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BLOG ARCHIVE: MAY 1-15, 2007.

PHILLY VOTES; UDALL-SCHAFFER; DALLAS RUN-OFF; ED & RUDY; CANNON GETS PRIMARIED.
PHILADELPHIA: Voters go to the polls on Tuesday to cast ballots in the open race to replace term-limited Mayor John Street (D). With the city's heavy Democratic slant, the winner of the Dem primary is very likely to be the city's next Mayor. According to a new WCAU-TV/SurveyUSA poll, City Councilman Michael Nutter (D) appears heading to a comfortable victory. Nutter leads the field with 36%, followed by former Deputy Mayor Tom Knox at 25%, Congressman Chaka Fattah at 13%, Philly Democratic Chair and Congressman Bob Brady at 12%, and State Representative Dwight Evans at 6%. Nutter started the race near the back of the back, scoring only in the mid-single digits in indpendent polls just three months ago.
COLORADO: State Board of Education Member and former Congressman Bob Schaffer (R) waffled in recent days about entering the open US Senate race -- first announcing two weeks ago he would run, then announcing days later he had not made any decision, then formally filing paperwork this week to run. "After considerable assessment, I've decided I'm going to begin putting a campaign together to run for the United States Senate," said Schaffer. In 2004, he lost the GOP primary for US Senate by a 20-point margin. This time Schaffer's prospects for winning the nomination look much better. Attorney General John Suthers and retired USAF General Bentley Rayburn immediately let Schaffer know they would not challenge him for the nomination. Schaffer thanked the two men, saying they "deferred their ambition to me." The NRCC had tried to recruit Suthers to run, believing his more centrist views made him more electable in November. Barring a total surprise opponent, Schaffer should cruise to the GOP nomination to replace retiring US Senator Wayne Allard (R). However -- as Schaffer comes from the arch-conservative wing of the party -- he likely will be an underdog to Congressman Mark Udall (D) in the general election.
DALLAS: Voters on Saturday narrowed the 11-candidate field for the open race for Dallas, Texas, Mayor to two men: businessman Tom Leppert and City Councilor Ed Oakley. The race is officially non-partisan, although Republicans are heavily backing Leppert and the Dems are backing Oakley. Leppert was first with 27%, followed by Oakley with 21%, City Councilor Don Hill at 14%, former City Councilor Max Wells had 12%, City Councilor Gary Griffith had 9%, and all others trailed behind. Hill, however, quickly endorsed Oakley in the June 16 run-off. If he wins, Oakley would be the first out gay Mayor of a major US city. Other major US cities have had gay mayors, but never one who acknowledged it while running for or serving in office.
GIULIANI: ... And speaking of
former NYC Mayor Ed Koch (D), he told the New York Post he will campaign around the nation next year bashing his old rival Rudy Giuliani (R). "If I had to sum it up in a few minutes I would say he's a control freak -- and the control is over your life," says Koch. In 2004, Koch crossed party lines in the general election to campaign in support of President Bush before Jewish groups in key swing states. Koch said he plans to hit the campaign trail after Giuliani captures the GOP nomination. However, "if organizations asked me to come, I certainly would try in advance of that."
UTAH: Add Congressman Chris Cannon (R) to the list of incumbents facing serious primary opposition in 2008. Cannon has won a series of unimpressive primary renomination contests in recent years, frequently being attacked for being insufficiently conservative on immigration and trade issues. This time his announced primary candidates include former Juab County Prosecutor David Leavitt, wealthy businessman John Jacob, and Governor Huntsman Chief of Staff Jason Chaffetz. Chaffetz, a former BYU football player, recently stepped down from his state post to make the race. Leavitt is the bother of former Utah Governor and current US HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt. Jacob, Cannon's primary opponent in 2006, is an anti-immigration activist closely aligned with Congressman Tom Tancredo. Bombastic former Congressman Merrill Cook, a perennial candidate, is also looking at making a challenge. "The failings of Mr. Cannon are so evident, obviously there is going to be a number of challengers. All I can do is put my best foot forward and see if I'm the right messenger with the right message ... [Cannon] has not instituted good conservative practices," said Chaffetz to the Deseret News. Cannon said he welcomes a meaningful debate with his GOP challengers, but only if they don't use "a lot of exaggerations and distortions. In the last two cycles, we've had a lot of statements that weren't true." Cannon only had $82,000 in his campaign account as of the most recent reporting period. The CD-3 seat is safely Republican.
ROMNEY: The AP reports that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R) is the wealthiest of the major party Presidential candidates. According to the report, Romney is worth between $190 million to $250 million. Romney's assets have been in a blind trust since he was elected Governor in 2002.
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MONDAY NEWS UPDATE.

HAGEL TALKS OF INDY RUN WITH BLOOMBERG; SCHMIDT GETS PRIMARIED; DCCC RECRUITS.
HAGEL-BLOOMBERG: Rumors of a looming NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg-US Senator Chuck Hagel ticket -- in either order -- have been swirling for a few months. The two men were also spotted having a private dinner together at a restaurant a week ago. Now, just days after Bloomberg relaunched his old campaign site for no apparent reason except to keep the rumors swirling, Hagel further stoked the fire. Appearing on CBS's Meet the Press, Hagel said he'll make a decision on running for President or Vice President as an Independent by "late summer." He acknowledged running on a ticket with the billionaire publishing mogul Bloomberg is a real possibility. "We didn't make any deals. But I think Mayor Bloomberg is the kind of individual who should seriously think about [running as an Independent for President]. It's a great country to think about -- a New York boy and a Nebraska boy -- to be teamed up leading this nation," said Hagel. He explained he is a lifelong Republican, but that the party "of Eisenhower, of Goldwater, of Reagan" was "hijacked by a group of single-minded almost isolationists, insulationists, power-projectors." He added: "This country is in trouble. The world is in trouble. And we need some new, fresh, independent ideas to lead this country forward." With Hagel's frequent use of the word "independent," it's pretty safe to predict he won't be seeking reelection next year -- at least not as a Republican. Bloomberg and Hagel are both Iraq War opponents, but on first blush they appear to have little else in common beyond their maverick reputations. Bloomberg is pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, pro-medical marijuana, pro-gun control. Hagel holds generally opposite views, and has one of the most conservative voting records in the US Senate. However, if he no longer plans to run again in conservative Nebraska, Hagel may be planning to rapidly shift to a more centrist agenda.
MISSOURI: The DCCC scored a major recruiting victory this weekend as former two-term Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes told the Kansas City Star she will challenge Congressman Sam Graves (R) next year. The CD-6 seat is viewed as a swing seat, but with a Republican lean. In an unusual move -- previously reported by The Hotline -- GOP State House Speaker Rod Jetton arranged last month to give Barnes an "Outstanding Missourian Award" at the State Capitol when he heard she was considering a run against Graves. Jetton and other Missouri Republicans are reportedly annoyed with Graves and his campaign consultant for "meddling" in Missouri Republican Party internal matters.
OHIO: Controversially outspoken Congresswoman Jean Schmidt
(R) looks to be in for yet another rough election cycle. In the 2005 special election, she narrowly won a crowded GOP primary and then survived to win an unexpectedly close general election. In 2006, she faced a Republican primary rematch from former Congressman Bob McEwen and then a surprisingly competitive general election against physician Victoria Wulsin (D). Well, Wulsin is already running again -- but Schmidt also looks likely to yet again face a significant GOP primary challenge. Former Hamilton County Commissioner Phil Heimlich (R) officially announced his candidacy last week, saying he's already raised over $120,000 for the race. Heimlich "is unemployed and unpopular and he wants to run. Well, we welcome him to the race," said Schmidt's spokesman. Fiscal conservative Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST) group co-founder and State Representative Tom Brinkman says he's also interested in running. Brinkman says he'd like the anti-Schmidt Republicans to unite behind a single challenger, and expressed disappointment that Heimlich is trying to grab an advantage in that informal selection process. Now -- here is where it gets really interesting: The Hill reports others considering GOP primary runs against Schmidt include former Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, Hamilton County Prosecutor Jim Deters and former Abu Ghraib Prison Hospital Chief of Surgery Brad Wenstrup. Blackwell was the GOP nominee for Governor last year, while Deters was formerly State Treasurer. Schmidt's spokesman said the best thing for the incumbent would be a multiple primary challengers who split the anti-Schmidt vote. Still, Schmidt could be facing the toughest fight of her career in 2008.
MINNESOTA: Dems hoped to recruit Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D) into the race next year against US Senator Norm Coleman (R) , but they can now forget about it. McCollum just endorsed wealthy trial attorney Mike Ciresi (D) for the seat. Humorist, author and former radio talk show host Al Franken (D) and State Representative Joe Atkins (D) are also announced candidates.

TOMMY THOMPSON: Former Wisconsin Tommy Thompson (R) continues to give new excuses for why he said two weeks ago in the first GOP Presidential debate that he supported the right of businesses to fire an employee simply for being gay. Within a day, Thompson explained he misspoke because he does not support allowing businesses to fire someone for that reason. The next day, Thompson explained he gave that original answer because his hearing aid wasn't working well and he had trouble hearing the question. That seemed to strain belief, as Thompson's answer appeared to be directly responsive to the question. Now, according to the AP, Thompson is offering another goofy reason why was distracted and gave an answer that misstated his own views: "I could not wait until the debate got off so I could go to the bathroom." This is one of those instances where the excuses are doing more damage than the original comments, because they're making Thompson look old and foolish.
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WEEKEND OPEN THREAD.

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We now can name all eleven GOP
Members of Congress who met with President Bush in private on Tuesday to demand he make changes to his Iraq War policy. The "Gang of Eleven" members: Mark Kirk (R-IL), Charlie Dent (R-PA), Tom Davis (R-VA), Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO), Todd Platts (R-PA), Mike Castle (R-DE), Jim Ramstad (R-MN), Jim Walsh (R-NY), Jim Gerlach (R-PA), Ray LaHood (R-IL) and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH). The group brought polling data and personal worries to the meeting to tell the President his Iraq War policies could doom the Republicans -- and the eleven legislators themselves -- to significant electoral defeats in 2008.
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FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE.

SEVEN (OF) ELEVEN; BLOOMBERG LAUNCHES; BEHIND THE WHEEL; FL SANCTIONS; NADER.
IRAQ: Okay, we now know the names of seven of the eleven centrist GOP Congressmen who met with President Bush in private on Tuesday to demand he make changes to his Iraq War policy. The seven names: Mark Kirk (R-IL), Charlie Dent (R-PA), Tom Davis (R-VA), Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO), Todd Platts (R-PA), Mike Castle (R-DE) and Jim Ramstad (R-MN). Davis is the former NRCC Chair. The eleven reportedly pledged to stay loyal to the President's current Iraq agenda, but only until September. According to MSNBC's Chris Mathews, the group told the President his uncompromising support for continuing the Iraq War was risking "the death of the Republican Party." In response, President Bush indicated Thursday he is now will to "accept benchmarks" pegged to Iraq War funding -- although it's anyone's guess as to what he meant by "accept." We'll let you know when we learn the names of the other four attendees. In related news, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) broke with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and joined with Republicans on Thursday night in voting against the bill to begin redeploying US troops out from Iraq within 90 days. The bill failed by a vote of 171-255. Congressmen Ron Paul (R-TX) and Jimmy Duncan (R-TN) were the only Republicans to support the proposal, versus 59 House Dems who voted against it. A short time later, the House approved by a 221-205 vote a $96 billion war spending bill that makes continued funding of the Iraq War dependent on a July progress report. President Bush has vowed to veto the measure, saying he wants guaranteed war funding with no strings attached through September 30, the end of the fiscal year.
BLOOMBERG:
Talk about mixed signals, but NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg relaunched his campaign site Thursday only hours after says he still is "most likely" to not run for President. This is especially interesting as the billionaire Bloomberg is term-limited as Mayor and already "categorically" stated he will not run for NY Governor in 2010. So, why the relaunch of Bloomberg's political site? Bloomberg told reporters he was "dusting off his old campaign website ... This new web site is the single place where people can go to find out what I’ve done not only in government, but in business and philanthropy as well." Also worth noting: the "Mike Bloomberg in the News" section contains links to various stories, including many that speculate about him making an '08 Indy run for President. The New York Sun wrote they found Bloomberg's actions "puzzling" because "Bloomberg's daily news conferences and statements are all posted on the city's official [mayoral] home page" if this was merely about wanting an outlet for his public comments. For someone who claims he isn't running for President, the site interestingly touts Bloomberg's "efforts to build affordable housing, strengthen our economy, protect our environment, and reduce poverty." Hmm ... sounds like a nascent 2008 campaign site to me. Check it out and see if you think Bloomberg's site signals his likely intent.
HYBRIDS: The AP asked the leading Presidential candidates "What car or cars do you drive?" The answers showed a surprising number of hopefuls in both parties said they drove hybrids as their personal vehicles. The hybrid drivers: Hillary Clinton, Chris Dodd, John Edwards, Sam Brownback and Tom Tancredo. Dennis Kucinich drives a compact, but not a hybrid one. Joe Biden drives a classic 1967 Corvette. Mitt Romney prefers a Ford Mustang convertible. Bill Richardson drives a Jeep. Mike Huckabee and Duncan Hunter prefer large SUVs. John McCain and Barack Obama drive luxury sedans. The most surprising answer came from Rudy Giuliani: "I don't drive." No answers were reported from the other hopefuls.
FLORIDA: Florida Democrats are considering a proposal to make the January 29 primary non-binding and instead select convention delegates in a mid-February caucus. That would ensure no DNC sanctions against the state. DNC Chair Howard Dean has threatened to strip the state of nearly all its delegates, and bar any delegates from being awarded to candidates who campaign in the state's primary. US Senator Bill Nelson, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and several other prominent Dems -- plus various newspaper editorials around the state -- oppose the caucus idea. They say the DNC must find a compromise to allow the primary to go forward on January 29, allow delegates to be awarded from it, and impose less severe sanctions against the state. Otherwise, they warn, the DNC risks dangerously alienating some of the party's biggest national donors, key activists and voters in a battleground swing state. RNC Chair and US Senator Mel Martinez, meanwhile, told the Palm Beach Post that "as a Floridian" he was "perfectly fine" with his homestate defying the RNC and advanced the primary to January 29 because it "makes Florida more relevant." Martinez said he can live with the sanctions he already announced on behalf of the RNC -- that the Florida Republicans will see their convention delegate total halved -- and that no further sanctions would be imposed. The Florida Republican Party "knows what the consequences of doing it are and they're OK with it," explaind Martinez. Clinton, Obama, Romney and McCain have already announced they plan to campaign in Florida's January 29 primary. Perhaps the DNC, as a face-saving compromise, should simply follow the RNC's lead and impose identical sanctions.

NADER: Four-time Presidential candidate and consumer advocate Ralph Nader penned a column this week for CommonDreams.org that reads like an endorsement of ... former US Senator Mike Gravel (D) for President. Nader wrote that the curmudgeonly Gravel was "a fresh wind coming down from Alaska ... determined to start a debate about the fundamentals of democracy ... no ordinary dark horse politician ... he really believes in a government of, by and for the people." Of course, Gravel is the perfect candidate for the cantankerous Nader to back. Why? Because once Gravel is knocked out of the race after the early Dem primaries, Nader would have a reason to feign reluctance yet again mount another independent White House run.
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THURSDAY NEWS UPDATE.

GOP LAWMAKERS DEMAND IRAQ POLICY CHANGE; TAKE TWO; WARNER'S MIXED SIGNALS.
IRAQ: A group of eleven GOP Congressmen -- led by Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Charlie Dent (R-PA) -- met secretly Tuesday with President Bush to candidly voice their concerns about the Iraq War. According to NBC News, the group urged the President to "change direction" in Iraq. The meeting was held in the private residential quarters of the White House, lasted 75 minutes, and was also attended by Secretary of State Condi Rice, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, political adviser Karl Rove and press secretary Tony Snow. And, as NBC had detailed info about the private meeting, news of what happened was clearly leaked by some of the GOP Congressmen. One legislator told the President his district was prepared for defeat in Iraq and wanted a change of direction in policy. Another told the President that "the word about the war and its progress cannot come from the White House or even you, Mr. President, [as] there is no longer any credibility. It has to come from General Petraeus." The President responded to the blunt criticism by explaining "I don’t want to pass this off to another President. I don’t want to pass this off, particularly, to a Democratic President." Reportedly, the group consisted almost entirely of mainstream Republicans from potentially swing districts who are worried about the President's Iraq policy and the impact it could have on the 2008 elections. They reportedly support the concept of a timeline or benchmarks for US withdrawal from Iraq.
THOMPSON: Based upon his work as an actor, think of former US Senator Fred Thompson's speech this coming weekend as "Take Two." After bombing on his debut P2008 campaign stump speech last week in California, The Politico reports Thompson is quickly retooling his message for a Saturday speech in Virginia. Thompson acknowledged his California speech "didn't live up to expectations," but vowed that his next speech with be "a tighter and sharper message" focused on "values."
MAINE: Hours after Congressman Tom Allen (D) announced he will run next year against US Senator Susan Collins (R), Collins has shifted her Iraq stance to supporting a possible fall withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. Allen launched his campaign with an attack on Collins for her support of the war. "I do believe that there comes a point in September where if it's evident that the new [surge] strategy is not successful and it's not going to succeed, that we do have to change course, and that means looking at all the options, including a plan for withdrawing," said Collins to CNN on Tuesday night.
VIRGINIA: US Senator John Warner (R-VA) is continuing to give mixed signals about whether he will seek re-election in 2008. This week he told reporters he is "still very interested in staying in the Senate" and "leaning" towards running again. Contrast this with this: earlier this year he said he'd announce his re-election plans around the time of his scheduled June golf outing fundraiser -- but this week Warner announced he is delaying until September making any announcement of his 2008 plans. Further, the Richmond Times-Dispatch noted Warner's Chief of Staff is departing the Hill this week to become a lobbyist. What does all this mean? Your guess is as good as mine.
WEST VIRGINIA: Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (R) told GOP leaders this week she is not interested in challenging US Senator Jay Rockefeller (D) next year, according to The Hill. Capito was the NRSC's top choice for the race. The NRSC is now reportedly interested in recruiting Secretary of State Betty Ireland (R) to run. "She has not made any plans for any future race at this point. All doors are open, and she never closes any door," said Ireland's spokesman. Wealthy businessman John Raese -- who lost by 30-points in his 2006 race against US Senator Robert C. Byrd (D) -- is reportedly interested in running.
Rockefeller was seemingly safe before Capito's announcement, but her decision locks in an easy '08 run for Rockefeller in this purple state.
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WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE.

RUDY STILL PRO-CHOICE; NH NUMBERS; BLOOMBERG UPDATE; COLLINS-ALLEN; DRAFT POWELL.
GIULIANI: Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) says he has nothing to spin or apologize about in a response to news reports he made six personal donations in the last decade to Planned Parenthood. Appearing Tuesday on conservative pundit Laura Ingraham's radio show, Giuliani said "Planned Parenthood makes information available. It's consistent with my position." A Giuliani campaign spokesman further elaborated: "Mayor Giuliani has been consistent in his position: he is personally opposed to abortion, but at the same time he understands it is a personal and emotional decision that should ultimately be left up to the woman. From the start Mayor Giuliani has been straight with the American people about where he stands on the issues and saying exactly what he thinks."
Planned Parenthood is viewed as on the nation's leading pro-choice organizations.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: The latest WBZ-TV/SurveyUSA poll of likely primary voters shows Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton holding comfortable leads in their respective contests. The GOP: Romney - 32%, Rudy Giuliani - 23%, John McCain - 22%, Fred Thompson -11%, Newt Gingrich - 4%, and "Other" - 5%. The Dems: Clinton - 40%, Barack Obama - 24%, John Edwards - 22%, "Other" - 10%. While the Dem numbers are largely unchanged, Romney surged to the front on the GOP side since the last poll.
"THE THIRD FORCE": Respected political pundit Howard Fineman had an interesting column on MSNBC, ruminating about the possibility of a significant Independent Presidential candidate in 2008. Referring directly to a possible Indy run by billionaire NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Fineman says that former Vice President Al Gore, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, US Senator Chuck Hagel and US Senator Joe Lieberman are "key players" in a mutual admiration society
of independent-minded pols -- and all of them may be willing to break with their parties to back a viable centrist Independent White House campaign next year. In related news, Bloomberg on Tuesday shot down a newspaper report that he was looking to run for NY Governor in 2010 instead of President in 2008. "I have absolutely no interest, categorically. I have never had a conversation about" running for Governor, said Bloomberg. He was nowhere near as categorical in his comments about a possible Presidential run, simply explaining yet again that he has "no plans" at this time to run.
MAINE: Congressman Tom Allen (D) announced Tuesday he will run next year against US Senator Susan Collins (R). "From the beginning, when President Bush rushed to invade Iraq, Susan Collins has supported his misguided policy. I fought to stop it. She voted for the Iraq war. I voted against it. Susan Collins continues to vote with the Republicans against a timetable to end the war in Iraq ... Maine people tell me that they want our involvement in the Iraq War, the worst foreign policy mistake in our nation’s history, to end," said Allen. "Senator Collins has demonstrated her effectiveness by working across party lines for the benefit of Maine and the nation," said Collins' spokesperson. The Collins-Allen fight is expected to be among the hottest challenger races in the nation, as Dems have scored major gains in New England in recent years against GOP moderates. Allen's CD-1 has a strong Democratic tilt, and several Dems have already announced an intention to run.
DRAFT POWELL: US Senator George Voinovich (R-OH) is openly urging former Secretary of State Colin Powell to jump into the GOP Presidential race. According to the Columbus Dispatch, Voinovich met with Powell last month to discuss the race. According to Voinovich, Powell replied he was not interested because "he had given his service to this country, and his wife's a little bit reluctant about doing it." Voinovich was not willing to accept that answer. "I said, 'You have a moral obligation and I have a moral obligation, and this country is running out of time ... I think we have a moral obligation to try to leave a better legacy than it looks like we're going to leave to our kids,'" said Voinovich. The Republican Senator also told the newspaper he wants a quick end to the Iraq War: "I would tell [President Bush] on the war that I would try to extricate myself as gracefully as I possibly can."
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TUESDAY NEWS UPDATE.

MILLER QUITS; HAGEL FLIRTS; FRED THOMPSON FLOPS; DOOLITTLE SPINS.
KENTUCKY: State Treasurer Jonathan Miller (D) abruptly quit the race for Governor on Monday, just two weeks before the May 22 primary. In withdrawing from the contest, Miller endorsed former Lieutenant Governor Steve Beshear for the Dem nomination. As the frontrunners cemented their leads, Miller remained mired in the second tier. Recent polls showed Beshear rapidly closing on wealthy health care executive Bruce Lunsford, the current frontrunner. The Miller endorsement will certainly be a boost to Beshear in these closing days before the vote.
HAGEL: Appearing on Political Capital, maverick US Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) again fanned the flames of speculation on the 2008 White House race. Hagel confirmed the story that he dined last week with NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg. "The Mayor and I had a delightful dinner. We talked about our families, we talked about backgrounds, the world, Iraq, politics. There was no conversation about the two of us teaming up on a ticket. We did talk about the entire arc of interests that a couple of politicians would," said Hagel. Asked about making a possible Independent run next year, Hagel replied: "I don't forgo any options. We'll see how the political world develops." When pressed further if he was considering an Independent run in 2008, Hagel said that "it's a possible." Whether or not Hagel makes an Indy run in 2008, his new comments make him sound much less like a GOP candidate for re-election in 2008. Hagel as Independent candidate for re-election in 2008 still could be possible -- but no GOP candidate facing a tough primary challenge makes these kind of comments.
THOMPSON: Former US Senator Fred Thompson's debut political speech as a possible GOP White House candidate
appears to have been a flop. The speech was billed as Thompson's discussion of his likely GOP agenda for 2008. Conservative columnist Bob Novak described the speech as "a letdown for the packed audience" and "one lackluster performance" that left the Orange County Republican audience "tepid." Novak said it was clear Thompson lacked adequate preparation to "take up this daunting burden." The Politico, a conservative-leaning DC political newspaper, was likewise unimpressed. They described the speech as a "pull-up-a-chair speech" that was "low key and at times meandering" and filled with non-specific "reassuring, optimistic rhetoric." Conservative pundit Hugh Hewitt called the speech "workmanlike, but ... underwhelming." Hewitt added that Thompson's speaking style and message reminded him of Vice President Cheney. FYI: While I think Hewitt meant that Cheney comment as a compliment, Dems can view it as a really sublime insult.
DOOLITTLE: Embattled Congressman John Doolittle (R-CA) says he is only the target of an Abramoff-related corruption probe because the GOP-controlled US Justice Department was conspiring to sacrifice him in order to protect Attorney General Al Gonzales. Writing for the Auburn Journal -- a newspaper in his district -- Doolittle penned a column in which he claimed the search was "an attempt to intimidate us and garner media attention ... I do not believe it was a coincidence that the leak came the day before Attorney General Alberto Gonzales testified before Congress on charges that his office was overly partisan in its firing of eight U.S. Attorneys, especially considering Gonzales specifically cited his recent prosecution of Republican members of Congress as evidence to the contrary."
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MONDAY NEWS UPDATE.

BUSH APPROVAL HITS NEW LOW; SCHAFFER SAYS HE DIDN'T ANNOUNCE; SARKOZY WINS IN FRANCE.
BUSH: A new Newsweek poll shows President Bush's approval rating has now dropped to 28%. That number is the lowest recorded for any President since Jimmy Carter scored 28% during the 1979 Iran embassy hostage crisis. The magazine reported the Bush approval number is so low that it is "casting a dark shadow over the GOP’s chances for victory in ’08." History lesson: The Dems were destroyed just one year later in the 1980 elections, carrying only five states in the Presidential race, losing twelve US Senate seats and 35 US House seats.
COLORADO: Despite several news reports last week that former Congressman Bob Schaffer (R) had announced his US Senate candidacy at a recent Teller County GOP Dinner, Schaffer has now shot down the reports as false. "I have not announced a candidacy or campaign and if and when there is one, I will announce it at the appropriate time," he told the Fort Collins Coloradoan. Schaffer was previously an unsuccessful candidate for the US Senate nomination in 2004. To date, the GOP remains without any candidate to oppose Congressman Mark Udall (D) for the open US Senate seat. "I do believe Bob Schaffer will be announcing his intention to run or not to run in the near future. I do think the announcement could come in the next few months and there will be plenty of time to put together a campaign for next year," explained State GOP Chair Dick Wadhams. "Every time the Republicans nominate someone who is really far right, they get into trouble, so if they nominate Bob Schaffer I will be thrilled," responded State Democratic Chair Pat Waak.
FRANCE: Conservative former Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy was elected Sunday to be the next President of France. Sarkozy defeated Socialist nominee Ségolène Royal by a 53% to 47% vote. Sarkozy -- the son of a Hungarian Jewish immigrant -- is a vocal Americophile and Bush admirer. He is also outspoken in his opposition to radical Islam and about the dangers that Islamic immigration presents to the French culture. Despite those hot button issues, the nation's economic problems were the top concerns in the final weeks. In his victory speech, Sarkozy made a point of telling "my American friends that they can rely on our friendship ... France will always be next to them when they need us." Sarkozy also called upon the US to lead the fight against global warming, or at least "not to impede" the fight. President Bush called to congratulate Sarkozy. US Senators Dick Lugar (R-IN) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) also praised Sarkozy's election as good news for the US. "It would be nice to have someone who is head of France who doesn't almost have a knee-jerk reaction against the United States," said Schumer.
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FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE.

GOP "DEBATE"; OBAMA'S PROTECTION; FL BREAKS PRIMARY SCHEDULE; MIKE & CHUCK SUP.
GOP DEBATE: "Ronald Reagan was great and I'd be just like him" was the overriding theme espoused by nearly every candidate on stage Thursday night in the first Republican Presidential Debate. Just like the Democratic debate last week, it was a rather tepid event dominated by 90-minutes of largely safe, predictable answers. One interesting moment came when the candidates were asked by a show of hands if any of them did not believe in the theory of evolution: three hands went up (Sam Brownback, Mike Huckabee and Tom Tancredo). General thoughts on the evening: John McCain seemed to do well in simply delivering a solid enough performance that protected his first-tier status, while Hunter and Huckabee registered the strongest performances by second-tier hopefuls looking to emerge from the pack. Rudy Giuliani registered a somewhat weak performance by seeming to waffle on some issues. Mitt Romney looked very Presidential, but seemed to project himself as too slick and overly rehearsed. Ron Paul and Tancredo set themselves apart from the pack and from President Bush on some issues, but appear too far removed from the GOP mainstream to gain much traction in the primaries. Tommy Thompson, Jim Gilmore and Sam Brownback registered fairly bland performances. In fact, I challenge you to name a single unique point any of these three raised. Two big winners were absent: non-candidates Fred Thompson and Newt Gingrich. There is clearly enough of a leadership vacuum and a lack of a solid conservative frontrunner in the GOP race so as to allow either or both of them to jump in this summer. The same probably is not true for the absent Chuck Hagel, as he would have to compete with Paul for anti-war Republican votes -- a decidedly minority view among hardcore GOP "super voters."
OBAMA: In response to non-specific threats received to date, US Senator Barack Obama this week was placed under US Secret Service protection. This marks the earliest Secret Service protection has ever been given to a Presidential primary candidate. FYI: US Senator Hillary Clinton, as a former US First Lady, still retains the Secret Service protection detail she has had since her days in the White House.
FLORIDA: Ignoring threats from both major parties, the Florida Legislature on Thursday passed a bill to break the official Presidential primary schedule. The bill -- which passed unanimously -- moves the primary to the Tuesday following whenever the New Hampshire primary is held (i.e., currently placing it on January 29). "With an earlier Presidential primary, Florida will now take its rightful place near the front of the line in determining the next leader of the free world," said Governor Charlie Crist (R), who vowed to sign the bill. The RNC says they will strip the Sunshine State's delegate total by at least half. The DNC says they will strip the state of nearly all delegates, refusing to recognize any delegates awarded in a pre-February 5 primary. Further, the DNC said it will disqualify any Florida delegates awarded to candidates who campaigned in the state's primary. Questions for the DNC: What defines "campaigning" in Florida for the primary, and what date defines the start of "campaigning for the primary"? The same bill that advanced the primary date also bans the use of touch screen electronic voting machines in the state by 2012 and provides immediate funding for new scanner voting machines which use paper ballots in time for the 2008 election.
UNITY 08: Talk about an event seemingly staged to provoke political whispers and media attention. NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg (R-NY) and US Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) were spotted dining together this week, according to MSNBC. I wrote back in May 2006 -- when Unity08 was first unveiled -- that I believed the group was a front for Bloomberg (and later wrote I saw a Bloomberg-Hagel or Hagel-Bloomberg ticket coming out of the Unity08 movement). I believe that to be true even more so today.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 05.04.07 | Permalink |

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AN EDITORIAL. As a Florida voter, I applaud my state's move to advance our Presidential primary to January 29 (or earlier). I'm tired of casting meaningless Presidential primary ballots long after the handful of key earlier states have already decided the nomination. I'm tired of having a primary in which the anointed nominee wins 85% against Lyndon LaRouche and the last remaining hopeless hopeful. I want our state to be pandered to by the frontrunners, just like they do in Iowa, as they suddenly discover us and announce their enthusiastic support for federal subsidies for some new orange and sawgrass-based alternative fuel source (or whatever). Does it mean we lose nearly all of our delegates for 2008? Yeah, but 99.999% of Floridians won't care. And neither will McCain, Obama, Romney, Clinton and the others who don't want to risk national TV headlines about "losing" the Florida primary just one week before roughly 30 other states cast ballots on February 5. Further, Florida is doing a long-term favor to the voters of the 46 states not granted special early privileges by the two major parties with their fixed schedule. Let's hope Florida's brash move permanently destroys the Iowa and New Hampshire lock on "first-in-the-nation" status. Starting in 2012, let's come up with a fairer method of rotating which states get to hold primaries in what order. Perhaps a series of 4-7 regional primaries, each held 3-4 weeks apart ... or maybe the primaries could be chosen by random draw ... or have states grouped into 4-5 primary clusters based upon size (smallest states in the first group, the largest states in the last group) to guarantee the nominee cannot secure the number of delegates needed to win the nomination until the final group votes. There is nothing magical, sacred or oracle-like about Iowa and New Hampshire. Anything has to be better than our current system. My state may lose nearly all of our 2008 convention delegates by refusing to genuflect before the bipartisan altar of corn and granite -- but we'll bring about the end of the unfair schedule forced upon us by the strongarm tactics of the DNC and RNC.

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THURSDAY NEWS UPDATE.

NORTHUP ATTACKS; OBAMA UNFRIENDLY; RENZI GETS IN DEEPER; HICK CRUISES.
KENTUCKY: Former Congresswoman Anne Northup (R) is on the air with a very harsh TV attack spot blasting incumbent Governor Ernie Fletcher (R). "29 members of Fletcher's administration indicted. Eighty-five counts, felonies. Fletcher pardons them all. The Governor, himself, takes the Fifth and is indicted," says the fake-ad-within-the-ad that Northup says the Dems will certainly use to win in November if Fletcher wins the GOP nomination later this month.
OBAMA: It was certainly understandable -- from a political strategy and message control standpoint -- for US Senator Barack Obama's campaign to muscle volunteer supporter Joe Anthony out of the way with the grassroots MySpace page he created on his own two years to encourage Obama to run. Anthony's page had signed up an impressive network of over 160,000 Obama "friends" over those two years. Even though Anthony gave Obama's campaign direct editing access to the site and message veto power, they ultimately wanted total control. The campaign appealed to MySpace.com, who agreed to oust Anthony and give the site to Obama (although they agreed that Anthony still owns the network listing of 160,000 people). Maybe a smart move from purely a control perspective -- but definitely a very uncool way to handle an enthusiastic supporter who did a lot to help Obama. TechPresident.com has the whole story.
ILLINOIS: The race to replace retiring Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D) is already getting crowded -- and the filing deadline is still over seven months away for this very safe Dem seat. Chicago City Aldermen Manny Flores and Ricardo Munoz, and Cook County Commissioner Roberto Moldonado are already running, and others are still looking at it.
DENVER: Mayor John Hickenlooper (D) cruised to an easy re-election win on Tuesday, defeating public works employee Danny Lopez by a lopsided vote of 87% to 13%. The brew pub founder-turned-politician is one of the most popular elected officials in the state.
RENZI: Congressman Rick Renzi (R-AZ) was already reeling from allegations last month he is the target of a major FBI corruption probe. The bad news gets worse for Renzi, according to the Arizona Republic, as newly released federal documents show he last year paid a $25,000 fine to the Federal Elections Commission for underreporting money to his congressional campaign. On top of that, Renzi told the FEC he paid almost $324,000 in back taxes to the IRS to settle related charges that his businesses improperly financed his 2002 House campaign. He apparently used proof of his IRS penalty payment to negotiate a lower FEC fine. Renzi says he has no plans to resign, although GOP leaders are reportedly pressing him to do so. In related news, attorney Ellen Simon (D) -- who narrowly lost to Renzi last year -- filed paperwork this week to run again in 2008.
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WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE.

IRAQ TIMELINE FIGHT; FLETCHER, LUNSFORD LEAD IN KY GOV RACE; MORE POLLS.
SHOWDOWN ACCOMPLISHED: The Congress last week passed the $124 billion wartime spending bill requested by President Bush -- but included the withdrawal timeline the White House opposed. And, as expected, the President vetoed the bill Tuesday evening. While both sides are currently resisting any movement from their stated positions, various media sources report both sides will discuss possible compromises. The reason: some Dems are waivering on requiring the timeline provision, while some Republicans who supported the President's hardline stance actually support a timeline and want to see withdrawals begin soon. Thus, both sides know there is some softness on their respective sides. Will there be any compromise? My prediction: the Dems lose their nerve and fold before the President folds. Stay tuned.
KENTUCKY:
With just three weeks left, anew WHAS-TV/SurveyUSA poll gives us a snapshot of the upcoming gubernatorial primaries. On the GOP side,
embattled incumbent Ernie Fletcher is leading former Congresswoman Anne Northup by a vote of 46% to 34%, with wealthy businessman Billy Harper trailing far behind at 14%. Fletcher, in fact, looks better positioned today to win renomination than he did a few months ago. On the Democratic side, multimillionaire health care executive Bruce Lunsford now leads with 29%, former Lieutenant Governor Steve Beshear had 23%, former Lieutenant Governor Steve Henry had 18%, State House Speaker Jody Richard is at 9%, State Treasurer Jonathan Miller has 7%, liberal attorney Gatewood Galbraith is at 6%, and demolition contractor Otis Hensley is at 1%. If no candidate gets 40% of the vote, the top two advance to a June 26 run-off.
PHILADELPHIA: There are only two weeks until the primary in the open race for Philadelphia Mayor, and the Democratic contest has narrowed into a virtual tie. The numbers: Deputy Mayor Tom Knox - 29%, City Councilman Michael Nutter - 27%, Congressman Chaka Fattah - 18%, Congressman Bob Brady - 11%, and State Representative Dwight Evans - 9%. Nutter clearly has momentum, as he is up 13 points since the last poll two weeks ago, while Knox has dropped by 3 points. It also looks like Fattah and Brady will be staying in Congress. Based on city's voting history, the winner of the Dem primary is heavily favored to win the general election to replace term-limited Mayor John Street (D).
IOWA: The latest American Research Group poll of likely caucus-goers shows John Edwards and John McCain leading in their respective contests. The Dems: Edwards - 27%, Hillary Clinton - 23%, Barack Obama - 19%, Joe Biden - 6%, Bill Richardson - 5%, and Chris Dodd and Dennis Kucinich tied with 2% each. The GOP: McCain - 26%, Rudy Giuliani - 19%, Mitt Romney - 14%, Fred Thompson - 13%, Newt Gingrich - 8%, Mike Huckabee and Tom Tancredo tied with 2% apiece, and everyone else each at 1% or less.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: A new American Research Group poll of likely primary voters shows Hillary Clinton leading the Dem primary field in New Hampshire by a comfortable margin -- and Obama losing ground. The numbers: Clinton - 37%, Edwards - 26%, Obama - 14%, Richardson - 3%, Biden and Kucinich tied with 2% apiece, and Dodd at 1%. On the GOP side, McCain leads Romney by a 29% to 24% vote. Giuliani was third with 17%, followed by Fred Thompson at 7%, Gingrich at 4%, and everyone else each at 1% or less.
SOUTH CAROLINA: ARG is also out with a South Carolina poll. Again the early leaders are Clinton and McCain. The Dems: Clinton - 26%, Obama - 24%, Edwards - 18%, Biden and Kucinich tied with 3% apiece, and all others at 1% or less. The GOP: McCain - 36%, Giualiani - 23%, Fred Thompson - 10%, Romney and Gingrich tied with 6% each, Huckabee - 2%, and all others at 1% or less.
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TUESDAY NEWS UPDATE.

ROMNEY'S OSAMA FALLOUT; THOMPSON EDGES FORWARD; JOE SEES INDY MOVEMENT RISING.
ROMNEY: In an interview with the AP, Mitt Romney (R) said the US would see only "a very insignificant increase in safety" if al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was captured or killed. "It's not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person," said Romney. Instead, Romney said he supports "a broader strategy" to defeat Islamic radicalism. "It takes a degree of naiveté to think [bin Laden is] not an element in the struggle against radical Islam," responded John McCain. "Governor Romney believes that the terrorism threat posed by radical jihadists is larger than only one person," reaffirmed Romney's spokesman.
THOMPSON: Former US Senator and actor Fred Thompson (R) still hasn't made a final decision on running for President, but he continues to edge closer to running. According to The Politico,
Thompson's political advisers are already interviewing potential campaign managers and laying the groundwork to make it possible for a late entry campaign. According to the newspaper, Thompson -- if he runs -- is looking to announce during the Summer, likely in June or July. Thompson also is interested in using the Internet and a limited number of large rally-type events as a way of avoiding the traditional, full-time, retail-style campaigning in Iowa, New Hampshire and other early contest states used by all the other hopefuls. Thompson wants to run "a low-impact presidential campaign," reported the newspaper. "You show up, you're accessible, but you don't have to go to every county seat several times," said one Thompson adviser. "He doesn't have to go diner to diner and church to church," said another adviser. Those comments seem to peg Thompson's attitude pretty accurately. "Going on the road for months at a time ... I wouldn't do that. I don't think it has to be done that way. I know people will expect that of everyone -- to run frenetically around for years -- and I don't do frenetic very well," Thompson told FOX News. In related news, Thompson said in a speech Friday that the US should help Iranians overthrow their government. "Many Iranians don't like their government, and I think we ought to capitalize on that. There is a chance they may mobilize themselves, and we need to assist them if that happens," Thompson told the AP.
P2008: US Senator Joe Lieberman (Ind.Dem-CT) said he sees a real opportunity for an Independent Presidential candidate to have a serious shot at winning in 2008 because of voter anger with the status quo. Speaking on Monday at an American Enterprise Institute forum, Lieberman said: "The fastest-growing political party in America today is no party ... People are registering as Independents because they're fed up with -- they don't see them in the two major parties and they're sick of the fury, the partisanship and instability. And I think if the two major parties don't hear this going into '08, there is a real chance of an Independent third-party candidacy. And watch out, if that happens." In case you're wondering, Lieberman again insisted he will not be an Independent candidate in 2008.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 05.01.07 | Permalink |

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Happy May Day! Today was the original International Labor Day (or International Workers Day, depending upon the translation) -- the date selected by the international trade union movement in honor of the memory of Chicago's framed Haymarket martyrs -- but the date of the formal Labor Day in the US was later moved when this day become associated too closely with the Labor Day celebration around the globe by closely associated with socialist and communist parties.

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