The Note: Over the Line

"The House Administration Committee, acting with the support of the Republican leadership, yesterday approved legislation to dismantle many of the campaign contribution and spending limits enacted over the past 30 years. Under the bill, one donor could direct as much as $1 million in support of a candidate for federal office," reports the Washington Post's Tom Edsall. LINK

The Clintons of Chappaqua:

The Indy 500, Clinton style: LINK


"Even though their nascent general election campaigns are still five months -- 153 days, to be precise -- away from Election Day, both candidates seemed to be spoiling for the fight," write Deborah Howlett and Jeff Whelan of the Newark Star Ledger of the New Jersey gubernatorial contest. LINK

The New York Post's Stefan Friedman tells cautionary tales about caller ID and quick apologies in his campaign column on the Gotham mayoral race. LINK


"What's the matter with Texas?" asks the Wall Street Journal editorial board.

"If you think gridlock has taken hold in Washington, get a load of politics in the Lone Star State. What was supposed to be the most productive session of the Texas legislature in history ended last week in a legislative version of the Alamo."

"Republicans control every lever of political power in Austin for the first time since Reconstruction and had promised a sweeping reform agenda. Property tax relief. Vouchers for kids in failed inner-city public schools. An end to Robin Hood school financing. And passage of a fiscally tight budget."

"This entire legislative agenda was ambushed. The school voucher pilot program for 20,000 mostly minority kids was rejected by the very Democratic legislators representing the families who would have benefited from the opportunity to attend private and parochial schools that actually work. The depressing fact that nearly half of the black and Hispanic children in the state fail to graduate from public high schools wasn't perceived as a sufficient crisis to give choice a chance."

Perhaps coincidentally, in a separate op-ed, writer J.R. Labbe criticizes Texas Gov. Rick Perry: " . . . the community of faith, even in the Lone Star State, is not a monolith. Plenty of Texan Christians were put off by what they perceived as Gov. Perry's use of religion as a theatrical prop. Witnessing oneself as a godly governor might be more effectively demonstrated if religion weren't turned into a sideshow."

Leader DeLay praises Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson's Senate tenure as speculation continues over whether or not she'll challenge Gov. Rick Perry. LINK

The Globe reports that Gov. Mitt Romney will not attend Boston's annual gay pride parade this weekend, but Democratic gubernatorial candidate Deval Patrick will be there. LINK

Arkansas Attorney General Mike Beebe is expected to announce his candidacy for the state's Democratic gubernatorial nomination on June 14. LINK

Roll Call's Lauren Whittington looks at the polling data that gets Democrats all ginned up over a possible race against Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN), including some noise from former Rep. Tim Roemer's corner that he might go for the Democratic nomination. Lugar's office responds, in effect, here we go again.

Doug Racine has not yet ruled out a run for Sen. Jeffords' seat. LINK

Roll Call's Erin Billings has details of the private retreat that the House's New Democrat Coalition held on Tuesday.


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