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DC Mayor: Gray Opens Up Lead On Fenty

DC City Council Chair Vincent Gray (D) has a significant lead over Mayor Adrian Fenty (D) in the Sept. 14 mayoral primary, despite the fact that a majority of DC Dems think Fenty has brought needed change to the nation's capital, according to a new poll released today.

Gray leads Fenty, 49% to 36%, in the new poll, conducted for the Washington Post. Among those who say they're more likely to vote, Gray's lead expands to 53% to 36%.

Gray held a narrow lead among registered Dems, 35% to 31%, in a late Jan. WaPo poll.

Posted: Sunday, August 29, 2010 - 9:08am

Richmond To Face Cao; LA 03 GOPers Move To Runoff

New Orleans-area Dems picked state Rep. Cedric Richmond (D) to face freshman Rep. Joseph Cao (R-LA 02) in the fall, as Richmond avoided a runoff and throttled state Rep. Juan LaFonta (D) 60% to 21%.

Richmond -- who was endorsed by the DCCC -- prevailed despite a last-ditch effort to derail his candidacy by an outside org named Louisiana Truth PAC, a group founded by Dem donor/LaFonta supporter Stuart Smith.

Posted: Sunday, August 29, 2010 - 2:57am

LA SEN: Vitter Crushes Traylor

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) scored a comfortable victory in the Louisiana GOP primary on Saturday, and will be facing off against Rep. Charlie Melancon (D) in the general election.

With 29% of precincts reporting, the AP has called the race with Vitter leading GOP challenger Chet Traylor 87% to 8%.

Posted: Saturday, August 28, 2010 - 9:31pm

WV SEN: Manchin Set To Take On Raese

Surprising no one, Gov. Joe Manchin (D) easily won the Democratic nomination in the West Virginia Senate primary on Saturday, and now goes on to face Republican John Raese in a special election that will take place on the same day as the general election.

With 24% of precincts reporting, the AP called the race with Manchin leading with 73%. Ex-Secretary of State and ex-Rep. Ken Hechler came in second with 17% and ex-Del. Sheirl Fletcher finished third with 10% of the vote.

Posted: Saturday, August 28, 2010 - 8:33pm

Bernero Picks Southfield Mayor As Running Mate

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero (D) did for himself exactly what venture capitalist Rick Snyder (R) did with his pick for LG: select someone that helps solidify the base.

Bernero announced on Twitter this morning that he chose Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence (D) to be his running mate, giving him an African-American female with executive experience from southeast Michigan to bolster his image as an outsider.

Posted: Saturday, August 28, 2010 - 1:53pm

What We Learned: Rich Friends Edition

What we at The Hotline learned this week, just 9 weeks before Election Day:

Posted: Saturday, August 28, 2010 - 11:34am

Secondary Liability Under Scrutiny in Copyright Pact

The U.S. may remove controversial language from the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that would have made Internet firms liable for intellectual property rights infringements by individuals, Inside Trade reported on Friday. ACTA aims to increase international cooperation in curbing the piracy and counterfeiting of intellectual property, but has provoked tension about whose job it is to police the protections afforded to rights holders.

Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 6:19pm

Lugar on Boehner Speech: Light On The Specifics

Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN), one of the elder statesmen of the GOP, said Friday that House Min. Leader John Boehner's (R-OH) speech on the economy this week didn't offer enough specifics about where Republicans want to take the country.

In a C-SPAN "Newsmakers" interview, Lugar said Boehner's speech was more focused on politics than policy.

Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 4:41pm

LA House Preview: Both Parties Eye Pickups

Both parties have serious pickup opportunities in LA House contests, so there will be a lot at stake in tomorrow's contests. Here's a quick preview of two of the biggest races in the state:

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Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 4:00pm

Previewing The Sunday Shows

A majority of this weekends Sunday shows will focus on the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. "This Week" will dive into the education debate, while "Face The Nation" will zero in on the midterms and the Tea Party. Also, CSPAN will carry FNC's Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally starting at 10 am ET. And Brian Williams will have an exclusive interview with President Obama in New Orleans on Sunday's "Nightly News." Williams anchors live from New Orleans.

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Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 3:30pm