The Note: I Know I Messed It Up Before

'Tis the season for Congress members to release their personal finance records, John DiStaso pens in this week's Granite Status; and he spells out/spills the specifics for New Hampshire's delegation. Krazy for Hillary man Bob Kunst (of hillarynow.com) received such a warm welcome in the Bible-belt states of Tennessee and South Carolina, that the logical next step would be to a primary state, where he will test the waters of Hillary support with a TV ad. DiStaso also Notes that John Edwards will celebrate the summer solstice (Tuesday) in New Hampshire at a state Democratic fundraiser. LINK

The Manchester Union Leader reports that New Hampshire state education spending will be expanded, whether by Gov. John Lynch's signature or his pocket veto. LINK

Property tax = kept. Cigarette taxes = increased.

Iowa:

Former Attorney General John Ashcroft is hoping that doling out good ol' fashioned ice cream will keep good ol' fashioned values at the top of voters' priority lists when choosing a GOP candidate in 2008, Abby Simons of the Des Moines Register writes. Visiting the notoriously presidentially-associated state of Iowa this week, the I'm-not-running-myself-but-I'll-tell-you-what-matters-to-me-anyway man is wholly in support of the Patriot Act and (unborn) life preservation, but nonetheless advocates restrictive government powers. LINK

Politics:

The Wall Street Journal's editorial board tries to diagnose what ails the Democrats: "The Democratic leadership has arguably never been more overtly hostile to free markets, deregulation, tax reform and free trade than it is today."

Weirdly, it says next to nothing about social issues.

The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz looks at how the press is taking a second look at the Downing Street memo. LINK

Tom Hanks as Mark Felt? LINK

Wendy Koch of USA Today looks at the efforts in at least seven states (Alabama, Connecticut, Minnesota, New Mexico, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin) pursuing medical marijuana legislation despite the recent Supreme Court ruling that federal drug laws trump state regulations on the issue. LINK

Kate Ackley of Roll Call reports that Wal-Mart president and CEO H. Lee Scott Jr. recently wrote a letter to President Bush urging him to support the renewal of the expiring provisions of the Voting Rights Act, saying that voting rights are relevant to the 1.2 million employees of Wal-Mart Inc., the largest private employer of black Americans in the U.S. The Congressional Black Caucus welcomes the company's backing, Ackley writes.

Jill Lawrence of USA Today profiles Los Angeles Mayor-elect Antonio Villaraigosa. LINK

Roll Call's Suzanne Nelson looks at the departure of Republican appointee Bradley Smith from the FEC.

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