Wednesday, June 07, 2006
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MORE SIGNS OF PROGRESS WITH IRAN: Iran on Tuesday welcomed an array of international incentives aimed at persuading the country to freeze crucial nuclear activities, but stressed that there were issues that needed to be resolved before any agreement could be reached. "We had constructive talks," Ali Larijani, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator. The offer made by the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany requires Iran to freeze its uranium enrichment and reprocessing or face an array of possible penalties. New York Times: Iran Open to Incentives on Nuclear Talks, With a Hedge

FEW SURPRISES IN TUESDAY'S PRIMARIES: Alabama Gov. Bob Riley easily won the Republican primary contest last night... The results were among the first to come in a night when primaries and special elections across the nation were being closely watched for signs of the broader political environment that will influence this fall's midterm elections... Tuesday's results yielded no significant surprises. Washington Post: States' Primaries Are a Midterm Bellwether

HELLOOOO... IT'S THE ECONOMY (AND HEALTH CARE AND IMMIGRATION): Though some Republican candidates may relish the Senate's current concentration on same-sex marriage and other ideologically charged topics, Senator Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island is not among them... Other Republicans, including some conservatives, say Mr. Chafee may not be the only potential victim of what they see as a misguided effort to appeal to social conservatives by staging votes intended primarily to make a point about the party's values. They say that voters are more concerned about the economy, health care and immigration, and that replaying the marriage debate in particular could do as much damage as good as Republicans fight to retain control of Congress. New York Times: Senate Emphasis on Ideology Has Some in G.O.P. Anxious

CONGRESSMAN, PLEASE STATE YOUR CASE: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) last night extended an invitation to Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) to address a members-only meeting of House Democrats this afternoon, allowing Jefferson the chance to state his case before the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, a decision-making body which looks poised to vote to oust him from the Ways and Means Committee while he faces a government bribery investigation. The Hill: Pelosi invites Jefferson to address House Democrats

ESTATE TAX DIVIDING GOP: Senate Republicans, pushing once again to abolish the estate tax on inherited wealth, are split about whether to push for a full repeal that would probably fail, or seek a more cautious compromise with Democrats that could pass. Permanently repealing the estate tax, or what Republicans have branded the "death tax," is a priority for President Bush and many Republican lawmakers. But Senate leaders, vowing to schedule a vote for full repeal on Thursday, have yet to line up the 60 votes they need to prevent a Democratic filibuster. New York Times: Estate Tax Showdown Is Splitting the G.O.P.

CA PRIMARY: ANGELIDES BEATS WESTLY, WILL TAKE ON ARNOLD: After months of vitriolic campaigning, state Treasurer Phil Angelides laid claim early today to the Democratic nomination for governor and pledged to turn his candidacy into a "fight for the California of our dreams. I will not let you down," Angelides told exuberant supporters in Sacramento. Los Angeles Times: Angelides to Face Schwarzenegger in November

CA 50: GOP CAN BREATH A SIGH OF RELIEF: Republican Brian Bilbray beat Democrat Francine Busby early Wednesday in a close race to replace imprisoned former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham in the 50th Congressional District, a contest seen as a gauge of voter attitudes for the national midterm elections. San Diego Union-Tribue: Bilbray edges out Busby

AL: RILEY BEATS TEN COMMANDMENTS JUDGE: Republican Gov. Bob Riley and Democratic Lt. Gov. Lucy Baxley swept aside challengers in Tuesday's party primaries and will meet in the November general election for governor. Riley, buoyed by a strong economy, the absence of scandal in his administration and voter confidence in his leadership, easily defeated former Chief Justice Roy Moore in the Republican primary. Birmingham News: GOP picks Riley; Democrats, Baxley

MT: CONRAD BURNS PRIMED AND READY TO GO: Jon Tester bolted to an early, decisive lead over John Morrison in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary race, while Republican incumbent Sen. Conrad Burns sewed up a quick victory Tuesday night. Burns was expected to post a decisive win over state Senate Minority Leader Bob Keenan in the four-way Republican primary, and he did so handily ... Burns led by more than a 3-to-1 margin over [Bob] Keenan, of Bigfork. Missoulian: Tester to face Burns: State Senate president beats Morrison in Democratic primary for U.S. Senate

NJ: NO REAL CHALLENGE FOR EITHER PARTY IN PRIMARY: Democratic U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and Republican state Sen. Tom Kean Jr. shook off their primary challengers last night and immediately took aim at each other in a campaign that has begun to heat up five months before the general election. Unofficial returns showed Kean beat a conservative opponent by better than 3-to-1 and Menendez defeated a little-known candidate by more than 5-to-1. The Star-Ledger: Menendez and Kean sail past primary

IA: RACE SET TO ELECT 4th GOVERNOR IN 40 YEARS: Iowa Secretary of State Chet Culver claimed the 2006 Democratic nomination for governor Tuesday, turning back a late challenge by former state economic development director Mike Blouin and outpacing state Rep. Ed Fallon. Culver will face U.S. Rep. Jim Nussle, an eight-term Republican congressman from Manchester, in the fall general election." Des Moines Register: Culver edges Blouin to face Nussle

WHAT WILL DEMS DO WITHOUT DELAY?: Rep. Tom DeLay said Tuesday that his decision to quit the House he once helped lead may keep Republicans in the majority. The former House majority leader, speaking in the near-empty office he will vacate Friday, was a favorite target of Democrats, who made his legal troubles the centerpiece of a campaign accusing Republicans of a "culture of corruption." DeLay, who has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, told USA TODAY his departure "makes it very difficult for them to continue that strategy." Democrats don't disagree. The party's most senior House member, John Dingell of Michigan, said: "It will be helpful to Democrats if he were to stay. ... We will miss him." USA Today: DeLay says departure disrupts Dems' strategy
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