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Nutty In New Hampshire

A 91-year-old freshman state legislator in New Hampshire found himself on the national news radar earlier this week after he suggested the mentally disabled should be shipped to Siberia -- and his resignation soon followed.

But after looking at some of former state Rep. Martin Harty's (R) biographical information, it appears this was nothing out of the ordinary.

Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 5:45pm

Walker Prank Caller Eying NY-26 Race

No, we're not punking you.

Ian Murphy, the Buffalo Beast editor who infamously posed as conservative financier David Koch in a prank phone call to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is about to get in the New York's 26th District special election.

Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 2:49pm

Angle Will Run For Congress

Updated 1:18 p.m.

Republican Sharron Angle will pass on a Senate bid against Rep. Dean Heller (R) and will instead seek Heller's open 2nd congressional district seat, she says in a new YouTube video.

"The 2010 election was bittersweet," Angle says in the video. "Conservatives had some victories, but we still face obstacles from Democrats in Congress and the White House."

Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 1:14pm

Census Quick Cuts: New Mexico, Montana

The Census Bureau rolled out data for two western states Tuesday: New Mexico and Montana. Both states may be trending Democratic: New Mexico's Hispanic population jumped, while Montana's growth was largely in its more liberal university and vacation towns.

-- Hispanics outnumber non-Hispanic whites in New Mexico for the first time during redistricting, as the Hispanic population grew by nearly a quarter in the past decade. New Mexico grew by 13 percent, with more than three quarters of the growth from Latinos.

Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 11:45am

Barbour Scores Big New Hampshire Win

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour will rely on the strategist who guided Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to an upset win in New Hampshire in 2000, The Hotline has learned.

Barbour has signed on Mike Dennehy as an adviser, giving him one of the more experienced voices in the Granite State. Dennehy managed McCain's 2000 campaign and served as national political director in the 2008 cycle.

Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 10:49am

Bill Could Change Hawaii Special Election Outcomes

A bill that passed the Hawaii House last week seeks to change the way county special elections are conducted, implementing an instant runoff voting (IRV) system. And while the current bill would not affect federal races, if it passes and is successful, a similar measure could be introduced down the road for federal contests.

Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 10:20am

DCCC Chair: Ex-Members Need To Eat, Pay Bills

As Democrats keep up their recruiting push in their campaign to take back the House, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) speaks of his "alumni association" of former members who are interested in running again with a gleam in his eye.

Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 9:41am

Hotline Sort: Brians Of The Operation

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. After officially launching his Senate bid Tuesday, Rep. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) received a couple of high profile endorsements, and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour made some news in Iowa. Meanwhile, you can't miss what Arizona Senate candidate Jeff Flake is saying about the latest exercise craze hitting Capitol Hill. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 7:44am

Video: Donald Trump Gets Roasted; NCAA Basketball Takes Over CSPAN

Rapper Snoop Dogg joins the roast of businessman, and possible presidential candidate, Donald Trump: "Donald say he wants to run for president and move on into the White House. Why not? It wouldn't be the first time you pushed a black family out of their home."

Bonus coverage of the NCAA basketball tournament will be shown on CSPAN this year.

Today's Must See Moment -- What's the difference between a wet raccoon and Donald Trump's hair? Fast forward to 1:00 to find out.

Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 7:44am

GOP Reps. Eying Senate Races Flip On CR

A three-week stopgap measure passed the House 271-158 Tuesday afternoon, with 54 Republicans voting against the bill. Every House Republican either committed to or publicly considering a Senate run in 2012 voted for the previous two-week government funding bill and then flipped to vote against Tuesday's three-week continuing resolution.

Posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 5:03pm