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NRSC Targets Conway With First Ad

The NRSC is going up with its first ad of the cycle later this week, targeting Attorney General Jack Conway (D) in Kentucky.

The ad, obtained to Hotline On Call, plays on old black and white movies featuring the Kentucky Derby. "Whose horse is Jack Conway riding?" the narrator asks.

The ad then prominently features Pres. Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and accuses Conway of siding with them on health care reform.

Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 3:39pm

Commission To Examine Chinese IP Policies

A special congressional committee focused on human rights and the rule of law in China will examine next week the problem of intellectual property piracy and counterfeiting in China. The Sept. 22 hearing before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China will focus on China's enforcement of U.S. IP rights and its efforts to implement "indigenous innovation" policies aimed at forcing foreign companies to transfer their technology to Chinese partners in order to gain access to China.

Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 2:46pm

When Campaigns Point Out Their Errors

A keen understanding of when and how to mount an effective attack against an opponent is a crucial component of any successful campaign. Those that do it well -- attacking at the right time on the right issues and themes -- stand to succeed. Being quick to point out and pounce on an opponent's mistakes can often make the difference in a close race.

Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 2:16pm

Kilroy Up With First Negative Ad In OH 15

Democratic Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy is getting the jump on Republican Steve Stivers, airing the first negative ad of the race on Tuesday.

Kilroy is facing a rematch with Stivers in OH 15. In '08, the Stivers-Kilroy race turned into a blood bath and this ad is an indication we can expect plenty of fireworks this year as well.

The ad, obtained by Hotline On Call, hits Stivers for his work as a lobbyist for Bank One. It starts by discussing how many lobbyists already work in D.C. -- almost 12,000.

Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 1:35pm

Rural Telecom Firms Concerned With USF Bill

A group representing small and rural telecommunications carriers argues that some of the proposed changes included in legislation to overhaul the Universal Service Fund could hinder their ability to operate in some areas or invest in broadband infrastructure.

Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 12:58pm

NAB: Survey Shows Support For Radio-Enabled Cell Phones

The National Association of Broadcasters is trying to build the case that the public supports requiring manufactures to include radio receivers in mobile phones, a claim the wireless industry has labeled as "ridiculous." The NAB Tuesday released the results of a survey it commissioned that it says shows strong public support for including radio receivers in mobile phones.

Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 11:42am

Halvorson's Hard-Hitting Ad

This has to be one of the most hard hitting ads Hotline On Call has seen so far this cycle: Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D-IL) is up with a new ad that attacks Iraq war vet Adam Kinzinger (R) for supporting free trade agreements.

The ad features a series of heartfelt testimonials from people who lost their jobs. "It's real hard to explain to my wife why I was losing my job," says one. "You get cut off at the knees."

In the final testimonial, the speaker levels a direct attack at Kinzinger as the screen goes black.

Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 11:08am

11 House Dems Oppose Obama On Letting Tax Cuts Expire

Updated, 2:42 p.m.

Pres. Obama's plan let the Bush tax cuts expire for the wealthiest Americans is meeting significant resistance among his caucus in the House, as 11 Democrats have now voiced their opposition to the plan.

The Democrats, nearly all of whom are facing difficult re-election campaigns this year, show that Obama is struggling to unite his party behind his economic plan. The tax cuts proposal and $50B in infrastructure spending were intended to be a major piece of the Democratic platform this fall.

Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 10:53am

Tech Industry Beginning To Add Jobs

A high-tech industry group Tuesday touted figures it says shows technology companies added 30,200 U.S. jobs in the first six months of 2010, saying that while the industry was among the last to lose jobs at the start of the recession, it's among the first to begin adding jobs. The Tech America Foundation report, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, focused on four sectors: tech manufacturing, communications services, software services, and engineering and tech services, which added the most jobs with 29,700.

Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 10:51am

Americans Wary Of GOP Proposals

Republicans may be heading toward large gains in Congress this November but, according to a new poll, it isn't because Americans support their policy proposals.

The Society for Human Resource Management/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, conducted with the Pew Research Center, found that GOP proposals on issues like repealing health care reform and extending all of the Bush tax cuts permanently receive only lukewarm support from Americans.

Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 10:12am