The Note: Keep You Safer

The Palm Beach Post reports that "Palm Beach County GOP Chairman Sid Dinerstein called on Democratic County Commissioner Burt Aaronson to resign for his remarks on Iraq and Mark Foley at a Democratic meeting last week. At a Dem pep talk, Aaronson had said "Thank God for Mark Foley." "The American people do not view the war in Iraq as a political opportunity nor do they see the molestation of children as an occasion to 'thank God,' " Dinerstein said. LINK

Foley: Hastert and the stranger:

The Chicago Sun-Times' Lynn Sweet reports that Hastert was duped Tuesday into letting a stranger into his Plano, IL home. LINK

"Hastert literally let his guard down and allowed in his house a hustling, self-promoting evangelist little known in this country, the Houston-based K.A. Paul, who at 7:30 a.m. arrived at the speaker's home with a camera-wielding associate."

Bush Administration agenda:

Doug Thompson of the Arkansas News highlights the allusions Karl Rove drew to World War II during a fundraiser for gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson. Reminding the public that "this is war," Rove wishes "we could have set a timetable where if this thing in Europe wasn't won by June 8, 1944, we're out." The Democratic Party of Arkansas was not phased by Rove's appearance, "we'll let the Republicans continue to rely on members of the failed Bush administration in their last-minute attempt to bolster support." LINK

Per USA Today, First Lady Laura Bush will help fundraise for Republican Sen. Jim Talent, R-Mo., in St. Louis on Thursday. She also plans to take part in a tree-planting ceremony in Forest Park and help Talent light the Gateway Arch in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. LINK


The war in Iraq, economic issues and Republican scandals trump wedge issues in Ohio, writes the Washington Post's Michael Fletcher for thenewspaper's front page. LINK

The Cincy Enquirer mentions the latest University of Akron poll, saying that the state is "ripe for change." The article analyzes every point of the poll, from the most specific ballot measure to the most broad assessment of Ohio voters, namely: 80 percent feel that the Ohio government is corrupt. According to the political scientist in charge of the poll, " 'Ohioans are unhappy.' They think the Buckeye State is on the 'wrong track' and the economy and corruption head their list of concerns." LINK

Darrel Rowland of the Columbus Dispatch speculates that a win for gubernatorial candidate Rep.Ted Strickland (D-OH) could trickle down into a win for the whole Democratic ticket. A new University of Akron poll shows Strickland ahead of J. Kenneth Blackwell (R-OH) by 14 points. A political scientist quoted in the article says that the Foley scandal could easily depress conservative voter turnout. LINK

More on ethics questions in the Ohio governor's race: "Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Blackwell defended himself against Democratic charges that he has been too political in his role as Ohio's chief election officer in a meeting Tuesday with The Enquirer's editorial board." LINK

2006: landscape:

With Democrats running even or ahead of Republicans in Red State Senate races, with the exception of Arizona, Ron Brownstein has a fascinating look at the Democrats' effort to shake the recent political trend of states choosing their senator based on how they voted in the presidential election. LINK

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