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New Poll Shows Close Race In KY

KY AG Jack Conway (D) and ophthalmologist Rand Paul (R) are locked in a tight battle in the race to succeed retiring Sen. Jim Bunning (R), according to a new poll released Thursday.

Paul leads Conway 41-38% in the poll, which was conducted for the KY cable news channel cn|2. Among registered Dems, Conway leads, 56-19%. But Paul runs up the score (72-11%) among registered GOPers (Dems outnumber GOPers in the poll, 54-38%. As of '08, voter registration in KY was 57% Dem, 36% GOP.)

Posted: Friday, July 23, 2010 - 2:48pm

TiVo Tip Sheet

Meet the Press hosts Treas. Sec. Tim Geithner, Washington Post's E.J. Dionne, New York Times' David Brooks, Ex-WH Comm. Dir. Anita Dunn, National Urban League's Marc Morial and CNBC's Rick Santelli.

Face the Nation hosts Conservative race historian/Bush appointee Abigail Thernstrom, Georgetown Univ. prof. Michael Eric Dyson, Princeton Univ. prof. Cornel West, Wall Street Journal's John Fund and Washington Post's Michael Gerson.

Posted: Friday, July 23, 2010 - 2:02pm

Kagan Whip Count: Lugar Second GOP "Yes"

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday put a positive stamp on Solicitor General Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court, clearing the way for a floor debate expected to begin soon.

The committee approved Kagan's nomination by a 13-6 margin, with most GOPers voting against. Only Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) crossed the aisle to side with Dems. Reports indicate that the offices of retiring Sens. George Voinovich (R-OH) and Judd Gregg (R-NH) will not say how their bosses are voting.

Posted: Friday, July 23, 2010 - 1:09pm

NJ EXCLUSIVE: Inside the Closed-Door Telecom Negotiations

Read National Journal's exclusive, behind-the-scenes coverage of the top-secret negotiations being held by Congress and the FCC to craft major telecom legislation: Key members of Congress and the Federal Communications Commission have held private talks with telecommunications-industry stakeholders more than 30 times since April, with the goal of crafting broadband-related legislation that can be fast-tracked this year.

Posted: Friday, July 23, 2010 - 12:48pm

The Week Ahead Features Hearings On Online Privacy

Here is an early look at some of the technology and telecom-related events happening in Washington next week: Monday: The FCC will hold a joint two-day meeting with the Food and Drug Administration on wireless medical technology beginning at 8 a.m. Speakers include FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. Tuesday: The FCC and FDA will host the second day of their joint meeting on wireless medical technology beginning at 9 a.m. The House Financial Services Committee will hold a 10 a.m. markup of H.R.

Posted: Friday, July 23, 2010 - 12:30pm

Health Care Law Has Wamp Hoping Against Secession

Rep. Zach Wamp (R-03) suggested TN and other states may have to consider seceding from the union if the federal government does not change its ways regarding mandates.

"I hope that the American people will go to the ballot box in 2010 and 2012 so that states are not forced to consider separation from this government," said Wamp during an interview with Hotline OnCall.

Posted: Friday, July 23, 2010 - 11:58am

Hayworth Hits Statewide Broadcast

Ex-Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R) is launching the first serious assault on Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), attacking McCain for working too closely with Dems on comprehensive immigration reform legislation.

The ad features shots of McCain with the late Sen. Ted Kennedy and Pres. Obama, as well as clips in which McCain touts his work with both the liberal lion and the president.

Posted: Friday, July 23, 2010 - 10:44am

DISCLOSE Act Up For Tuesday Vote

In an unexpected step, Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid filed cloture late Thursday night on a motion to proceed to a closely watched campaign finance bill.

Reid's move forces a 2:45pm Tuesday vote on whether to move to the DISCLOSE Act, a bill imposing new campaign finance regulations in response to the Supreme Court's controversial Citizens United v. FEC ruling, which threw out limits on spending by corporations and unions to influence elections.

Posted: Friday, July 23, 2010 - 9:52am

Marshall, Melancon Have Good Polls

Dems have that rarest of things this year -- a poll to crow about in a Senate race, against a GOP incumbent in a (typically) red state. In fact, they have 2 of them at the same time.

A new poll by Lake Research Partners (D) shows Sec/State Elaine Marshall (D) barely leading her opponent, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC). The poll, conducted July 15-19 of 600 registered voters in the Tarheel State with a 4-point error margin, shows Marshall at 37% to Burr's 35%. 23% of those surveyed remain undecided.

Posted: Friday, July 23, 2010 - 9:01am

Friday's Starting Lineup

Good Friday morning. Your Hotline OnCall editor is taking a quick vacation, but check back frequently for the latest news and notes from the rest of The Hotline staff.

Voters head to the polls in a little over 3 months, and when they do, they won't be thinking of Shirley Sherrod. Instead, here are the folks who proved this week, once again, that they'll be bigger factors in Nov.:

Posted: Friday, July 23, 2010 - 7:41am