The Note: Republicans as Democrats

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) made a trip to the area and called the actions of Nguyen a "hate crime," writes Carla Marinucci of the San Francisco Chronicle. Democrat Phil Angelides also made a trip to the county and typecast the actions of the GOP member, saying the scandal revealed the party's "culture of intimidation when it comes to voting."

Mark Z. Barabak and Michael Finnegan of the Los Angeles Times (a dynamic duo, indeed) write of California Democrats looking beyond the governor's race in the Golden State for their electoral kicks this cycle. LINK

Ballot measures:

Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA), the Democrat in line to be head of the Senate's Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee, said Monday that if Democrats regain control of the Senate, he will do his "damn best" to get a hike in the minimum wage out of the Senate in 24 hours. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the woman in line to be Speaker if Democrats win control, has pledged to do the same in the House. LINK

Six states are voting on ballot measures to raise the state minimum wage. Former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC), who joined Sen. Kennedy on Monday's conference call with reporters, said that he will be spending the next three days traveling to Nevada, Arizona, and Colorado to promote minimum wage ballot measures in those states.

Pelosi politics:

Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) is not likley to get the chairmanship on the Intelligence Committee if Democrats gain control of the House, reports the New York Times' Mazzetti. LINK

(We look forward to clocking the time it takes the RNC research shop to drop an "American Weakly" e-mail on Alcee Hastings in our inbox today.)

GOP agenda:

Jerome L. Sherman of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Rep. Phil English (R-PA) has "an eye on another elected post" if he wins re-election. He hopes to be the chairman of the NRCC and help his party "put together a new generation of talent." LINK

Democratic agenda:

Roll Call's Emily Pierce and Jennifer Yachnin point out that even if Democrats gain seats in both the House and Senate, Rep. Jack Murtha (D-Pa.) and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will have a hard time keeping their pledges to give Democrats a seat on their chamber's appropriations committees.

2008: Republicans:

Per the Boston Globe's Rick Klein, Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) talk of sending more troops to Iraq during his campaign stump for Republican candidates leaves them in uncomfortable situations. LINK

Kem Gardner takes responsibility for "this whole mess" concerning Boston Globe's disclosures of discussions among Romney aides and Church leaders talking about building Mormon support for Romney's likely presidential bid, writes the Globe's Scott Helman. LINK

"Pure bunk" is how Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) describes stories circulating about Gov. Romney's involvement with members of his church.

"'This business of prejudice against Mormons is real,' Hatch told KSL-TV Monday. 'There is a matter of prejudice out there, and he's going to have to overcome it if he's going to run for president.'" LINK

"The stories originated last week with the Boston Globe, which Hatch said is prejudiced against conservatives and is now "roughing up" Romney, a Republican who, Hatch told KSL, is among the top three or four in the party whom he'd like to see run for president."

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