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Hayworth Hits Statewide Broadcast

Ex-Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R) is launching the first serious assault on Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), attacking McCain for working too closely with Dems on comprehensive immigration reform legislation.

The ad features shots of McCain with the late Sen. Ted Kennedy and Pres. Obama, as well as clips in which McCain touts his work with both the liberal lion and the president.

Posted: Friday, July 23, 2010 - 10:44am

DISCLOSE Act Up For Tuesday Vote

In an unexpected step, Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid filed cloture late Thursday night on a motion to proceed to a closely watched campaign finance bill.

Reid's move forces a 2:45pm Tuesday vote on whether to move to the DISCLOSE Act, a bill imposing new campaign finance regulations in response to the Supreme Court's controversial Citizens United v. FEC ruling, which threw out limits on spending by corporations and unions to influence elections.

Posted: Friday, July 23, 2010 - 9:52am

Marshall, Melancon Have Good Polls

Dems have that rarest of things this year -- a poll to crow about in a Senate race, against a GOP incumbent in a (typically) red state. In fact, they have 2 of them at the same time.

A new poll by Lake Research Partners (D) shows Sec/State Elaine Marshall (D) barely leading her opponent, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC). The poll, conducted July 15-19 of 600 registered voters in the Tarheel State with a 4-point error margin, shows Marshall at 37% to Burr's 35%. 23% of those surveyed remain undecided.

Posted: Friday, July 23, 2010 - 9:01am

Friday's Starting Lineup

Good Friday morning. Your Hotline OnCall editor is taking a quick vacation, but check back frequently for the latest news and notes from the rest of The Hotline staff.

Voters head to the polls in a little over 3 months, and when they do, they won't be thinking of Shirley Sherrod. Instead, here are the folks who proved this week, once again, that they'll be bigger factors in Nov.:

Posted: Friday, July 23, 2010 - 7:41am

WeGov.Com Pushes Net Activism In New Direction

Now that politicians and lawmakers have embraced Facebook and other Web services for outreach, the newest game in town, WeGov.com, goes the other direction, CongressDaily reports. WeGov.com will move from testing status to a full launch by the end of this month. It bills itself as "the most comprehensive, nonpartisan platform for civic engagement, political participation, and organizational activism. . . .

Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 7:13pm

Coleman Tests RNC Waters

Ex-Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) is considering a bid to run the RNC, according to a source with knowledge of his early conversations he has held with allies, but members of the committee say Coleman will face an uphill battle if he decides to run.

Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 6:37pm

Cornyn Says Angle's Camp Is "Work In Progress"

Amid widespread questioning of ex-NV state Rep. Sharron Angle's (R) campaign against Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid, NRSC Chair John Cornyn today conceded Angle has stumbled in the face of effective attacks by the Reid campaign and needs to improve her organization.

"Unfortunately the negative campaigning sometimes does work," Cornyn said. "It's driven up her negatives. It's made the race closer."

"We continue to work with them, but it's a work in progress," Cornyn said.

Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 5:32pm

Boucher Introduces Long-Awaited USF Bill

House Energy and Commerce Communications Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher, D- Va., Thursday introduced his long-awaited bill that would overhaul the Universal Service Fund, which subsidizes telecommunications costs in low-income and rural areas. The measure, which he authored with Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., would expand the fund to include support for broadband service, widen the base of support for the USF and require the FCC to develop a new cost model for calculating high-cost support that includes the cost of providing both voice and broadband services.

Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 5:31pm

Insiders Divided on Energy Legislation

As Senate Dems push to bring an energy bill to the floor before they leave Washington for the Aug. recess, the 2 parties remain strongly divided on the electoral merits the legislation, according to this week's National Journal Political Insiders Poll.

60% of the 100 Dem Insiders who participated in the poll this week said it was in the party's interest to pass energy legislation this year. But a hefty 37% disagreed, sometimes stridently. Said one Dem Insider, "D.C. owns my health care and my bank account. Leave my light bulbs alone."

Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 4:38pm

Dem Insiders See Obama As Election Asset

As they look towards the midterm elections, Dem operatives believe that Pres. Obama will be an asset to their party while their GOP counterparts think he will be a liability, according to the latest National Journal Political Insiders Poll.

Of the 100 Dem Insiders who responded to the poll this week, 23% said he would be a major asset and 45% said he would be a minor asset.

Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 3:45pm