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Hayworth Hawked Government Grants

Ex-Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ) is against excessive government spending, but apparently teaching individuals to take advantage of government programs with the promise of free money is okay.

Just after his '06 re-election bid ended in defeat, Hayworth appeared in a video for the National Grants Conference, a program promising to teach viewers how to secure government grants. Hayworth is introduced as a former member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Posted: Monday, June 21, 2010 - 3:53pm

GOP Faces Possible NY 23 Repeat

GOPers stung by a divisive intra-party battle last fall face the prospect of a split party, once again, in the race for an upstate NY House seat that should favor the minority.

Last Nov., Rep. Bill Owens (D) won Army Sec. John McHugh's seat with just 48.3% of the vote. Still, it was enough to win after Assemb. Dede Scozzafava (R) and accountant Doug Hoffman, running on the Conservative Party line, split the GOP vote.

Posted: Monday, June 21, 2010 - 3:09pm

Comcast Exec's Pledge to Merger Critics: We Will Make This Right

As the first round of public comments on the proposed $30 billion union of Comcast and NBC Universal stream into the agency today, Comcast Executive VP David Cohen pledged that his company will take every step possible to assuage critics. "Comcast, GE, and NBCU stand ready, willing, and able to address legitimate concerns raised by commenters in the process," he said in a blog posting today.

Posted: Monday, June 21, 2010 - 2:36pm

White House Backs Campaign Finance Bill

The Obama admin is taking a greater role in pushing a key campaign finance bill in spite of a provision aimed at exempting the NRA and other groups from disclosure requirements, the WH said today, even as other key liberal organizations came out against the measure.

The DISCLOSE Act, aimed at addressing the Supreme Court's Jan. Citizens United v. FEC ruling by requiring additional campaign finance disclosures from outside organizations that can run political advertisements, ran into snags last week.

Posted: Monday, June 21, 2010 - 2:05pm

GOP At Historic Enthusiasm Highs

GOP voters are more enthusiastic about casting their midterm election ballots than at any point in recent history, according to new figures from Gallup.

An average of 59% of GOPers and independents who lean toward the party say they are more enthusiastic about casting their ballots than usual, the data show -- the latest troubling sign for Dems facing a difficult electoral landscape in the fall.

Posted: Monday, June 21, 2010 - 12:55pm

NRSC Using Kagan Hearings To Raise Money

As members of the Senate Judiciary Committee prepare for Supreme Court confirmation hearings set to begin next week, 2 GOPers will use the occasion to help their party raise money.

Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) will host a "Judiciary Roundtable" for up to 30 big donors in an event scheduled for tomorrow, according to an invite obtained by Hotline OnCall. Attendees will be asked for $1K contributions from their PACs or $500 in personal checks.

Posted: Monday, June 21, 2010 - 12:01pm

Government Still Confused How To Manage E-Documents As Records

(From Friday) Agencies' practice of printing out electronic documents to archive, weak oversight and unclear guidance as to which e-mail messages should be saved have increased the likelihood that federal managers have destroyed important government information that should be stored for historical purposes, federal managers and records experts told lawmakers on Thursday.

Posted: Monday, June 21, 2010 - 11:49am

Data.gov To House New APIs

A series of new application programming interfaces - tools that facilitate interaction between datasets and other software programs - will make it easier for developers to play and interact with the content on Data.gov, the online repository of federal information and a cornerstone of the open government initiative. But those are just the preliminary steps to establishing a self-running ecosystem that will convert raw government data into valuable content and interesting applications, a White House technology expert said last week at a government IT forum. Continue reading on NextGov.com.

Posted: Monday, June 21, 2010 - 11:40am

From This Week's CongressDaily Outlook

Congress takes a major step toward updating the Communications Act on Friday when staffers with the Senate and House Commerce panels conduct the first of several "stakeholder sessions" on telecommunications policy. The session will address the heated controversy over the FCC's authority to regulate broadband after a federal appeals court undermined the agency's jurisdiction.

Posted: Monday, June 21, 2010 - 11:36am

Senate GOPers Take Cash On Hand Lead

For the first time this cycle, the NRSC has reported having more cash on hand than its Dem counterpart, spending frugally even as the DSCC has outraised its rival.

The NRSC raised just $3.6M in May, but spent only $2.5M. The committee ended the month with $18.1M in the bank.

Dems, meanwhile, raised $5M for May but spent $4.56M last month. The committee has $17.57M in the bank. Neither the DSCC nor the NRSC has any debt.

Posted: Monday, June 21, 2010 - 11:08am