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More midterm mania

— The Hotline's On Call reported yesterday that the Democratic National Committee and the party's House campaign committee (DCCC) have struck a deal that the DNC will contribute $12 million to turnout efforts this fall. DCCC chair Rahm Emanuel has been a vocal critic of the DNC's priority of building parties in all 50 states, saying that they should focus instead on states hosting races they can win. First Read reported at length not long ago about the Democratic party's various and seemingly uncoordinated voter turnout efforts shaping up for the fall. A DNC aide tells First Read that the deal shows the DNC "is making unprecedented investments to ensure that Democrats retake control of Congress and are elected at every level of government."

In CALIFORNIA, GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed bills into law yesterday as Democrats looked on and the campaign of his opponent contended with a mess over its downloading and release to the press of "tapes of private Schwarzenegger conversations in the governor's office," says the Los Angeles Times. The San Francisco Chronicle notes: "Technical experts said it is possible that... the governor's private files were password-protected but still vulnerable to public download." A criminal investigation is underway.

In CONNECTICUT, Democratic Senate nominee Ned Lamont gives what his campaign bills as a "major security address" today at Yale Law School at 12:45 pm ET. Per advance excerpts, Lamont not surprisingly hits both the Bush Administration and Sen. Joe Lieberman on Iraq: "We are being led by a foreign policy team with years of inside the beltway experience," he is expected to say. "President Bush rushed us into this war based on trumped up intelligence, and Senator Lieberman cheered him on every step of the way."

In FLORIDA, gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis (D) has apologized for voting against compensating two wrongly convicted African-American men, Wilbert Lee and Freddie Pitts. The Miami Herald says "Davis' apology... not only appeared heartfelt, it was politically necessary: Davis limped out of the Democratic primary last week with voting results showing that a pillar of his political party, South Florida blacks, thought very little of his candidacy."

PENNSYLVANIA Democratic Senate nominee Bob Casey Jr. is giving Catholic University Law School's "prestigious 38th annual Pope John XXIII Lecture tomorrow," and some Catholic conservatives are accusing the school of "publicly favoring Casey over Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania." Casey is an alumnus of the school, but some of their positions don't line up -- the Washington Times.

In TEXAS, independent gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman is on the air statewide with two TV ads, one of which, titled "Good Shepherd," features Friedman telling voters he wants to be their -- you guessed it -- "Good Shepherd." It's an anti-politician message referring to the Book of John: "when the wolves come, the hired hands flee, but the Good Shepherd stays.")

A Democrat-affiliated group called VoteVets will roll out a TV ad campaign against VIRGINIA Sen. George Allen (R) today "for his refusal to vote for the troops," per the vague press release.