The Note: Right Time, the Right Place, The Right Body, the Right Face

"U.S. Sen. Jon Corzine, the Democratic candidate for governor, has a 10-point advantage over his GOP challenger, but voters prefer Douglas Forrester's property tax reduction plan, according to a poll released Wednesday."

2006:

Lt. Gov. Michael Steele (R-Md.) will start exploring a Senate bid today. LINK

Eliot Spitzer criticized Gov. Pataki of doing "too little too late" on lobbying reform and answered the pot smoking question all in one day. LINK

2008 Democrats:

The Hill's Alexander Bolton looks at Gov. Bill Richardson's (D-NM) efforts to change the nomination calendar with an early Western primary that could work to his favor. LINK

The Washington Post's Peter Slevin was in Des Moines yesterday with former Sen. John Edwards, who talked about poverty and moral values with housing advocates, factory workers, and Democrats raising money, and describes Edwards' post-presidential campaign quest to invent himself anew on issues and create a platform of experience, as well as an image, for himself. LINK

Thomas Beaumont lays out in today's Des Moines Register Edwards' palpable frustration with the President's agenda as it relates to his most recent campaign -- alleviating poverty. At the Iowa Coalition for Housing and the Homeless, the once (and again?) presidential candidate/UNC think tank leader implicitly questioned where President Bush's moral values are now as he delivers budgets to Capitol Hill that he says threaten child care availability. Summer plans for the seemingly tireless crusader? Well, he will in fact swing by Iowa and (you probably guessed it) New Hampshire. LINK

In the Sioux City Journal, Todd Dorman writes that Edwards is certain the old the ask and ye shall receive philosophy will hold true in regards to the current "cause of his life," which he is talking up vigorously before opening his mouth about a presidential bid. LINK

One of our favorite New Hampshire Democrats passes along this invite:

"Sen. Joe Foster and Sen. David Gottesman cordially invite you to a reception with Sen. John Edwards, Honoring New Hampshire's Democratic State Senators Nashua Country Club Fairway Street Nashua, NH, Tuesday, June 21, 2005, 4:30-6:00 PM, $50 Patron -- $250 Host"

That precedes the $1,000 a plate dinner with Edwards and State Sen. Sylvia Larsen.

2008: Republicans:

There's a word missing in this AP lede, and we think it's "intend." But read it for yourself.

"Even though he has visited New Hampshire and does not run for the White House in three years, Sen. Sam Brownback said he's sticking to his two-term pledge in the Senate." LINK

"'That's what I said when I first ran, and I intend to stick to that,' Brownback, whose second term expires in 2010, told The Topeka Capital-Journal on Monday."

"Brownback, meanwhile, acknowledges he will need to boost his name recognition to have a chance at the GOP presidential nomination in 2008."

"The Republican has visited key primary states, such as Iowa and New Hampshire, but has not set a timetable for deciding whether to pursue the nomination."

Iowa:

A bill to protect children from sex offenders doesn't come cheap. "The expense of the new law, signed Tuesday by Gov. Tom Vilsack, is projected to more than double over the next five years, topping $12.4 million in 2010." LINK

Gov. Vilsack also authorized a financial reward for himself and other state officials by boosting salaries yesterday. LINK

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