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Social Conservatives Threaten CPAC Boycott

Several socially conservative organizations have threatened to boycott one of the largest gatherings of conservative activists of the year if a group of gay Republicans is allowed to serve as a participating organization at the event.

Social conservatives, including the National Organization for Marriage among others, staged a walk-out at a meeting of board members of the Conservative Political Action Conference, according to multiple board members, to protest CPAC's decision to allow GOProud to join the event as more than just a vendor organization.

Posted: Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 12:21pm

Ruling On Alaska Senate Race Expected

An Alaska judge is expected to rule on Republican Senate contender Joe Miller's challenge to the write-in process before week's end, according to various news reports.

Miller has called for the state to throw out write-in ballots counted for Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) that don't state her name exactly as it was written on her candidacy declaration.

Posted: Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 10:53am

Video: Obama Gets Taxed; Bo Helps Decorate For The Holidays

The late night hosts continue to go after Pres. Obama for making a deal with Republicans to extend the Bush-era tax cuts. Jay Leno, on the deal: "The way it works, it's tax cuts for the rich and benefits for the unemployed. So if you're rich you're in luck and if you're unemployed you're in luck. If you work for a living, you're so screwed."

Posted: Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 8:44am

Starting Lineup: Nelson's New Challenger

Good Thursday morning and welcome back to the Starting Lineup. On the radar today: Another Florida Republican eyes a challenge to Bill Nelson; half of Americans say they are worse off since Pres. Obama took office; a West Virginia Republican puts some pressure on Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R); The Hotline's Republican National Committee Chair's race whip count; John Sununu picks a successor in New Hampshire and the NRCC's Andy Sere moves from campaign strategy to the Hill.

Posted: Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 8:31am

Insiders: No Consensus On Deficit Reduction

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Posted: Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 8:25am

Eight Holiday Wishes For The Eighth Night of Hanukkah

As the eighth night of Hanukkah approaches -- and following up on Sean's wish list column -- it's time for another list. So, here are eight senators who are likely already looking ahead to their re-election bids in 2012, and what they are likely hoping for.

Posted: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 6:00pm

Dems Facing Tough Races In '12 Embrace Tax Deal

Since President Obama announced the framework for a compromise with congressional Republican on extending the Bush-era tax cuts, there has been plenty of focus on the loudest -- and often, most liberal -- members of Congress who have ripped the framework to shreds.

Posted: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 4:35pm

Hotline Whip Count: The RNC Chairman's Race

Updated Dec. 9, 7:02 a.m.

Republican National Committee members are being inundated with promotional material, phone calls and even personal visits from candidates who want to be their next chairman.

Some of the 168 voters are already making up their minds, but the majority are keeping their options open. The race is viewed as a free-for-all, with at least five serious contenders battling for votes. That means the five weeks between now and the January 14 election day will be a furious sprint for votes. And we at The Hotline will track every voter.

Posted: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 3:30pm

Emmer Concedes To Dayton In Minnesota

The final unresolved gubernatorial contest of 2010 has come to an end. Trailing Republican candidate Tom Emmer (R) conceded to Democrat Mark Dayton (D) Wednesday morning, ending a post-election battle that has lasted over a month.

"Mark Dayton is going to be seated as the next governor of the state of Minnesota and it is our job to make sure that he can be the best governor he can possibly be," said Emmer.

Posted: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 1:26pm

Steelman Courts DeMint

Missouri Senate contender Sarah Steelman met with Sen. Jim DeMint on Tuesday afternoon, her latest attempt to court the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party.

Steelman, who announced last week that she will challenge Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) in 2012, is seeking to position herself as the Tea Party candidate in the race in the face of a potentially difficult Republican primary. Former Sen. Jim Talent (R) is seriously considering the race and would be the establishment favorite.

Posted: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 10:30am