The Note: Gradual Push-Me-Pullback

Carl Hulse of the New York Times takes a look at incoming Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his apparent willingness and desire to work cooperatively with Democrats -- especially on ethics reform and a minimum wage increase early in the 110th Congress. LINK

Democratic agenda:

Breaking a campaign pledge, Democrats say they will not implement one of the suggestions from the 9-11 panel -- the reorganization of the committee oversight structure. And the Washington Post has the story -- including the family reaction. LINK

The incoming majority:

Steve Tetrault of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports that Sen. Harry Reid's (D-NV) chief of staff Susan McCue is leaving for the ONE campaign and Gary Myrick will fill the spot. LINK

Calling Jim Webb's remarks to President Bush at a White House function "patent disrespect for the presidency," the Washington Post's George Will hammers Senator-Elect Jim Webb (D-VA) for his recent exchange with President Bush. LINK

Imus and Fineman batted this one around as well this morning.


Google's CEO offered some advice on Wednesday to GOPers looking ahead to 2008: "make better use of the Internet's electioneering power if you want to win next time," Reuters reports. LINK

New Hampshire:

John DiStaso of the Union Leader reports that a New Hampshire judge limited the amount of damage Democrats could seek in their phone jamming case "to the extent that they can establish a direct link between the precluded communications and the hindered (voter turnout) activity." LINK


Ending one of the nation's last unresolved races, Democrat Larry Kissell conceded Wednesday to Rep. Robin Hayes (R-NC) in North Carolina's 8th Congressional District, the AP reports. LINK


ABC's Jake Tapper writes on the media's reaction to Al Sharpton's and Jesse Jackson's involvement in the Michael Richards Laugh Factory incident. Boycott Seinfeld, Jackson says. LINK

Concerned that apron parking makes it dangerous for the disabled to use sidewalks, former Gov. Michael Dukakis (D-MA) has been hammering Los Angeles city officials to crack down on the practice in Westwood. "In a few weeks, parking enforcement officers are expected to begin aggressively ticketing cars that block streets and sidewalks," reports the Los Angeles Times. LINK

Casting and counting:

The Wall Street Journal's June Kronholz reports that the House "seems likely to quickly pass a long-stalled bill that would tighten the security of touch-screen voting." Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who will head the rules committee in the new Democratic-controlled Senate, has announced hearings on an "identical measure."

"That legislation would require that touch screens provide a paper record of each ballot and a random audit of a fraction of those records to verify that votes are being counted correctly. Seventeen states already use paper trails, and a dozen require random audits. But some of this month's closest elections -- including for House seats in Florida, Pennsylvania and Indiana -- were in states that don't use either."

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