The Note: A Ballet Being Fought Out in the Alley

Malia Rulon of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that in a surprising find from the latest campaign finance reports, Democratic challenger Victoria Wulsin has raised more money, and has more money in the bank than Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH). Wulsin had $263,000 cash on hand compared with Rep. Schmidt's $224,000. LINK

Steve Tetreault of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Rep. John Porter (R-NV) spent $1.48 million in the past two months on media buys, leaving him with only $188,000 cash on hand to fight off Democrat Tessa Hafen, who reported $456,000 cash on hand. LINK

The Arizona Daily Star takes a look at the money war in the race for the Rep. Jim Kolbe's seat in Arizona's 8th congressional district. LINK

The NRCC's recent purchase of three weeks worth of ad time in Idaho's 1st district, according to a Democratic source, is the "latest example of GOP worries about holding onto traditionally staunchly Republican seats," writes Roll Call's Lauren Whittington.

Foley: political fallout:

Giving back tainted Foley money becomes the center of a congressional debate in Iowa reports, Ed Tibbets from the Quad City Times. LINK

Foley: ethics committee investigation:

ABC News' Dean Norland reports, "After his testimony Rep. Kildee (D-MI) came to the pool camera outside the ethics committee door and spoke and said there had been two conference call meetings of the House page board during the past eight days. One was last Monday and one yesterday. He said the purpose of yesterday's call was to discuss other allegations. He said these other allegations were not about Foley. He just said they were other allegations and would go no further."

Foley: FL-16:

The candidates vying for Foley's seat are receiving national attention, reports the Miami Herald's Beth Reinhard. Republican Joe Negron will campaign today with RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman while opponent Tim Mahoney will campaign with retired Gen. Wesley Clark. LINK

2006: Senate:

On "Good Morning America," ABC News' George Stephanopoulos looked at the GOP strategy to keep control of the Senate. "They are pouring most of their money to build a firewall in Tennessee, Virginia, and Missouri," Stephanopoulos told GMA's Chris Cuomo. Stephanopoulos went on to say that whoever wins two out of three of those states will likely win control of the Senate.

The Pennsylvania Senate debates may not have illuminated the views of its contenders, Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) and Bob Casey (D-PA). Instead, write Per Carrie Budoff and Thomas Fitzgerald of the Philadelphia Inquirer, "The three-debate series broke little new ground on issues . . . it served more as a soapbox for Santorum and Casey to hash out their differences." And last night's match-up, co-moderated by ABC's George Stephanopoulos, was no exception. LINK

Under a provocative "Giant-Killer Lamont Stumbles" headline, the Washington Post's Dan Balz looks at the troubles Lamont is having in his bid to unseat Sen. Lieberman. Balz names Lamont's victory celebration when he was flanked by Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, Lamont's decision to go on vacation following his primary win, and the unsuccessful effort to challenge Sen. Lieberman's claim to have been involved in the civil rights movement as a college student. LINK

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