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Dem Poll: GOP Not Tied To Bush

Dems can dramatically alter the electoral playing field by tying GOP candidates to George W. Bush, but at the moment, the public sees a difference between the former president and his party in Congress.

Dems have tried repeatedly to tie the GOP to Bush's economic policies, which remain highly unpopular. But so far, that hasn't worked, according to officials at the Dem-leaning Third Way think tank.

Posted: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 7:08am

No Rebound After All For Dems

It appears that the signs of a possible Democratic rebound were just a false alarm. After almost a year of unrelentingly bad poll numbers, back-to-back weeks of Gallup Polls showing Democrats with eyebrow-raising leads might have just been statistical flukes.For the weeks of July 12-18 and July 1

Posted: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 12:00am

Reid Punting On Oil Spill Bill

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid , D-Nev., announced today he is abandoning efforts to bring up spill legislation before the August recess, pleasing the oil industry but disappointing the liberal members of his caucus.In a déjà vu moment from a couple of weeks ago, when he yanked plans for comp

Posted: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 12:00am

GOP Regains Lead On Gallup Generic Ballot

For the past three weeks, GOPers had trailed in Gallup's weekly generic cong. ballot test, despite leading most other public polls over the same time period. But new data released today shows the GOP ahead by 5 points, bringing Gallup into agreement with other pollsters and painting a troubling picture for Dems hopeful that they had turned a corner.

According to today's release, 48% of registered voters preferred the GOP candidate, while 43% chose the Dem candidate. One week ago, Dems led, 48-44%. Two weeks ago, that margin stood at 49-43%.

Posted: Monday, August 2, 2010 - 5:45pm

Ramsey Riffs On Rivals Over Secession, Guns

LG Ron Ramsey (R) praised the current TN government while slamming Rep. Zach Wamp (R-03) and Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam (R) on past statements regarding secession and guns during a recent interview with Hotline OnCall.

"Most people think Tennessee is a very well run state compared to other states," Ramsey told Hotline On Call, touting his own connections to the state legislature. "I helped get a lot of these legislators elected. I know them personally."

Posted: Monday, August 2, 2010 - 4:30pm

Boucher Urges OK of Comcast Merger

A key House lawmaker sent letters to the FCC and Justice Department today urging the agencies to approve the merger of Comcast and NBC Universal by December 1 without "net neutrality" conditions aimed at maintaining the Internet's openness. House Energy and Commerce Communications Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher, D-Va., asked the agencies, which by law must weigh whether to let the merger proceed, not to impose any conditions prohibiting restrictive or discriminatory network management practices that would compromise network openness.

Posted: Monday, August 2, 2010 - 4:27pm

FCC Taps Yang to Lead Broadband Team

Phoebe Yang will serve as a senior advisor on broadband to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski the commission announced on Monday. Yang will lead the high-profile work of managing the agency's broadband priorities as established by the ten-year plan, released last March, to bring high-speed internet into every American home. In her new role, Yang will serve as the commission's representative to the Executive Branch inter-agency working group tasked with implementation of the broadband plan. Previously, Yang served as General Counsel of the Omnibus Broadband Initiative at the FCC.

Posted: Monday, August 2, 2010 - 4:00pm

Djou Claims Early Lead In HI

Just two-and-a-half months after winning his special election in HI-01, a new poll from Rep. Charles Djou's (R) camp shows he starts the general election in a rather strong position. In the survey, Djou led state Senate Pres. Colleen Hanabusa (D) 50-42%.

The poll, which surveyed 400 LVs and was conducted by the Tarrance Group from 7/26-27, had a margin of error of +/- 4.9%.

Posted: Monday, August 2, 2010 - 3:53pm

Kagan Whip Count: NY State Of Mind

Senate debate on the SCOTUS nomination of Solicitor Gen. Elena Kagan could begin as early as Tuesday, according to Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid, setting up a vote before the Senate adjourns for the Aug. recess at week's end..

Posted: Monday, August 2, 2010 - 3:45pm

MO SEN Primary All Over But The Voting

The race to replace retiring Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO) is going to be one of the hottest open-seat contests in the country this Nov. But neither main contender is going to sweat much tomorrow, when voters officially pick primary nominees.

Posted: Monday, August 2, 2010 - 3:24pm