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Rehberg Explains Vote Against Ryan Budget

Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.), running for the Senate against Sen. Jon Tester (D), was one of four House Republicans who voted against Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) budget compromise on Friday, saying the measure was "rushed through" as he cautioned against changes to Medicare without further inquiry and input.

Posted: Friday, April 15, 2011 - 5:38pm

Buerkle Fundraising Exposes Vulnerability

One of the weaker fundraising among House Republicans this quarter came from freshman Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-N.Y.), who scored one of the most surprising upsets in last year's midterms.

In her first quarterly filing, Buerkle didn't even cross the six-figure threshold, reporting just $65,150 in contributions and ending the quarter with $110,672 in the bank. She still holds onto $15,000 in debt, the same she had at the end of the year.

Posted: Friday, April 15, 2011 - 3:00pm

Tomblin Ad Contrasts WV With Other States' Budget Battles

Acting West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) released his first television spot Friday, contrasting the budget drama of other states to what he characterizes as the stability of West Virginia under his leadership. The ad opens with tumultuous scenes of Wisconsin protests before going into a montage of headlines on Tomblin's budget-related accomplishments. The ad, produced by Struble Eichenbaum Communications, is titled "Two Priorities."

Posted: Friday, April 15, 2011 - 2:50pm

Out Of Congress, Grayson Still Outraising GOP Congressman

One of the weaker fundraising efforts in the House this quarter - at least for a member facing the prospect of a competitive race -- comes from freshman Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.), who only raised $30,000 in the first three months of the year.

Posted: Friday, April 15, 2011 - 2:23pm

Latham Will Run In Iowa's 3rd District

It's official: We now have our first incumbent-versus-incumbent matchup of 2012, thanks to redistricting.

With proposed maps in Iowa expected to be signed soon by Gov. Terry Branstad (R), Rep. Tom Latham (R) announced Friday he will run in the newly-created 3rd District, pitting him against Rep. Leonard Boswell (D).

Iowa lost one of its five House seats in the reapportionment last year, forcing a game of musical chairs with its members. Latham and Boswell will now be fighting over that final seat.

Posted: Friday, April 15, 2011 - 1:47pm

Hoekstra Won't Challenge Stabenow

Former Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) will not challenge Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D) in 2012, the former congressman announced in a statement Friday.

Posted: Friday, April 15, 2011 - 10:37am

Hispanic Growth Ahead of Political Participation

The Texas Tribune's Ross Ramsey makes an important point that often gets overlooked in the discussion about rapid Hispanic growth across the country.

Posted: Friday, April 15, 2011 - 8:11am

Video: Kucinich The Ventriloquist; Trump Copies The Van Buren Hairdo

The Daily Show's John Oliver is amazed when Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, reveals his skill at ventriloquy, "How, how do you keep winning elections?"

Jay Leno is still surprised that Vice President Biden managed to fall asleep during President Obama's speech: "Imagine if Al Gore or John Kerry had been speaking, Biden would be in a comma."

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward to 0:35 for a look at Kucinich's improbable success.

Posted: Friday, April 15, 2011 - 7:41am

Hotline Sort: Money Talks

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Congress passed the budget compromise Thursday, while the House looks ahead to a vote today on the Ryan budget proposal. Plus, if you want another sign of how close the Senate race in Montana is likely to be, take a look at the latest fundraising reports from the candidates. Meanwhile, the onion versus corn debate heats up. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Friday, April 15, 2011 - 7:31am

Shea-Porter Making A Comeback

Former Rep. Carol Shea Porter (D-N.H.) announced Thursday that she will run again for the seat that she lost last year to Rep. Frank Guinta (R).

"During my two terms serving the good people of New Hampshire's First District, I always worked for what I call the bottom 99% of Americans, and I never forgot that public office is a public trust," Shea-Porter wrote in an e-mail to supporters.

Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 5:36pm