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Kerry and Snowe to FCC: Pick up 'White Space' Pace

Get a move on, FCC! That's the underlying message in a letter that Senate Communications Subcommittee Chairman John Kerry, D-Mass., and Senate Commerce member Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, sent to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Monday urging the agency to open up the so-called white space to wireless broadband providers. "The commission has already taken the first step but we encourage you to move expeditiously to conclude the TV white spaces proceeding--as recommended in the national broadband plan," they wrote.

Posted: Monday, June 14, 2010 - 5:16pm

Bentley Camp In Turmoil As Huck Allies Take Over

Allies of ex-AR Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) have taken over state Rep. Robert Bentley's (R) AL GOV campaign, firing key staff in a shakeup that could impact Bentley just a month before the July 13 runoff.

Bentley, the more conservative candidate in the race to replace retiring Gov. Bob Riley (R), surprised political observers by finishing in second place in the state's June 1 primary. Shortly after, his former staffers allege, he forced out his top 3 aides, all at Huckabee's behest.

Posted: Monday, June 14, 2010 - 3:49pm

NRA Gets Carve Out In DISCLOSE Act

Powerful gun lobbying group, the National Rifle Association, has won a carve-out in the DISCLOSE Act that will exempt them from having to disclose the names of top donors behind its political ads, according to sources. After the NRA threatened to oppose the legislation, which would require companies, unions and other parties to disclose the donors behind political ads, House Democrats negotiated with the NRA to find common ground.

Posted: Monday, June 14, 2010 - 3:12pm

NRCC Recruit Fincher Goes Negative In Primary

The farmer from Frog Jump has a fierce fighting side. Stephen Fincher (R), one of the NRCC's favorite recruits this cycle, is up with a new, and unannounced, attack ad slamming a GOP rival for being too much like House Dems.

Fincher's new ad takes on physician Ron Kirkland (R), another well-funded contender in the race to replace retiring Rep. John Tanner (D-TN). The ad accuses Kirkland of being complicit in thousands of dollars of donations to Dems while Kirkland headed the American Medical Group Association.

Posted: Monday, June 14, 2010 - 2:20pm

Bill Proposes Cyber Workforce Reforms

A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Thursday unveiled yet another bill that would help the government respond to a major cybersecurity attack. The Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, sponsored by Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del., Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, includes key provisions that would mandate continuous monitoring and create a new cyber office at the White House. But the bill also includes some provisions to improve the recruitment and retention of the cybersecurity workforce. Continue reading on NextGov.com

Posted: Monday, June 14, 2010 - 1:23pm

Survey: Cloud Computing To Make Huge Strides By 2020

Mobile computing will outpace desktop technology in the next 10 years if challenges to access, security and interoperability are overcome, according to a study from the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project released on Friday. The report, a survey of nearly 900 Internet and technology experts, found that 72 percent of respondents believed technology users will conduct business using shared mobile platforms and smart phone applications rather than desktop computing. Easy access to information and the growing use of mobile devices will be key drivers of this trend, they said.

Posted: Monday, June 14, 2010 - 1:13pm

Biden To Fundraise For Giannoulias

VP Joe Biden will attend a fundraiser in Chicago for IL SEN candidate/IL Treas. Alexi Giannoulias on June 21st, the Giannoulias campaign announced today.

Posted: Monday, June 14, 2010 - 1:10pm

RGA Recruited Against Gibbons

The RGA, an organization tasked with electing as many GOP governors as possible, spent more than a year plotting the electoral demise of one of their own.

RGA executive director Nick Ayers spent months talking to close friends and allies of ex-federal Judge Brian Sandoval, hoping to convince him to run against Gov. Jim Gibbons (R). Ayers got his wish, and last week Sandoval beat Gibbons by a wide margin.

Posted: Monday, June 14, 2010 - 11:38am

Majority Think Job Offers Unethical Or Illegal

A majority of Americans believe it is common practice for the WH to use its political clout to talk candidates into and out of running for office, but that doesn't mean they like it, according to a new survey.

That the WH would hold discussions with candidates about running for office, as they did with ex-CO House Speaker Andrew Romanoff (D) and Rep. Joe Sestak (D), is no surprise to most; 65% of voters -- including 56% of GOPers -- say it is business as usual for a WH to encourage candidates not to run for office.

Posted: Monday, June 14, 2010 - 11:03am

From This Week's CongressDaily Outlook

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski inches a step closer to the "nuclear option" for telecommunications and cable companies -- regulating broadband as a public utility -- with a Thursday vote on his proposal for reasserting the agency's jurisdiction over the technology. The move comes in the wake of a federal appeals court decision that undercut the FCC's ability to regulate broadband providers. The "notice of inquiry" will gather public feedback on Genachowski's proposal and other options for governing high-speed Internet service following the judicial ruling.

Posted: Monday, June 14, 2010 - 10:28am