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DSCC Cancels Ad Buy In Kentucky

Updated, 7:08 p.m.

The DSCC has canceled some ad reservations in Kentucky, a likely sign that the Democratic committee is re-evaluating whether it is worth spending money there this year.

A Republican source who monitors ad buys told Hotline On Call that the DSCC has canceled reservations there for next week. The DSCC had reserved about $292K worth of air time during that time span.

The move may indicate that Democrats view the race between AG Jack Conway (D) and ophthalmologist Rand Paul (R) as moving outside their grasp.

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 5:05pm

Insiders Find Pelosi And Palin Lacking Compared To Other Surrogates

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) may have guided Democrats to their majority in the House of Representatives, but according the latest National Journal Congressional Insiders Poll, many of her colleagues are not looking to her to help them win their own races this year.

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 4:10pm

The GOP's Coming Class Divide

A new Gallup Poll released Thursday underscored the possibility that the '12 Republican presidential race could divide the GOP along the same lines of class and education that defined the '08 Democratic contest between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 3:57pm

HP Funds New Exhibit Focused On Tech's Role In News

Hewlett-Packard announced Thursday that it is donating $5 million over 10 years to the Newseum to fund an interactive exhibit focused on how technology has affected and changed news gathering. The new gallery at the Washington-based museum focused on the news industry is set to open in 2012. It will explore how technology has affected how information is reported, distributed and accessed. "Technology is changing the face of news," HP Vice President Philip McKinney, chief technology officer for HP's personal systems group, said during a news conference to announce the gift.

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 3:15pm

Even In GOP Environment, Dems Hold Leads In 3 Of The "Big Four" GOV Races

Though Democrats appear heading for significant congressional losses in November, they may have reason to celebrate when the results of targeted gubernatorial contests come in on election night.

In 3 of the "Big Four" governor's races this year, the Democratic candidates are holding leads in recent polling. The leads suggest that the governor's races, which are typically insulated from national waves, are the Democrats best hope for claiming victory this year.

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 3:09pm

SEIU Hitting Whitman On Immigration In Ad

Fresh off allegations that she knowingly employed an undocumented worker, former eBay CEO and California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman (R) is now facing a $5M independent expenditure campaign targeting Latino voters.

The SEIU launched the campaign on Thursday, which includes a TV ad that is in Spanish. The $5M investment represents the largest IE campaign targeting Latino voters ever.

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 2:55pm

Measure Would Give Consumers More Control Over Web Tracking

Senate Commerce Consumer Protection Subcommittee Chairman Mark Pryor, D-Ark., is working on legislation aimed at giving consumers more control over whether their activities will be tracked on the Internet.

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 2:43pm

DSCC Buys Time In Connecticut

The DSCC has purchased $250K in TV time aimed at shoring up what was once seen as a guaranteed winning seat in Connecticut, according to sources who watch the state's ad market.

The buy will bolster AG Dick Blumenthal (D), whose once-dominant lead has shrunk to single digits, according to recent public and private polling.

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 2:20pm

Dorgan Urges FCC To Move Forward On Reclassification

A senior member of the Senate Commerce Committee Thursday urged the FCC to move forward on a proposal to reclassify aspects of broadband as a telecommunications service. Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., made the comments following an announcement Wednesday by House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., that efforts to move compromise legislation through the House had stalled after Republicans refused to sign onto the effort that would have barred the FCC from reclassifying broadband as a telecommunications service under the title II of the Communications Act.

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 12:51pm

Udall Drops "Bill Shock" Legislation

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., introduced legislation Thursday to help limit the unexpected charges cell phone customers receive when they exceed, unwittingly, their monthly limits. Under the Cell Phone Bill Shock Act of 2010, cell phone companies would be required to notify customers by email or text message - at no additional cost - when they have used 80 percent of their monthly limits under their current plan.

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 12:47pm