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AZ SEN: McCain Set To Defeat Hayworth

One of the nastiest and most expensive SEN primaries this cycle will reach its conclusion on Tuesday, when Sen. John McCain (R) faces off against ex-Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R). Both Hayworth and McCain have launched relentless efforts to discredit each other but it is McCain who has emerged as the clear front-runner to secure the GOP nomination, according to recent polling. A Rocky Mountain poll conducted 6/30-7/11 found McCain leading Hayworth 64%-19%. Also competing in the GOP race is businessman/USN vet. Jim Deakin (R).

Posted: Sunday, August 22, 2010 - 8:49am

McConnell Insists Repeal Of Tax Cuts Wouldn't Generate Revenue

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday renewed his calls to exempt tax cuts from efforts to reduce the federal deficit while mostly sidestepping questions about offsetting the lost revenue.Appearing on Meet the Press , the Kentucky Republican worked to separate his opposition to Demo

Posted: Sunday, August 22, 2010 - 12:00am

Self-Financers Falter In FL

FL establishment candidates Kendrick Meek (D) and Bill McCollum (R) are on track to capture their parties' nods in SEN and GOV primaries, respectively, as their self-financed challengers have faltered, according to a new poll released late today, just days before the Tues. election.

The poll, conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research and released this evening by their media clients, shows Meek leading businessman Jeff Greene (D) in the Dem SEN primary, 42-30%.

Posted: Saturday, August 21, 2010 - 6:25pm

AK SEN: Murkowski In Control

AK voters head to the polls on 8/24 to choose between Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) and atty Joe Miller (R). Despite the fanfare around Miller's candidacy, in the polls and in the money race Murkowski has trumped Miller consistently. While he has certainly forced her to campaign, and pushed her somewhat to the right, a Murkowski loss is extremely unlikely.

Posted: Saturday, August 21, 2010 - 12:00pm

DNC, NRCC Are Big Fundraising Winners

The DNC and the NRCC outraised their competitors by wide margins last month as party committees scramble for last-minute cash to be spent on House, Senate and governors races this year.

The DNC raised just shy of $11.5M in July and spent $11.7M, including nearly $3.8M they sent to state affiliates. The party still has $10.8M on hand and $3.5M in debt.

Posted: Saturday, August 21, 2010 - 9:19am

AK GOV: Parnell Heads Into First Re-Elect

Gov. Sean Parnell (R), who stepped up to replace Sarah Palin (R) last year, will face voters for the first time as a gubernatorial candidate on 8/24.

Posted: Saturday, August 21, 2010 - 8:31am

Stim Funds Put WH'12 Contenders In Awkward Spot

When Nancy Pelosi called the House back into session earlier this month to pass a $26B state aid stimulus package, she probably didn't consider she was forcing a number of early '12 contenders to walk an awkward political tightrope.

Posted: Friday, August 20, 2010 - 5:25pm

Ayotte Hits Binnie

For the first time, ex-AG Kelly Ayotte (R) is mentioning GOP opponent businessman Bill Binnie (R) in a TV ad. The ad pushes back against a round of negative TV and radio ads from the businessman and paints him as a liberal. "Trailing in the polls, liberal millionaire Bill Binnie attacks Kelly Ayotte," says the narrator in the ad.

Posted: Friday, August 20, 2010 - 4:02pm

Previewing The Sunday Shows

Sunday

Meet the Press hosts Sen. Min. Leader Mitch McConnell (KY), MI Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D), ex-House Maj. Leader/Freedomworks PAC chair Dick Armey, ex-Rep. Rick Lazio (R), Atlantic's Jeff Goldberg, Wall Street Journal's Paul Gigot and BBC's Katty Kay.

Face the Nation hosts Iraq/Gen. Ray Odierno, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and author Greg Mortenson.

Posted: Friday, August 20, 2010 - 4:00pm

Patent Office Has New CFO

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will announce Monday that Anthony Scardino is moving from HUD to become the PTO's new chief financial officer. Scardino has been HUD's assistant CFO for budget, overseeing a $45 billion budget and managing $13.6 billion in stimulus spending. He held the position for four years, including most of last year when he was the department's acting deputy CFO. Scardino is a graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo and has a master's in public administration from SUNY Albany. He also is a recent graduate of the Senior Managers in Government program

Posted: Friday, August 20, 2010 - 3:35pm