The Note

"The SEIU is aggressively organizing low-wage janitors whose ranks are heavily immigrant and undocumented." Thus, it supports the immigration bill sponsored by Sens. Kennedy and McCain that would "create an expansive guest-worker program for immigrants. The AFL-CIO and several other Change to Win unions view temporary workers as ripe for exploitation – and also a threat to jobs and higher wages."

Sen. Kennedy and Rep. Miller are expected to rally today in support of a measure to make it easier for workers to unionize -- a measure that many businesses and Republicans oppose writes Steven Greenhouse of the New York Times. LINK



"One Iowa, One Unlimited Future," that will be the theme for the three-day celebration for Gov.-elect Chet Culver's (D-IA) inauguration, Notes the Des Moines Register's Jonathan Roos. LINK


The New York Times' Kirkpatrick blogs about the latest FEC reports showing most campaign committees in debt (not uncommon in the post-election reports), but questions if the NRSC was in deep enough debt. LINK


Jeremy Wallace of the Herald Tribune reports that after gaining the support of Howard Dean, Democrat Christine Jennings has confirmed that she expects to contest election results officially in her race against Rep.-elect Vern Buchanan (R-FL), "I think we should go through the court process," Jennings said at a press conference. LINK


James Hill of the New Orleans Times-Picayune writes, "If Congressman William Jefferson, can win re-election Saturday, anything is possible. Well, maybe not anything. Elvis may live, and Iraq may be transformed into a peaceful democracy but we will never get the 'honorable explanation' Jefferson promised for the loot the feds found in his freezer." LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Erika Lovley takes a lovely look at the two Louisiana Democrats -- Rep. Jefferson and state Rep. Karen Carter (D-LA) -- who are "arguing over which one is more corrupt." LINK

The New York Times curtain-raises the race as well. LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Simmons seems to see white voters as the key to scandal-entrenched Rep. Jefferson keeping his seat in the House. LINK


Suzanne Gamboa of the Associated Press reports that Rep. Bonilla's cash on hand is roughly 10 times the amount of his opponent, Ciro Rodriquez, who has received over $800,000 from the DCCC. LINK

Frist's farewell:

The Washington Post's Lois Romano captures the "fuzzy" moment which took place yesterday when incoming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) "unexpectedly reeled Frist in" for a hug. LINK

The New York Times: LINK

Cheney's daughter expecting a baby:

Under a "reality is a blessed event" header, the Washington Post's Ruth Marcus laments that Vice President Cheney's openly gay daughter did not get pregnant during the 2004 campaign. LINK

Be sure to Note the comments from Robert Knight of the Media Research Center and Janice Crouse of Concerned Women for America which will have to be "put up on the screen" the next time a Republican '08er goes on Sunday morning television.

Politics of same-sex marriage:

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that New Jersey's civil union bill has passed committee, but opponents and supporters alike are less than satisfied. LINK

Political potpourri:

Jimmy Carter defends his book in an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times. LINK

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