The Note: Organize, Organize, Organize . . .

The Billings Gazette takes a closer look at the positions held by Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) and Democratic challenger Tester on taxes. LINK

Vice President Cheney was in Montana yesterday stumping for Sen. Burns. Cheney said that "The stakes are high for America's prosperity. The stakes are high for America's security, and the stakes are high for America's families." He also took the opportunity to poke at Sen. Kerry for the comment he made about the U.S. military, reports the Billings Gazette. LINK

2006: Senate: Rhode Island:

The Providence Journal reports that Sen. Chafee has put $298,000 of his own money into his campaign. Both candidates are also looking to tout endorsements they are picking up the last few days. LINK

The Associated Press reports that a staffer for Sen. Chafee sent negative e-mails criticizing Democratic challenger, Sheldon Whitehouse, from her Senate computer, a violation of Senate rules. Lammis Vargas, a staff assistant in Chafee's district office in Providence, acknowledged to the Associated Press she sent the e-mails from a personal account but used her government owned computer to do so. LINK

2006: Senate: Florida:

The Miami Herald's Lesley Clark Notes that Rep. Katherine Harris (R-FL) held her own last night against Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) in the Florida Senate debate. LINK

2006: Governor: Nevada:

In what may now be the most interesting gubernatorial race in the country, Molly Ball, Steve Tetreault, and Ed Vogel write a story on Rep. Jim Gibbons (R-NV) and his role in helping a "Reno software company that ended up getting millions in classified federal contracts and whose owner is and was a major donor to Gibbons' campaigns." Gibbons also accepted a glitzy cruise from the company's owner, Warren Trepp. The Las Vegas Review Journal has the story. LINK

2006: Governor: Iowa:

Todd Dorman of the Quad City Times reports that gubernatorial candidate Jim Nussle (R-IA) wants term limits but he "isn't willing to say up front how long he would like to serve if elected." LINK

Dorman also details Nussle's efforts to use President Bush's upcoming visit on Friday to rally GOP enthusiasm. Last week, Nussle was criticized by Democrats for skipping Bush's visit, "I told you guys he'd be back," said Nussle. LINK

2006: Governor: Illinois:

Kurt Erickson of the Quad City Times remembers when Gov. Rod Blagojevich's (D-IL) was running for his job four years ago and railing against the corruption-laden Ryan administration. Blagojevich campaigned on a "clean government" platform, but now "finds himself the subject of many of those same types of stories, with his administration under federal investigation." LINK

2006: Governor: New Hampshire:

"If the election were today, Gov. John Lynch's (D-NH) victory over Republican challenger Jim Coburn would be a record-setting rout, according to a WMUR-TV poll released Wednesday night," writes the Nashua Telegraph's Kevin Landrigan. LINK

2006: Governor: Florida:

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