The Note: Mature and Incurably Green

Is there really such thing as a civil debate in politics today? Well, Josh Brodesky of the Arizona Daily Star describes how last night's debate in the Senate race between Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Democratic challenger Jim Pederson "was like a meeting of old friends." They also did discuss immigration, Iraq, education, and energy policy. LINK

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Republican challenger Mike Bouchard tried to define themselves and each other in their second and final debate last night, Notes Kathleen Gray and Tina Lam of the Detroit Free Press. LINK

More from the Detroit News: LINK

The Washington Times' Eric Pfeiffer on Sen. Lieberman sitting pretty. LINK

Lieberman (I-CT) was the target of rapid-fire exchanges during Wednesday's debate with the entire five-man U.S. Senate field, Democrat Ned Lamont questioned how Sen. Lieberman would fare in "the real world" if he told his boss he couldn't fix something in 18 years, Notes the Hartford Courant's Pazniokas. LINK

2006: Governor:

Iowa Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chet Culver is maintaining a small lead over Republican opponent Jim Nussle according to television station KCCI's poll, Notes the Des Moines Register. LINK

Ohio Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ted Strickland's rented apartment in Columbiana County has triggered a complaint challenging his voting residency that might endanger his right to vote in November, Notes the Cleveland Plain Dealer. LINK

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Strickland continues to emotionally defend himself against Republican opponent Ken Blackwell's accusations of a cover up regarding an indecency charge of a former aide. LINK

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Jason L. Riley writes that Ken Blackwell's real problem "isn't his opponent so much as Ohio's disastrous GOP governor, Bob Taft, and a state party establishment that has self-destructed."

Bay State gubernatorial candidate Kerry Healey's (R-MA) latest political ad against opponent Deval Patrick (D-MA) may have gone too far, reports Andrea Estes and Frank Phillips of the Boston Globe. LINK

More from the Boston Herald: LINK

The Schwarzenegger Era:

Peter Nicholas of the Los Angeles Times looks at Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides' strategy of going after Gov. Schwarzenegger's character. LINK

"Angelides, the Democratic state treasurer, has in recent days moved off his core message that the governor's budget priorities and overall stewardship are lacking, and tried to make Schwarzenegger's past behavior an issue."

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he "found the groove" in his third year of office and Sacramento has been grooving ever since with the just-completed legislative sessions one of the most productive in recent memory, Notes an editorial in the San Francisco Chronicle. LINK

Meanwhile, the top of the Los Angeles Times editorial page reads "Angelides Under a Bus." LINK

Politics of lobbying:

The Boston Globe's Rick Klein makes Note of an ABC News video showing top Democratic Senators in close comforts with lobbyists on the posh island of Nantucket. LINK

You can see the video here: LINK

Richard Simon of The Los Angeles Times writes up the big money from special interests to lawmakers (on both sides of the aisle) in Washington. LINK

2008:

Presidential hopefuls from both parties have invaded Michigan in the past two days with visits from Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA), Notes Mark Hornbeck and Charlie Cain of Detroit News. LINK

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