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FL GOV: In Shocker, Scott Wins GOP Nod

UPDATED, 11:15 P.M.:The exceedingly expensive, extremely negative GOP primary came to a surprising end Tuesday as businessman Rick Scott (R) edged out FL AG Bill McCollum (R) to take the nod in the Florida governor's race. Self-funder Scott will now face surging FL CFO Alex Sink (D) in what is sure to be a fiercely-fought general election.

The AP has called the race for Scott, with 92% of precincts reporting and Scott leading McCollum 47%-43%.

Posted: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 10:39pm

FL SEN: Meek, With DC Backing, Cruises Past Greene

UPDATED 9:42 P.M.: Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL) easily beat financier/developer Jeff Greene (D) in the FL SEN Democratic primary this evening, setting up a three-way general election against ex-state House Speaker Marco Rubio (R) and Gov. Charlie Crist (I). Meek had a strong showing in the Miami area, where his House district lies, and also showed impressive strength in the I-4 corridor, the crucial battleground. 

With 43% of precincts reporting, the AP called the race with Meek leading Greene 55%-33%.

Posted: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 8:32pm

Hotlight Spotlight: The Forgotten Man

House Min. Leader John Boehner's economic address in Cleveland this morning is heavy on rhetoric and light on policy -- just like the party's electoral agenda so far. But that's about to change.

-- Boehner will promise a robust, "ground up" agenda, to be unveiled next month, that will act as a rallying point for GOP candidates. The party doesn't really need one, from an electoral point of view (Who remembers Dems' "6 in '06" platform a few years back?). Instead, an agenda just gives Dems something to attack.

Posted: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 4:59pm

Hotline TV: An Establishment Comeback?

In the latest installment of Hotline TV, Reid Wilson and Josh Kraushaar debate whether establishment candidates are making a comeback. They'll examine primaries in AZ, FL and AK to find out.

Posted: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 4:26pm

RNC Isn't Questioning Obama's Religion

The RNC is not questioning Pres. Obama's religion, a spokesman said, brushing aside a tweet from a top party staffer that raised eyebrows this afternoon.

On Tuesday afternoon, RNC new media director Todd Herman posted a link to a video from the '08 campaign trail and seemed to call Obama a Muslim. The video shows Obama accidentally referring to "my Muslim faith," in the context of acknowledging that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) had not furthered misinformation campaigns suggesting Obama is not Christian.

Posted: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 4:07pm

Dino Rossi's Path To Victory

Welcome to a new feature at Hotline On Call: Path To Victory. We'll frequently look at a competitive race and track both candidates' playbook for getting a win in November. First up: Republican Dino Rossi's campaign to unseat Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA).

Posted: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 3:45pm

Biden: Stimulus Dollars Fueling Energy and Life-Saving Technology

Recovery Act dollars fueled major innovative and technological breakthroughs in solar power, electric vehicles, and medical research, according to a new report touted by Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday. New technology, made possible by the $100 billion stimulus dollars invested in innovation, will cut the cost of solar power in half by 2015 and reduce the cost of electric vehicle batteries by 70 percent in the coming years, the report found.

Posted: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 1:53pm

DSCC Airs Ad In CO, Reveals Strategy

The DSCC is up in CO with an ad attacking GOP nominee Ken Buck that is particularly revealing about their 2010 strategy.

The ad seeks to paint Buck as an extremist and out of the Colorado mainstream. In particular it focuses on a comment by Buck that he would support repealing the 17th Amendment, which would allow state legislatures to elect U.S. senators instead of voters.

Posted: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 1:19pm

Biden Hits Back At Boehner

Vice President Joe Biden responded to House Min. Leader John Boehner's call to fire the White House economic team by slamming Boehner and the GOP agenda.

In the eight years preceding the Obama administration, "Mr. Boehner's party ran the economy into the ground," Biden said. "The sum total was the greatest economic recession since the great depression."

Posted: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 12:38pm

Does Social Media Pose a Threat to Business?

Most companies' information-management policies are not updated to account for electronic information needed when disputes go to court, Oregon's Daily Journal of Commerce reports--a problem that becomes acute with increased use of social media. "In litigation, courts view electronically-generated and stored information as essentially equivalent to information on paper," writes Hafez Daraee, an attorney at Jordan Schrader Ramis, a law firm with offices in Oregon and Washington.

Posted: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 10:42am