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Net Neutrality Bill Stalls Without GOP Support

With much remorse, key House Democratic lawmakers announced that efforts to advance a net neutrality bill have stalled in light of GOP resistance. "With great regret, I must report that Ranking Member [Joe Barton, R-Texas] has informed me that support for this legislation will not be forthcoming at this time," House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., said. "This legislative initiative was predicated on going forward only if we had full bipartisan support in our Committee." House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher, D-Va., echoed that sentiment.

Posted: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 5:40pm

Murkowski Trails Miller By 2

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) trails attorney Joe Miller by 2% in her write-in re-election campaign, according to a new poll out Wednesday.

The CNN/Time magazine survey of 927 likely voters found Miller leading 38% to 36% with Sitka Mayor Scott McAdams (D) pulling 22%.

The poll shows that Murkowski has a shot to pull off a historic write-in campaign, something no senator has done since Strom Thurmond in 1954.

Posted: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 5:00pm

When All Politics Is Local

In states without a governor's race or Senate race at the top of the ballot, Democrats are worried about a nightmare scenario: A turnout gap so large that even some of the most battle-tested House Democrats could get swept out.

Posted: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 3:55pm

When A Non-Endorsement Matters

The endorsement getting the most attention right now in California is actually a non-endorsement. In a fairly scathing editorial, the reliably liberal San Francisco Chronicle declined to endorse in the Senate race between former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (R) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D).

Posted: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 3:28pm

Whitman Faces Immigration Controversy

California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman found herself in the midst of an immigration controversy on Wednesday, as one of her former housekeepers said she was an undocumented immigrant when she worked for Whitman and alleged that former eBay CEO knew it.

The housekeeper, Nicky Diaz, said the Whitman fired her for being an undocumented worker despite having known her immigration status for 9 years.

Posted: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 3:22pm

Rockefeller Doubtful On Moving Net Neutrality Bill

Senate Commerce Chairman John (Jay) Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said Wednesday that he believes it will be "almost impossible" to move a network neutrality bill through congress this year. "I am 100 percent for net neutrality. I know [House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry] Waxman is fighting hard," he said following the Senate's weekly luncheons.

Posted: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 2:48pm

Vulnerable Dems Not In Most Economically Strapped Districts

While pocketbook issues are clearly foremost on voters' minds, House Democrats' biggest hurdle may be their own recent successes. Just-released '09 Census numbers from the American Community Survey show that the most endangered seats for Democrats are not more economically strained than the rest of the country, and in some cases are even doing better. Instead, Democratic vulnerability appears much more closely tied with whether the seat is a recent Democratic gain or an open seat and how well Pres. Obama did there in '08.

Posted: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 2:17pm

FTC Report Will Detail Ways To Help Journalism Survive

FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz said Wednesday that his agency hopes to release a report by the end of the year that would detail proposals for helping journalism survive but said one idea that is unlikely to be included is a call for taxing electronic devices to subsidize newspapers and other media platforms. At an event sponsored by the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy, Leibowitz and other speakers at the event discussed the importance of journalism to an informed and democratic society.

Posted: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 1:48pm

Stearns: Net Neutrality Shouldn't Be On Floor This Week

The pending net neutrality bill should not be on the floor this week or part of the continuing resolution measure, House Energy and Commerce Communications Subcommittee ranking member Cliff Stearns told Tech Daily Dose on Wednesday. The continuing resolution at hand would fund the federal government through Dec. 3 at FY10 levels for most programs. It must clear Congress before Thursday, the end of the fiscal year.

Posted: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 12:45pm

Races To Know: MO SEN, NV SEN, WV SEN

MO SEN: Democrats released a poll last week that indicates that this race is closer than ever. A Garin-Hart-Yang Research poll (D) of 701 likely voters conducted Sept. 20-22 showed GOP Rep. Roy Blunt at 41%, followed by Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan at 40%, Constitution Party candidate Jerry Beck at 3%, and Libertarian candidate Jonathan Dine at 2%.

Posted: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 12:29pm