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AFL-CIO Blasts Out 2.5M Negative Mail Pieces

The AFL-CIO expanded its reach into the mail boxes of its members by sending out 2.5M mail pieces on Monday. The mail pieces are predominantly negative and target Republican candidates for governor, House and the Senate.

Posted: Monday, September 20, 2010 - 12:45pm

DSCC Up With 3 Ads Against Buck

The DSCC is ramping up its attacks on Weld Co. DA Ken Buck (R), launching three separate ads against the Republican Colorado Senate candidate on Monday.

The ad blitz against Buck shows that Colorado is an essential part of the firewall Democrats are trying to construct to prevent the GOP from obtaining a Senate majority -- a tough slog at this point, but still a possibility if the GOP runs the table out West.

Posted: Monday, September 20, 2010 - 11:58am

The Cook Political Report Moves AK SEN from Solid Republican to Likely Republican

The Cook Political Report has moved the Alaska Senate race rating from Solid Republican to Likely Republican. Notes the Report, "While Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) is well-known and retains a reservoir of goodwill among voters, history has not been kind to write-in candidates and Murkowski's path to victory is extremely steep. Still, Murkowski's decision adds enough uncertainty, particularly in the absence of polling to provide some guidance, that we are moving the race to the Likely Republican column."

Posted: Monday, September 20, 2010 - 11:32am

Pending House Net Neutrality Bill

The House Energy and Commerce Committee may introduce net neutrality legislation sometime this week sources told Tech Daily Dose. The proposed legislation would give the FCC authority for two years to enforce its four open Internet principles, the Washington Post reported. Still, controversial issues not addressed in the bill, such as non-discrimination language and wireless providers, could prevent the bill from moving forward.

Posted: Monday, September 20, 2010 - 10:51am

A Third Of Dem "Red To Blues" Aiming For Dem Held Seats

Looking for another sign of the how much Democrats are on defense in the House this year? How about this: More than a third of the DCCC's "Red To Blue" Program, which was originally launched as the committee's principle offensive weapon, is composed of Democrats running for Democrat held seats.

Posted: Monday, September 20, 2010 - 10:48am

Starting Lineup: Defining O'Donnell

Good Monday morning and welcome back to the Startling Lineup. On the radar today: DSCC defines O'Donnell -- but not as "extreme" as you might think; the NRCC inundates the political landscape with anti-Pelosi ads and the White House in full campaign mode in Pennsylvania and Ohio today.

Posted: Monday, September 20, 2010 - 7:29am

Ad Tracking: Here Comes the NRCC

Today in The Hotline's Independent Expenditure Tracker:

Watch out, here comes the NRCC. GOP House strategists at the committee dumped $1.7M into a series of new ads over the weekend, taking aim at a few obvious targets and in a few districts where the party believes they can move numbers. At the beginning of the cycle, who thought Reps. Mike McIntyre (D-NC) or Ben Chandler (D-KY) would be in trouble?

Posted: Monday, September 20, 2010 - 7:27am

Will Boehner's Bucks Rankle Voters?

As midterm fundraising intensifies, a bizarre contest is developing between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi , D-Calif., and Minority Leader John Boehner , R-Ohio: Who can lob the harshest ethics attacks but scoop up the most special-interest money between now and Election Day?It's an open question w

Posted: Monday, September 20, 2010 - 12:00am

Murkowski: Write-In Campaign Will Be "Tough"

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) acknowledged on Sunday that her write-in general election campaign will be an uphill fight.

Murkowski announced on Friday that she will run as a write-in candidate this fall after losing the GOP primary to attorney Joe Miller (R).

"Winning a write-in campaign is going to be tough," Murkowski told Candy Crowley on CNN's "State of the Union."

Posted: Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 11:36am

HI GOV: Abercrombie Advances To Matchup With Aiona

Former Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D) won the Democratic gubernatorial nomination by a wide margin, defeating former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann (D).

The AP called the race early on for Abercrombie on Saturday evening. In the most recent tally,  the former congressman is leading Hannemann 60% to 38% with 99% of precincts counted.

Posted: Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 9:26am