The Note: Spending All the Time in the Vanity Factory

S.V. Date and Brian E. Crowley of the Palm Beach Post report that independent candidate Max Linn's participation in last night's gubernatorial debate "shook up the night and possibly, the race itself." LINK

2006: Governor: Illinois:

A statewide poll shows Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D-IL) holding a large lead over his challenger Republican Judy Baar Topinka. Rick Pearson of the Chicago Tribune explores why more voters have an unfavorable opinion of Topinka despite Blagojevich's association with scandal and allegations of corruption. LINK

2006: Governor: Iowa:

Tom Beaumont of the Des Moines Register writes that the new political star of the moment, Michael J. Fox, did some Hawkeye State campaigning yesterday for gubernatorial candidate Chet Culver (D-IA). LINK

More from the Quad City Times: LINK

2006: Governor: Maryland:

The Washington Post's Ehrlich profile by Donna St. George dubs the Maryland governor "the politician who thinks like a linebacker." LINK

2006: Governor: Pennsylvania:

Angela Couloumbis, Mario F. Cattabiani and Dylan Purcell of the Philadelphia Inquirer report that Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA) has raised more the $70 million in his past two campaigns with $361,000 in just two days last week. LINK

2006: Ballot measures:

The New York Times' Steve Friess looks at the smoking ban questions that will appear on ballots in six states on Election Day -- highlighting Nevada where even for its "live and let live" attitude, polls show wide support for limiting where people can smoke. LINK


The Washington Post's Richard Cohen asks: "Is the country ready for a billionaire divorced Jew with a penchant for the blunt quote and a habit of getting his own way? Probably not. But there is no doubt that Bloomberg has done a terrific job managing New York, and there is no doubt that the federal government is a mismanaged mess . . ." LINK

Note to Sheekey: return your calls from the Washington Post, not just your e-mails from the New York Post!!

2008: Republicans:

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) confirmed yesterday his plans to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, Notes the Union-Tribune's Marelius. LINK

"'The reason I announced today is very simple. I've always come down here to this waterfront before the congressional election,' Hunter said. ' . . . And I've always told my constituents what I'm going to be doing for the next couple of years.'"

The Washington Post's Sonya Geis has John Pitney Jr., a government professor at Claremont McKenna College, saying that Rep. Hunter "may have decided a long-shot presidential campaign is more fun" than being in the House minority. LINK

Casey Ross of the Boston Herald reports that Gov. Mitt Romney seems to be displeased with a new security report that says his Bay State isn't up to snuff. LINK

The New York Post's Maggie Haberman reports on Rudy Giuliani last week of stumping for Republican candidates. LINK

2008: Democrats:

The New York Post's Deborah Orin-Eilbeck (a new byline that) strangely suggests that Sen. Hilary Rodham Clinton's (D-NY) support for Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as Speaker if the Democrats take the House could hurt Clinton in the long run -- by making her seem both too liberal and too conservative. LINK

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