May 4, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Horse races: GOP 10 debate; Louisville readies for derby

Ronald Reagan hasn’t been president for 18 years, yet his name was prominent on today’s front pages.

“10 agree: Rekindle Reagan spirit,” the Ventura County (Calif.) Star said about the first GOP presidential debate, which was held at the Reagan Presidential Library in California. “Bush is barely mentioned as Reagan is lionized in forum,” The Sacramento Bee said. “Reagan wannabes,” said the Daily News of Los Angeles, which printed portraits of the candidates and quotes.

New York newspapers focused on the debate performance of former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani. “Giuliani sets himself apart on abortion,” The Buffalo News said.

Florida is moving up its primary election date, prompting the St. Petersburg Times to say: “State seizes primary position.” A Jan. 29 primary would make Florida the first large state to vote. “Florida set to add clout with earlier primary date,” the Orlando Sentinel said.

Religion news is rarely on Page One, but the 56th annual National Day of Prayer brought it out front. “A day to give thanks,” the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal said.

Horses and hats: The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., was on track this week as it counted down to Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. “1 Day to Derby,” it said today. Its front page was filled with derby doings in text, photo and graphics, and the paper referred to “everything you want to know” on its Web site: www.courierjournal.com/derbyfun.

Queen and queasy: As Queen Elizabeth II arrived in North America, the Winnipeg Free Press of Canada said: “Her majesty comes calling.” But the queen had to share space with worms “worst in 10 years.” Images of worms crawled across the Free Press.

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