The Note: One-Issue Politics

Beaumont reports for the Des Moines Register on some Iowa campaign recruitments. Sen. McCain has picked up political adviser Matt Strawn to head his Iowa campaign, and Sen. Clinton has recruited Angelique Pirozzi as caucus director, Bayh staffer Chris Hayler as Iowa political director, and Mark Daley as Iowa communications director. LINK

If Sen. Clinton doesn't know yet how much reporters HEART Mark Daley, she will find out on her next trip to the state.

South Carolina:

Lynn Sweet at the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Sen. Clinton has won the race to hire South Carolina state Sen. Darrell Jackson and his Sunrise Enterprise firm for her campaign, beating out Sens. Obama and Edwards, both of whom were wooing Sen. Jackson for themselves.LINK

In The State, Aaron Sheinin discusses Jackson's defending his endorsement of Clinton, over Obama, but some are questioning him because his consulting firm is now a client of the Clinton campaign. LINK

2008: Senate: New Hampshire:

As President Bush's job approval dropped to 31% in New Hampshire, the Wall Street Journal's Wirey John Harwood reports that Democrats are pressuring Sen. John Sununu (R-NH) on Iraq.

2008: Senate: Minnesota:

Not wasting anytime, recently announced Senate candidate Al Franken, used his first campaign event to stump for universal healthcare. LINK

Gibbons:

Scandal comes to Nevada... The New York Times writes up the allegations against Gov. Jim Gibbons, which first broke in yesterday's Wall Street Journal. LINK

Political potpourri:

The drama continues in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus after an alleged insulting comment made to one of its female members, which may force an additional five members to resign if Chairman Joe Baca (D-CA) does not apologize, although he is denying the allegations. The Hill's Alexander Bolton has more.LINK

Weekend politics:

All subject to change, of course, based in part on the winter weather and Senate votes.

Saturday politics:

On Saturday, Sen. McCain will be in Iowa where he will participate in three townhall meetings in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Davenport.

Former Sen. Edwards holds a 2:00 pm ET meeting with One Corps members and community activists at the IBEW Local 357 in Las Vegas, NV. He then travels to Davenport, IA to give a 7:30 pm ET address for the Scott County Democrats' Annual Red, White & Blue Banquet at the Starlite Ballroom Mississippi Fairgrounds.

Cindy McCain, wife of Sen. McCain attends a 10:00 am ET brunch with the Nashua Area Federated Republican Women's Club and the Nashua Republican City Committee at the Crowne Plaza in Nashua, NH, and then travels to Keene, NH for a 4:00 pm ET reception at the Historical Society of Cheshire County.

Rep. Kucinich attends a 3:30 pm ET forum at the public library in Westport, CT, and participates in a 6:00 pm ET live broadcast for WHUS Radio in Norwalk, CT.

Cindy McCain, wife of Sen. McCain attends a 10:00 am ET brunch with the Nashua Area Federated Republican Women's Club and the Nashua Republican City Committee at the Crowne Plaza in Nashua, NH, and then travels to Keene, NH for a 4:00 pm ET reception at the Historical Society of Cheshire County.

Sunday politics:

On Sunday, Sen. McCain travels to South Carolina.

Sen. Obama holds a 3:00 pm ET rally at the Clark County Government Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sen. Edwards holds a 2:15 pm ET town hall discussion on his health care plan at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, IA.

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