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Israel Kicking Off Dem Recruiting

Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) is wasting little time kicking off his tenure as the new chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, using the winter break to recruit candidates in some of the dozens of seats Democrats believe they can win in 2012.

Israel spent part of the Christmas break in Arizona, where he met with both Reps. Harry Mitchell and Ann Kirkpatrick to encourage them to run again, according to sources in both Arizona and Washington.

Posted: Monday, December 27, 2010 - 10:31am

Key Steele Ally Defects

Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele has lost a staunch ally in his bid for a second term as another contender continues racking up support and momentum.

On Sunday, California national committee member Shawn Steel made public his decision to back Wisconsin Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus. The Californian had been a key member of Steele's kitchen cabinet and one of the incumbent chairman's top defenders.

The defection, rumored for a week, is seen as a major blow to Steele's dwindling re-election hopes.

Posted: Sunday, December 26, 2010 - 11:06pm

Redistricting Q&A: Mike Thompson

Welcome back to Hotline On Call's Redistricting Q&A feature, where we sit down with some of the people most involved with the reapportionment process. On Tuesday, we brought you an interview with Georgia Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, who is leading the efforts on the Republican side.

Posted: Friday, December 24, 2010 - 1:00pm

Obama Enters 112th With Little GOP Support For Dream Act

While Pres. Obama declared at his recent news conference that he will not give up on working with Republicans to pass the Dream Act, come January he isn't likely to find much support among the GOP ranks.

Posted: Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 4:16pm

The Year In Surprise Stars

Welcome back to The Hotline's "Year In Review" features. Earlier this week, we brought you the Year In Scandals and the Year In Upsets.

Posted: Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 1:00pm

Priebus Scores Bopp Endorsement

One of the best-known conservative voices on the Republican National Committee will support Reince Priebus in the race for national party chairman next month, according to an email sent to committee members today.

Priebus, the chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party, has won backing from Indiana national committee member Jim Bopp, a prominent Republican attorney and the founder of a group of conservative members of the RNC.

Posted: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 2:24pm

The Year In Upsets

Earlier this week, we took a look at the Year In Scandals.

Today, we'll look at the biggest upsets of 2010. And there were plenty to go around this year -- from a Republican winning Ted Kennedy's Senate seat in Massachusetts to Tea Party fueled upheaval in Republican primaries.

Posted: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 11:30am

Redistricting Q&A: Lynn Westmoreland

With the release of the census numbers on Tuesday, we're debuting a new Hotline On Call feature: Redistricting Q&A. Approximately every week, we'll sit down with someone who is playing an important role in the reapportionment process, either on the national or statewide level.

Posted: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 3:59pm

U.S. Growth Slows As Southern States Gain

The Sun Belt will gain new seats in Congress based on the U.S. population's continued shift south and west, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau and its director, Robert Groves.

The new data show that the country grew at a slower pace than it has in earlier decades. But states in the South grew at a faster rate than those in the Rust Belt; those states will give up some representation in Congress, while Southern states will grow in influence.

Posted: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 12:37pm

Bump On The Chris Christie Bandwagon

The Chris Christie bandwagon may have hit a speed bump - at least a small one - based on results from two new polls released today.

Posted: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 8:41am