The Note: Bush Politics Versus Clinton Politics

Even with so many voters dissatisfied with President Bush and the Iraq war, Rep. Thelma Drake (R-VA) is one of many Republicans candidates who are betting illegal immigration will energize conservative turnout this year, reports Nicholas Johnston of Bloomberg News. LINK

ABC's Teddy Davis reported Tuesday that the DCCC's independent expenditure will soon start advertising in the first congressional district of Minnesota. "The target? Rep. Gil Gutknecht (R-MN), a GOP House member who offered a grim assessment about conditions in Iraq after returning from the war-torn country in July of this year. Gutknecht's grim assessment, in which he said that a partial withdrawal might be wise, sent shockwaves through political circles because it followed his saying, 'Members, now is not the time to go wobbly,' during a June 15, 2006 debate on the floor of the House about Iraq." LINK

Republican Randy Graf and Democrat Gabrielle Giffords sat down for a debate last night where each questioned their opponent's record. Iraq, crime, and immigration were also central components of the debate. The Arizona Daily Star has the details. LINK

The Hill's Jeffrey Young reports on a new DCCC poll that shows Patrick Murphy (D-PA) leading freshman Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) 44 to 40 percent, while Noting that Murphy outfundraised Fitzpatrick by some $246,000 this quarter and enjoys a $200,000 cash on hand advantage. LINK

The Cincinnati Enquirer Notes that Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) is being attacked by Democratic challenger John Cranley for taking pay raises while voting against the minimum wage while in Congress. LINK

That line of attack comes straight from the national Democratic playbook. USA Today's Andrea Stone takes a closer look. LINK

"A Brooklyn Park minister's church-delivered endorsement of congressional candidate Michele Bachmann has prompted a formal complaint to the IRS and led a church official to acknowledge that the endorsement was inappropriate," reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Pamela Miller. LINK

First Lady Laura Bush is expected to campaign in Minnesota next Wednesday for congressional candidate Michelle Bachmann, Notes the Minneapolis Star Tribune. LINK

The New York Observer's Jason Horowitz colorfully profiles the potential "Ways and Means Czar" Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) and the authority he'd bring to the tax-writing committee. LINK

2006: Senate:

At yesterday's pen and pad briefing, DSCC guru Sen. Schumer (D-NY) put a $20 million price tag on his committee's GOTV effort for the cycle and took particular pride in creating voter lists in states where there were none, Missouri and Montana. Here's more on Schumer's outlook from ABC News' Catrin Jones. LINK

The New York Times' John Broder and Megan Thee break down the recent New York Times/CBS News poll in an article titled "Alarm Bells for GOP in Battleground State," which shows Ohio voters more trusting of the Democrats to handle the economy and more suspecting of Republicans being prone to political corruption. And don't miss that 14 point lead Rep. Brown (D-OH) is holding over Sen. DeWine (R-OH) in the poll. LINK

In its endorsement of Democrat Jim Webb, the Washington Post writes of Sen. Allen: "Many of the initiatives that Mr. Allen has undertaken in the Senate are the easy stuff . . . He is no one's idea of a heavyweight in the Senate." LINK

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