The Note: Asking Ourselves Questions

"Legislatures in 16 states have loosened voting restrictions on felons over the last decade, according to a new report, a trend hailed by some rights advocates as a step toward democratic principles and fairness, especially for black Americans," reports the New York Times. LINK

More schedule items:

RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman travels to Missouri today for a series of grassroots rallies. Mehlman was scheduled to attend a Grassroots Rally at the Lamplighter Inn in Springfield at 8:45 am ET, followed by a 10:15 am ET Bolivar rally at the Polk County GOP Headquarters in Bolivar; then a 12:15 pm ET Lebanon Grassroots Rally at the Cowan Civic Center in Lebanon; followed by a 2:00 pm ET Rolla Grassroots Rally in Rolla; and lastly a 4:00 pm ET scheduled Union Grassroots Rally at the Franklin County GOP Headquarters in Union, MO.

Gov. Tom Vilsack (D-IA) speaks to the Council on Foreign Relations about the need for energy security policy at 7:45 am ET in New York City.

Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) travels to Rhode Island today where at 1:00 pm ET he participate in a Latino Community Round Table with Democratic Senate candidate Sheldon Whitehouse at Ada's Creations in Providence, RI. Then at 3:45 pm ET Sen. Dodd gives a speech on Iraq at Providence College before attending a 6:45 pm ET Rhode Island Public Expenditures Council Annual Meeting and Dinner at the Providence Marriot.

Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) and Democrat Jon Tester square off in a Helena, MT debate.

Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) debates Democratic opponent Bob Casey Jr. at 1:30 pm ET in Pittsburgh, PA. The debate airs at 7:00 pm ET.

Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) continues his tour of Oklahoma today to benefit the Oklahoma Republican Party's efforts.

David Eisenhower, grandson of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, delivers a guest lecture at the University Of Arkansas Clinton School Of Public Service in Little Rock, AR.

Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters, speaks on "Energy, Global Warming, and Elections," at the National Press Club in Washington, DC at 1 pm ET.

An Arizona gubernatorial debate is scheduled today in Flagstaff, AZ.

Gov. Dave Freudenthal (D-WY) celebrates his 56th birthday.

The Kinky Friedman for Texas Governor Campaign hosts a fundraiser and debate viewing party featuring a special message from Kinky Friedman at the Rhodeside Grill in Arlington, VA at 7:30 pm ET.

The Center for American Progress (CAP) hosts "Latinos and the Progressive Movement" at CAP in Washington, DC at 9:00 am ET.

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) holds a discussion, "The Independent Task Force Report on Energy and U.S. Foreign Policy" at the Washington Club in Washington, DC at 9:30 am ET.

The Brookings Institution has an 11:00 am ET discussion, "The United Nations at a Crossroads: Debating the Use of Force in an Evolving World" at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.

Deputy UN Secretary General Mark Malloch Brown delivers the to give the keynote address at eth conclusion of the Brookings Project on Force and Legitimacy at the Falk Auditorium in Washington, DC at 11:00 am ET.

American University hosts a forum on the state of Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban with Sarah Chayes a former reporter for National Public Radio at American University's School of International Service Lounge in Washington, DC at 1:00 pm ET.

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