The Note: Blessed Is He Who Expects Nothing . . .

The Des Moines Register's Jonathan Roos lays out Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack's dilemma over whether to reward such motorists and raise the speed limit from 65 to 70 miles per hour on rural interstate roads or to heed the age-old advice of safety first. Unfortunately for Vilsack, this is a fine example of not being able to please everyone all the time; the population is close to evenly split on the subject. LINK

In New York, Sen. Hillary Clinton focuses on her re-election campaign in 2006, but Republicans are expecting her to run for President in 2008 and they are worried their party lacks a big-name challenger to take her on, reports Marc Humbert of the AP. Schwarzenegger:

The Los Angeles Times' Michael Finnegan on Sunday described the raucus California Democratic Party convention the night before, where Democrats including those shooting for the gubernatorial nod and other statewide offices had dinner along with a big side of slamming Gov. Schwarzenegger and his agenda. LINK

"Photographs of the swimsuit-clad governor -- looking more plump than muscular -- made the rounds, with one version superimposed on a Krispy Kreme doughnut shop."

"A DVD shown on the convention floor included snippets from a cartoon depicting Schwarzenegger as a voracious eater of fruit from a 'special interest' money tree. Among the fruit he gobbles are 'Car Dealers' and 'Wall Street.' In the same spirit, the party's website features a doctored photo of Schwarzenegger, his nose stretched like Pinocchio's, saying: 'Broken Promises: How many lies has Arnold told?'"

On Friday, we mistakenly referred to California Controller Steve Westly as a possible Republican gubernatorial nominee. Of course we meant a possible Democratic gubernatorial nominee. We regret the error.

Politics:

The Los Angeles Times' Mark Barabak looks at Democrats' growing interest in new electoral territory in the West -- New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado, and Arizona, and incrementally inch up the support that already exists with some serious PR among particular populations (read: rural Latinos) to try to change the image of the natitonal party in the region. LINK

Congratulations to Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) and Julia Hart, who got married on Sunday in West Point, NY. LINK

Taking a momentary break from the fights over Social Security and judicial nominations, the Center for American Progress turns tonight to issues of racism and prejudice with a screening of "Crash," written and directed by Paul Haggis, the screenwriter of "Million Dollar Baby." Tonight's screening at the Regal Cinemas Gallery Place is accompanied by a panel discussion featuring Reps. Artur Davis (D-AL) and Hilda Solis (D-CA), as well as Haggis and stars Brendan Fraser and Michael Pena. Note query: what makes for better reading: the Norcross tapes? Or the Jennings transcripts? LINK

Acela plans limited service today. LINK

The U.S. Department of Labor is stepping up scrutiny and enforcement of labor union finances, the New York Times' Steven Greenhouse reports. LINK

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