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Net Neutrality Bill Gives FCC No New Rulemaking Power

The FCC will not have rulemaking authority under a network neutrality bill that key House Democrats plan to introduce soon, according to a recent draft obtained by Tech Daily Dose. Instead, the commission will deal with enforcement on a case-by-case basis. Broadband providers who violate the law will face a maximum penalty of $2 million by the FCC, under the bill. The absence of the rulemaking authority, along with other provisions of the bill, is consistent with information reported by Tech Daily Dose last week.

Posted: Monday, September 27, 2010 - 1:42pm

AFL-CIO Hits Raese With Mail Piece

The AFL-CIO is targeting businessman John Raese (R) for the first time in the West Virginia Senate race, a sign they view the race in play and hope to leverage their clout in a union-rich state.

The mail piece, which will be delivered to union members in West Virginia, hits Raese for statements on safety regulations on coal mines in light of the explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in April.

Posted: Monday, September 27, 2010 - 12:23pm

Pew: Technology Is Positive But Carries Risks

The media offers competing visions about the impact of technology on society according to a new study released by Pew on Monday. The main message about technology, the study shows, is that it makes life more productive--but that idea is followed closely by the notion that the Internet is not secure. Conducted from June 2009 to June 2010, the report aimed to examine how the media reports on technology when it reaches the top of the American news agenda. Pew researchers analyzed 437 tech-related stories that appeared in the lead sections of 52 different news outlets. The study found

Posted: Monday, September 27, 2010 - 11:26am

Carney Pushes Back, Internals Show 8-Point Lead

Rep. Chris Carney's (D) campaign Monday released an internal poll showing the congressman up 8 points, 46% to 38%, over Republican challenger Tom Marino in the heated battle to represent northeast Pennsylvania's 10th Congressional District.

Momentum Analysis, which surveyed 400 voters Sept. 23-25, conducted the poll. It has a margin of error of +/- 4.9%.

Posted: Monday, September 27, 2010 - 11:11am

Steve Burke To Lead NBC Universal

Comcast and General Electric announced Sunday that Steve Burke will become chief executive officer of NBC Universal upon the completion of the company's $30 billion merger with Comcast. The matter is currently under review by the FCC and the Justice Department. If the merger is approved, Burke will succeed current NBCU president and CEO, Jeff Zucker. Zucker plans to stay in his current position until the close of the transaction. Burke, 52, is a former Walt Disney Co. executive who joined Comcast in 1998.

Posted: Monday, September 27, 2010 - 9:51am

NRCC Launches 30-District Ad Blitz

The NRCC is going on the air in more than 30 districts on Monday, seeking bring the fight to Democrats in many competitive districts.

The ads are part of the $35M the NRCC has budgeted to spend this year in 55 districts so far.

The blitz is particularly significant because the DCCC has yet to go on the air in the vast majority of these districts, choosing to save most of its resources for the final weeks of the campaign.

Posted: Monday, September 27, 2010 - 9:46am

Starting Lineup: The Numbers Game

Good Monday morning and welcome back to the Starting Lineup. On the radar today: A new report on reapportionment highlights the importance of 2 gubernatorial races, another "pledge" on the right, and Obama hits the campaign trail.

The Numbers Game. A new report on reapportionment sheds light on how important some races this year will be in redrawing congressional districts over the next two years.

Posted: Monday, September 27, 2010 - 8:59am

Senate Race Rankings

Posted: Monday, September 27, 2010 - 12:00am

As Influence Money Flows, Nonprofits Tread Carefully

As concerns grow over secret political spending, nonprofit groups lavishing big money on elections could find themselves playing a dangerous game.So far critics sounding the alarm over corporate-backed nonprofits, particularly a new generation of GOP-friendly issue groups, have trumpeted voters'

Posted: Monday, September 27, 2010 - 12:00am

What We Learned: Outside The Beltway Edition

Have you checked out our cool new subscriber-only features yet? Click here for our Independent Expenditure Tracker and click here for our constantly-updated campaign trail calendar. Here's what else we at The Hotline learned about the races we're covering this week:

Posted: Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 3:59pm