The Note: Trouble, My Friend, Right Here

The New York Sun's Josh Gerstein writes of Sen. Biden's Iraq plan as one of substance, but not necessarily geared towards easy applause on the Democratic presidential campaign trail. LINK

2008: Democrats: Richardson:

Under a "Can Richardson catch up? Maybe" header, the Des Moines Register's David Yepsen writes that Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) "comes to Iowa later than other leading candidates, but he arrives with credentials Tom Vilsack lacked: foreign policy experience, fund-raising ability, and cross-party appeal." LINK

2008: nomination calendar:

Molly Ball of the Las Vegas Review-Journal explores the Nevada Republican Party's apparent internal conflict on deciding when to schedule the Silver State's GOP presidential caucuses. Most GOPers agree, reports Ball, that with a later date, Democrats will have the January spotlight to themselves and be able to mobilize voters more efficiently and spend a lot more money in the state. One analyst said, "that could change the dynamic of this state from red to blue in a hurry. . . This is too close of a state to allow something like that to happen without a response." LINK

2008: Democrats: Denver:

Patrick Doyle of 5280 magazine has a in-depth look at why the Democrats will do in well in the West and why Denver was a good choice to host the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He says, "A lot of people believe that the election is going to be won or lost in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and Montana." LINK

Doyle also writes, "the West contains the fewest number of evangelical Christians, who often hold socially conservative stances. A recent study showed that, despite the presence of organizations like James Dobson's Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs, only 24 percent of Coloradans identified themselves as evangelical or born-again Protestants. Sounds like a lot, but that puts Colorado toward the bottom of the evangelical list, with states like Michigan, Minnesota, and Washington.

2008: Democrats: New Hampshire:

The Union Leader reports this morning that the investigation into former state Democratic Vice Chairman Raymond Buckley's alleged possession of child pornography is completed, and the findings will be released today. LINK

2008: Senate:

Aaron Blake of The Hill reports that a DSCC/Garin poll shows that only 35% of North Carolinians are committed to re-electing Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-NC). LINK

NRSC communications director Rebecca Fisher tells The Note, ""Sen. Dole is a rock star in North Carolina -- she had a smooth election against a tough candidate in 2002 and we expect the same for her re-election."

527s:

Progress for American Voter Fund received the third largest fine in FEC history yesterday for violating campaign finance laws by spending more that $30 million in supporting President Bush's 2004 reelection, reports the New York Times' Kate Phillips. LINK

Bush Administration agenda:

The Washington Post's Spencer Hsu and Stephen Barr report that the Bush Administration "will allow states to postpone the planned May 2008 launch of a program to toughen security requirements for driver's licenses by up to 19 months, in response to complaints about the projected $11 billion cost and potential disruptions." LINK

Rep. Jefferson:

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