The gubernatorial candidates in Michigan will square off for the second time tonight in a televised debate. The article offers Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI) and Dick DeVos (R-MI) some pointers from political scientists on how to appeal to voters without being too aggressive and/or negative. LINK
The Washington Times' S.A. Miller and Jon Ward report that current Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich has accused his Democratic challenger, Martin O'Malley to running a "Rose Garden" campaign "by ducking debates and relying on attack ads." LINK
The Boston Globe reports that the GOP lobbying group Log Cabin Republicans may not support the Republican gubernatorial candidate in Massachusetts Kerry Healy (R ), because of her beliefs. LINK
The Schwarzenegger Era:
The Los Angeles Times looks at Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) and his gubernatorial opponent Phil Angelides' contrasting view of the Americans dream and how their respective view play to their supporters. LINK
The San Francisco Chronicle ed board gives the governor's debate, which was held on Saturday, a thumbs down and Notes that when asked if the paper could present a live webcast of their upcoming hour-long endorsement meetings, Angelides agreed while Schwarzenegger declined. LINK
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the business community applauds Schwarzenegger's veto of two punitive damages bills that he once sponsored. LINK
The San Francisco Chronicle's Carla Marinucci and Greg Lucas have Angelides saying that the biggest news to come out of his recent debate with Schwarzenegger was that the governor said, according to Angelides, "that his special election initiatives . . . that would have cut education, taken pensions away from police officers and firefighters . . . he said those initiatives were 'good ideas.' LINK
In her look at Gov. Mitt Romney's (R-MA) Mormon religion, the Los Angeles Times' Elizabeth Mehren gets Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, to say that evangelicals are "appalled" by customs such as marrying people after they have died and converting the dead. LINK
More Haggard: "We evangelicals view Mormons as a Christian cult group. A cult group is a group that claims exclusive revelation. And typically, it's hard to get out of these cult groups. And so Mormonism qualifies as that."
Dr. Richard Land, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, tells the Los Angeles Times: "If given a choice between a Mormon social conservative and a Catholic social conservative or an Episcopal social conservative or a Presbyterian social conservative, they are going to pick the Catholic or the Episcopal or the Presbyterian. But if given a choice between [former New York Mayor Rudolph W.] Giuliani and Romney, I think a lot of evangelicals would vote for Romney. We are not electing a theologian-in-chief. We are electing a commander-in-chief."
Gov. Romney angered many when he used the word, "tar baby," in a speech less than six months ago, yet he will be a speaker at a Detroit leadership summit today and highlight how to improve race relations, the Boston Herald reports. LINK
Providing fodder for future Sunday morning interviews, Sen. McCain is endorsing Republican Randy Graf, the immigration hard-liner whom Rep. Kolbe has refused to endorse, as well as Rep. J.D. "Whatever It Takes" Hayworth (R-AZ). LINK