The Note: You Can't Always Get What You Want

Gov. Mark Warner (D-VA) and DC Mayor Anthony Williams addressed the National Business Women's Conference at 9:00 am ET. Warner then heads to Iowa to co-host a program for Iowa public television on overhauling American high schools.

The Associated Builders and Contractors play host to Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) at 9:00 am ET; Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) at 9:45 am ET; and Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) at 10:00 am ET at the first day of the group's 2005 legislative conference in Washington, DC.

Brand-new World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz holds a news conference at 1:00 pm ET to talk about his upcoming trip to several African countries.

It's the first of New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson's two-day visit to New Hampshire. He hit the Politics and Eggs breakfast in Bedford at 8:00 am ET, followed by a 9:00 am ET media availability, a press conference at 11:45 am ET in Manchester, and a stop at noon ET at the Latino summit on business and economic development at Southern New Hampshire University.

Polls open at 6:00 am ET and close at 8:00 pm ET today in the New Jersey gubernatorial primary. Sen. Jon Corzine (D-NJ) to easily beat his nominal competition in the Democratic primary for governor, and the premiere race of the day is on the GOP side.

2001 GOP gubernatorial candidate Brett Schundler and 2002 GOP Senate candidate Doug Forrester are locked in a tight race for the nomination and the honor to face Corzine and his millions of dollars in November's general election.

Forrester has been willing to dip into his personal bank account blanketing the airwaves with television ads in the last several weeks. Schundler is widely seen as the candidate of choice for the conservative grassroots movement in the state.

After Jim McGreevey's dramatic resignation from office and all of the corruption allegations surrounding his administration, each candidate has tried to position himself as the "reform" candidate. (We'd expect that to be a pretty popular theme in the general election as well.) And, as is often the case in the Garden State, property tax reform has been at the top of each candidate's issue agenda.

A relatively light turnout is expected. Forrester is scheduled to vote in the primary election at the West Windsor Senior Center in West Windsor, NJ at about 9:00 am ET. Schundler and his wife voted this morning at the public library in Jersey City, NJ, and Sen. Jon Corzine voted at 7:00 am ET at Engine Company One in Hoboken.

You can find results on the New Jersey Division of Elections Web site: LINK

Bush agenda:

The Washington Post's Peter Baker Notes that President Bush will announce today a $674 million humanitarian relief package for Africa at his joint press conference with British Prime Minister Tony Blair -- a bit of a letdown to Blair, who has been pushing for more aid and debt forgiveness for Africa in what's been called a modern-day Marshall Plan before he hosts the G-8 summit in Scotland next month. LINK

"Blair may settle for an agreement from Bush on debt forgiveness for impoverished African nations," write Bloomberg's Roberts and Landberg.

(The Note's rhetorical question of the day: Wasn't the whole "payback" motif used up when Prime Minister Blair came here to discuss Middle East peace and a viable Palestinian state?)

"A Senate panel today begins debate on President Bush's new ambassador to Iraq, after more than 11 weeks without an envoy to Baghdad, " writes the Wall Street Journal's Yoichi Dreazen.

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