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Census Quick Cuts: Hispanic Growth All Over

The Census Bureau rolled out state-level data for four more states this week. One thing they have in common is a burgeoning Hispanic population. That growth will complicate the redistricting process in both Republicans' biggest prize, Texas, and in the Democrats' best redistricting opportunity, Illinois.

Posted: Saturday, February 19, 2011 - 4:43pm

Previewing The Sunday Shows

In the wake of President Obama's proposed 2012 budget, the Sunday shows will take a look at the looming debate. "Meet the Press" hosts Sen. Maj. Whip Dick Durbin and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). This Sunday will also be former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm's (D) first appearance on the show, part of her deal with the program to appear as a regular panelist.

Posted: Friday, February 18, 2011 - 7:00pm

NY-26 Republicans To Pick Nominee By Early Next Week

Western New York Republicans plan to pick their nominee for the 26th District special election by early next week.

County chairs from the district's seven counties have been meeting with candidates who wish to be considered for the nomination this week, and on Sunday they'll meet with the seven hopefuls for a final time, will deliberate shortly thereafter and hope to hold a vote near the beginning of the week.

Posted: Friday, February 18, 2011 - 6:12pm

FEC: Kucinich's 2004 Campaign Owes Government $52K

It seems that lately, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) just can't catch a break.

First, a much publicized lawsuit involving an olive pit Kucinich bit into at a House cafeteria was the dominant story surrounding the congressman from Ohio. Now the Federal Election Commission has found that Kucinich's 2004 presidential campaign owes a five figure sum to the federal government.

Posted: Friday, February 18, 2011 - 5:05pm

Obama Takes On GOP Leaders In Key 2012 States

In defending his proposed budget against Republican Congressional criticism, President Obama used a time-tested strategy - he took the fight to their backyards.

By inviting local reporters from Cincinnati, Richmond and Milwaukee to the White House Map Room this week for 10-minute interviews, the president combated arguments by House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan on their home turfs without leaving his own.

Posted: Friday, February 18, 2011 - 4:25pm

Hotline Spotlight: A Tipping Point

President Obama, in his budget, deferred the tough decisions on entitlements to Republicans. And the GOP is betting that the electorate will reward them for making the painful calls.

Posted: Friday, February 18, 2011 - 4:01pm

Bingaman To Retire

Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) is expected to announce his retirement later today, two Democratic sources have confirmed to Hotline On Call. The news was first reported by the Washington Post.

Posted: Friday, February 18, 2011 - 2:03pm

Brown Had Tense Meeting With Card in '09

Sen. Scott Brown's (R-Mass.) improbable march to victory in the 2010 Massachusetts Senate special election was at one point almost over before it all started following a tense 2009 exchange with former George W. Bush chief of staff Andrew Card, according to a passage from Brown's upcoming book.

Posted: Friday, February 18, 2011 - 1:38pm

Napolitano Won't Run For Kyl's Seat

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will not seek the seat being vacated by Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), a decision that increases the uncertainty in a prospective Democratic field in which no clear front-runner has emerged. The news was first reported by the AP.

Posted: Friday, February 18, 2011 - 1:00pm

Florida Primary Date Tussle Divides Republicans

The ongoing debate over when the 2012 presidential primary should take place in Florida has caused divisions among high-profile Republicans, pitting Gov. Rick Scott against Sen. Marco Rubio, among others.

Florida's primary is currently slated for the end of January. The national party wants to protect the early states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina by ensuring that the other primaries don't take place before March.

Posted: Friday, February 18, 2011 - 10:14am