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FCC Chairman Genachowski Delivers Monday Speech, Tuesday Testimony

With lawmakers increasingly turning their attention to strengthening online privacy, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will weigh in on the topic Tuesday during a hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee. Appearing alongside Genachowski will be Jon Leibowitz, chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., chairman of the Energy and Commerce Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection Subcommittee, introduced privacy legislation last Monday, while Energy and Commerce Communications Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher, D-Va., has floated a draft measure. But Sen.

Posted: Monday, July 26, 2010 - 11:02am

Amid Obama Unpopularity In MO, Carnahan Only Slightly Trails Blunt

Rep. Roy Blunt (R) has a narrow advantage over Sec/State Robin Carnahan (D) in the race to succeed retiring Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO), according to a Mason-Dixon Polling & Research survey released Saturday.

Blunt leads Carnahan in the poll, 48-42%, with 10% of voters undecided. But in an ominous sign for Carnahan, the poll of 625 voters who regularly cast ballots in state elections also shows that just over a third approve of the job Pres. Obama is doing. In '08, Obama lost the Show Me State by just 0.1%.

Posted: Monday, July 26, 2010 - 7:39am

House Race Rankings

Posted: Monday, July 26, 2010 - 12:00am

Down To Zero For DISCLOSE Act

Senate Democrats have rewritten the DISCLOSE Act, their answer to the Supreme Court's ruling to free up corporate and union political spending, in a last-ditch bid to win over reluctant GOP moderates. But the bill remains in trouble.A Senate vote on the DISCLOSE Act scheduled for Tuesday appears

Posted: Monday, July 26, 2010 - 12:00am

Goddard Focuses On Economy In Underdog AZ GOV Bid Against Brewer

Even as the debate over immigration and border security in AZ continues to rage, AG Terry Goddard (D) says that his primary focus is on the state's economic condition, which he argues is the number one concern for voters. In a lunch meeting with reporters in DC on Friday, Goddard expressed concern over job losses in AZ and blasted Gov. Jan Brewer (R) for what he called her "failure to balance the budget."

Posted: Sunday, July 25, 2010 - 2:26pm

What We Learned, Vol II: In The States

What we learned in key races around the country this week:

-- You can only get so excited about out-raising your opponent when that opponent is a multimillionaire. Observe Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), flying high last week after revealing she had $11.3M CoH to ex-HP CEO Carly Fiorina's (R) $950K CoH. But it doesn't seem so consequential now that Fiorina's campaign has all but said Fiorina would just write a check to make up the difference.

Posted: Saturday, July 24, 2010 - 4:30pm

What We Learned, Vol I: So You Had A Bad Week

We learned a lot this week, so we're breaking it down into 2 posts. Here's what this week's macro trends taught us about where the political landscape stands:

-- With the DCCC's decision to reserve $28M in air time to protect 39 vulnerable incumbents, Dems look to be betting that the battle for the House will be fought in GOP territory, as just 7 of those 39 are CDs with a "D+" Cook PVI rating. But if a GOP wave does crash ashore this fall, history tells us that GOPers will win their share of Dem-leaning seats as well.

Posted: Saturday, July 24, 2010 - 12:30pm

Updating The RNC Clip And Save

Each month, DC media outlets bring you the latest fundraising numbers from each party committee. But only on Hotline OnCall can you find the context that makes those numbers matter.

From now on, we'll provide a monthly look at how the committees have done over the previous reporting period, as well as a look at how each has done since Jan. 1, '06. Today, our updated chart, current through June 30 (That is, reflecting reports filed with the FEC on July 20).

Posted: Friday, July 23, 2010 - 4:30pm

McCain Dumps $10 Million On Primary

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) spent more than $10M on his primary battle against ex-Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R), according to his 2ndQ campaign finance report, leaving him with a much narrower financial advantage in the GOP primary than he once enjoyed.

McCain has spent a total of $15.7M this cycle, according to FEC reports, and he has just $1.78M left to spend before the Aug. 24 GOP primary. Hayworth had $922K in the bank, his reports showed.

Posted: Friday, July 23, 2010 - 4:05pm

Updating The DNC Clip And Save

Each month, DC media outlets bring you the latest fundraising numbers from each party committee. But only on Hotline OnCall can you find the context that makes those numbers matter.

From now on, we'll provide a monthly look at how the committees have done over the previous reporting period, as well as a look at how each has done since Jan. 1, '06. Today, our updated chart, current through June 30 (That is, reflecting reports filed with the FEC on July 20).

Posted: Friday, July 23, 2010 - 3:30pm