The Note: Stop Reading Polls

The AP reports from Knoxville, TN that "clergy members opposed to a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage say they want government to 'remove itself from the field of religion.'" LINK


David Drucker of Roll Call zeroes in on Colorado with the headline "Colorado, Once Red, Is Growing Increasingly Blue."


The New York Times' Kirkpatrick reports that it was a Human Rights Campaign staffer who set up an anonymous web site that was responsible for first posting the Foley emails to a Louisiana page. The Human Rights Campaign learned of the staffer's involvement this week and fired him. LINK

Politics of the pulpit:

Liberal watchdog group CREW has filed a complaint with the IRS looking into church involvement in Kansas Attorney General Phil Kline's campaign, reports the New York Times. LINK

Politics of

Stacy Johnson of the Des Moines Register writes that "politicians are hoping 'pokes' will turn into votes this November as they court the college crowd on" LINK

Casting and counting:

The Wall Street Journal's June Kronholtz breaks down potential ballot problems, stemming from the Help America Vote act including elderly poll workers, long lines, recount delays, and hackers.

David Brooks declares an end to "conservative dominance":

David Brooks delivers a near must-read New York Times column in which he declares an end to conservatism due to an exhausted agenda and splintered movement and the beginning of a period without ideological dominance. Be sure to read what he sees as the implications for that in 2008 and beyond. LINK

Other calendar items:

Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) continues his bus tour today and travels to cities in southwest Arkansas. The bus tour is scheduled to end at 7 pm ET with a "Push to the Polls" celebration including live entertainment from Gov. Huckabee's band, "Capitol Offense" at Juanita's Mexican Restaurant in Little Rock, AR.

Gov. Tom Vilsack (D-IA) speaks to the Asia Society on "Sustaining Economic Growth While Combating Social Challenges in Asia" in New York City, NY at 6 pm ET.

This Morning, Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) began his two-day tour of Pennsylvania addressing the growing threat against America with an 8 am ET scheduled "Gathering Storm" speech at the PRL, Inc. in Cornwall, PA. Sen. Santorum delivers the same speech at 11 am ET at Valley Forge Military Academy and College in Wayne, PA, and at 2:30 pm ET to the Nightvision Systems in Allentown, PA before delivering the speech again at 4:30 pm ET at the Wyomissing Fire Department in Wyomissing, PA.

Former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) promotes a Colorado ballot measure to raise the state's minimum wage with Democratic congressional candidates Jay Fawcett, Angie Paccione, Ed Perlmutter, and Bill Winter at the State Capitol in Denver, CO at 1 pm ET.

The Brookings Institution holds a discussion on Iraq and Afghanistan with Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC at 12:30 pm ET.

The National Press Club Young Members Committee hosts a discussion on "The Agonies and Ecstasies of Covering George Bush and Condi Rice" with Elizabeth Bumiller, White House correspondent for the New York Times and Steve Weisman, former chief diplomatic correspondent for the New York Times at the National Press Club in Washington, DC at 7 pm ET.

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