The Note: Asking Ourselves Questions

Big business interests are increasing their campaign contributions to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) because of the Democrats' healthy shot of taking over the House, Notes the San Francisco Chronicle. LINK

The AP's Mike Glover looks at Iowa's two competitive House races in a story that includes details on outside group spending. LINK

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that First Lady Bush raised $171,000 for Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) yesterday while barely mentioning her own husband in the process. LINK

2006: Senate:

The New York Times checks in on the current dynamic in the Senate race in Connecticut with Sen. Lieberman standing a good chance at reelection. Anne Kornblut and Jennifer Medina write up the Hartford Courant/UCONN poll showing Lieberman with an eight-point lead and look ahead to the three scheduled debates which will provide Republican Alan Schlesinger his best chance to introduce himself to voters and perhaps drain enough support from Lieberman to help Lamont. LINK

David Brooks writes up the DeWine/Brown Senate race in Ohio in his New York Times column as a preview to 2008. LINK

Quinnipiac University is out with new poll numbers in the battle for the Senate seat in the Garden State. The poll among likely voters shows Menendez at 49 percent and Tom Kean, Jr. at 45 percent. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.6 percent. The results show a flip from the September 20 Quinnipiac University poll which had Kean at 48 percent and Menendez at 45 percent. Be sure to Note Menendez's upward movement with male voters over the past three weeks.

Chris Mondics and Jennifer Moroz of the Philadelphia Inquirer profile Donald Scarinci, who was fired from Sen. Bob Menendez's (D-NJ) campaign. LINK

The Virginia Senate race is shaping up -- among other things -- as a reflection of the nation's view of the President's Iraq policy as the candidates offer stark differences about a war that is being interpreted in myriad ways. LINK

Halimah Abdullah of the Memphis Commercial Appeal questions senatorial candidate Harold Ford Jr's potential impropriety by taking trips with his father's clients. His opponent echoed those sentiments in their latest debate, "when you went on the Financial Services Committee…why was it that within 60 days, your dad became the lobbyist for Fannie Mae?" LINK

The Los Angeles Times pro forma on trackers: LINK

2006: Governor:

"Accusations of political corruption drew closer to Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois on Wednesday, as a federal grand jury indicted one of his top advisers and fund-raisers in an alleged kickback scheme involving state pension funds," reports the New York Times. LINK

This is certainly not helpful for Gov. Blagojevich's (D-IL) reelection effort especially since it fits neatly into the message frame his opponent, Judy Baar Topinka, has constructed for the race.

Chicago Tribune on the same: LINK

The Los Angeles Times on the same: LINK

Texas Democrats are preparing a media and campaign offensive to portray Independent candidate Kinky Friedman as a racist in order to stop Friedman from encroaching on Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Bell's voter base, Notes the Dallas Morning News. LINK

The Columbus Dispatch reports that if Ohio Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ted Strickland were to win in a landslide the margin could tilt the outcome of other races in the state. LINK

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