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ID's Labrador Joins "Young Guns" Afterall

After his campaign said it was pursuing "our own strategy" and decided to spurn the NRCC's offer to join its "Young Guns" program, state Rep. Raul Labrador (R) has changed course and will now participate in the effort.

Posted: Friday, August 6, 2010 - 3:30pm

NJ Exclusive: GOP Control of House is Wild Card in Telecom Poker Game

Excerpts from National Journal magazine's latest feature on the battle over telecom policy: As negotiators continue their high-stakes poker game aimed at crafting major telecommunications legislation that would be fast-tracked through Congress this fall, they must contend with a new wild card: possible Republican control of the House. For months, powerful Democrats in Congress and at the Federal Communications Commission have been conducting closed-door meetings with industry lobbyists in an effort to resolve differences over the scope of the FCC's reach over broadband.

Posted: Friday, August 6, 2010 - 3:15pm

Vander Plaats Won't Run As An Indy

Ending weeks of speculation and uncertainty, former GOP GOV candidate Bob Vander Plaats (R) announced this morning that he will not launch an indie GOV bid, a decision that removes a potential obstacle to ex-Gov. Terry Branstad's (R) bid to unseat incumbent Gov. Chet Culver (D).

Posted: Friday, August 6, 2010 - 2:28pm

RNC Passes Calendar Reform

KANSAS CITY, MO -- The RNC has approved a resolution making dramatic changes to the way the GOP picks a presidential nominee, moving primaries to later dates and requiring states to allocate their delegates on a proportional basis.

Posted: Friday, August 6, 2010 - 2:01pm

More Bad News for Genachowski

In yet another setback this week for the FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's agenda, the spectrum bill unveiled by Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Chairman John (Jay) Rockefeller, D-W.Va Thursday evening clashes with proposals laid out in the national broadband plan. The bill, which would create a nationwide interoperable public safety broadband network, specifically prohibits the FCC from reclaiming spectrum from broadcast television licensees on an involuntary basis.

Posted: Friday, August 6, 2010 - 1:33pm

Hotline Spotlight: Love Or Money?

Some pivotal upcoming primaries will be a test of what matters more: the money to purchase paid media or the ability to win earned media.

Posted: Friday, August 6, 2010 - 12:58pm

The Harshest Editorial You'll Read Today

The Seattle Times is considered the conservative paper in the largely liberal bastion. But they're not fans of Rep. Dave Reichert (R), judging by a harsh editorial today in which the paper urges votes for Reichert's 2 opponents, one Dem and one GOPer.

Posted: Friday, August 6, 2010 - 12:31pm

Murray Makes Early Ad Buys

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) has reserved more than $3.25M for TV ads during the fall stretch run, using her campaign warchest to lock in low rates and guarantee good spots for her ads.

Murray has purchased 6,725 gross ratings points in the Seattle media market, which covers a plurality of the state's electorate. Murray's campaign also purchased 5K points in the Spokane media market, 3,675 in Yakima and 2,600 in Portland, OR, a media market that covers the rapidly growing Vancouver, WA area.

Posted: Friday, August 6, 2010 - 11:44am

Government Sheds Thousands Of Jobs

Hundreds of thousands of government workers lost their jobs in July as the economy shed 131K jobs, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday morning.

The private sector gained 71K jobs, adding positions at a faster clip than it did in June. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9.5%.

Posted: Friday, August 6, 2010 - 8:48am

High Impact Political Story Of The Day

This breaking New York Times story, alleging Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) cost the Denver school system millions of dollars as school superintendent by taking out high-risk loans to cover mounting debt, is one that's poised to have a decisive impact on his highly-competitive primary next Tuesday against Andrew Romanoff (D).

Posted: Friday, August 6, 2010 - 5:13am