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Why The GOP Waded Into A Contested Primary

The NRCC raised eyebrows on Monday by taking sides in a contested primary, elevating one contender to the highest level of its recruiting program while leaving 2 other well-funded challengers behind.

Stephen Fincher (R), a farmer and gospel singer who bolted to a fast fundraising start, has been named a "Young Gun," the top tier of the NRCC's recruiting ladder. Top GOP leaders in DC have been impressed with Fincher's abilities and his story since the moment he entered the race for Rep. John Tanner's (D-TN) seat.

Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 4:01pm

Kos Book Still A Go

Accusations that a pollster hired to conduct surveys for the liberal DailyKos website fabricated some data won't hurt founder Markos Moulitsas's book schedule, he said in an email today.

Kos's book, "American Taliban", is due out Sept. 1. And despite a few citations of their former pollster, Research 2000, he said the tome's overall point remains thanks to other pollsters.

Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 3:43pm

FCC Taps New Chief Technologist

The FCC announced Wednesday that Douglas C. Sicker will assume the role of chief technologist at the commission. A veteran of the FCC, Sicker previously served as chief of the commission's Network Technology Division. "I am delighted that Dr. Sicker is returning to provide the FCC with his broad and deep knowledge about the communications networks and technologies of today and tomorrow," FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a statement. Sicker will be returning to the FCC after a stint as an associate professor of computer science at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 2:58pm

CDT Urges Action Against Data Broker

The Center for Democracy and Technology filed a complaint Wednesday with the FTC against an online data aggregator and broker that the group claims has engaged in unfair and deceptive practices. The complaint alleges that Spokeo Inc. has violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act and engaged in unfair and deceptive business practices.

Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 2:49pm

NRCC Picks New Young Guns

The NRCC is spotlighting 16 new top recruits it hopes will make up an increasingly large freshman class in the 112th Congress.

Those candidates are the latest entrants to the roster of Young Guns, recruits who have met specific fundraising, volunteer recruiting and media relations benchmarks.

Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 2:16pm

EU Taking On Net Neutrality

The European Commission announced Wednesday that it has launched an examination into the issue of network neutrality that will look at such issues as whether Internet service providers should be allowed to adopt network management practices that prioritize certain types of content over others.

Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 1:29pm

Pawlenty Meeting With Palmetto Money Men

MN Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) is adding a stop to his first trip to SC, holding an unannounced luncheon with major donors at the invitation of a heavy-hitting money man, according to GOP sources.

Pawlenty attended the lunch, held in Columbia, in an effort to introduce himself to major donors in the state. The event was organized by John Rainey, a major supporter of George W. Bush, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and SC Gov. Mark Sanford (R).

Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 1:07pm

GOPers To Push Fed Audit

House GOPers will make a push to audit the Federal Reserve in a last-ditch effort to stop financial regulatory reform legislation, leaning on a popular proposal from Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) to make their case.

The GOP will offer the Fed audit as a motion to recommit, the minority's last chance to alter a bill before final passage. A motion to recommit is subject only to an up-or-down vote, not to debate or amendments.

Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 12:33pm

Don't Sleep On California

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) faces a difficult contest against ex-HP CEO Carly Fiorina (R), according to a new survey that gives the GOP hopes of contesting the Golden State for the first time in nearly 2 decades.

The Ipsos Public Affairs poll, conducted for Thompson Reuters, shows Boxer leading Fiorina, but by an anemic 45%-41% margin. That's within the survey's margin of error. What's more, any incumbent who dips under the 50% mark is viewed by professional pollsters as in electoral trouble.

Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 11:21am

Angle Survives Face To Face Encounter

Ex-Assemb. Sharron Angle (R) faced her toughest challenge of the general election so far, holding her own in a wide-ranging interview with a prominent NV political analyst and explaining away some statements that have already found their way into attack ads.

Appearing on "Face to Face," a statewide public affairs program with journalist Jon Ralston, Angle defended her most controversial comments -- including assertions that those on unemployment are "spoiled," an assertion Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid has already used in ads.

Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 10:14am