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Barbour To Iowa In March

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) is headed to Iowa in March to headline a Chairman's Dinner, the Iowa Republican Party announced Monday.

On March 15, Barbour will be the featured guest at a dinner to kick off a series of events "designed to support and prepare county organizations for the 2012 presidential cycle," according to a release from the state party.

A "key feature of the statewide fundraising campaign will be highlighting a national political leader at each event," the release said.

Posted: Monday, February 14, 2011 - 2:48pm

Democratic Bench Thin After Kaine

Sen. Jim Webb's (D-Va.) decision to not seek re-election leaves a big gap for Old Dominion Democrats as the state's bench of top-tier political talent is relatively thin, especially after losing three House Democrats in last year's midterms. Virginia Democratic strategists said that Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine, the commonwealth's former governor, would have the right of first refusal for the party's nomination.

Posted: Monday, February 14, 2011 - 12:40pm

Will Ballot Positions Matter In West Virginia?

The West Virginia Secretary of State's office held a random drawing Sunday for ballot positions in the special gubernatorial primaries, and a little bit of luck -- both good and bad -- could end up being a factor in how the respective party primaries ultimately turn out.

Mine-drilling consultant Bill Maloney will appear first on the Republican ballot. Former Secretary of State Betty Ireland, a perceived front-runner, will appear seventh out of 8 names on the GOP ballot.

Posted: Monday, February 14, 2011 - 12:10pm

The Tea Party Primary In Texas

A primary within a primary in the race to replace retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) was on full display at CPAC over the weekend. Former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz (R), who served as emcee for several hours Thursday, and Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams (R) are expected to compete for many of the same voters in next year's Republican primary. The pair had packed schedules - meeting with party leaders, grassroots activists and potential donors - at the annual conservative conference in Washington.

Posted: Monday, February 14, 2011 - 11:10am

Capturing Kyl Seat A Challenge For Democrats

Following Sen. Jon Kyl's (R-Ariz.) retirement announcement late last week, much of the talk about who will replace Arizona's junior senator has focused on the Republican side. Rep. Jeff Flake (R) is making his bid official today, as other Republicans continue to ponder the race.

Posted: Monday, February 14, 2011 - 10:21am

Video: O'Reilly Just Doesn't Know; An Anniversary Cheney Wants To Forget

SNL has part three of FNC host Bill O'Reilly's sit down with President Obama. SNL's Jason Sudeikis as O'Reilly, "I'm not saying you're wrong. You could be right, you could be right, I just don't know."

David Letterman can't believe it's already been five years since Dick Cheney shot a friend during a hunting trip.

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward to 1:00 for part three of O'Reilly's interview with Obama. Then let us know what you think of Sudeikis's impression in our Late Night Poll.

Take our Late Night Poll after the jump.

Posted: Monday, February 14, 2011 - 8:43am

Flake To Announce Senate Bid Monday

Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) will officially announce Monday morning that he is running for the seat being vacated by Sen. Jon Kyl (R), according to a Republican source familiar with the decision. The news was first reported by the Arizona Republic Sunday afternoon. Flake will be the first candidate to officially declare his intention to run for the seat, and will instantly be regarded as a front-runner in the race.

Posted: Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 8:26pm

What We Learned: Back To The Future

What we at The Hotline learned this week:

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) won another CPAC straw poll, with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) finishing second, giving us all a little bit of déjà vu, as last year's straw poll yielded the same result. The media loves to hype the poll, but in recent years, it has rarely been an accurate indicator of overall GOP sentiment: Romney won it in 2007, 2008 and 2009, but was not the GOP's presidential nominee in 2008.

Posted: Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 3:06pm

CPAC Day 3: On Call's Takeaways

National Journal and Hotline were back for the final day of CPAC, including the not-so-surprising straw poll results. Here are the key takeaways and nuggets from Saturday's speeches and events:

Posted: Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 8:41am

West Offers Vigorous Defense Of Conservatism

Closing out the three-day CPAC conference Saturday evening, Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) didn't employ much of the heated rhetoric that he became known for in his congressional campaigns. But using forceful language, the tea-party freshman laid out his own policy-heavy vision for the conservative movement, including cutting spending, maintaining a robust military and touting an aggressive foreign policy against terrorism.

Posted: Saturday, February 12, 2011 - 9:11pm