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Capito Won't Run For Byrd Seat

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) won't run for the seat once held by the late Sen. Robert Byrd, she said in a statement released by her office on Wednesday, opting instead to stay in the House.

"With the voters support, I intend to serve my full term in the House of Representatives and not run for any other office until 2012," Capito said in the statement.

Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 11:16am

American Action Network Targets Crist

The American Action Network is wading into FL in hopes of undercutting Gov. Charlie Crist (I) in key geographic markets, the group will announce later today.

American Action Network head Rob Collins said the group will purchase 1,500 points in 2 markets, Tampa-St. Petersburg and Panama City, this week. That's a significant purchase; one source with knowledge of ad prices said the group likely dropped about $600K on the buy.

Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 10:43am

The Ghost Of Jay Banning

With RNC members set to meet early next month in Kansas City, an old feud between chairman Michael Steele and key opponents on the national committee is reemerging -- one that could prove a more serious offense, in committee members' eyes, than any gaffe Steele has made so far.

In amended reports filed with the FEC, RNC Treasurer Randy Pullen asserts the committee has millions in unreported debts, publicly calling into question Steele's leadership of the party.

Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 9:59am

Officials Defend E-Health Standard As Work In Progress

Standards that define what constitutes an official electronic health record aren't strict enough to justify the billions of dollars in incentives the government plans to pay physicians and hospitals to install the systems, Republican lawmakers said Tuesday. At a House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee hearing, officials from the Health and Human Services Department defended the recently released "meaningful use" standards, requirements and expectations that health providers must meet when applying for funding to pay for the adoption of the e-records, Nextgov.com reported.

Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 9:43am

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