The Note: February Sanity

Political potpourri:

Jonathan D. Salant of Bloomberg writes about the difficulty that Republican lobbyists are facing after the 2006 shake up. LINK

The Washington Post's Reliable Source reports that Sen. Schumer is still angry about a "B" he received from Bill Bennett for a paper he wrote on "building a more effective Congress." Bennett was a Harvard Law student who was teaching the undergraduate social studies course. LINK

Weekend politics:

Sen. McCain's Straight Talk Express travels through New Hampshire over the weekend, where the Senator holds a 10:00 am ET town hall meeting at Milford Elementary School in Milford, NH, followed by a second such meeting at Lebanon High School in Lebanon, NH at 3:15 pm ET.

Sen. Clinton spends St. Patrick's Day in Houston, TX. Sen. Clinton plans to lead a conversation with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and community leaders and address the future of the AME Church conference.

Sen. Obama holds a 6:00 pm ET rally at the Oakland City Hall Plaza in Oakland, CA.

Gov. Thompson travels through Iowa (and presumably gets his fill of pizza) on Saturday, beginning with a 9:00 am ET party fundraiser at the Pizza Ranch in Manchester, IA, followed by an 11:30 am ET meet and greet at Bill's Pizza and Steakhouse in Independence, IA, and wrapping up with a 1:00 pm ET visit to the Brown Bottle in Waterloo, IA.

Rep. Hunter headlines the 2:00 pm ET Lincoln Day Luncheon in Phoenix, AZ.

Sen. Brownback meets with media at 12:00 pm ET at the Downtown Embassy Suite in Des Moines, IA, before marching in a 1:00 pm ET St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Sen. Dodd brings his campaign to New Hampshire beginning with a 10:00 am ET reception at the Old Town Hall in Bedford, NH, a 12:30 pm ET visit to Fire Station #2, and a 2:00 pm ET visit to the Old Salt in Hampton, NH, and finishing with a 5:30 pm ET appearance at the Merrimack County Democrats' St. Patrick's Day dinner at the IBEW Hall in Concord, NH.

Sen. Biden attends the Bobby Stephen's Fund for Education's 29th Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration in Manchester, NH at 6:00 pm ET.

On Sunday, Sen. McCain holds a 3:00 pm ET meeting at Exeter Town Hall in Exeter, NH, and 5:00 pm ET remarks to the Greater Hudson Chamber of Commerce 38th Annual Awards Dinner at the Castleton Banquet & Conference Center in Windham, NH.

Sen. Dodd is still in Manchester, NH, Sunday and attends a 9:00 am ET St. Patrick's Day breakfast with the Manchester Democratic Party at the Tower Café, and makes an 11:00 am ET appearance at the St. Patrick's Day Parade outside the Brady Sullivan Building.

Sen. Biden attends the annual St. Patrick's Day Breakfast at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston, MA at 10:00 am ET.

Sen. Obama holds a 7:00 pm ET fundraiser at the Sherman Street Event Center in Denver, CO.

Gov. Richardson holds a 1:30 pm ET private fundraiser in Oklahoma City.

Former President Bill Clinton throws a "celebratory dinner" to raise funds for Sen. Clinton's presidential campaign in New York City.

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