The Note: Everything Is Relational

In the Arkansas gubernatorial race, there are different views on what to do with the surplus, and what to do with that pesky grocery tax: "Democratic Party nominee Mike Beebe has said he wants to phase out the tax over time and tie its elimination to state revenue growth, while Republican Asa Hutchinson says there's enough money in the surplus to eliminate the tax immediately." LINK

Per the AP, Ohio gubernatorial candidate Ted Strickland (D) picked up endorsements from the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Columbus Dispatch this weekend. LINK

In a Dallas Morning News poll, Gov. Rick Perry is outshining his opponents among Hispanic voters. Perry has a strong record with Hispanics in Texas. A Perry advisor estimates that 50% of the Hispanic vote will go to Perry. LINK

In Sunday's New York Times Magazine, Gov. Schweitzer said a Bill Ritter win in Colorado would complete a "blue bridge from Alberta to Mexico," a string of Democratic governorships stretching across Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona -- states that all broke for Bush in 2004. LINK

The Schwarzenegger Era:

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) and state Treasurer Phil Angelides squared off in their first and only debate over the weekend.

While the Democrats' candidate for California governor Phil Anglides was receiving instruction from his advanceman about which camera to speak into Saturday's night, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) was livening up a "dull" debate, writes George Skelton. LINK

More from the Los Angeles Times on Democratic candidates in California who are scared that Angelides poor performance against Schwarzenegger may hurt their ballot chances in November. LINK

Richard Marosi of the Los Angeles Times wrote over the weekend that immigration is the hot topic for the California gubernatorial race, but both candidates are treading lightly around the issue. LINK

2008:

"Presidential hopefuls routinely use midterm elections to illustrate their party loyalty and fund-raising heft. But this year is notable (sic) because the nation is facing the first presidential contest in decades without an incumbent or obvious front-runner from either party," writes Jeanne Cummings of the Wall Street Journal on 2008 presidential hopefuls involvement in the midterms. LINK

On Sunday, the New York Post's David Seifman columnized about Mayor Bloomberg enjoying all the 2008 presidential buzz surrounding him of late. LINK

2008: Republicans:

Can Rudy Giuliani's September 11 performance and the image as "America's mayor" thereafter carry him through an entire presidential campaign?

"For many loyal Republicans -- and more than a few independents and Democrats -- his national security message seems to work, blotting out the central question facing his candidacy: whether a supporter of legal abortion, gay civil unions, immigrants' rights and gun control; a thrice-married, Catholic New Yorker whose split with his second wife took place publicly and none too neatly, can win Republican presidential primaries and caucuses," writes the New York Times' Richard Perez Pena of Rudy Giuliani's 2008 presidential prospects. LINK

2008: Democrats:

Some big Democrats are coming to Nevada this week to help out Senate and House candidates: Former President Bill Clinton, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI), Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D-MT) and Former Sec. of State Madeline Albright. LINK

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