In The Star:
- A must read: Steve Kraske profiles political consultant Jeff Roe.
- In his column, Steve Penn fears that KC city manager Wayne Cauthen is becoming a political punching bag during the mayoral race.
- Jim Sullinger and David Klepper report on efforts to bring a $451 million federal research facility to the state.
- Klepper examines a debate over a bill in the Kansas Legislature to define the terms in the stem cell debate.
- Kevin Collison reports that credit agencies are giving KC good ratings on an upcoming bond sale.
Elsewhere: Top pickings from The Hotline's "Wake-Up Call,: ABC's The Note and others.
- The Chicago Tribune's Aamer Madhani reports on the filibuster on the Iraq resolution "underscores the political peril and gamesmanship on on both sides."
- By waging war to save the surge, Bush backers are saying one thing and doing another, columnizes E.J. Dionne Jr. of The Washington Post.
- Democrats, naturally, are rejecting the Bush budget. But William Neikirk of the Chicago Tribune points out they face the daunting task of drafting their own. By criticizing program cuts, he writes Democrats have created a situation where they now must deal with huge future costs and perhaps craft reductions of their own if they are to have any credibility with the public.
- The Note draws attenttion to an Atlantic Monthly article by Ross Douthat that looks at the form of politics that President Bush has created during his tenure known as Bushism. To some, it would seem that for any 2008 GOP presidential hopeful, it'd be near political suicide to run on the same platforms that Bush stands for now, but look at the candidates now. "Someone must have forgotten to tell the GOP presidential field. If you consider how the nation's most ambitious Republicans are positioning themselves for 2008, Bushism looks like it could have surprising staying power."
- In his New York Post column, John Podhoretz works to debunk the notion that Rudy Giuliani is too liberal on some social policies for the GOP faithful. (Podhoretz notes that Giuliani has the same position on same-sex civil unions as Dick Cheney.)
- John Edwards joined Hillary Clinton"in saying he will not use public money for the primary or the general election, USA Today reports.
- In the wake of the disclosure that he had an affair with his friend and campaign manager's wife, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom "said he would seek treatment for alcohol abuse," the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Jay Leno, on Newsom's re-election chances: "Good luck trying to find another campaign manager."
- Barack Obama, who said he has never smoked more than 10 cigarettes a day, is now trying to quit: "I've been chewing Nicorette strenuously."
Posted by Keith Chrostowski