The Note: June Comes in Like a Lamb

In this year's mayoral race, Newsday's Dan Janison sees many similarities to the last time a Republican incumbent was seeking reelection to City Hall. LINK

David Seifman and Stephanie Gaskell of the New York Post offer you a nicely packaged Sunday mayoral campaign trail wrap including Mayor Bloomberg's conveniently scheduled West Side stadium talks with Shelly Silver allowing him to miss an Independence Party appearance. LINK

New York Daily News duo Maggie Haberman and Michael Saul remind their readers about Terry McAuliffe's 2001 anger over Democratic consultants working for Republican campaigns and the scribes also wonder when that Ferrer/Spitzer endorsement photo op will occur. It's all in their campaign column, which you can access here: LINK

In his Sunday offering, New York Daily News columnist Michael Goodwin all but called the 2005 New York City mayoral race over. LINK

"Virginia gubernatorial candidate Timothy M. Kaine has enlisted the help of former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle," the Washington Times' Christina Bellantoni writes. LINK

"Mr. Daschle, the South Dakota Democrat who was defeated in November after 18 years in the Senate, is appealing to supporters in a message on Mr. Kaine's Web site, where he criticizes a television advertisement that he says attacks Mr. Kaine."

On Sunday, the Washington Post's Michael Shear assessed the job that White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove did in revving up Virginia Republicans at a Richmond fundraiser for the state party featuring former state attorney general/gubernatorial contender Jerry Kilgore on Saturday night. LINK

Recognizing that Republican victories often take some work, Rove heralded White House support of Jerry Kilgore's Virginia GOP nomination over the weekend, the Hampton Daily Press reports. LINK

More from the Richmond Times-Dispatch. LINK

2006:

The New York Post's Albany guru, Fred Dicker, reports that former FBI agent and Suffolk County Executive Robert Gaffney may be interested in seeking the Republican gubernatorial nomination next year. Also Note Dicker's priceless behind-the-scenes look at a George and Libby Pataki -- LCA photo op. LINK

Texas Gov. Rick Perry's bill-singing at a Christian private school -- and an e-mail sent out to promote it and gin on conservative support -- is raising some hackles in Texas, but winning support elsewhere. LINK

Roll Call's Ben Pershing reports House Speaker Dennis Hastert gave Rep. Christopher Shays a little fundraising help in Greenwich, CT last week, where the party leader carefully avoided talking about social issues.

Washington governor's race on trial:

The Seattle Times' David Postman doesn't exactly try to read Judge Bridges' mind, but rather brings together as much evidence as he can about Bridges' approach to the case, his thoughts about the evidence and appeals, and what he thinks of his role as a jurist. Great catch-up read. LINK

The Schwarzenegger era:

The trouble-stirring David Carr of the New York Times obtains e-mails and questions whether the Today Show is unduly deferential to the first lady of California. LINK

John Wildermuth and Carla Marinucci (an incredibly powerful double byline that) of the San Francisco Chronicle call upon the likes of Garry South and Bill Whalen to help put Gov. Schwarzenegger's likely special election in proper political perspective. LINK

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