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The NRA Becomes A Narrative Shifter For Dems

In an odd twist, the NRA is becoming conservative Democrats' go-to for changing the narrative of their races this year.

In the last two weeks, no fewer than 8 Democrats have won NRA endorsements. In each case, the Democrat is locked in a tight race with a swing or Republican leaning electorate. And in several instances, the endorsement was announced in an attempt to shift a negative news cycle.

Posted: Monday, September 27, 2010 - 4:38pm

NRSC Off Air In KY This Week

The NRSC has pulled its ads attacking Attorney General Jack Conway (D) in the Kentucky Senate race. The Republican committee cancelled its media buy for this week, a source who monitors media buying told Hotline On Call.

As with all ad cancellations in tight races, there are 2 ways of looking at the significance of the NRSC's move.

Posted: Monday, September 27, 2010 - 3:37pm

Hotline Spotlight: Power Outage

A Monday morning power outage at the Watergate, where The Hotline is produced every day, got us thinking in metaphors: Has the GOP surged too soon? Or are Dems overloading the system en route to their own premature zenith?

-- The macro picture still argues strongly that the GOP will run away with the midterms. But recent polling shows races around the country tightening. GOP strategists were talking about how great they felt a few weeks ago. Now Dems are cautiously wondering whether they're getting a bit of a jolt.

Posted: Monday, September 27, 2010 - 3:36pm

Wave Of Third-Party Ads Adding to Dems' Woes

Democrats were once hopeful that Senate Republican retirements would help them retain the majority this year, as the open seats created pick up opportunities in Florida, Missouri, Ohio, Kentucky and New Hampshire.

Posted: Monday, September 27, 2010 - 2:52pm

Net Neutrality Bill Gives FCC No New Rulemaking Power

The FCC will not have rulemaking authority under a network neutrality bill that key House Democrats plan to introduce soon, according to a recent draft obtained by Tech Daily Dose. Instead, the commission will deal with enforcement on a case-by-case basis. Broadband providers who violate the law will face a maximum penalty of $2 million by the FCC, under the bill. The absence of the rulemaking authority, along with other provisions of the bill, is consistent with information reported by Tech Daily Dose last week.

Posted: Monday, September 27, 2010 - 1:42pm

AFL-CIO Hits Raese With Mail Piece

The AFL-CIO is targeting businessman John Raese (R) for the first time in the West Virginia Senate race, a sign they view the race in play and hope to leverage their clout in a union-rich state.

The mail piece, which will be delivered to union members in West Virginia, hits Raese for statements on safety regulations on coal mines in light of the explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in April.

Posted: Monday, September 27, 2010 - 12:23pm

Pew: Technology Is Positive But Carries Risks

The media offers competing visions about the impact of technology on society according to a new study released by Pew on Monday. The main message about technology, the study shows, is that it makes life more productive--but that idea is followed closely by the notion that the Internet is not secure. Conducted from June 2009 to June 2010, the report aimed to examine how the media reports on technology when it reaches the top of the American news agenda. Pew researchers analyzed 437 tech-related stories that appeared in the lead sections of 52 different news outlets. The study found

Posted: Monday, September 27, 2010 - 11:26am

Carney Pushes Back, Internals Show 8-Point Lead

Rep. Chris Carney's (D) campaign Monday released an internal poll showing the congressman up 8 points, 46% to 38%, over Republican challenger Tom Marino in the heated battle to represent northeast Pennsylvania's 10th Congressional District.

Momentum Analysis, which surveyed 400 voters Sept. 23-25, conducted the poll. It has a margin of error of +/- 4.9%.

Posted: Monday, September 27, 2010 - 11:11am

Steve Burke To Lead NBC Universal

Comcast and General Electric announced Sunday that Steve Burke will become chief executive officer of NBC Universal upon the completion of the company's $30 billion merger with Comcast. The matter is currently under review by the FCC and the Justice Department. If the merger is approved, Burke will succeed current NBCU president and CEO, Jeff Zucker. Zucker plans to stay in his current position until the close of the transaction. Burke, 52, is a former Walt Disney Co. executive who joined Comcast in 1998.

Posted: Monday, September 27, 2010 - 9:51am

NRCC Launches 30-District Ad Blitz

The NRCC is going on the air in more than 30 districts on Monday, seeking bring the fight to Democrats in many competitive districts.

The ads are part of the $35M the NRCC has budgeted to spend this year in 55 districts so far.

The blitz is particularly significant because the DCCC has yet to go on the air in the vast majority of these districts, choosing to save most of its resources for the final weeks of the campaign.

Posted: Monday, September 27, 2010 - 9:46am