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Pew Poll: Tsunami Warning For Democrats

Democrats are facing an electoral landscape more inhospitable than anyone could have imagined just months ago, according to new survey data from the Pew Research Center.

The Pew Research Center survey released Thursday found many troubling signs for Democrats. Among them, Republicans now hold significant advantages among both men and women, as well as in the 77 most competitive House districts.

Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 3:27pm

Cook Political Moves CT SEN Toward Dems, MO And WI SEN Toward GOP

CONNECTICUT SENATE: Toss Up to Lean D - Although former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon managed to close the gap with Democratic Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, Democrats' relentless attacks on McMahon and professional wrestling have allowed Blumenthal to regain his advantage.

MISSOURI SENATE: Toss Up to Lean R - Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan has worked to portray GOP Rep. Roy Blunt as a crooked political insider, but voters aren't buying the message and Blunt has established a comfortable lead.

Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 3:20pm

RNC Sends Money To Guam

The Republican National Committee wrote a $15,000 check to Guam in September, spending money in a U.S. territory in advance of an election in which the party is already hunting for new sources of cash.

The RNC made the transfer on September 24, according to reports filed late Wednesday with the FEC. That money will go to help elect Sen. Eddie Calvo (R), who is running to replace term-limited Gov. Felix Camacho (R) in the island territory's governor election.

Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 3:16pm

DSCC, NRSC Ratchet Up Negative Ads

As expected, the negative ads in the most competitive Senate contests have ratcheted up a notch in these final days of the campaign.

Both the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee went up with very hard-hitting and effective ads on Thursday.

Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 2:36pm

NTIA Identifies Federal Spectrum For Reallocation

The head of the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration said Thursday that his agency has recommended that 115 megahertz of spectrum now controlled by some federal agencies be reallocated for commercial mobile broadband use. During a speech at the Federal Communications Bar Association, NTIA Director Lawrence Strickling said the recommendation is included in a report for freeing up spectrum that is being reviewed by Obama administration officials.

Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 2:31pm

History Shows Conway's Aqua Buddha Ad Will Flop

After months of lagging behind ophthalmologist Rand Paul (R) in the Kentucky Senate race, Attorney General Jack Conway (D) shook up the race last weekend when he released an ad that attacked Paul's religious values.

Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 1:39pm

Van Hollen: Pelosi Will Remain Speaker

Despite a growing chorus of Democrats who have expressed reservations about her leadership, Democratic Congressional Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said Thursday he believed that Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will be Speaker in the next Congress.

Speaking at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, Van Hollen said Pelosi has been working hard to ensure Democrats retain the House on Election Day.

Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 12:55pm

FCC Forecasts Major Spectrum Shortage

Given the growing U.S. consumer demand for mobile technologies, the shortage of spectrum is likely to reach 300 megahertz in the next five years, according to a new whitepaper released by the FCC Thursday. The FCC's spectrum forecast found that "the amount of mobile data demanded by American consumers is likely to exceed capacity of our wireless networks in the near-term." Driving the demand for spectrum is growth of the mobile technologies such as smart phones, tablet computers and e-books like the iPad and Kindle.

Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 12:52pm

House GOP More Confident In Massachusetts

Buoyed by new poll numbers, Republicans are ramping up their efforts to capture the Massachusetts House seat vacated by Democratic Rep. Bill Delahunt.

The race between state Rep. Jeff Perry (R) and Norfolk County District Attorney William Keating (D) represents a majority maker race for Republicans -- one where, if they win, it could indicate the beginning of a Republican landslide on Election Night.

Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 11:27am

Spectrum On November FCC Agenda

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced Thursday that the commission will raise three items related to unleashing spectrum during the agency's November meeting. More spectrum (airwaves) is needed to power the rapid growth of mobile broadband. The first item will be a notice of proposed rulemaking for implementing spectrum incentive auctions in anticipation of Congress approving such a measure. The incentive auction rule would explore a licensing framework to allow for channel sharing. A notice of proposed rulemaking to expand experimental spectrum licensing will be the second item.

Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 11:00am