The Note: Hanging on the Telephone

With Rep. Patrick Kennedy saying "no" to a Senate race in Rhode Island, Secretary of State Matt Brown (and his pro-choicer-funded campaign bankroll) is the Democrat to beat. LINK


Another one of Howard Wolfson's dreams makes it to reality, courtesy of Patrick D. Healy:

"The chairman of the state Republican Party expressed concern about the 'discipline and focus' of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's re-election effort on Wednesday, citing Mr. Bloomberg's recent kind words for the party's bête noire, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton." LINK

"The Republican chairman, Stephen Minarik, said in an interview that he was not happy with Mr. Bloomberg's suggestion Monday night that he might endorse Mrs. Clinton's expected re-election campaign in 2006. Mr. Minarik said he was concerned that the mayor's comment on someone as divisive as Mrs. Clinton showed a lack of disciplined adherence to his political message promoting his record, which Mr. Minarik praised."

The New York Post on the latest Quinnipiac poll: "Democratic mayoral front-runner Fernando Ferrer got the bad news he most feared yesterday -- black voters are defecting in droves because of his controversial comments about the Amadou Diallo case." LINK

Every paper seems to have gotten the same call about the Jets stadium at the MTA: LINK

Former New Hampshire Gov. Jeanne Shaheen is stumping for C. Virginia Fields this morning, John DiStaso Notes. LINK

Scott Glover and Matt Lait headline the Los Angeles Times, detail the L.A.P.D.'s $70 million settlement of over 200 civil, police abuse lawsuits which have already caused 100 overturned convictions and 12 officers to resign. LINK

'Flip-flopper' versus 'Corrupt Part Timer'. It's just another day on the L.A. mayoral campaign trail as the Los Angeles Times' Jessica Garrison and Richard Fausset witnesses Mayor James Hahn and challenger Antonio Villaraigosa vie for Jewish and Valley voters. LINK

Sen. Corzine made his gubernatorial run official on Wednesday, talking up restoring ethics to New Jersey government. LINK


The Boston Globe's Rick Klein Notes the fight between Sen. Kerry and all 10 of the Bay State's House members and Sens. Kennedy and Reid over an appointment to the National Transportation Safety Board. LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Scott Gold details the Roman Catholic church's plans to open the first all-male missionary dedicated to fighting only euthanasia and abortion. Priests will be trained in media relations, lobbying and, they will learn how to conduct voter registration drives, although endorsing or opposing a political candidate would jeopardize their tax-exempt IRS status. LINK

The AP reports William Kristol got a pie in the face during a foreign policy speech at Earlham College. He didn't stop talking -- and we applaud his aplomb. LINK

The Washington Times' Jennifer Harper details the turbulent existence of liberal talk radio Air America, through bounced checks, fluctuating audiences and a host of CEOs. They haven't stopped talking either. LINK

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