The Note: Republicans as Democrats

Smith provides a full account of his conversation with Spencer and defends himself against being a secret Clinton operative. LINK

2006: Senate: Michigan:

Gary Heinlein of the Detroit News reports that President Bush will campaign for senatorial candidate Mike Bouchard at a Thursday night $1,000-per-person fundraiser. Sen. Stabenow's (D-MI) campaign commented that "George Bush campaigning for Mike Bouchard in Michigan is like throwing an anvil to a drowning man." LINK

2006: Senate: Connecticut:

Sen. Joe Lieberman's rhetoric about the war in Iraq has evolved over the last several years, as Noted by the New York Times' Kornblut and Medina. LINK

"So much for no opening statement," said ABC's George Stephanopoulos of Sen. Joe Lieberman's (I-CT) 3-minute opening speech on Iraq during last night's heated debate. LINK

2006: Senate: Florida:

Marc Caputo and Beth Reinhard of the Miami Herald analyze senatorial candidates Rep. Katherine Harris' (R-FL) and Sen. Bill Nelson's (D-FL) debate. LINK

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Brittany Wallman and Anthony Man also report on the senatorial debate where Rep. Harris "took a no-nonsense approach, appearing business-like and strategically striding across the stage" as she had "the most to gain." LINK

Jim Stratton of the Orlando Sentinel has more: LINK

Palm Beach Post: LINK

2006: Senate: Nevada:

Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) and Democrat Jack Carter argued over the Senator's tendency to vote with President Bush and his support for the Administration's war strategy, reports Ed Vogel of the Las Vegas Review Journal. LINK

Polls indicate that Carter is still running 12 to 23 percentage points behind Ensign in public polling.

2006: Governor:

"Labor unions and a range of other well-financed independent groups are directing millions into the Maryland campaigns for governor and the U.S. Senate, fueling a long-anticipated onslaught of negative advertising," the Washington Post reports. LINK

"One of the most startling ads, which targets Ehrlich's Democratic challenger Martin O'Malley, shows grainy footage of a murder scene where what appears to be a dead body is visible. It began airing Friday courtesy of the Republican Governors Association."

James O'Toole of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette questions whether Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA) used a state airplane for his own private vacation. LINK

Chris Christoff and Dawson Bell of the Detroit Free Press believe "it's no coincidence that women are appearing in more ads in the governor's race" as they become the prime targets for gubernatorial candidates Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI) and Dick DeVos. LINK

The Associated Press reports on Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Loretta Nail's hopes that voters in Alabama "will eventually focus on her platform" although she is "campaigning on her cleavage." Her campaign is distributing t-shirts of her photo with the words "more of these boobs" over photos of her opponents with the words "and less of these boobs." LINK

The Schwarzenegger Era:

Last week's incident in California -- involving GOP House candidate Tan Nguyen and his threatening letters sent to Latino voters in Orange County -- has galvanized the gubernatorial candidate's efforts to court the Latino vote in southern California. LINK

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