The ever-alert Teddy Davis gets bloggers to praise Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer in Roll Call. "Schweitzer's supporters think the governor, a rancher and farmer who picked a Republican state Senator to run with him as lieutenant governor last year, has a knack for critiquing GOP policies in a way that sounds more populist than partisan." And Chris Lehane (helpfully?) compares him to Jimmy Carter. Sort of.
The Associated Press examines the security procedures in place for this weekend's gathering of the nation's governors. LINK
"Governors will be escorted around town in sport utility vehicles donated by General Motors and driven by Iowa State Patrol troopers, said Matt Paul, Gov. Tom Vilsack's spokesman. The vehicles, already in Des Moines, are being kept in a secure location, Paul said."
The New York Times' Pat Healy on Fernando Ferrer's Rose Garden strategy. LINK
The graph New York politicos will enjoy most: "A circumspect, often shy man in public, Mr. Ferrer became especially cautious about his own words after the Diallo mess, and he still buttons up when reporters are around. His spokeswoman, Jen Bluestein, is almost always by his side, guiding him by the elbow or whispering in his ear. Among Democrats, there is a lack of sizzle and buzz around Mr. Ferrer, except among his most ardent supporters and those who find him notably (sic) underwhelming as the leader."
Roll Call's Lauren Whittington writes that "Six months into the 2006 election cycle, Senate Democrats have set a torrid fundraising pace and have roughly twice the available campaign cash their GOP counterparts do, soon-to-be filed fundraising reports will show."
"The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee finished the second quarter with a record-setting $15.2 million in the bank after raising $6.9 million in June alone."
The Los Angeles Times' Matea Gold offers a nice wrap of yesterday's contentious hearing on the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. LINK
Other schedule items:
First Lady Laura Bush continues her tour of Africa with a visit to the Mothers to Mothers-To-Be program and a speech at the Centre for the Book in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Senate Commerce Committee conducts two sessions at 10:00 am ET and 2:30 pm ET to discuss the transition to Digital Television (DTV).
At 9:30 am ET, the House Homeland Security Committee meets to discuss emergency preparedness.
Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Ben Bernanke discussed the U.S. economy at 8:15 am ET at the American Enterprise Institute. You won't want to miss the noon ET discussion of Bush's second term with Norman Ornstein, David Gergen, Dan Balz, and David Sanger.
At 1:30 pm ET, Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) holds a pen-and-pad-only news conference on the hottest topics of late -- Social Security, the deficit, the London bombings, and the war on terror.