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WV-01 Dem Claims Big Lead In Open Seat

In the days following Rep. Alan Mollohan's (D) primary defeat, some speculated that Dems would actually be in a better position to hold the seat in the fall with state Sen. Mike Oliverio (D) as the party's standard bearer. A new poll out today puts an exclamation point on that speculation.

Oliverio claims a 52-36% advantage over '96 GOV candidate/businessman David McKinley (R) in a survey conducted for his campaign. The Hamilton Campaigns poll was taken from 7/30-8/2 among 400 likely voters, and has a margin of error of +/- 4.9%.

Posted: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 6:19pm

RNC Takes Out $10 Million Credit Line

KANSAS CITY, MO -- The RNC's Budget Committee as approved acquiring a $10M line of credit in order to cover the party's financial shortfall, a move committee members called essential to winning Dem-held seats this fall.

The money will be directed wholly to the RNC's political department in order to fund Victory programs, the sources said. Those Victory programs will serve as the party's main get-out-the-vote operation for the midterm elections.

Posted: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 6:14pm

Kagan Whip Count: Tomorrow Never Knows

The Senate continues debate today on Solicitor Gen. Elena Kagan's SCOTUS nomination, with proceedings expected to last well into the evening. A final vote is expected Thursday.

Hotline OnCall is now able to account for 80% of the Senate in our Whip Count, which we will update against Thursday prior to the vote.

Posted: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 5:13pm

Facebook Privacy Controls Go Mobile

In the face of rising concern and scrutiny about privacy issues, Facebook will make some of its privacy controls available from any mobile device through, the company announced Wednesday. "We are committed to delivering the best privacy experience possible and this commitment extends to people who want the flexibility to access Facebook from mobile devices," Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes said.

Posted: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 4:07pm

Questions Surround Intel Settlement

Partisans on both sides of the issue Wednesday questioned whether the FTC's settlement of its lawsuit against Intel Corp. will achieve its aim of enhancing competition in the computer chip market. The Association for Competitive Technology, which lists Intel as one of its five "sponsors," and the Technology Policy Institute, which is supported by Intel and other technology and telecom companies, both criticized the FTC's decision to launch its case against Intel, which was accused of stifling competition.

Posted: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 3:52pm

Coalition Urges State AGs To Probe Comcast Deal

A coalition of public interest, industry and consumer groups Wednesday called on state attorneys general from five states to investigate the potential impact that Comcast's proposed merger with NBC Universal may have on competition and programming in local media markets. The Coalition for Competition in Media wrote to the attorneys general of California, Florida, New York, Oregon and Washington, as well as the National Association of Attorneys General, urging them to closely review a merger the coalition claims would lead to higher prices for consumers and limit access to programming.

Posted: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 3:24pm

Haslam Leads GOP Field In TN-GOV Primary

Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam (R) enters the 8/5 TN-GOV GOP primary as the favorite for the nomination, leading in fundraising and benefiting from Rep. Zach Wamp (R-03) and and LG Ron Ramsey (R) splitting the more conservative vote.

Posted: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 2:38pm

GOP's Significant Turnout Edge

It's usually perilous to draw too many conclusions from primary turnout, in terms of forecasting general election outcomes. But for a Democratic leaning state like Michigan, it's noteworthy that twice as many voters chose GOP ballots yesterday as those picking Dem ballots.

Posted: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 1:54pm

Agriculture Department Announces More Broadband Grants

Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday his department was providing $1.2 billion to help fund 126 projects across the country aimed at promoting broadband access and adoption, while also spurring economic development and job creation. This is the second round of broadband projects announced by the Agriculture Department funded by the $7.2 billion in stimulus funding for broadband access and adoption included in the 2009 economic stimulus package.

Posted: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 1:27pm

Hotline Spotlight: Moderate Mo'

The Tea Party controls the GOP, we're told. Liberals are strangling moderates on the Democratic side, we hear. But in this hyper-partisan era, the ranks of moderates in the next Congress are surprisingly likely to grow.

Posted: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 12:33pm