North Carolina: The latest Public Policy Polling results (in PDF) find that: Elizabeth Dole's approve-disapprove stands at a shabby 48-41; and that Dole is held to under 50% by two ostensibly unknown-to-the-general-electorate names: NC-Dems Chair Jerry Meek and Forsyth County Commissioner Ted Kaplan. Dole is vulnerable; she can't break 50% against anybody lately.
Mississippi: Following Chip Pickering's retirement announcement, Thad Cochran's staff is now saying that Cochran will be running for re-election to the Senate in 2008.
Maine: Firedoglake offers a thorough rundown of Susan Collins' war on technology and common sense (and Susan Collins' taxpayer-funded Senate staff using Senate resources for clearly political purposes, a violation of Senate ethics policy!). Meanwhile, as Collins' taxpayer-funded Chief of Staff tells anyone who will listen that video tracking "hurts the political discourse," Turn Maine Blue and CNN remind us that the National Republican Senatorial Committee has recommended that Republican Senators video track their opponents! Perhaps Susan Collins' taxpayer-funded Chief of Staff needs to write a letter to his own Party's campaign leadership telling them that they "hurt the political discourse."
Alaska: The Associated Press is circulating far-and-wide their recap of the 2008 Senate races thus far, highlighting the corruption-related turmoil that the AK-GOP, headlined by Ted Stevens, finds itself in, with recruitment efforts focusing on Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich and 2006 Lt. Gov. nominee Ethan Berkowitz.
Nebraska: Even the New York Post's infamous Page Six is getting in on the 'Will Senator Bob Kerrey run again?' action. In other New York news impacting Nebraska politics, it appears that NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg has categorically ruled out a Presidential bid in 2008, which means that Chuck Hagel won't be able to be his running mate.
New Hampshire: The Associated Press is declaring popular former Governor (and heretofore-unannounced) Jeanne Shaheen the favorite to win the 2008 Senate race in the Granite State. Meanwhile, Sprintin' John Sununu preaches the failed policies of George W. Bush on health care, which fails to adequately cover millions of Americans.
Virginia: In the pages of the Wall Street Journal, NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd chronicles reasons why John Warner might yet run for re-election:
He is competitive enough not to want his seat to fall to a Democrat, and he may not want to retire if his departure sets his party up for an ideological primary fight between former Gov. James Gilmore and the senator's protégé, Rep. Tom Davis. And then there's Iraq. One very keen observer of Mr. Warner told me he thinks the old bull is getting so engaged in the debate over the war that he won't be able to pull away.All that said, expect a retirement announcement next month.
Thanks to George W. Bush's Iraq War, police departments are facing bullet shortages, and Korean War vets can't get their much-deserved Purple Hearts.