Writes Steven Greenhouse in the New York Times: "Mr. Stern and his allies have also called for measures to speed mergers to create larger, stronger unions with clear lines of focus so they do not undercut one other in organizing and negotiating. But his and the Teamsters' proposal to cut contributions to the labor federation have dominated the meeting here, partly because of fears that such a sharp cut, coming to about $40 million a year, would force the A.F.L.-C.I.O. to reduce its staff and its responsibilities." LINK
"Mr. Sweeney said he was all for more organizing, but he opposed the 50 percent cut, saying it would weaken the A.F.L.-C.I.O. far too much. He argued it would be wisest for the federation to spend more on political efforts, while individual unions financed organizing efforts, as they have traditionally done."
"Stern stressed that Sweeney's approach will fail to revive organized labor, which represents 12.5 percent of the workforce, the lowest level in a century. He said that the $35 million sought by his forces was essential to rebuilding labor's base," writes Tom Edsall in the Washington Post. LINK
"Throughout the meetings here, both allies and critics of Sweeney, 70, have noted how effectively he has maintained control of the process. Sweeney has made sure that he has majorities on every subcommittee, and that allies, including Gerald W. McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, are in control of the agenda."
Correction: We're unsure why, but we somehow called Rob Stein "Ron" in yesterday's Note. We apologize to the gentleman.
Roll Call's Ben Pershing and Chris Cillizza write that Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA) is thinking of a second tour of duty as NRCC chairman.
The Hill's Geoff Earle suggests that Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) is shifting left in preparation for his re-election campaign/ LINK
Lloyd Grove of the New York Daily News touts Al Gore's March 10 New York speech on the climate (crisis). LINK
Harvard University's Institute of Politics, at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, announced its slate of spring semester fellowships yesterday. Heading to Cambridge: former Sen./Vice Presidential nominee John Edwards (April 13); Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) (March 7-8); and former Reagan deputy chief of staff Michael Deaver (April).
Deborah Orin of the New York Post looks at those who are thinking about Secretary Rice on the '08 GOP ticket. LINK
A new book for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ): "Character is Destiny: True Stories Every Child Should Know," to be published by Random House this fall. LINK
The Manchester Union Leader's John DiStaso curtain-raises Senate Majority Leader Frist's visit to New Hampshire tomorrow, and that in addition to the Merrimack County party dinner upon his March 18 return, Frist has added two more events, in Plymouth and Nashua, on March 19. And Frist will be greeted with ads by Americans for Job Security in tomorrow's Union Leader and Keene Sentinel pressuring him to bring the repeal of the inheritance tax to the Senate floor. And not to be outdone, state Dems are going at Frist themselves, planning to ask him what he knows about the Republican phone-jamming in 2002. LINK
DiStaso also Notes that Gov. Romney is courting BC04's New Hampshire campaign manager, Julie Teer, for his communications staff.
Welcome back to The Note, Julie!!!!