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Close Three-Way GOP Race As MI GOV Primary Nears

AG Mike Cox, Rep. Pete Hoekstra and businessman Rick Snyder are locked in a tight race for the MI GOV GOP nod just days before the Aug. 3 primary, according to a new poll released today.

Snyder has emerged with a slight lead in the poll, conducted for the Detroit Free Press and a consortium of local TV stations by EPIC MRA. Snyder claims 26% of likely primary voters, but Cox, at 24%, and Hoekstra, at 23%, are close behind.

Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 5:51pm

Congressional Insiders: No Deal On Extending Bush Tax Cuts

Congressional Dems and GOPers are pessimistic about the prospects for a bi-partisan deal on extending the Bush tax cuts-at least not before the election-according to the latest National Journal Congressional Insiders Poll. House and Senate Democrats and Republicans were asked if they thought the two parties would be able to come to a compromise on extending the Bush tax cuts that are set to expire on December 31, 2010. If Congress does nothing before then, taxes on earned income, capital gains and dividends will rise.

Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 5:35pm

Leahy To Hold Hearings On Administration's ECPA Proposal

Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Thursday said he plans to hold hearings this fall before agreeing to change a law giving the government the power to obtain more information on the electronic communications of U.S. citizens. The Obama administration is seeking changes to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act that would allow the FBI to obtain from Internet service providers additional information without warrants. The information includes the times and dates e-mails were sent and received and possibly a user's browser history.

Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 4:45pm

How It's Playing: AZ Immigration Ruling

The Arizona immigration ruling yesterday has the potential to shake up the '10 landscape, but strategists are still trying to game out the national implications. The reality is that it's very tricky because immigration is as much a regional issue as a partisan one.

Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 4:42pm

Kerrey, MPAA Part Ways

Despite earlier reports that it was almost a done deal, former Sen. Bob Kerrey, D-Neb., will not be taking over the top job at the Motion Picture Association of America. The MPAA issued a brief statement Thursday saying that the movie industry group and Kerrey "have agreed to end negotiations regarding the position of chief executive officer of the MPAA. The search process for a new CEO will continue." Kerrey released his own statement that said: "An agreement could not be reached and both sides agreed it would be best to break off discussions" Had he and the MPAA reached

Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 4:21pm

Conway Keeps His Distance From Reid

It's hard to say at this point which Kentucky Senate candidate is more eager to gain distance from their party establishment.

After badgering ophthalmologist Rand Paul (R) repeatedly for waffling on his support for Senate Min. Leader Mitch McConnell (R), AG Jack Conway (D) is now hedging on whether he would support Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).

Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 4:11pm

Dem Insiders Want Faster Timetable For Afghanistan Withdrawal

In the wake of Tuesday night's vote in the House on the Afghanistan war funding bill which 102 House Dems opposed, the latest Congressional Insiders Poll offers more signs of restiveness among Dems over the Afghan conflict.

Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 3:32pm

Bill To Provide PTO With Additional Funding Advances

The House late Wednesday evening passed legislation that would allow the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to retain funding from fees it collects in fiscal year 2010 above the amount allocated by Congress. The Senate could take up a similar bill possibly as soon as Thursday. The bill would allow the PTO to keep $129 million in extra fees it expects to collect this year. It would be offset by cancelling the same amount in unused funds from the Census Bureau, which like the PTO is also a Commerce Department agency. The PTO's annual appropriation from Congress is based on

Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 3:28pm

Hodes Offers Resolution Opposing Net Sales Tax Bill

Rep. Paul Hodes, D-N.H., introduced a resolution Thursday opposing legislation that would close a loophole that would allow states to mandate that online and catalogue retailers collect sales taxes from customers who live in states where the firms do not have a physical presence. "It is the sense of the House of Representatives that Congress should not impose any new burdensome or unfair tax collecting requirements on small online businesses, which would ultimately hurt the economy and consumers in the United States," according to the text of the nonbinding resolution.

Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 2:04pm

DCCC 's Working Class Defense

The DCCC announced ad buys in 60 districts in the past week, including in 54 seats they currently hold. Where their buys occur follows the pattern identified by National Journal's Ronald Brownstein in "The Four Quadrants of Congress": the lower the level of diversity and white education in a district, the more likely the seat is to lean Republican.

Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 12:53pm