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MS-01: NRCC Young Gun Avoids Runoff, Will Challenge Childers

While we await slow-arriving results in AL -- where Rep. Parker Griffith (R) is fighting for his political life -- the GOP has received some good news.

One of the two NRCC "Young Guns" in tough primary battles tonight has not only survived, but also managed to avoid a runoff. State Sen. Alan Nunnelee (D) defeated two Tea Partiers to win the GOP nod to face Blue Dog Rep. Travis Childers (R). Nunnelee defeated ex-Eupora Mayor Henry Ross (R), 51-33%, while ex-FNC commentator Angela McGlowan (R) took 16%.

Posted: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 11:25pm

Martinez To Face Denish In November

Dona Ana Co. DA Susana Martinez (R) will face off against LG Diane Denish (D) this fall after handily winning the GOP primary tonight.

Martinez took 51% of the vote, easily besting ex-NM GOP chair Allen Weh (R), who took 29% of the vote, with 43% of precincts reporting.

Martinez got a big boost last month when ex-AK Gov. Sarah Palin (R) endorsed her candidacy; still, she was widely seen as a front-running contender for the nomination, and she had tacit support from much of the state's GOP establishment.

Posted: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 11:04pm

NM GOV: Martinez Takes Early Lead

GOPers vying to replace outgoing Gov. Bill Richardson (D) faced off in today's NM primary.

Dona Ana Co. DA Susana Martinez (R) is the front-runner, running against ex-NM GOP chair Allen Weh (R), state Rep. Janice Arnold Jones (R), atty Pete Domenici Jr. (R) and PR firm owner Doug Turner (R).

The winner will face LG Diane Denish (D), who ran unopposed for the Dem nod.

Results, with 131 of 1509 precincts and a handful of absentee ballots reporting:

Posted: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 9:29pm

AL GOV Primary: A Three-Way GOP Battle

Tonight, in the race to replace outgoing Gov. Bob Riley (R), ex-state community college chancellor Bradley Byrne (R) faces real estate developer Tim James (R), state Rep. Robert Bentley (R), ex-state economic development director Bill Johnson (R), ex-state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore (R), financial analyst James Potts and construction company salesman Charles Taylor (R) are fighting for the GOP nomination. Rep. Artur Davis (D) and state Ag. Commissioner Ron Sparks (D) are vying for the Dem nod.

Posted: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 8:43pm

Haley Denies Affair, Opponents Don't Press

Allegations of a claimed affair that has rocked the SC GOV race spilled into a debate tonight as state Rep. Nikki Haley (R), the surprise front-runner, denied inappropriate relations with a former campaign ally.

When asked by WBTW News13 anchor/debate moderator Bob Juback about whether rumors of her personal life would affect her ability to govern, Haley said, "Not at all, because the questions raised about my personal life aren't true." She said the allegations came up when she became a "double digit leader in the polls."

Posted: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 8:31pm

FCC To Announce Field Hearings On Comcast-NBCU Merger

The FCC plans to hold one or two field hearings on the $30 billion Comcast-NBC Universal merger, with an official announcement expected soon. The agency's Democratic commissioners, Michael Copps and Mignon Clyburn, along with Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., have been vocal in urging FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski to schedule the hearings to ensure that a wider range of voices will be heard about the deal and its impact. The FCC hearing (or hearings) would likely be held where Comcast has a strong presence and where NBC owns and operates broadcast television stations.

Posted: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 7:55pm

US Telecom Adds To Its Lobbying Staff

The U.S. Telecom Association has hired two former Hill staffers as it beefs up its government affairs staff. The group announced Tuesday that Gregory Willis, the former general counsel to Senate Small Business Chairwoman Mary Landrieu, D-La., has been tapped for U.S. Telecom's new position of vice president for general business policy issues. Willis also served as the procurement counsel to the Small Business Committee under then-Chairman John Kerry, D-Mass., and also worked as a speechwriter for Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark.

Posted: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 5:40pm

Brewer, Goddard Spar Over Immigration Defense

AG Terry Goddard (D) may have come out against AZ's controversial immigration law, but that's not stopping him from wanting to defend it, should the federal government file a lawsuit against the state.

The DoJ, which is currently reviewing its options with regard to a lawsuit, dispatched officials to meet with the offices of Goddard and Gov. Jan Brewer (R) last week. Goddard expressed his opposition to a federal lawsuit, saying that AZ "needs solutions, not lawsuits," as he vowed to defend the state in the event of a federal challenge.

Posted: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 5:01pm

Rural Lawmakers Voice Concern With Broadband Plan

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's broadband policies are under renewed criticism. This time, concerns are being raised by a bipartisan group of House lawmakers who represent rural districts and worry the FCC's national broadband plan will jeopardize the current regulatory structure used to maintain and expand rural telecommunications services.

Posted: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 4:50pm

Top Lobbyists Favor Dems

The most profligate bundlers of campaign cash overwhelmingly favor Dems, according to a review of FEC documents, demonstrating the involvement even former top political aides maintain when they decamp to the wealthier confines of K Street.

A total of 16 of the top 25 bundlers have given all of the contributions they have collected to Dem candidates, largely to the DCCC and the DSCC. All told, those lobbyists have bundled nearly $2.8M to Dem campaigns.

Posted: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 3:40pm