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Poll: More Americans Back Unions Over Governors

A plurality of Americans is taking the side of public-employee unions in the fight over collective bargaining policies, according to a new Gallup poll out today, as more states enact or consider enacting legislation that they say will help close significant budget shortfalls.

Posted: Friday, April 1, 2011 - 8:38am

Hotline Sort: Something Old, Something LeMieux

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Happy April Fools' Day. Stay on your toes and be on the lookout for pranksters. Former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman (R) is being kept on her toes by new revelations that records from her time in office are missing. Meanwhile, Senate races in New Mexico and Florida look like they will become more crowded. Here's today's rundown.

Posted: Friday, April 1, 2011 - 7:51am

Video: Saving FNC's Bret Baier From Bias In The News; The Congressional Budget Menorah

Stephen Colbert is excited that a government shutdown may be only 8 days away, "That means it's time to get out my Congressional Budget menorah... You extinguish one candle on every magical night as we march toward the collapse of the republic."

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward to 1:20 when Jon Stewart tries to save FNC anchor Bret Baier from bias in the news.

Take our Late Night Poll after the jump.

Posted: Friday, April 1, 2011 - 7:36am

RPOF Backs Off From Primary Spat

The Republican Party of Florida wants no part in a dispute that could cost the state influence in the GOP nominating contest, the state party chairman said late Thursday, putting the party at odds with its leaders in the state legislature.

In a statement, RPOF chairman Dave Bitner said he hoped to work with the Republican National Committee to find an appropriate date for Florida's primary just hours after the chairmen of the South Carolina and Iowa parties threatened to strip Florida of the convention because of its noncompliance.

Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 9:30pm

When Bosses Collide

When it comes to New Jersey state government, Gov. Chris Christie (R) is the boss. But when it comes to everything else in the Garden State, that title is held by Bruce Springsteen.

A recent article in a New Jersey newspaper that touched on, among other things, some of Christie's proposed spending cuts piqued the boss' (er, the one that has his own band) interest.

Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 4:56pm

Proposed Iowa Map Would Pit Latham, King

Proposed Congressional boundaries in Iowa would pit the state's two remaining Republicans, Reps. Steve King and Tom Latham, against each other in a massive district stretching from the Missouri River to the outskirts of Des Moines.

The proposal is a blow to Republicans, who expected to see Latham's northern Iowa district combined with Rep. Leonard Boswell's (D) Des Moines-based seat. Strategists on both sides expected that new district to be a toss-up, winnable by either party.

Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 3:00pm

Walker Used In Attack Ad In Race For Old Job

The controversy surrounding Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) budget proposals has spilled over into the campaign for his old job. Walker served as Milwaukee County executive from 2002 through 2010, but the governor is now being used as a rallying cry in the race for his replacement. Philanthropist Chris Abele's campaign released an ad Wednesday warning voters of the dangers of putting a Walker ally in office.

Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 2:36pm

Perdue Goes 'Big' In West Virginia

West Virginia gubernatorial candidate and state Treasurer John Perdue (D) is going up with a two-minute television spot that bills him as a "big man with big ideas," as he seeks to separate himself from other Democratic candidates on the issue of utility rates.

"His friend Robert Byrd used to call him 'Big John,'" says the narrator of the ad. "Six foot six; and tough as nails; he's a big man with big ideas," various supporters say in the ad.

Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 2:26pm

South Carolina Threatens GOP Convention In Tampa

Updated at 4:11 p.m.

The heads of the Republican Parties in South Carolina and Iowa are sending a stern message to Florida Republicans, calling for a new task force to select a new site for the 2012 Republican National Convention if Florida carries through on threats to hold its presidential primary early, in violation of RNC rules.

Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 11:25am

Congressional Insiders Say Qaddafi Can't Remain In Power

A solid majority of Members of Congress in both parties say that it is not an acceptable outcome for Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi to remain in power once U.S. military operations that have struck at his regime are concluded, according to this week's National Journal Congressional Insiders Poll.

Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 8:20am