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Skelton To Face Hartzler; Long Likely To Replace Blunt

In a primary that was rather quiet until the closing weeks, ex-state Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R) defeated state Sen. Bill Stouffer (R), 41-30% for the right to face endangered Rep. Ike Skelton (D) in the fall.

The two GOPers mainly fought an air war over debating which one of them was the biggest tax-raiser in the legislature. Voters appear to have decided that contest in Hartzler's favor.

Posted: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 11:43pm

Snyder Upsets Conservative Establishment With Primary Win

Venture capitalist Rick Snyder (R) won the Michigan Republican gubernatorial primary Tuesday night, defeating four officeholders to comfortably clinch the nomination. Snyder will be facing Lansing mayor Virg Bernero (D) in the general election, where he starts as the early favorite.

Posted: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 10:29pm

Schauer To Face Walberg In Rematch

Ex-Rep. Tim Walberg (R) decisively defeated atty/Steelers heir Brian Rooney (R), With 78 percent of precincts reporting Walberg leads Rooney 59-31%, and will get his shot at revenge against Rep. Mark Schauer (D-MI 07). (The AP called the race for Walberg, as well.)

Posted: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 10:25pm

Carnahan, Blunt Set To Face Off

To no one's surprise, MO Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) will face off against Rep. Roy Blunt (R) in the Missouri Senate race to succeed the retiring Kit Bond (R-MO).

Blunt handily won the MO GOP nomination tonight with 72 percent of the vote when the AP called the race. His nearest competitor, Tea Party favorite state Sen. Chuck Purgason (R) managed just 13 percent.

Posted: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 10:19pm

Bernero Tops Dillon For MI-GOV Dem Nod

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero (D) defeated state House Speaker Andy Dillon (D) for the Dem nod in the MI-GOV race tonight as he sported a 16-point advantage with 16.7% of precincts reporting. The AP called the race for Bernero.

Posted: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 9:49pm

Comcast Doling Out Campaign Cash

All but three of the 11 New York lawmakers who sent a letter to the FCC recently urging the commission to approve Comcast's merger with NBC Universal received money this election cycle from Comcast's political action committee, and/or individuals who work for the company. Reps. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., and Dan Maffei, D-N.Y., received the most with $6,000 each. Not far behind were Reps. Scott Murphy, D-N.Y. and Chris Lee, R-N.Y., who took in $5,500 and $5,000, respectively. Reps. Yvette Clark, D-N.Y., Michael McMahon, D-N.Y. and Mike Arcuri, D-N.Y. raked in $2,000 each and $1,000 went to Rep.

Posted: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 6:24pm

Group Says Body Scanners Can Store, Transfer Images

The Electronic Privacy Information Center said Tuesday that documents it has obtained show that the body scanners being used at federal courthouses can store and record the images of those scanned with the devices. As part of a settlement of its Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the U.S. Marshals Service, EPIC obtained more than 100 images of undressed individuals from the scanning devices used at federal courthouses EPIC has filed two other lawsuits against the Department of Homeland Security related to the use of body scanners.

Posted: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 4:41pm

House GOP Gives Agenda Hint

As House GOPers head off for the August recess, the House GOP Conference has prepared a guide outlining focal points for members to touch on as they return to their home districts. Those points form the basis for the GOP's new policy agenda, a slate of ideas to be released sometime this fall.

The guide is divided into 5 sections, ranging from economic issues to national security. From the document, entitled "Tread Boldly: Solutions, Hard Work And No Regrets," here are some of the main points House GOPers will be trying to drive home this recess:

Posted: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 3:57pm

Kagan Whip Count: Senate Debate Commences

The Senate opened debate today on the SCOTUS nomination of Solicitor Gen. Elena Kagan, with Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) leading the GOP opposition.

Sessions, the ranking member of the Senate Jud Cmte, argued that Kagan's approach to judging is "inconsistent with the classic American view of a judge, one who shows restraint, follows the law, adjudicates matters before the court and who is objective and fair."

He also took aim at her opposition to "don't ask, don't tell" and how it affected her actions as dean of Harvard Law School.

Posted: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 3:25pm

Rockefeller Urges FCC To Revamp USF

Senate Commerce Chairman John (Jay) Rockefeller, D-W.Va., is urging the FCC to move promptly to overhaul the program that subsidizes telecommunications service in low-income and rural areas, even as a key House lawmaker works to have Congress take the lead in making changes, CongressDaily reported.

Posted: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 3:12pm