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Christie Headlining NRCC Fundraising Dinner

The National Republican Congressional Committee announced Friday that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will headline their annual fundraising dinner on March 30 at the National Building Museum in Washington.

Christie, who has seen his national profile skyrocket since taking office, will bring star power to the fundraiser for the NRCC -- something NRCC Chair Pete Sessions (Texas) touched on in the announcement. 

Posted: Friday, January 14, 2011 - 12:37pm

Jeb: GOP 'Incredibly Stupid' If It Ignores Hispanics

MIAMI, Fla. - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) warned Friday that it would be "incredibly stupid' for the Republican Party to overlook Hispanic voters, who make up the fastest growing part of the electorate.

Exit polls show Hispanic voters favored Democrats by a 2-to-1 margin in the 2010 election.

Posted: Friday, January 14, 2011 - 12:11pm

DeMint Drops Names In Texas

South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint (R), whose Senate Conservatives Fund is a major Tea Party fundraising force, chimed in Friday morning on which candidates he may endorse in the open seat Texas Senate race.

Posted: Friday, January 14, 2011 - 11:45am

Hogue Leaves For Media Matters communications director Ilyse Hogue, who has spearheaded the progressive organization's political activity for the last two cycles, is leaving the group but her new job responsibilities won't be much different.

Hogue told Hotline On Call that she is heading to Media Matters, where she'll be a senior adviser, going after conservative media.

Posted: Friday, January 14, 2011 - 11:23am

NRCC Rounds Out Leadership Team

The National Republican Congressional Committee has named its deputy chairman and eight vice chairmen, completing its leadership team, NRCC sources confirm.

NRCC Chair Pete Sessions (Texas) has brought back Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) as deputy chairman. Walden was part of Sessions' team in 2010 when Republicans gained 63 seats in the House.

Posted: Friday, January 14, 2011 - 10:01am

Starting Lineup: RNC Edition

Good Friday morning from National Harbor, Maryland, where members of the Republican National Committee meet today to elect a chairman for the 2012 election cycle. In lieu of your normal Starting Lineup, we offer five things to watch for as voting gets under way shortly after 10 a.m. (Remember, a candidate needs 85 of 168 votes to win the chairmanship):

Posted: Friday, January 14, 2011 - 7:43am

Video: Confusing 'Show of Mourning' With 'Morning Show'

Jon Stewart found Pres. Obama's memorial speech in Tucson moving but some pundits had issues with the seating arrangements. Stewart: "That would have made it a better show. But you know it's a memorial service not the Emmys."

Jimmy Fallon, on Vice Pres. Biden's third surprise trip in the Middle East: "Is it just me, or does everyone else feel like he's just lost in that area."

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward to 0:45 when Stephen Colbert has something nice to say about Obama.

Posted: Friday, January 14, 2011 - 7:31am

Pawlenty Touts Education Record

Former Minnesota Gov. and potential 2012 contender Tim Pawlenty (R) on Thursday called for the government to focus on education, staking claim to an issue that has remained low on the radar in early discussions of the 2012 race.

Posted: Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 4:54pm

Cain Looks To Channel DeMint In Long Shot 2012 Bid

Casting himself as a constitutional conservative and Tea Party champion in the mold of Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), radio host and former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain (R) said Thursday that he's "very encouraged by the early support" he's received after announcing the formation of a presidential exploratory committee. But, he added, a White House campaign is "not yet a sure thing."

Posted: Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 4:34pm

Hutchison Retirement To Set Off Texas-Sized Scramble

Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's announcement on Thursday that she won't seek re-election will set off a flurry of activity as candidates seek to position themselves for the 2012 race in the reliably Republican state.

In a statement Thursday, Hutchison said she was stepping aside so the 2012 race can start in earnest without her.

Posted: Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 3:00pm