The Note: Pending: Six Days of November Surprises

Gov. Romney is a big earner, and therefore winner, with the national party, the Boston Herald's Kimberly Atkins reports.

Fred Dicker of the New York Post writes that Gov. Pataki's (R-NY) recommended picks for federal judgeships appear to be on hold pending the outcome of the November 7 election. LINK

As Dicker Notes, Pataki plans a seven state campaign swing in the homestretch. Pataki's campaign swing is scheduled for October 31 through November 4 and includes Florida, Michigan, and Iowa as stops.

Pataki will not be the only '08er from New York who plans to hit the Hawkeye State stump before Nov. 7. Rudy Giuliani is expected to wrap up his homestretch campaign stumping in Iowa on behalf of congressional candidates and gubernatorial hopeful Rep. Jim Nussle (R-IA) on Monday Nov. 6.

Dr./Leader/Sen. Frist is "backing good standing with the Tennessee medical board after catching up on continuing education and paying a fine for failing to do the work on time," reports the AP's Nancy Zuckerbrod. LINK

2008: Democrats:

In a Sunday op-ed in the Chicago Tribune, Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) and Sen. Dick Luger (R-IN) urged the creation of an International Nuclear Fuel Bank which would "ensure access to nuclear energy for peaceful purposes and prevent weapons proliferation." LINK

The Indianapolis Star on the 2008 implications of 2006 for Sen. Bayh. LINK

Foley:

The St. Petersburg Times' Adair and Allison ask aloud why Rep. Jim Kolbe and staffers Jeff Trandahl and Kirk Fordham, who are all openly gay, were trying to hush questions about Foley's conduct when they first heard of his behavior several years ago. LINK

In Sunday's Washington Post, Amy Goldstein and Elizabeth Williamson reported that Foley's behavior went unchecked because it operated "within accepted norms of the program's culture" where congressmen often watched out for the young pages and pages looked up to them as mentors. LINK

NIE report:

In Saturday's Washington Post, Walter Pincus looked at the suspension of a Democratic staffer on the House Permanent Select Committee by Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI) for his suspected involved with the leak of the NIE report. LINK

More from the Los Angeles Times: LINK

Casting and counting:

Jake Tapper, Rebecca Abrahams and Eduardo Sunol of ABC News discuss worries about new electronic voting machines. ABC News has obtained an independent report claiming that "original Diebold factory passwords are still being used on many voting machines" enabling them to be hacked by anyone who has seen the disks and preventing local officials from customizing and protecting their machines. LINK

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Dick Polman writes that the perils in using new electronic voting machines is "not a particularly sexy issue," but could cause a major uproar on Election Day and after. LINK

The Associated Press reports that ten communities around New Hampshire had to recall absentee ballots already because of printing errors. LINK

In memoriam:

Thomas Ropp of the Arizona Republic reports on the death of Marguerite Hensley, Sen. McCain's mother-in-law. LINK

Our condolences to the family.

Other calendar items:

At 12:00 pm ET, former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) and Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) hold a conference call to discuss six states that have minimum wage initiatives on the ballot this year: Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Missouri, Nevada and Ohio.

Gov. Romney is attending political events in California.

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