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Dem Airs First Ad in Delaware

Here's a sign of how negative the GOP primary in the Delaware Senate race is becoming: The Democrat in the race, sensing an opportunity, has accelerated his TV strategy and is already going up on the air.

New Castle Co. Exec. Chris Coons (D) is going on the air today with a positive ad that stands at stark contrast to the ads being aired on the GOP side by Rep. Mike Castle and the Tea Party Express-backed Christine O'Donnell before the Sept. 14 primary.

Posted: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 3:57pm

Dems Say State Legislative Races Key To Obama '12 Bid

There has been -- and will be -- plenty of discussion whether Democrats can hold on to the House and the Senate this year and what that will mean for Pres. Obama's re-election prospects in '12.

But for a better indication of how Obama '12 chances, it is worth watching the most competitive state legislature races this fall.

Aided by the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, Dems have made significant gains at the state level. They now hold majorities in 28 state Senates and 32 state Houses.

Posted: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 3:15pm

Huckabee Faces Another Test For Values Voters

It may be a little early for accurate '12 scientific polling, but 17 GOP candidates will appear on the ballot at this year's fifth annual -- and decidedly unscientific -- Values Voter Summit Straw Poll in D.C., hosted by the Family Research Council Action.

Posted: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 2:36pm

DCCC Targets Benishek With 2nd IE Ad

The DCCC has gone up with its second ad of the cycle, attacking surgeon Dan Benishek (R) for supporting cuts to Social Security and Medicare -- the Dems go-to-campaign issue so far this cycle.

Benishek is running against state Rep. Gary McDowell (D) for retiring Rep. Bart Stupak's seat in MI 01.

Posted: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 1:33pm

Barbour's "Observation" On Obama's Background

Updated, 1:15 p.m.

After advising Republicans to stay focused on economic issues in the final laps of the campaign season, the normally sure-footed chairman of the RGA, Gov. Haley Barbour (MS) may have gotten off message a bit himself at a breakfast meeting with reporters hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

Posted: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 12:12pm

Microsoft's Dan Reed on Spectrum Policy

Microsoft's Dan Reed, corporate vice president of technology, strategy and policy, is scheduled to speak in the nation's capital on Wednesday about spectrum policy. Spectrum, a finite resource, is needed to power the tremendous growth of mobile devices and for the infrastructure of the information economy. Reed spoke with Tech Daily Dose early Wednesday morning and gave a preview of his remarks to be delivered at the Gov 2.0 Summit held at the Grand Hyatt Washington. Edited excerpts from the interview follow: TDD: What commercial stake does Microsoft have in spectrum?

Posted: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 11:27am

Barbour Signals RGA Will Surrender Colorado

RGA chair Haley Barbour is signaling the national body dedicated to electing GOP governors is giving up on the chance at an open seat in a swing state after a competitive GOP primary produced a badly damaged nominee.

Speaking to reporters at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor Wednesday morning, Barbour acknowledged the difficulties businessman Dan Maes (R) faces in winning election, and the RGA's unwillingness to throw good money after bad.

"We have spent money in Colorado. Past tense," Barbour said.

Posted: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 10:33am

Castle, Tea Party Re-Up Ad Buys In DE

Updated, 12:28 p.m.

Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE) and the Tea Party Express purchased more air time last night for what's shaping up to be a nasty run up to next Tuesday's primary.

Castle bought another 1,000 gross ratings points in the Salisbury, MD, market, which covers southern DE, according to Dem sources who monitor ad buying. That cost him about $75K. He has also purchased another $27K worth of statewide cable and about $43K worth of statewide radio.

Posted: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 10:18am

DGA Portraying GOP Nominees As Extreme

The DGA unveiled a blueprint on Wednesday that calls for painting GOP nominees as "extreme" in its effort to minimize losses this fall.

Dubbed the "Extreme GOP Makeover," the DGA will seek to focus on attacking conservative GOP candidates that emerged from tough primaries in states like Florida and Colorado.

Posted: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 9:55am

Software Security Firm Names New President

Cigital, a software security firm, named Peter Esparrago as the company's new president on Tuesday. "Peter has many years of high level leadership experience with a proven track record of success," said John Wyatt, CEO of Cigital. "His addition to the Cigital team will help move us forward with the right kind of planning and execution to continue to lead Cigital to the next level." In his new appointment, Esparrago will be responsible for growing the company's business and leading the expansion into the healthcare industry.

Posted: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 8:15am