The Note: "What I Want to Know Is . . . "

The Sacramento Bee reports that Doris Matsui has told people she intends to run. LINK

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino wants to use $1 million in leftover funds given to the city for the Democratic National Convention to beautify the city's neighborhoods -- with the election just 10 months away, the Boston Globe's Andrea Estes Notes. LINK

Correction: Yesterday when we wrote about the DNC contribution to the Virginia gubernatorial race, we of course meant that Warner ran in 2001, not 2003. And to you eagle-eyed watchers of Virginia politics, Warner delivers the state of the Commonwealth address tomorrow. Thomas Jefferson would be proud. We regret the errors.

2006:

AP reports that Democrat Lawton "Bud'' Chiles III will run for governor in 2006. LINK

Former Rep. Joseph Kennedy announced yesterday that he will not seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Gov. Mitt Romney in next year's gubernatorial election. LINK

But Rep. Ray LaHood (R-IL) is thinking about getting in the race for Illinois governor. LINK

Roll Call's Nicole Duran reports that Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI) will not challenge Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) next year.

The New York Observer's Ben Smith has an interesting look at the business of being Mrs. Libby Pataki. LINK

The Schwarzenegger era:

Citizens to Save California, "a coalition of business and taxpayer groups friendly to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is preparing to raise tens of millions of dollars that can be used to push for initiatives the governor appears set to champion in a special election campaign," the Los Angeles Times' Peter Nicholas reports. LINK

CBS documents:

Howard Kurtz examines the criticism fired at the CBS report for finding that there was no evidence of political bias in the report on President Bush's National Guard service, and tick-tocks CBS' initial response to critics who questioned the story when it ran. LINK

Politics:

Be sure to read Deborah Solomon's article on C1 of the Wall Street Journal.

"Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman William Donaldson, facing business and political criticism for advocating an agenda that some consider too regulatory, is softening his stance on two controversial proposals he initially championed."

"In recent weeks, Mr. Donaldson has told SEC staffers and others that he is reconsidering his support for a proposal to overhaul the way stocks are traded in the U.S., according to people who have spoken to him about the matter. The New York Stock Exchange opposes the proposal, and now Mr. Donaldson may back a less-radical plan for overhauling trading rules."

This will resonate in circles near and far.

The Ohio activists who have asked the Ohio Supreme Court to dismiss their lawsuit challenging the state's election results are considering filing a federal lawsuit "alleging civil rights violations or seeking to intervene in a federal suit filed by the Green and Libertarian parties," the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. LINK

The Steelworkers and PACE unions are about to merge. LINK

Fred Dicker on a Democratic political heavyweight's third child. LINK

Dicker's deputy on a plum job for a Democrat who seemed to have helped George Pataki. LINK

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