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RNC Still Paying Palin's Legal Bills

The RNC has sent more than $129K to an Anchorage law firm to cover legal bills incurred during former Gov. Sarah Palin's (R-AK) run for vice president, a senior party official tells Hotline On Call.

The party cut the check on Sept. 1 to Clapp, Peterson, Van Flein, Tiemessen & Thorsness LLC, an Anchorage law firm that defended Palin from myriad ethics charges following her campaign. Political opponents in Alaska filed complaints against Palin surrounding her travel during and after the campaign.

Posted: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 4:31pm

Dems Lose Vote On Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Senate Democrats failed Tuesday to get the 60 votes needed to proceed to the defense authorization bill, effectively shelving until after the midterm elections debate on hot-button political issues such as immigration and the repeal of the 1993 law banning gays from serving openly in the military.

The Senate voted 56-43 on a cloture motion offered by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).

Posted: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 4:18pm

Genachowski Touts Changes To E-Rate Program

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Tuesday announced several initiatives aimed at bringing more advanced broadband technologies to schools and libraries. Genachowski announced the initiatives at a conference on digital learning in Silicon Valley. The FCC will be voting on an order Thursday at its monthly meeting that includes changes to the E-rate program, which provides subsidies to schools and libraries to connect to the Internet.

Posted: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 3:14pm

Three's Company: A Glance At The Top Statewide 3-Way Races

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski's decision to wage a write-in campaign in the Alaska Senate race has raised the question of how her presence will impact the contest. Murkowski's ability to pull support from attorney Joe Miller (R) could hurt his chances and boost the hopes of Sitka Mayor Scott McAdams (D). Also unclear is how effective Murkowski's pursuit of Democrats and independents will be.

Posted: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 2:30pm

Liberal Groups Spending Less Than GOP

Seeking to respond to the influx in spending from conservative-leaning groups this cycle, left-leaning third party organizations are trying new strategies in order to stretch their dollars to compete.

Across the board, Democrat-backed third party groups acknowledge that there is no way they can match the funds of organizations that are supporting the GOP, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 60 Plus, Americans for Prosperity and American Crossroads.

Posted: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 2:21pm

FCC Urged To Help Advance Smart Grid Technologies

Two lawmakers on the House Energy and Commerce Committee urged the FCC Tuesday to ensure that smart electrical grid technologies can utilize unused spectrum between broadcast television channels known as "white spaces." The FCC is set to vote Thursday on a final rule allowing for the use of white spaces for "unlicensed broadband wireless devices." In a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Reps.

Posted: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 1:28pm

Corbett Doubles Onorato In Fundraising

Pennsylvania GOP gubernatorial nominee Tom Corbett has more than double the amount of money in his bank account as Democratic opponent Dan Onorato, according to campaign finance reports filed Tuesday.

The GOP attorney general had $7.7M available as of Sept. 13, says campaign manager Brian Nutt. That's over $4M more than the $3.36M Onorato says he has on hand, according to fundraising reports provided by his campaign.

Posted: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 1:06pm

Richmond Leading Cao By 10 In Dem Poll

State Rep. Cedric Richmond (D) has a 10-point lead over Rep. Joseph Cao (R) in one of the Democrats' best pick up opportunities of the cycle, according to Richmond's internal campaign polling.

The polling, leaked to Hotline On Call, shows Richmond leading Cao 45% to 35%. Democrats note that Cao's 35% is one of the lowest re-elect numbers they have seen for an incumbent this cycle.

Posted: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 12:40pm

DOT Proposes New Anti-Texting Rule

The Transportation Department is holding a day-long distracted driving summit Tuesday in Washington during which Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the agency will implement a new rule that would ban commercial truck drivers from texting while transporting hazardous materials. Two rules LaHood announced at a similar summit last year have now become law. The rules ban commercial bus and truck drivers from texting on the job and restrict train operators from using wireless devices while driving.

Posted: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 12:24pm

Raese Grabs Lead Over Manchin In WV SEN

Mine company owner John Raese (R) has taken a lead over Gov. Joe Manchin (D) in the West Virginia Senate race for the late Sen. Robert Byrd's seat, according to new survey out Tuesday.

The PPP Poll found Raese leading Manchin 46% to 43%, the first time the Republican has led in the race.

Posted: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 11:43am