The Note: Keep You Safer

Per the Washington Post's Michael D. Shear and Tim Craig, taxes take the spotlight in the Virginia Senate race, with Allen accusing Webb of a plan to raise taxes on many Virginians. LINK

The Washington Post's Robert Barnes Notes that character is equally important as the issues in the Webb-Allen race. LINK

The Minneapolis Star Tribune analyzes last night's Senate debate between the three major candidates, Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mark Kennedy (R-MN), and Robert Fitzgerald (I-MN). LINK, LINK, LINK

A new Quinnipiac University poll out today shows Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) trouncing Rep. Katherine Harris (R-FL) in their Senate race match-up, 61 percent to 33 percent. The poll also shows 55 percent of Florida voters believe the United States is losing the war in Iraq and 44 percent believe the US is losing the war against worldwide terrorism.

Kevin O'Hanlon of the AP reports on the Nebraska Senate race where both candidates are fueled to win, but challenger Pete Ricketts is using his self made fortune rather than the GOP cash to get his message out. LINK

2006: Governor:

Amy Worden of the Philadelphia Inquirer discusses' last nights gubernatorial debate between Gov. Rendell (D-PA) and Lynn Swann and their focus on rallying their base. LINK

Another take on the gubernatorial debate by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Tracie Mauriello: LINK

Robert T. Garret and Gromer Jeffers Jr. of the Dallas Morning News exclusively report on Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Bell's attempts to persuade Kinky Friedman to quit, "I had hoped to talk to Kinky privately, but now that it's been reported by the Dallas Morning News, I'm going to ask him publicly." Kinky, however, is in believing that "we're getting all of the liberals. We're getting all the conservatives." LINK

Gov. Rod Blagojevich and Republican challenger Judy Baar Topinka sat side by side for an interview/debate with the Chicago Tribune in what is probably their last appearance together before the election. The Chicago Tribune has the story of Blagojevich and Topinka's cracks back and forth. LINK

Chris Christoff of the Detroit Free Press also breaks down the 2nd gubernatorial debate in Michigan. LINK

2008: Republicans:

On the trail with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R), Jason Horowitz of the New York Observer has America's Mayor calling his presidential prospects "encouraging." LINK

The New York Post's prolific Maggie Haberman captures this bit of color in her coverage of Giuliani's fundraising appearance on behalf of New York GOP gubernatorial candidate John Faso. LINK

"In an odd moment, an old woman quietly took the dais while Giuliani and Faso were still there -- and started reading a rant about the 'new world order' being the cause of the 9/11 attacks. Giuliani patiently let her read until his wife, Judith, and other aides eased him off stage."

The Arkansas Democrat Gazette reports that state "expenditures increased from $ 8. 585 billion in fiscal 1997 to $ 15. 648 billion in fiscal 2006." Gov. Mike Huckabee is slated to announce his new budget plan, if reelected, after the election on Nov. 9th. LINK

2008: Democrats:

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