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Rehberg Announcing Senate Bid

Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) is making his challenge to Sen. Jon Tester (D) official today, setting up a marquee 2012 showdown in the Treasure State.

"If this is a campaign on the issues with two contrasting philosophies, I better represent the state of Montana," Rehberg said in an interview with the Billings Gazette published Saturday morning.

Posted: Saturday, February 5, 2011 - 2:19pm

Hotline Spotlight: Winning One For The Gipper

The 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth offers an opportunity to reflect on the fact that the 40th president still has a big impact on today's political landscape, and that the Reagan legacy includes some aspects that no longer exist.

Posted: Friday, February 4, 2011 - 5:00pm

Previewing The Sunday Shows

With the Super Bowl and the Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration on Sunday, some Sunday programs are taking a lighter approach to the usual gritty, political conversations.

"Fox News Sunday" will have a football edition with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, former Steelers wide receiver Lynn Swann and former Packers offensive lineman Jerry Kramer.

Posted: Friday, February 4, 2011 - 4:45pm

Redistricting Q&A: John Ryder

Welcome back to Hotline On Call's Redistricting Q&A feature, where we sit down with some of the biggest players in the map-drawing process. Last week, we featured Bill Burke, the executive director of the Foundation for the Future - a go-to 527 group for Democrats across the country.

Posted: Friday, February 4, 2011 - 3:13pm

Branstad Stuck In Neutral -- For Now

Observers of the 2012 presidential race turned their attention to Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) on Thursday after the Washington Post's David Broder suggested in his column that Branstad "is generally counted" in the camp of former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R).

Posted: Friday, February 4, 2011 - 2:59pm

West Virginia Sets Special Election Dates, Again

The West Virginia Legislature has finally settled on primary and general election dates for the special gubernatorial election this year: both the state House and Senate passed compromise legislation that set the primary date at May 14 and the general election date for Oct. 4. Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) indicated he will sign off on the compromise.

Posted: Friday, February 4, 2011 - 2:21pm

The Top Operatives in Iowa and New Hampshire

No presidential campaign amounts to anything without a top-notch staff and a cadre of key activists and volunteers. Candidates are already courting potential aides and supporters in hopes of building those connections, a process that's a key part of the Invisible Primary.

Throughout the campaign, The Hotline will keep track of prominent activists and superstar staffers, charting which candidates they decide to back.

Posted: Friday, February 4, 2011 - 1:34pm

Census Quick Cuts: Katrina's Impact and a Demographic Hurricane

The Census Bureau released its first round of state-level data Thursday evening, giving us a glimpse into the demographics that are destiny in the states of Louisiana, Virginia, New Jersey and Mississippi.

Here are a few key takeaways:

Posted: Friday, February 4, 2011 - 12:29pm

As DNC Heads To Charlotte, Perdue Faces Probe

Right on the heels of Democrats announcing that their 2012 convention will be in Charlotte, an investigation into North Carolina Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue appears to be intensifying.

The State Bureau of Investigation has launched a probe looking into Perdue's campaign finances. At this point, the details of what they are looking for is unclear, but Perdue lawyering up is a clear indicator that the investigation is progressing.

Posted: Friday, February 4, 2011 - 11:17am

Unemployment Falls to 9.0 Percent

The nation added only 36,000 jobs in January, its most anemic total in many months and far lower than most analysts had been expecting.

Though the unemployment rate dropped from 9.4 to 9.0 percent, an unexpectedly big drop that brought it to its lowest level in nearly two years, the new report highlighted once again that the labor market remains the weakest link in the recovery.

Posted: Friday, February 4, 2011 - 9:48am