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What We Learned: Anger Management Edition

What we at The Hotline took away from this week:

Posted: Sunday, October 3, 2010 - 10:58am

LA Runoff: Landry Wins Primary In Top GOP Target

Attorney Jeff Landry (R) defeated former state House Speaker Hunt Downer (R) 70% to 30% Saturday, claiming the GOP nod in a Democratic-controlled Louisiana House seat that's highly likely to flip to Republicans in the fall.

Landry was the surprising first-place finisher in the Aug. 28 primary, and came within just a hundred votes of avoiding a runoff. In the primary, Landry lead Downer 49.6% to 36.1%, so it was obvious that Downer was not able to take advantage of the extra month between the runoff to the general to regroup.

Posted: Sunday, October 3, 2010 - 8:42am

Obama Boosts LA Dem In First House TV Appearance

Pres. Obama will appear in a TV ad for a House candidate for the first time this cycle, as he'll endorse state Rep. Cedric Richmond (D) in a commercial set to air tomorrow. The African-American Richmond is running against Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao (R) in a New Orleans-based district that Democrats believe is one of their top pickup opportunities of the cycle.

Posted: Saturday, October 2, 2010 - 8:59pm

Freshman Seniority In The Next Senate

At least 14 states will send new senators to DC over the next 3 months, and while all these new members will be considered freshmen, some will be more equal than others. There can be no ties in seniority in the Senate, and senators sworn in before Jan. 3 will have a leg up on their new colleagues.

Posted: Saturday, October 2, 2010 - 12:00pm

GOP Outside Groups Dominating Airwaves In House Races

At the outset of October, the 2 biggest fears among rank-and-file House Democrats are that, 1) the DCCC squandered their September opportunity to preemptively discredit GOP challengers, and, 2) Republican outside groups are finally for real and set to deluge the airwaves. In all of September, the DCCC spent just $4M in 25 districts, not even close to a tenth of what the committee will eventually shell out to defend its vulnerable members.

Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 5:12pm

Week Ahead in Tech and Telecom

Monday Frontier Communications hosts a 9:00 am breakfast with their CEO, Maggie Wilderotter. Frontier describes themselves as the "largest pure rural communications provider in the country." The Future of Music Coalition, as part of two-day forum, hosts an 11:00 am policy panel to discuss ways government can foster the presence of music in American culture. Speakers include Ron Sims, Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and Michael Bracy, co-founder and policy director, Future of Music Coalition.

Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 3:31pm

Previewing The Sunday Shows

Only 5 more Sundays until the midterms and the weekend political roundtables are beginning to zero in on the major players and races of the '10 cycle.

Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 3:30pm

Thune: There's An Opening For The Right Conservative in '12

Sen. John Thune (R-SD) doesn't know whether or not he'll run for president in '12, but he readily acknowledges that there is "an opening" for someone who can provide "new, Reaganesque, right-of-center leadership."

Thune, a rising GOP star whose name is frequently mentioned in the second tier of possible '12 contenders, told National Journal this week that he is "not ready to fully debate" whether or not to mount a presidential bid, but acknowledged he will decide "sometime early next year."

Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 3:00pm

NJ EXCLUSIVE: Former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin's Dramatic Makeover

When Kevin Martin stepped down as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in early 2009, many thought that his days as a force on regulatory issues were over. Today, he has re-emerged as a power broker, corralling significant opposition to the proposed $30 billion union of Comcast and NBC Universal, the first blockbuster communications deal to go before the Obama administration, which must decide whether to approve it.

Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 1:00pm

Are An Astronomical Survey's Recommendations Realistic?

For a city like Washington that lives on the latest morning polling results, waiting 10 years for the results of a survey to gauge popular sentiment on an issue is hell. But this is what the astronomical community does every decade since the early 1960s to prioritize the allocation of federal funding for billions of dollars worth of astronomy programs and projects, funded by NASA, the Energy Department and the National Science Foundation.

Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 12:14pm