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GOP Challenger Denies Involvement With Biker Gang

Republican congressional challenger Allen West -- the latest Republican House candidate to be embroiled in a personal scandal -- denied on Saturday that he has ever been affiliated with a controversial motorcycle club that has ties to criminal activity.

In an interview with Hotline On Call West said flatly that the issue is a nonstarter because the club does "not accept blacks, Jews or gays" in their membership. (West is black.) He has, however, written a column for a magazine that appears to endorse -- if not promote -- the Outlaws biker club.

Posted: Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 6:32pm

House Third Quarter FEC Winners And Losers

The third quarter FEC reports are in for all the competitive House races, and we've got all the numbers for you. Click the links below to see fundraising numbers for each category:

Endangered Veterans


Posted: Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 12:31pm

Dems Getting Crushed On The Fundraising Front

If money follows momentum, the third-quarter fundraising numbers for House Democrats are yet another ominous sign of what's in store for them on Election Day.

Throughout the country, an unusually large number of House Democrats, all sporting the fundraising advantages of incumbency, are getting outraised by their GOP challengers. Many endangered Democrats in leadership positions are getting outraised by Republicans primarily dependent on money from individual donors.

Posted: Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 9:03am

Previewing The Sunday Shows

This Sunday's roundtables will shed light on some of the nation's top Senate races. "Meet the Press" will host a Colorado Senate debate between Sen. Michael Bennet (D) and Republican challenger Ken Buck. "This Week" focuses on the Delaware Senate race, featuring interviews with Democratic candidate Chris Coons and his Republican counterpart Christine O'Donnell. Over on FOX News, panelists Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) spar over who will control the Senate after the election.

Posted: Friday, October 15, 2010 - 6:10pm

Alexi Giannoulias' Path To Victory In IL SEN

Welcome back to Hotline On Call's Path To Victory feature, where we look at some of the top races this cycle and how each side is planning to win. This week, we're tackling the Illinois Senate race for Pres. Obama's former seat, where both parties are already spending millions.

Posted: Friday, October 15, 2010 - 6:01pm

Week Ahead in Tech and Telecom

Monday The New America Foundation hosts a 9:00 am event on using technology in service of education. Featured speakers include Tim Vollmer, open policy fellow at Creative Commons and Sascha Meinrath, director of NAF's Open Technology Initiative. President Obama holds a noon science fair at the White House to honor the achievements of students' work in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The event is part of the administration's Education to Innovate campaign Wednesday The Brookings Institution will host a 2:00 pm forum on the looming spectrum shortage.

Posted: Friday, October 15, 2010 - 5:55pm

DSCC Outraises The NRSC In September

The DSCC nearly doubled the NRSC in fundraising in September, boosting its chances of being able to hold on to the Senate this year.

The Democratic committee hauled in $15.5M in September and has $25.6M in its bank account, according to reports. The NRSC raised $8.3M but finished the quarter with $19.2M in its warchest.

The cash on hand numbers show that both sides will be well equipped to slug it out in key Senate races in the run-up to Election Day.

Posted: Friday, October 15, 2010 - 4:08pm

Personal Attacks Fly In House Races

Aqua Buddha and witchcraft have already inflamed Senate races, but as both parties abandon any pretense of civility and brawl for the Speaker's gavel, House races are hitting all seven deadly sins and more.

Posted: Friday, October 15, 2010 - 3:17pm

NPR Poll: Obama Dragging Down Endangered Dems

Democrats in competitive House races have moved closer to their GOP rivals, according to a new poll of likely voters in battleground districts, but any progress they have made is mitigated by the larger playing field the party has to defend.

Posted: Friday, October 15, 2010 - 2:54pm

Stifel Nicolaus: Comcast-NBC Universal Merger Review Likely to Extend into Early 2011

The review of the pending $30 billion merger between Comcast and NBC Universal is likely to extend into early 2011, according to a new research report from the investment firm Stifel Nicolaus. "We continue to believe that while a December conclusion is possible--particularly if Comcast trades additional concessions for speed--the most likely timing is that it will extend into early 2011," the report notes.

Posted: Friday, October 15, 2010 - 2:43pm