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How The Midterm Wave Affects State Legislatures

One of the great truisms of electoral politics is that the party in power loses seats in the House and the Senate in midterm elections. What has gone unnoticed, though, is that the same trend extends down the ballot to state legislatures. There are 7,382 seats among the 50 state legislatures, but not every seat is up in any given election cycle.

Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 - 3:12pm

Slow Development Of Radio Standards Frustrates First Responders

Delays persist in finalizing standards that would make the radios that first responders use interoperable, a problem that frustrates government officials struggling to find communication solutions in the vendor community, NextGov reported. Public safety professionals are developing an open suite of standards, called Project 25 or P25, for manufacturing interoperable two-way wireless communications products. But development of the standards continues, making compliance impossible, according to witnesses who testified before the House Technology and Innovation Subcommittee on Thursday.

Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 - 3:10pm

Previewing The Sunday Shows

This weekend's Sunday shows will focus on the upcoming midterms and spotlight the GOP's "Pledge to America." On "Fox News Sunday," "young gun" chief deputy whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and House Min. Leader John Boehner (R-OH) talk shop with FOX News' Chris Wallace.

Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 - 2:59pm

Fred Davis Signs With Christine O'Donnell

California-based Republican ad man Fred Davis signed a contract today with Delaware Senate Republican candidate Christine O'Donnell to craft her television ads for her general election battle against Democrat Chris Coons.

"We'll be doing something interesting, I hope," Davis told National Journal.

Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 - 1:55pm

Dem Criticizes Party Leadership For Delaying Tax Vote

Former Delaware lieutenant governor John Carney on Friday became the first Democratic congressional contender to criticize the Democratic leadership for delaying a vote on extending the Bush tax cuts.

Carney is running against developer Glen Urquhart (R) in the race for Rep. Mike Castle's (R) seat.

Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 - 1:43pm

Manchin Tries To Shift Narrative, Announces NRA Backing

Hours after the NRSC announced it is going up on the air in the West Virginia Senate race, Gov.Joe Manchin (D) announced that he has received the endorsement of the National Rifle Association.

Make no mistake about the timing: It is intended to bolster his conservative credentials at a time when he's getting hammered by the GOP. Earlier on Friday, the NRSC spent $1.2M on a statewide ad targeting Manchin.

Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 - 12:30pm

Tea Party Triumphs on Twitter, Facebook

Republican Senate candidates from Florida to Nevada have gotten the message that social networking matters - in 140 characters or less. Many Republicans of the Tea Party stripe dwarf their Democratic opponents in presence and energy on Twitter and Facebook, according to a new report from HeadCount, a non-partisan voter registration group.

Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 - 12:09pm

Finding Common Ground, But No Agreement

Jeff Chester of the Center for Digital Democracy and Linda Woolley with the Digital Marketing Association have very different views on how far Congress should go to protect consumer privacy online. But during a taped appearance this week on C-Span's "The Communicators" program, they did agree on a few things about the debate --- key among them being that information about Web users has become a commodity. "Consumers have to understand personal data is a commodity," said Woolley, the DMA's executive vice president of government affairs.

Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 - 10:21am

A Cautionary Polling Tale: A Read On NY GOV

If this week has taught us anything, it's that different polls -- with different methodologies -- can paint wildly different pictures of the same race. Case in point: The New York governor's race and the 4 polls that surveyed it in the last 3 days.

Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 - 10:00am

Hutchison Willing To Back Allocation Of Spectrum

Senate Commerce ranking member Kay Bailey Hutchison said Thursday she would support a direct allocation of communications spectrum, in lieu of an auction, to build a nationwide public safety network, CongressDaily reported. Her announcement gave a significant boost to legislation introduced by Senate Commerce Chairman John (Jay) Rockefeller, D-W.Va., in July that would give public safety officials a valuable band of spectrum known as the D-block.

Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 - 9:59am