The Note: Populism Now

The budget fight in California is worth a look. Its based on local issues, obviously, but the Republican Governor and Democrats in the State House just can't seem to agree on how to tax and how to spend.

The looming shutdown there is a reality that could be writ large in a McCain presidency, were he to try to actually keep his anti-earmark pledge, a notion that has some Republicans concerned, according to Martin Kady II in Politico: "Out on the stump, John McCain gets wild applause each time he promises as president to veto every spending bill that contains an earmark. But McCain will find it almost impossible to live up to his vow, and gridlock would result if Congress refused to go along with such an executive branch power grab. And that's what members of McCain's own party are saying."

The Sked:

Obama continues campaigning out west, spending Wednesday in Nevada. He will hold two rallies: one at 12:30 pm ET in Elko, Nev., and the second at 8:00 pm ET in Las Vegas.

Joe Biden spends the day in Ohio, holding rallies in Maumee, Ohio at 9:30 am ET, and in Wooster, Ohio at 4:00 pm ET. He sits down with ABC's Kate Snow for an interview, to be broadcast on "Good Morning America" Thursday.

Michelle Obama spends Wednesday in Virginia. She will hold an economic roundtable with working women in Richmond at 12:30pm ET and then a voter registration drive in Charlottesville at 4:50 pm ET.

John and Cindy McCain spend the morning on a farm in Gustavus, Ohio, where ABC's "Whistle-Stop Express" catches up with them.

Back together on the trail, John McCain and Sarah Palin hold a town hall in Grand Rapids, Mich. at 7:30 pm ET.

Also in the news:

A pre-emptive strike in Michigan: "The Obama campaign and DNC have filed an injunction in federal court as an effort to challenge what they deem as illegal voter suppression of people whose houses are in foreclosure," ABC's Karen Travers and Arnab Datta report.

Geared up for some more? "Election Protection, a nonpartisan voting-rights coalition, plans to launch on Wednesday an expanded voter-services program, including a hotline and Web site for citizens to report voting problems and get information about election procedures," Amy Merrick reports for The Wall Street Journal. "The group revamped its Web site so that voters can report problems and chat online with volunteers. Election Protection also will have footage on its Web site from a group called Video the Vote, which documents snafus at polling places."

Voting has already begun: "Pennsylvanians serving in the military may have completed the task already. Kentuckians and North Carolinians can start any time now. And in the next week or so people in up to a dozen more states can go ahead and be done with it," per ABC's Gary Langer.

Palin branches out: "Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin will meet with foreign leaders next week at the United Nations, a move to boost her foreign-policy credentials, a Republican strategist said," Monica Langley writes in The Wall Street Journal.

Wake-up call in Massachusetts? "Sen. John Kerry fended off his first Democratic opponent in nearly a quarter century, but he got a message from voters when his relatively unknown challenger earned more than 30 percent of the vote," the AP's Steve LeBlanc reports.

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