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Handel, Deal Head To GA Runoff

Riding the strength of 2 late endorsements, ex-Sec/State Karen Handel (R) earned the top spot in a runoff election last night, when she will face ex-Rep. Nathan Deal in the race for GA's open GOV seat.

Handel won 33% of the vote with 99% of precincts reporting. Deal finished second with 23%. State Sen. Eric Johnson (R) finished third, with 20%, while Insurance Commis. John Oxendine, once the front-runner, finished fourth with 17%.

Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 9:00am

Wednesday's Starting Lineup

Good Wednesday morning. Wait, now ex-IL Gov. Rod Blagojevich won't testify at his own trial, or call any admin officials to defend him? We had the popcorn all ready to go.

Here's today's Starting Lineup, previewing the people who will make a difference in politics today:

Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 7:48am

RNC Reports New Debts As Feud Mounts

The RNC has more than $2M in debts as a dispute between chairman Michael Steele and Treasurer Randy Pullen spills into reports filed with the FEC, once again bringing to light fundamental disagreements between key GOP officials.

Reports filed with the FEC late Tuesday show the RNC owes hundreds of thousands of dollars to direct mail vendors, internet strategists and telemarketing firms contracted over the last year. But party officials dispute the reports, signed by Pullen, and assert the outstanding bills were paid in full.

Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 11:48pm

FCC Report: U.S. Not Making 'Reasonable' Broadband Progress

The FCC Tuesday issued its much anticipated report on broadband deployment that showed that between 14 million and 24 million Americans still lack access to broadband Internet service and have little prospects of obtaining it, statistics it says show the United States is not making progress toward ensuring universal access. The FCC said its findings underscore the need to implement key recommendations in its national broadband plan to help address the availability gap highlighted by the 143-page report.

Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 7:41pm

DSCC Regains Cash Lead

The DSCC outraised its GOP counterpart by more than $3M in the past month, finishing the second quarter with a slight cash advantage.

Dems' Senate campaign arm pulled in $7.1M in June, ending the quarter with no debt and $21M in the bank. The DSCC spent $3.1M last month.

The NRSC, meanwhile, pulled in $4.03M in the last month and spent $2.51M. The party finished June debt-free and with $19.7M in the bank.

Both sides downplayed their own cash results and pointed to their successful candidates, who filed monthly reports late last week.

Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 5:43pm

OCE Complaints Spike After Sestak Flap

Approximately 2,000 private citizens have filed ethics complaints against members of Congress, with a single incident accounting for nearly 9/10ths of all complaints, according to an Office of Congressional Ethics report issued today.

The report says 1,700 of the 2,000 complaints had to do with "a single issue involving the Executive Branch" and a member of Congress.

Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 5:23pm

Fiorina Backtracks On Unemployment Benefits

After weeks of claiming she'd vote against the unemployment benefits extension unless spending cuts were made simultaneously, ex-HP CEO Carly Fiorina (R) shifted her position today, saying she would "probably" have broken with the GOP to support the extension.

"I probably would vote for this extension, but I'll tell you what, I think it is absolutely appropriate for people to stand on their desks and say, 'When is it that we're finally going to do what needs to be done and cut government spending?'" Fiorina said on a radio show this morning.

Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 4:46pm

NRCC Raises $9M In June

The NRCC pulled in $9M in June and spent just $4M, socking away a big chunk of cash that will come in handy this Nov. and virtually guaranteeing the committee will have more to spend on TV ads this cycle than they did in '08.

The GOP's House campaign committee ended the month with $17M in the bank, fully $5M more than the committee reported on hand at the end of May.

Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 3:43pm

Meek Visits Dem Caucus

Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL) spoke to Senate Dems at their weekly luncheon Tuesday in an appearance that came as GOPers worked to play up a report that Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid had multiple conversations with FL Gov. Charlie Crist (I).

Crist is running as independent against Meek and ex-FL House Speaker Marco Rubio (R) in a contest for the Senate seat vacated by Sen. Mel Martinez's (R) retirement. Sen. George LeMeiux is currently serving as an interim senator.

Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 2:57pm

Rush: Regulatory Certainty Will Help Business

Regulatory certainty fosters, not hinders, early-stage business investment, a key House Energy and Commerce lawmaker said Tuesday. "We have come to a point where the dominant technologies that power communications and the creation and delivery of media content have outgrown much of our obsolete regulatory regime and many of those deadlocked approaches," Commerce Trade and Consumer Protection Subcommittee Chairman Bobby Rush, D-Ill., said Tuesday during a telecom conference convened by the Minority Media and Telecom Council.

Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 1:28pm