The Note: Weekly Weakly

The Washington Post's E.J. Dionne reports that Massachusetts "may be on the verge of creating two new export commodities: an attractive central-casting conservative governor and a young passionate idealist." LINK

Dionne picks up on Deval Patrick not being able to tell whether the words read to him by a Boston Globe reporter about "hope" vs. "fear" were his own or those of former President Clinton.

Ohio Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Blackwell told supporters that he does not question Democratic opponent Ted Strickland's sexuality but does fault him for not "standing up" as a congressman for sexually abused children, Notes the Cincinnati Enquirer's Jon Craig. LINK

Iowa's gubernatorial candidates Democrat Chet Culver and Republican Jim Nussle have amassed more than $13 million in combined donations making it the most expensive campaign for any office in the state's history, Notes the Des Moines Register's Beaumont. LINK

More from the Quad City Times. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's ed board writes that one GOP incumbent doing well in an otherwise bad year for Republicans is Gov. Bob Riley (R-AL), "in large part for the ironic reason that he failed to raise taxes."

2006: ballot measures:

ABC News' Dean Reynolds takes a closer look at the abortion battleground that is South Dakota this fall. LINK

With $107 million raised to date, the Washington Post's John Pomfret reports that Proposition 87, the California ballot measure over big oil, may be the costliest in U.S. history, eclipsing the $93 million spent on a 1998 ballot measure to legalize casinos on Indian reservations. LINK

2008: Republicans:

Michael Levenson and Scott Helman of the Boston Globe follow up on Gov. Mitt Romney's Mormon fundraising strategy down in Florida while campaigning with fellow Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL). Romney told reporters that he would use all avenues for fundraising for as he "eyes a run at the presidency in 2008. 'Clearly, I'm going to raise money from people I know, and that includes BYU alums, people of my church, people of other churches, Harvard Business School graduates. . . '" LINK

Note Romney's explicit Globe bashing. Gov. Romney is just one of many prominent GOPers campaigning in the Sunshine State to help save Katharine Harris's congressional seat from falling into Democratic hands. LINK

The Cato Institute gave Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) a failing grade yesterday for his budget policies, but political scientists don't seem to believe it will his presidential aspirations, Notes the Arkansas News Bureau's Aaron Sadler. LINK

2008: Democrats:

Keying off of Sen. Lieberman's experience beating back the Lamont insurgency in Connecticut, the Wall Street Journal's Daniel Henninger writes that Democrats need a "belief-based centrist, with national name recognition, to hold off McCain, Romney or Giuliani" in 2008.

The New York Post's Bishop looks at the $5 million Sen. Clinton has spent on campaign ads this fall and reports that her current ad buyer did similar work for MoveOn.org in 2004. LINK

Looking ahead to 2008, the Chicago Tribune ed board tackles Sen. Barack Obama's (D-IL) tough decision and wonders if this is his time.LINK

The Boston Herald Notes that Obama is making a Bay State campaign stop for gubernatorial candidate Deval Patrick (D-MA) today. LINK

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