The Note: Reasoning Adroitly and Speciously . . .

National Democrats are hopeful about the latest development, believing that there is still enough time to develop this story in the Arizona press and to put it up in television commercials. The New York Times. LINK

The Arizona Republic's Jon Kamman and Dennis Wagner on Rep. Renzi lawyering up. LINK

2006: House: CT-02:

This is probably not the best year to have the distinction of being the Republican who represents the most Democratic leaning district of any Republican member of the House. The New York Times' Hernandez takes a closer look at Rep. Rob Simmons' Connecticut district. LINK

2006: House: CT-04:

"Mr. Shays has been a good congressman, but not good enough to overcome the fact that his re-election would help empower a party that is long overdue for a shakeup. This decision is painful, but not difficult, given the high caliber of his opponent. With due respect for Mr. Shays's service, we strongly endorse Diane Farrell for Congress," concludes the New York Times lead editorial. LINK

The New York Post's David Seifman writes up Mayor Michael Bloomberg's television ad for Rep. Shays. LINK

2006: House: IA-01:

The Des Moines Register's Tom Witosky reports the NRCC spent $347,000 this week railing Democrat Bruce Braley, part of the $4.06 million sum in an FEC report filed yesterday. LINK

2006: House: MN-01:

While debating the specter of Democratic control with Rep. Gil Gutknecht (R-MN) yesterday, Democrat Tim Walz said: "You want me to say Nancy Pelosi so you can put it in a commercial. If it's Nancy Pelosi, so be it." LINK

2006: House: MN-05:

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Kevin Diaz reports that "alarmed by the furor surrounding Muslim Fifth Congressional District candidate Keith Ellison, a national Islamic group is targeting Minnesota with an "anti-terror TV ad" blitz disavowing ties between Islam and terrorism." The 30-second spot (on the Web at www.cair.com/video/psa.rm">LINK) is sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). LINK

2006: House: OH-01:

While raising money for Democrat John Cranley in Ohio Tuesday, former President Clinton mocked the GOP's campaign theme saying: "So we messed up, so Iraq's not going so well, and we probably shouldn't have put the head of the Florida Show Horse Association in charge of FEMA, but you still have to vote for us, the Republicans say, because the other side will tax you into the poorhouse and on the way there, on every street corner, you will find a terrorist, and when you try to run, you will trip over a terrorist.'' LINK

2006: House: OH-15:

The Hill's Patrick O'Connor writes of the "guerilla tactics" employed by Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-OH) and other GOP incumbents this year as they fight like underdogs to retain their posts. LINK

2006: House: LA-02:

"Questionable financial dealings are rarely a bar to high office in Louisiana. The culture of tolerance means that Mr. Jefferson, an eight-term congressman, cannot be counted out on Election Day, experts say. Even Mayor C. Ray Nagin has endorsed him for re-election," writes Adam Nossiter of the New York Times in his look at Rep. Jefferson's (D-LA) battle for reelection. LINK

2006: Senate: Virginia:

Virginia Senate candidates James Webb and George Allen and their national party supporters are launching another ad blitz today, spending a total of $3.45 million over the next week in Northern Virginia, reports Michael Shear of the Washington Post. LINK

2006: Senate: New Jersey:

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