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DSCC Makes Large Ad Buys On Reid's Behalf

The DSCC has made significant TV ad reservations in Nevada to bolster Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D) campaign against Republican Sharron Angle (R). The reservations are the DSCC's first in Nevada this cycle.

According to multiple Republican sources who monitor ad reservations, the DSCC has reserved time starting next Tuesday, Oct. 19, through Election Day.

Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 4:35pm

Toomey Camp Pushes Back on Dem Polls

Months of polls that showed GOP nominee Pat Toomey leading his Democratic opponent in the Pennsylvania Senate race -- many of which showed the Republican's lead inching near 10 points -- suddenly gave way Tuesday to two polls, albeit ones commissioned by Democrats, showing Rep. Joe Sestak (D) with the slightest of edges.

Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 4:28pm

RGA Up In New England With Three Ads

The RGA released a flurry of ads in New England media markets on Wednesday, hoping to bolster GOP gubernatorial candidates in Massachusetts, Maine and Connecticut.

Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 4:12pm

Court To Hear Arguments In Amazon Sales Tax Case

A federal district court is expected to hear arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit filed by against the North Carolina Department of Revenue, which has sought records of the state's residents who have bought items from the Internet retailer. A federal district court in Seattle will hear arguments in a motion by North Carolina to dismiss Amazon's lawsuit, which was filed in April. Under current law, companies are not required to collect sales taxes from customers who live in states where the companies do not have a physical presence.

Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 4:03pm

Marshall Ad Harkens Back To Controversial San Fran "Values" Ad Of '08

Rep. Jim Marshall (D-GA) on Wednesday followed Rep. Bobby Bright's (D-AL) lead and distanced himself from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in a TV ad.

But unlike Bright's spot, Marshall's ad bears some similarities to a very controversial ad run by a Republican in '08 that led to significant backlash from the Democratic caucus.

Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 3:24pm

Is Angle Surging?

Former Nevada Assemblywoman Sharron Angle (R) has had what appeared to be a bad few weeks. Her pastor -- or former pastor, depending on whom you believe -- insulted Mormons, a group that accounts for 1 out of 4 of Nevada's GOP electorate and her opponent. At a recent rally, Angle agreed with an audience member that Sharia law is taking hold in towns in the U.S.

Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 2:13pm

Genachowski Touts 'Bill Shock' Proposal

As part of a new consumer empowerment agenda, the FCC will propose new rules on Thursday to tamp down on mobile phone companies' confusing billing practices that result in unexpected charges for consumers, the agency announced on Wednesday. The commission's "bill shock" proposal would require mobile companies to send customers alerts before and when they exceed their plan limits resulting in increased charges. The FCC also is exploring the idea of whether all carriers should have to offer the option of capping usage based on limits set by the customer.

Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 2:01pm

Races To Know: Vulnerable Veterans

In this political environment, are three-decade veterans in Congress vulnerable because of, and not despite, their time in Washington? Nervous Democrats are cognizant that many long-term incumbents up for re-election in '94 ultimately fell, including 42-year Democratic Rep. Jack Brooks of Texas, who chaired the Judiciary Committee and outspent his GOP opponent four to one.

Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 1:45pm

Groups Aim To Make Privacy A Campaign Issue

Privacy groups are stepping into the political fray by urging their supporters to press candidates to state where they stand on key civil liberties, consumer protection and privacy issues. The Electronic Privacy Information Center and other groups Wednesday launched the Privacy 2010 campaign that provides a list of 10 questions that can be posed to candidates for offices at all levels of government for this fall's midterm elections. The list includes whether candidates oppose the federal government's plan to install body scanners in U.S.

Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 1:07pm

DCCC Spends $6.3M On Ads, Targets Sleeper Race

The DCCC has invested $6.3M on TV ads this week, including a few large media buys in districts that were once believed to be sure pickups for the GOP this year.

The total is the most the DCCC has spent in one week on ad buys so far, and it is also spending in the most districts -- 38 this week.

Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 12:14pm