An overnight round-up for you:Minnesota: The Star-Tribune calls Smilin' Norm Coleman on his leftward dive for his re-election cycle:
Because he is up for reelection in 2008 and expected to face a difficult campaign, the ranking raises the question of whether Coleman is moving toward the political center as the election year approaches.An obvious and now quantitatively-documented dive to the left to pander to moderate voters for his re-election bid.
The ideological rankings by the National Journal suggest the answer is yes. The leftward shift of Coleman's voting record from 2003 to 2006 exceeds that of all but two other senators.
New Hampshire: Dean at Blue Hampshire highlights a second state senator, Peter Burling, re-joining David Gottesman in the state-legislators-considering-a-Senate-bid list in the media. Dean, one of my most valued and reliable sources of NH-Sen info, also throws a compliment the Guru's way.
New Mexico: Do members of Pajamas Pete Domenici's staff need to be subpoenaed? TPM comes through with more coverage, including this tidbit from a Domenici statement [emphasis added by me]:
While I recall, as I stated previously, that I asked Mr. Iglesias about timing of the investigation, neither I nor those who overheard my side of the brief conversation recall my mentioning the November election to himSo who was it that Domenici was referring to as "those who overheard [his] side of the conversation"?? Josh Marshall at TPM mentions that Domenici's Chief of Staff placed the call. Was anyone else there? What do they recall? Perhaps they need to be subpoenaed so that they would share their testimony.
North Carolina: This is a couple weeks old, so let me rectify its lack of mention here. Blue South at BlueNC asks and analyzes the question: Where does Elizabeth Dole live? Blue South notes that while North Carolina is one of quite a few residences, official documents go to her apartment home in the Watergate Hotel in Washington DC and that her North Carolina "residence" is just her mother's house.