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IN Voters Have Establishment Fatigue

Hoosier State voters have helped Dems pick up seats in recent years, but the state is exhibiting clear signs of incumbent fatigue. On Tuesday, when voters head to the polls to pick federal nominees, several candidates with DC time on their resume could face more trouble than they expected.

Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010 - 10:57am

CFTC, SEC To Seek IT Upgrades

Faced with the possibility of greater regulatory responsibilities, the Commodities Future Trading Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission must upgrade their information technology systems, CFTC and SEC heads told Senate appropriators this week, Nextgov.com reported. "While market participants have the technology to automate their trading, we do not yet have the resources to employ modern technology to automate our surveillance," CFTC Chairman Gary Gensler testified before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government.

Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010 - 10:25am

A Tarheel Primary Preview

Tarheel voters head to the polls Tuesday, but a quiet battle between underfunded Dems could drag on as NC Sec/State Elaine Marshall (D) and ex-state Sen. Cal Cunningham (D) face off for the right to challenge Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC).

Most polls show Marshall, who has been elected statewide 4 times, leading, but national Dems prefer Cunningham. Cunningham has already run TV ads, while Marshall just went up on air this week.

Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010 - 10:07am

Dems Face Fickle Granite State

No state has sent more GOPers packing over the last 2 election cycles than NH, where Dems picked up 2 House seats and elected Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D), along with the state legislature. But now, the Granite State may be swinging back.

A UNH Survey Center poll, conducted for WMUR, tested 462 likely voters between April 12-21 for a margin of error of +/- 4.6%. Rep. Paul Hodes (D) was pitted against ex-AG Kelly Ayotte (R), attorney Ovide Lamontagne (R) and businessmen Bill Binnie (R) and Jim Bender (R).

Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010 - 9:30am

Quigley On Lobbyists And Transparency

This week's advocacy and lobbying stories on National Journal: (subscription) "Q & A: Quigley On Lobbyists And Transparency: " The occupant of a historically corrupt House seat takes on ethics legislation. "FCC's Broadband Bummer:" The agency could counter a recent court setback by reclassifying broadband as a "heavily regulated" service. "On The Move:" John Hardy Jr.

Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010 - 9:09am

Members Ask OCE To Release PMA Documents

From this morning's Earlybird: • Reps. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Paul Hodes, D-N.H., "submitted a letter Thursday to the Office of Congressional Ethics, asking the investigative body to release documents collected during its probe of the now-defunct lobbying firm PMA Group," Roll Call (subscription) reports.

Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010 - 8:39am

Steve Jobs Assails Flash Software

From this morning's Earlybird: • "Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs escalated his fight with Adobe Systems Inc. over the software known as Flash, a battle that could shape the evolution of video and gaming on mobile devices," the Wall Street Journal reports.

Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010 - 8:36am

Hotline After Dark -- You Are My Sunshine State, My Only Sunshine State

"World News" led with the Gulf Shore oil disaster. "Evening News" led with oil. "Nightly News" led with oil.

Last night, it was all about FL Gov. Charlie Crist's (R) decision to run for the Senate as an indie.

Ex-state House Speaker Marco Rubio (R) appeared on "Hannity" 4/29 p.m.

Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010 - 8:32am

Friday's Starting Lineup

Good Friday morning. Didn't make it to The Hotline's Political Pursuit last night? Never fear, we'll have more trivia questions for you to noodle over later today.

Here's today's Starting Lineup, previewing the people who will make a difference in politics in the next week:

Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010 - 7:36am

Photos From Hotline's Political Pursuit

A few moments from last night's second annual Hotline Political Pursuit, courtesy of National Journal's Liz Lynch:

The teams assemble. From left: The broadcast team, the members-only team and the old school print team.

The broadcast team, CNN's Dana Bash, NBC's Chuck Todd and ABC's Jonathan Karl, answer their last emails before game time.

More shots after the jump.

Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010 - 6:59am