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Dems Warn Base Of Palin Influence

While GOPers don't always have an immediate answer to the question of who leads their party, Dems would like to suggest ex-AK Gov. Sarah Palin.

Palin has proven her effectiveness in GOP primaries. Candidates Palin endorsed in key primaries in NM, SC and GA, among others, capitalized on her support and built momentum. She's also raised thousands for GOP candidates, giving them instant credibility with conservative donors with little more than a tweet or a note on her Facebook page.

Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 3:00pm

Romney Returns To NH

Ex-MA Gov. Mitt Romney (R) is returning to NH, where he will host several fundraisers next month alongside Granite State leaders who could serve as the foundation for his eventual WH'12 bid.

Romney will be the special guest at a fundraiser for the NH GOP Aug. 12 in Tuftonboro, NH. The host committee includes Marriott International CEO J.W. Marriott, Jr and state Sen. Jeb Bradley (R), the former congressman.

Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 2:45pm

Boucher: D-Block Reallocation Would Count As Loss Revenues

House Energy and Commerce Communications Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher, D-Va., said Thursday that if Congress passes legislation reallocating a controversial chunk of spectrum for use by public safety officials for a nationwide interoperable broadband communications network, it would count as a loss of as much as $3 billion in revenues to the federal government.

Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 2:09pm

Colorado Republican Front-Runners Implode

It's a bad month to be a front-running candidate for a CO GOP nomination. Candidates who lead in polls in both the Senate and governor's races have slipped up of late, raising serious questions about their ability to compete in Nov. -- or whether they can win the Aug. 10 primary.

Earlier this month, the Denver Post pointed out identical passages in an essay written by ex-Rep. Scott McInnis (R) and a paper penned by a CO Supreme Court justice years earlier. McInnis acknowledged the plagiarism and has taken responsibility.

Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 12:20pm

Reading Into The DCCC's Ad Buy

Dems are as concerned about well-established members of Congress as they are about freshmen swept into office over the last 2 wave elections, their new ad buy shows.

The initial wave of ad purchases, a $7.7M buy aimed at protecting 17 Dem incumbents, shows Dems believe the national battleground will extend from upstate NY to the Gulf Coast and the Mountain West. And along with freshmen members of Congress, the DCCC has also reserved ad time in districts held by Dem incumbents for decades.

Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 10:08am

Boucher To Introduce USF Bill

More than half a year after unveiling a draft bill, House Energy and Commerce Communications Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher, D-Va., and Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., will introduce legislation Thursday that would overhaul the Universal Service Fund, which subsidizes telecommunications costs in low-income and rural areas. Boucher and Terry are scheduled to hold an afternoon news conference to outline the details of the bill and changes they have made since releasing a draft of the legislation in November.

Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 9:30am

Net Gambling Bill Hits Snags

House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank's drive to establish a licensing and regulation system for Internet gambling still faces resistance within segments of the industry after a tribal group and a brick-and-mortar casino signaled resistance during a Wednesday hearing, CongressDaily reported. Representatives from the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut and Los Angeles' Commerce Casino both testified that they had found flaws in Frank's bill, throwing cold water on the bill as currently drafted.

Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 9:24am

Murkowski Leads Palin's Candidate By Wide Margin

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) is taking a challenge from conservative attorney Joe Miller (R) seriously, and it's paying dividends, as a new poll shows she leads Miller by a wide margin.

Murkowski has a 62%-30% advantage, according to the Ivan Moore Research survey. Murkowski is almost universally known among GOP primary voters, while fewer than half have an impression of Miller.

Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 9:10am

Thursday's Starting Lineup

The DCCC has reserved $7.7M in air time in the first wave of massive buys, locking in low rates now in an effort to save their House majority. And, the ad buys show, the party is as worried about Dems who have been in office for years as they are about freshmen swept into office in '06 and '08.

Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 8:03am

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Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 12:00am