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Christie Outperforming Obama In NJ

Republican NJ Gov. Chris Christie , who has taken controversial steps since taking office, has a higher approval rating than Pres. Obama in New Jersey, according to a new poll released Thursday.

Just more than half - 51% - approve of Christie's performance as governor while 36% disapprove in the Quinnipiac poll. Obama has a 47% approval rating in the survey and the same percentage disapprove of the president's performance.

Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 7:12am

How To Lose A Guy In 75 Days

Two years after his coattails helped sweep two dozen Democrats into office, President Obama is proving more a boon to Republicans than to Democrats during the midterm elections. His poll numbers are so morose that Democrats are planning ways to avoid his shadow, while Republicans plot strategies aimed at tying Obama to every incumbent member of Congress they can.

Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 6:00am

Hotline Spotlight: Own The Moment

Dems long ago acknowledged they faced a difficult, maybe even prohibitive, electoral climate. But, they said, they'll have the money to swamp the GOP. Now is the time they're actually proving it.

Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 5:03pm

Washington, DC A Top Issue in MO SEN

MO Sec/State Robin Carnahan (D) is up with a negative TV ad that reveals her offensive strategy against Rep. Roy Blunt (R) in MO SEN: Paint him as a creature of Washington, DC.

The ad also touches upon another big question facing Dems this year: Whether they can effectively use Pres. Bush to attack Republicans. In Carnahan's ad, she goes after Blunt for his ties to the Bush admin. as it relates to the bailouts.

Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 4:27pm

Traylor Slams Vitter In New Ad

Ret. LA Supreme Court Justice Chet Traylor launched a radio ad Wednesday that slams GOP Sen. David Vitter on personal terms.

Traylor, who is challenging Vitter in the Aug. 28 GOP primary, is airing the ad statewide on all major radio stations, said Roy Fletcher, his consultant.

Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 1:56pm

DNC Paid For Nelson Ads After Health Care Vote

The DNC supplied hundreds of thousands of dollars to the NE Dem Party just after the Senate passed health care reform, money that was used to pay for ads on behalf of Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE), one of the final Dem holdouts but ultimately a supporter of the bill.

On Jan. 11, just after the Senate voted on Christmas Eve to pass the bill, the DNC transferred $809K to the NE Dem Party, according to reports filed with the FEC. A month later, on Feb. 11, the DNC transferred another $169K to the party.

Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 1:50pm

Broadband Grants Totaling $1.8 Billion Announced

Scores of stimulus grants to extend broadband infrastructure to underserved Americans were announced today by the departments of Commerce and Agriculture as part of an effort to bridge the digital divide between urban and rural areas. Grants totaling $1.8 billion for 94 projects in 37 states are aimed at both job creation and technology expansion, Commerce Secretary Locke and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack said in a conference call announcing the latest round of funding from a $7.2 billion pot for broadband projects that was included in last year's Recovery Act.

Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 1:17pm

Broadband Speeds Slower Than Advertised

The FCC added more fuel to the fire over broadband regulation this week, with a paper suggesting that average residential download speeds are much slower than Internet service providers are telling their customers. The technical paper issued Monday, under the innocuous title "Broadband Performance," says that ISPs advertise median download speeds of 7-8 Mbps, but an FCC analysis found the average actual speed consumers receive is about 4 Mbps. "This gap is similar across technologies," the paper says.

Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 10:27am

Fenty Polarizing, Trailing Gray

DC Mayor Adrian Fenty (D) has become a polarizing figure in the city and now narrowly trails City Council Chair Vincent Gray (D) in the Sept. 14 Dem primary, according to a new independent poll released today.

The poll, conducted by DC-based Clarus Research Group, shows Gray leading Fenty, 39-36%. Other candidates garner 3%, while 22% of Dems remain undecided.

The vote splits largely along racial lines. Whites favor the Fenty, 61-19%, but African-Americans break for his challenger, 54-16%.

Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 9:45am

WA SEN, WA 03 Update: Dem Trouble, Committee Reax

Hotline On Call is still sifting through the results in Washington last night as the campaign committees seek to spin the results to their liking. Here are the results that jump out:

WA SEN: With 59% of precincts reporting, Dem Sen. Patty Murray has pulled 46% and Republican Dino Rossi has earned nearly 34%.

WA 03: Establishment favorite Jaime Herrera (R) will head into the general against Dem Denny Heck. Heck earned 32% to Herrera's 27%, with 69% of precincts reported.

Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 8:59am