The Cook Political Report is out with its new 2008 Senate Race Ratings for August. The only two changes from the June ratings are that Democratic Senator Mark Pryor has shifted from "likely dem" to "solid dem" and Republican John Sununu has dropped from "likely rep" to "lean rep," both pro-Democratic shifts.
Maine: Holy conflict of interest, Batman! Both Collins Watch and Daily Kos are reporting that, as it turns out, the executive editor of the Bangor Daily News is married to one of Susan Collins' Bangor office staffers! Funny, I don't see a disclaimer mentioning this in the article that the Bangor Daily News ran on the Maine Democratic Party (though the BDN intimated in its reporting that it was Tom Allen's campaign) having a videographer taping Collins' public appearances (or any other BDN articles discussing Collins, for that matter). Hmmmm, maybe somebody ought to mention that one of the heads of the BDN is married to a staffer of a politician the paper is covering. It only seems, what's the word?, ethical.
Texas: Even Bush rubber stamp John Cornyn doesn't want to campaign with former Texas Governor George W. Bush!
Q. Will you ask the president to appear with you on the campaign trail? For John "Net Negative Approval" Cornyn to be belittling someone's poll numbers certainly says something! (HT: Carpetbagger) Meanwhile, State Representative and Lieutenant Colonel Rick Noriega is gaining institutional support for his bid to unseat Cornyn.
A. I will probably ask the president to help me do some fundraising, but probably not on the campaign trail. ... We've talked about his poll numbers.
Nebraska: The Lincoln Journal Star reports that former Senator Bob "Kerrey edges closer to Senate bid" and that a decision is likely "within the next couple of weeks." While, certainly, Republicans other than Jon Bruning will enter the race if/when Chuck Hagel announces a Senate retirement, if Hagel had to pick solely between Bruning and Kerrey as his successor, I'd bet he'd pick Kerrey. New Nebraska Network has more from the Omaha World-Herald.
Minnesota: MN Blue clips local coverage of George W. Bush's fundraiser for Smilin' Norm Coleman and the ensuing protest.
New Mexico: The Democratic challengers to Pajamas Pete Domenici are having a radio interview forum this Sunday on KSFR Santa Fe.
Idaho: Larry LaRocco continues his successful "Working for the Senate" voter outreach tour, this time "working at the U.S. Geothermal Raft River Phase One plant in southern Idaho."
Does George W. Bush really want to listen to the Generals regarding Iraq policy?