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RUS Official: Rural Areas Need Fast Broadband Too

Rural Utilities Service Administrator Jonathan Adelstein said Tuesday that urban and rural areas should have the same speed of broadband service, CongressDaily reported.

Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 3:56pm

Barrett, RGA Tussle Over Ads

The RGA is up with a new TV ad that associates '02 candidate/Milwaukee Mayor/ex-Rep Tom Barrett's (D) record with that of Gov. Jim Doyle (D) and assails Barrett's record on jobs and taxes. "He's raised taxes every year he's been in office," says the narrator of the 30-second spot. "Like Jim Doyle, only worse."

Barrett spokesperson Phil Walzak dismissed the ad, and pointed out that the RGA has used footage from a previous ad by the Barrett camp in a web video that attacks Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper (D).

Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 3:19pm

Outside Group Advertises For McCollum

FL AG Bill McCollum (R), trailing in polls against self-funding businessman Rick Scott (R), has some help on the way. A mysterious 527 group, "Florida First Initiative," launched its first TV ad yesterday accusing Scott's former hospital company, Columbia/HCA, of illegally refusing to treat impoverished emergency room patients.

The hard-hitting ad even claims that one of his hospitals "turned away a poor man and left him to die outside their door."

Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 2:09pm

IT Firms Cheer Likely Win AT WTO

U.S. tech industry officials Tuesday cheered reports that the WTO appears to have sided with the United States, Japan and Taiwan in a dispute with the European Union over tariffs on some information technology products. The United States, Japan and Taiwan had argued that the duties imposed by the EU on flat-panel displays, multifunction printers and TV set-top boxes violated the WTO's Information Technology Agreement. A U.S. official confirmed previously published reports that the WTO interim report essentially sided with the United States, Japan and Taiwan on the issue.

Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 1:21pm

Boren Leads Primary In Own Poll

Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK) is popular in his district, but he was apparently concerned enough about his political standing to commission a poll of his chances in a primary contest.

The new survey, conducted for Boren's campaign by Myers Research & Strategic Services (D) and obtained by Hotline OnCall, tested 500 likely Dem primary voters between June 7-9 for a margin of error of +/- 4.4%. Boren and State Sen. Jim Wilson (D) were tested.

Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 12:34pm

Senators Push Back Against GOP Opposition To Reclassification

Four Democratic senators are urging the leaders of the Senate Appropriations Committee to reject any attempts to block the FCC from using existing legal authority to regulate broadband Internet service.

Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 11:54am

Lobbying Disclosure Rules Revised By Congress Offices

The Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Secretary of the Senate announced they have revised two sections of the Lobbying Disclosure Act to clarify reporting requirements related to lobbyists and their campaign contributions, and their previous employers. The congressional document offices appear to have streamlined the disclosure reporting process.

Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 11:45am

Santorum Back To Iowa

Ex-Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) will make his fourth trip to IA next week, making stops in the Quad Cities and Des Moines.

Santorum will keynote the Scott Co. Lincoln Club luncheon in Pleasant Valley, just outside of Davenport and Bettendorf, on Friday. Later that day, he headlines a fundraiser for state Senate candidate Sandy Greiner (R) in Ainsworth, just south of Iowa City.

Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 11:39am

Blaming Bush Doesn't Work

Congressional Dems have a simple argument when urging voters to give them another term: George W. Bush and the GOP screwed up the economy so much that Dems haven't had enough time to get the nation on the right track again. The only problem is that argument doesn't work, and it's going to cost Dems at the ballot box this year.

Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 11:16am

Movie Industry Looking To Congress To Ban Exchanges

After striking out at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, a coalition of movie industry groups is calling on Congress to include a ban on futures exchanges based on motion picture box office receipts in the final version of financial regulatory overhaul legislation. In April, the CFTC approved the online movie futures exchanges proposed by Media Derivatives and Cantor Futures Exchange but had yet to back any contracts that would be traded on them.

Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 10:39am