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Updating Hotline's RNC Chairman's Race Whip Count

Fully half the voting members of Republican National Committee have declared their support for one of the five contenders seeking the chairmanship, and with just over a week to go before the January 14 vote, the race has a clear front-runner in Wisconsin Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus.

Still, Priebus has about a third of the 85 votes he would need to win, meaning any of the contenders have a path to victory. On Thursday, former Michigan Republican Party chairman Saul Anuzis flexed his muscle, announcing endorsements from four prominent committee members.

Posted: Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 4:39pm

Dems Target Michael Grimm On Health Care

Looks like Democrats have their first 2012 opposition research clipping for New York freshman Rep. Michael Grimm (R).

In one of his first interviews since being sworn in, Grimm brushed off the suggestion that he was being hypocritical for accepting government-provided health insurance while calling for the repeal of Pres. Obama's health care reform.

Posted: Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 3:23pm

Hotline Whip Count: Dems On Health Care Repeal

When House Republicans bring their legislation that would repeal Pres. Obama's health care reform to a vote Wednesday, they will be putting several Democrats in a bind.

The vote is expected to breakdown along partisan lines, as only a trio of Democrats have said they will join Republicans and vote for repeal. And it appears highly unlikely that any Republicans will join the Democrats in opposition to the measure.

Posted: Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 12:09pm

Insiders: Romney Is Top GOP 2012 Contender, Daniels Second

Posted: Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 10:53am

Surprise Winners Ready To Put 2010 Behind Them

A few months ago, their ascension to Congress seemed unimaginable. But for a handful of freshmen who survived razor-thin contests, weeks of uncertainty and even legal challenges, all were more than ready to move past the winding path of the 2010 elections as they took the oath of office on Wednesday.

Posted: Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 8:50am

Starting Lineup: Reading Mike Pence

Good Thursday morning and welcome back to the Starting Lineup. Here's our take on the day's political news.

Will He Or Won't He? Looks like it is too soon to say that Rep. Mike Pence (R) is going to run for Indiana governor and not president in 2012. After reports on his schedule suggested earlier this week that he was sticking in Indiana, new reports surfaced Wednesday that Pence will be heading to South Carolina this weekend.

Posted: Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 8:22am

Video: 112th Gets A Less Then Warm Welcome; Stewart Interviews Puppet McCain

The late night hosts are already going after new Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Jon Stewart welcomes puppet Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to his show in a new segment, "Let's All Stand On John McCain's Lawn."

Jimmy Kimmel, on Boehner taking over for outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) : "The last Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a frozen face. John Boehner has an orange face. If you put them together you've got the creamsicle of the House."

Posted: Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 7:59am

Reichert Keeping His Gubernatorial Options Open

Fresh off being sworn in for his fourth term in the House, Washington Rep. Dave Reichert (R) sure sounded like he will be taking a very close look at running for governor in 2012.

Reichert has been rumored to be eyeing the contest and would be a top contender for the job. He has considered running for governor before, and is often touted as a strong statewide candidate for Republicans.

Posted: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 6:48pm

Frederica Wilson's Style

Say this for freshman Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson (D), she's got style.

Posted: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 6:22pm

Freshman Republican: 'Anybody Can Serve'

Newly-elected Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), one of the most unexpected new members of Congress, was an unpaid sidekick on a small Texas talk radio show at this time last year. Today, he was sworn in to the House, coming into Congress displaying little sign of the anti-Washington rhetoric that animated so many campaigns.

"It's a sense of awe and respect. Look at this House and the people who have come through it. This really is the people's House and anybody can serve," Farenthold said.

Posted: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 4:19pm