Bloomberg News, playing catch-up, writes up the GOP shifting resources to states and congressional districts that have previously been Republican safeholds. Money is now being poured in to Idaho, where President Bush won with 68 percent of the vote in 2004. Michael Forsythe and Kristin Jensen track the money movement. LINK
And be sure to Note the closing Clinton graphs: "Democratic strategists are debating a move they hope will lead to checkmate: Where to deploy former President Bill Clinton in the final week of the campaign."
"He could be dispatched to such traditional battleground states as Pennsylvania or Ohio; or, assuming those states are secure, Clinton might head West."
"Contests in Arizona and Nevada could be tipped into the Democratic column with some well-timed rallies featuring the former president, a person familiar with the deliberations said."
ABC News' Jake Tapper takes a look at several races across the country where ethical clouds and scandal have dominated the campaigns. LINK
"Many of the scandals littering the road to Washington are pretty local -- and not even necessarily true," reports Tapper.
"A Democratic flier slams Rep. Mike Ferguson, R-N.J., for allegedly hitting on a college girl while drunk at a Georgetown bar. Ferguson denies the girl's version of events, which appeared in the Washington Post's gossip column in 2003, and the bar manager who witnessed the whole thing calls her story and the Democratic flier 'false and fabricated.'"
The Washington Times' Stephen Dinan calls President Bush's stumping for Sherwood and Allen a "sign of how bad Republicans' problems are." LINK
Ralph Z. Hallow of the Washington Times has Grover Norquist dismissing the notion of a depressed GOP base: "'There are always in every election cycle self-appointed conservative leaders who announce, 'You haven't done enough for me, so my troops are staying home,'" but 'The National Rifle Association, Americans for Tax Reform, the [National] Right to Life Committee -- the groups that actually put lead on the target and who do stuff all the time, they're not unhappy.'" LINK
David Espo of the Associated Press writes, "For more than a decade, Ohio was the place where Democratic dreams went to die. . . even Republicans concede that Rep. Ted Strickland is on track to become the first Democratic governor in 16 years." LINK
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) predicted (read: hoped) Thursday that voters will focus more now on local issues rather than national ones as Nov. 7 draws near, writes the Nashville City Paper's John Rodgers. LINK
Politics of Iraq:
Joseph Curl of the Washington Times reports that White House Press Secretary Tony Snow rejected partitioning of Iraq after leaks from the Iraq Study Group proposed the idea. Snow also dismissed the idea that the President thought Iraq was comparable to Vietnam saying his comment during an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos was only meant to refer to the propaganda of the insurgent, not the war overall . LINK
The Way to Win:
If you love The Note, and haven't yet purchased a copy of the Mark Halperin/John Harris thriller The Way to Win: Taking the White House in 2008, please ask yourself why that is.
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In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, N. Gregory Mankiw, the former chairman of President Bush's Council of Economic Advisers urges a $1 per gallon increase in the gasoline tax.