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Iowans Courting DeMint For A Visit

Here's a sign how how quickly Sen. Jim DeMint's (R-SC) stock is rising in the right wing of the GOP: Bob Vander Plaats, the chairman of Mike Huckabee's '08 Iowa campaign, approached DeMint's staff on Friday about visiting Iowa.

Hotline On Call overheard Vander Plaats talking to DeMint's staff after the South Carolina Republican spoke at the Values Voter Summit. After that conversation, Vander Plaats, who ran for governor of Iowa this year, told Hotline On Call that DeMint would be a top draw in Iowa these days.

Posted: Friday, September 17, 2010 - 11:44am

Maryland Receives $115 Million For Broadband

Maryland will receive upwards of $115 million stimulus dollars to extend broadband into rural and underserved communities Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., announced on Friday. "Broadband is the information superhighway we need to bring the jobs of tomorrow to Maryland," Mikulski said. "It is absolutely critical to Maryland's economic future, because it creates jobs, fosters business growth and sparks innovation." Maryland won the funding through the Commerce Department's Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.

Posted: Friday, September 17, 2010 - 11:14am

Panel Hears About Google's Market Dominance

While its executives were not at the hearing, Internet giant Google found itself on the hot seat Thursday at a session convened by a House Judiciary panel that was examining competition in the evolving digital marketplace, CongressDaily reported. While the hearing touched on a broad range of issues related to whether antitrust regulators are equipped to deal with emerging digital technologies, there was much discussion over whether there should be greater antitrust scrutiny of Google.

Posted: Friday, September 17, 2010 - 10:46am

Count Inhofe in O'Donnell's Camp

Count Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) among the conservative cadre of senators who are happy about Christine O'Donnell's surprise win this week in Delaware.

Inhofe told Hotline On Call at the Values Voter Summit Friday that O'Donnell's victory shows there is finally a strong energy on the right that can impact Congress.

"I've been waiting for this for years," Inhofe said.

Posted: Friday, September 17, 2010 - 9:22am

John Raese's Path To Victory In WV SEN

Welcome back to Hotline On Call's Path To Victory, where we look at some of the most watched races of the cycle and examine how each side plans to win.

This week we turn our attention to the West Virginia Senate race for the late Robert Byrd's (D) Senate seat. The race pits Gov. Joe Manchin (D), one of the most popular governors in the country, against businessman John Raese (R), a local media mogul who has run statewide in West Virginia on four other occasions -- including against Byrd - in '06.

Posted: Friday, September 17, 2010 - 9:00am

Starting Lineup: Cattle Call Commencement

Updated, 8:33 a.m.

Happy Friday! Welcome back to the Starting Lineup. What to watch today: Minnick goes nuclear on Labrador, Murkowski set to make an announcement, Biden heads to Delaware for Coons and "Values Voters" descend on DC.

Values Voters: The 2010 Values Voter Summit kicks off this morning in D.C. As usual, there is a star studded conservative roster of speakers. The summit, put on by the Family Research Council, is a must-attend cattle call on the WH'12 circuit, and the candidates themselves are showcasing their stump speeches.

Posted: Friday, September 17, 2010 - 7:36am

Fisher In Big Trouble, Obama Tanking In Ohio

More very bad news for Democrats out of Ohio today, as a new poll shows Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher (D) trailing former Rep. Rob Portman (R) by a whopping 20 points.

The Quinnipiac poll of likely voters also found that fully 60% disapprove of Pres. Obama's job performance while only 38% approve.

Posted: Friday, September 17, 2010 - 6:58am

Strickland Trails By 3 In Internals

Two public polls released over the past 24 hours paint a bleak picture of Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland's (D) re-election prospects, but recent surveys conducted for the Strickland camp show Strickland and former Rep. John Kasich (R) locked in a more competitive race.

According to the most recent Strickland campaign tracking poll, conducted over the past 2 weeks and obtained by Hotline On Call, Strickland trails by Kasich by 3 points, 48% to 45%.

Posted: Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 5:07pm

Poll: Economic Anxieties Driving Electorate

A new bipartisan survey offers yet another striking example of how deep and widespread voter economic anxiety this midterm election.

The poll, conducted by Lake Research Partners (D) and Public Opinion Strategies (R), shows why issues of Social Security and Medicare reform are so politically fraught. Nearly half of respondents said they are "very concerned" about being able to maintain a comfortable standard of living throughout retirement - with nearly three-quarters of voters (73 percent) expressing some concern. The level of retiree confidence is the lowest level in 17 years.

Posted: Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 4:21pm

Members Not Pushing Rangel and Waters to Go

While Democratic Reps. Charles Rangel (NY) and Maxine Waters (CA) face ethics hearings that could reinforce public skepticism about Congress, most of their colleagues on both sides of the aisle are not pushing either out the door according to the results of the latest National Journal Congressional Insiders Poll.

Posted: Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 4:13pm