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Expletives Fly at Raucous Labor Union Convention Over Telecom 'Czar'

Tempers flared today at the 72nd annual convention of the Communications Workers of America over a proposed amendment to the union's constitution that would establish the new position of Telecommunications Sector Vice President. A member of CWA local 1298 called AT&T "arrogant bastards" while expressing opposition to the amendment amid concerns that a Telecom Sector VP could undermine local chapters' already-troubled bargaining leverage. Taking a cue from the beltway playbook, the opposition characterized the proposed new position as a 'czar' lording over telecom issues.

Posted: Monday, July 26, 2010 - 5:51pm

Bouchard: Sleeper in MI GOV?

In the wild, crazy and crowded campaign that is the Michigan Republican gubernatorial primary, one of the less-publicized candidates is in good position to make a late move: Oakland Co. Sheriff Mike Bouchard (R)

With $846K left in the bank, Bouchard enters the final stretch with more cash than anyone else on either side, edging out businessman Rick Snyder (R) by more than $34K.

Posted: Monday, July 26, 2010 - 4:35pm

Sooner State GOV, SEN Preview: A Tale Of Two Races

Voters will head to the polls in OK on Tuesday for primaries in both the GOV and SEN races. While the Dem and GOP GOV primary contests have featured TV ads, debates and high-profile endorsements, the SEN race has been quiet, with Sen. Tom Coburn (R) in complete control without any noteworthy challengers to fear. Here is what you need to know about tomorrow's primaries:

GOV Race:

Posted: Monday, July 26, 2010 - 4:09pm

Meek: Running Like He's Behind

Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL), who once thought he'd be able to coast to the Democratic nomination for Senate in Florida, is up with his first television spot in the race going after his financially well-heeled primary rival, Jeff Greene.

The fact that Meek, still a relative unknown to most Florida voters, is going negative to begin his television ad blitz, demonstrates that Greene's ample spending on television ads is having an impact and that he will need to spend early, valuable cash to get through the primary.

Posted: Monday, July 26, 2010 - 3:30pm

Kagan Whip Count: Collins Makes Three

A full Senate vote on the SCOTUS nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan is expected next week, according to our colleagues at CongressDaily. But here at Hotline OnCall, we're keeping close tabs on the vote count each weekday until then.

Posted: Monday, July 26, 2010 - 2:05pm

Who Needs Snobby LA? The 'Other' Cable Show Harbors in Baltimore

Couldn't jet off to Tinseltown in May for the glitzy Cable Show to indulge in the endless bacchanalia of receptions, dinners and after-parties? Feeling like you missed all the action that went down at the Nokia Theater at L.A. Live? Regretting that you passed on the chance to frolic in Southern California's sunshine and dance the night away with a friend of a friend of a friend to Paris Hilton? It turns out you're in luck because the "other" cable show has come to the region. Cable industry intrigue? Check. Near the water? Check. Plenty of sunshine? Check. Swank dinner

Posted: Monday, July 26, 2010 - 2:00pm

FCC Chairman Genachowski Delivers Monday Speech, Tuesday Testimony

With lawmakers increasingly turning their attention to strengthening online privacy, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will weigh in on the topic Tuesday during a hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee. Appearing alongside Genachowski will be Jon Leibowitz, chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., chairman of the Energy and Commerce Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection Subcommittee, introduced privacy legislation last Monday, while Energy and Commerce Communications Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher, D-Va., has floated a draft measure. But Sen.

Posted: Monday, July 26, 2010 - 11:02am

Amid Obama Unpopularity In MO, Carnahan Only Slightly Trails Blunt

Rep. Roy Blunt (R) has a narrow advantage over Sec/State Robin Carnahan (D) in the race to succeed retiring Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO), according to a Mason-Dixon Polling & Research survey released Saturday.

Blunt leads Carnahan in the poll, 48-42%, with 10% of voters undecided. But in an ominous sign for Carnahan, the poll of 625 voters who regularly cast ballots in state elections also shows that just over a third approve of the job Pres. Obama is doing. In '08, Obama lost the Show Me State by just 0.1%.

Posted: Monday, July 26, 2010 - 7:39am

House Race Rankings

Posted: Monday, July 26, 2010 - 12:00am

Down To Zero For DISCLOSE Act

Senate Democrats have rewritten the DISCLOSE Act, their answer to the Supreme Court's ruling to free up corporate and union political spending, in a last-ditch bid to win over reluctant GOP moderates. But the bill remains in trouble.A Senate vote on the DISCLOSE Act scheduled for Tuesday appears

Posted: Monday, July 26, 2010 - 12:00am