The Note: Mature and Incurably Green

John DiStaso of the New Hampshire Union Leader dedicates most of his Granite Status column to the two House races in the New Hampshire and reports that Rep. Jeb Bradley (R-NH) is not pleased with a Mother Jones story alleging that his campaign manager, Debra Vander Beek, continued to receive her government salary while she was employed by Bradley's campaign. Bradley's financial officer is claiming that she never took her entire campaign paycheck. LINK

Sometimes all politics is local. Last night's OH-01 debate between Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) and Democratic challenger John Cranley began with the issue of Section 8 housing, Notes the Cincinnati Enquirer's Wilkinson. LINK

Democratic congressional candidate Bruce Braley continues his criticism of Republican opponent Mike Whalen for getting millions in tax breaks by moving his corporate headquarters from Davenport, IA to Moline, IL, Notes the Quad-City Times. LINK

The Des Moines Register's Jane Norman reports that outside groups have dumped more than $3 million into two Iowa congressional races, the NRCC has spent $1.5 million in the 1st district battle between Whalen and Braley. LINK

2006: Senate:

Sen. DeWine's (R-OH) new television ad gets personal and negative in his latest attempt to save his job, reports the Columbus Dispatch's Torry and Riskind. LINK

Roll Call's Erin P. Billings looks at the 50-50 scenario in the Senate -- a real possibility admit both Democratic and Republicans privately. We've not seen it since 2001.

The Washington Times' Christina Bellantoni curtain raises today's Bush and Clinton fundraisers in Virginia. LINK

"Mr. Bush's private fundraiser, to be held at the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond, is expected to raise $500,000 to $600,000 and energize the Republican faithful. First lady Laura Bush also is expected to raise $100,000 at a Northern Virginia fundraiser with Mr. Allen's wife, Susan."

Matt Franck of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO) opened a debate Wednesday with a series of personal attacks against Democratic challenger Claire McCaskill, while McCaskill pledged to stick to the issues saying, "I think he's a good man. . . I don't think he's comfortable attacking my character like he is. They have convinced him that he needs to do this." LINK

Responding to concerns raised that she would have a conflict of interest in elected, McCaskill -- whose husband often profits from government contracts -- said "I'll do whatever's necessary to make sure there's no ethical conflict," per Matt Stearns of the Kansas City Star. LINK

Bonna de la Cruz of the Tennessean writes that as Senate candidates Bob Corker (R-TN) and Harold Ford Jr. (D-TN) struggle to gain political ground, they are digging up old political baggage to use against each other. LINK

The Associated Press reports that former Gov. Tom Kean (R-NJ) made his first campaign trip for his son Senate candidate Tom Kean Jr. (R-NJ), where he accused Sen. Menendez (D-NJ) of being involved in a "culture of corruption". LINK

Bob Novak has Clinton foe John Spencer, who has not received financial support from the RNC, NRSC, or Bush friend Jack Oliver, saying, "I've been stabbed in the back." LINK

The AP's Michael Rubicon reports that Senate candidate Bob Casey Jr. (D-PA) followed up on his pledge during a Monday debate with Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) and released his tax returns. LINK

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