governor,' he says. 'We didn't work to develop the bench strength.''"
Boston Globe columnist Derrick Jackson looks to the Silver State as the future of the Democratic Party. LINK
"What the Democrats do in Nevada, both in the caucuses and the general election, may very well signal the strength of their attempt to regain the White House. Nevada used to vote overwhelmingly for Republican presidential candidates until Democrat Bill Clinton won the state twice. Al Gore lost to George Bush by less than four percentage points in 2000, and John Kerry lost by just two-and-a-half percentage points in 2004."
The Indianapolis Star's Matthew Tully writes in his column about all the time Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) is spending in Iowa this year. LINK
Sen. Kerry rallied students at Ohio State University yesterday urging them to "Take back Ohio, take back our country." LINK
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports on New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson's speech Tuesday at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he said that the Hispanic vote is a sleeping giant that has yet to awaken, and Latinos must become more politically involved if they want to have the voice they deserve. LINK
More schedule items:
Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) campaigns with New Hampshire State Senate candidate Beth Both in Pelham and Selham, NH.
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-NY) campaigns at 2:45 pm ET for Senate candidate Mike Bouchard (R-MI) at the Comerica Park in Detroit, MI at 2:45 pm ET. Expect lots of Yankees boasting from the former mayor at about the same time Mayor Bloomberg plans to attend the Mets playoff opener in Queens, NY.
Good Housekeeping holds a reception to honor Elizabeth Edwards and her new book, "Savings Graces," in New York, NY.
Former Gov. Mark Warner (D-VA) will campaign with Democrat gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis in Tallahassee, FL, reports the Tallahassee Democrat's Ash. LINK
Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NW) celebrates his 60th birthday today.