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Tech and Telecom Personnel Changes

Here is a roundup of some key personnel changes that took place in the tech and telecom space recently: Verizon Communications tapped Lowell McAdam to become president and chief operating officer. Previously, McAdam served as CEO of Verizon wireless. He will report directly to Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg. More at WaPo Dave Grimaldi will serve as chief of staff and media legal advisor to FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn. Grimaldi succeeds acting chief of staff Angela Kronenberg who will continue as wireline legal advisor to Clyburn.

Posted: Monday, September 20, 2010 - 4:16pm

In Many Districts, NRCC Spending Follows Outside Groups

If this past weekend is an indication, a trend appears to be forming on the right in IE spending. In at least 10 districts, the NRCC has followed major spending by right-leaning third party group.

Now, it is illegal for the NRCC to coordinate with any of these groups, and we're not suggesting that they are. However, the trend does indicate the NRCC may be capitalizing on districts where conservative groups have already been knocking incumbent Democrats.

Posted: Monday, September 20, 2010 - 3:38pm

DSCC Tops NRSC In August Fundraising

The DSCC had another strong month fundraising in August, outraising its GOP counterpart by more than $1M.

The DSCC will reporting hauling in $7.42M for August, according to numbers provided to Hotline On Call. The NRSC is reporting $6.05M. Those numbers represent the sixth time in 7 months that the DSCC has outraised the NRSC.

"Democratic activism continues to grow," said Deirdre Murphy, the DSCC's press secretary. "The committee and Democratic Senate candidates are in strong positions to wage competitive races in our targeted races."

Posted: Monday, September 20, 2010 - 3:04pm

Leahy and Hatch Drop Online Infringement Bill

Key Senate lawmakers will introduce legislation Monday afternoon aiming to curb the growth of online piracy and counterfeiting. "Each year, online piracy and the sale of counterfeit goods cost American businesses billions of dollars, and result in hundreds of thousands of lost jobs," said Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., a co-sponsor of the bill.

Posted: Monday, September 20, 2010 - 2:55pm

Barbour To New Hampshire Next Monday

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) is heading to New Hampshire next week, a trip sure to raise speculation about Barbour's future political intentions.

Barbour, the chairman of the RGA, will be attending a campaign event for Republican gubernatorial candidate John Stephen next Monday, Sept. 27, according to the Stephen campaign.

Posted: Monday, September 20, 2010 - 1:48pm

The So-Called "Year Of The Woman" Fades Away

Despite rumblings of another so-called "Year of the Woman," there may actually be fewer women in the Senate come January, based on current forecasts. And '12 doesn't bode well for female incumbents either.

There are currently 17 women serving in the Senate. Odds are against Sen. Lisa Murkowski(R-AK) winning as a write-in candidate. Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) is trailing badly. Thus there will likely be two fewer returning female senators come January. And Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) has a tough battle as well, which could reduce the women's caucus by 3.

Posted: Monday, September 20, 2010 - 1:47pm

DOJ Terminates Program As Part Of Federal IT Overhaul

As part of the administration's effort to reform Federal IT and reign in spending, the Justice Department has terminated its Litigation Case Management System, U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra announced Monday. The end of the Litigation Case Management System is one of a handful of changes made by executive agencies to save money and boost efficiency that Kundra highlighted during remarks given to the Federal CIO Council this morning. Kundra has been leading an initiative to curb costs on IT by shining a light on wasteful spending and subsequently, enacting reform.

Posted: Monday, September 20, 2010 - 1:29pm

AFL-CIO Blasts Out 2.5M Negative Mail Pieces

The AFL-CIO expanded its reach into the mail boxes of its members by sending out 2.5M mail pieces on Monday. The mail pieces are predominantly negative and target Republican candidates for governor, House and the Senate.

Posted: Monday, September 20, 2010 - 12:45pm

DSCC Up With 3 Ads Against Buck

The DSCC is ramping up its attacks on Weld Co. DA Ken Buck (R), launching three separate ads against the Republican Colorado Senate candidate on Monday.

The ad blitz against Buck shows that Colorado is an essential part of the firewall Democrats are trying to construct to prevent the GOP from obtaining a Senate majority -- a tough slog at this point, but still a possibility if the GOP runs the table out West.

Posted: Monday, September 20, 2010 - 11:58am

The Cook Political Report Moves AK SEN from Solid Republican to Likely Republican

The Cook Political Report has moved the Alaska Senate race rating from Solid Republican to Likely Republican. Notes the Report, "While Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) is well-known and retains a reservoir of goodwill among voters, history has not been kind to write-in candidates and Murkowski's path to victory is extremely steep. Still, Murkowski's decision adds enough uncertainty, particularly in the absence of polling to provide some guidance, that we are moving the race to the Likely Republican column."

Posted: Monday, September 20, 2010 - 11:32am