The Note: A Ballet Being Fought Out in the Alley

With nautical metaphors and promises of prosperity, the Michigan gubernatorial candidates, Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI) and Dick DeVos (R-MI) sought to point out the differences between them in their final debate. As Charlie Cain and Mark Hornbeck of the Detroit News write: "She supports abortion rights; he opposes abortion even in cases of rape and incest, he said. She supports embryonic stem cell research; he does not. She's four-square behind public education; he backed a voucher plan. She supports universal health care; he says the best health care plan is to get a job, she added." LINK

Mark Naymik of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that in an effort to invoke the Foley scandal, gubernatorial candidate Ken Blackwell (R-OH) continues to bring up apparently discredited claims that his opponent, Ted Strickland (D-OH), hired a child abuser. LINK

Cincinnati Enquirer with more on the Blackwell vs. Strickland debate: LINK

Bill Clinton makes a trip up to the Bay State to help fundraise and campaign for gubernatorial candidate Deval Patrick (D). Lisa Wangsness of the Boston Globe reports that Clinton helped raise $2 million dollars in funds and declared his adoration of Patrick, " 'I'm sitting there listening to him speaking and I'm, `Oh, you just keep on talkin'.'" LINK

Note Clinton's continued obsession with quiet.

The Boston Herald has more: LINK

Gubernatorial candidate Kerry Healy (R-MA) finds herself having to defend Gov. Mitt Romney's "prerogative" to come out and speak against same sex marriage, reports Kimberly Atkins of the Boston Herald. LINK

"We don't negotiate with terrorists," said independent candidate for Governor of Texas Kinky Friedman when asked by the Democratic candidate, Chris Bell, to quit the race, reports Mark Leibovich of the New York Times. LINK

The Schwarzenegger Era:

The New York Times' Sewell Chan reports on the camaraderie between Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) and Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R-NYC). LINK

Even though his gubernatorial opponent Phil Angelides (D-CA) has the support of the teachers unions -- who say Gov. Schwarzenegger (R-CA) can't be trusted -- California voters do not appear ready to abandon Schwarzenegger on education, reports Howard Blume of the Los Angeles Times. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Jim Carlton Notes that Phil Angelides'' wife, Julie, "admits her husband gets down sometimes. But to keep his spirits up, she says she and the couple's three daughters now follow some advice given to Mr. Angelides by Mr. Clinton and former Vice President Gore. 'We try to hide the newspapers from him,' she says." LINK

Note the reference to former Bill Clinton/Gray Davis advance man Ed Emerson contrasting his life leading cheers of "Phil! Phil! Phil!" with his days "standing before tens of thousands at outdoor stadiums on the Clinton campaign trail."

The San Francisco Chronicle's Notes that Phil Angelides may raise the issue of character in his campaign. LINK

2006: Ballot measures:

For the Washington Post's front page, Chris Jenkins reports that 53% of Virginians back the state's same-sex marriage ban. LINK

Iowa:

Jonathan Roos of the Des Moines Register reports that candidates in Iowa are reaping the benefits from presidential prospects for 2008 with many campaign donations and PAC benefits. LINK

Note well the Edwards' strategy outlined at the end of the piece.

The Clintons of Chappaqua:

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