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AR SEN: Halter, Outsiders Gang Up On Lincoln

Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D) and LG Bill Halter (D) are set to meet in the Dem primary runoff this Tuesday in a contest determined and defined as much by outside organizations as it has been from the candidates themselves.

The only survey in the contest shows Halter's campaign has the momentum, given his close finish in last month's primary election. In that race, Lincoln won just 45% of the vote, barely besting Halter's 43%. Ousting Lincoln is the next logical step in sending a message to national lawmakers, Halter says.

Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010 - 10:44am

CA GOV: Whitman Holds On Through Negativity

CA GOPers head to the polls 6/8 amidst an onslaught of negative campaigning to pick a nominee to replace Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R).

Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010 - 10:07am

McMaster Embarrassed By State Of SC Race

SC AG Henry McMaster (R) is uncomfortable by constant salacious revelations about his rivals, he said in a statement today, urging fellow SC GOV contenders to focus on issues that matter to the state rather than negative campaigning.

"The behavior of my opponents, their campaigns and their supporters over the last few weeks has not served our state well. In fact, it's been embarrassing," McMaster said in a statement this morning.

Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010 - 9:43am

Whitman Leads By Wide Margins

Ex-eBay CEO Meg Whitman appears primed to run away with the GOP nod for CA GOV on June 8, according to 2 new polls released this week that show her well ahead of Insurance Commis. Steve Poizner.

Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010 - 9:10am

Jobs Grow, But Short Of Expectations

The economy added 431K non-farm jobs in May, well below expert predictions, even as the unemployment rate fell to 9.7%, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Private sector payrolls grew by just 41K, fueled by growth in manufacturing and the service sector. Construction jobs, heading into the busy summer season, actually fell by 35K, the data shows. That loss largely wipes out gains the sector had made over the previous 2 months.

Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010 - 8:59am

AFL-CIO Chief Expresses Frustration With Democrats

From this morning's Earlybird: • AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Thursday that his organization "will partner with the Democratic Party when they operate in the best interests of working people, and we will not when they don't," The Hill reports. • "Armed with a survey that showed doctors are limiting the number of older patients they are seeing and cutting office expenses, the American Medical Association on Thursday launched a national ad campaign to pressure Senators to reverse cuts in Medicare physician payments," Roll Call reports.

Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010 - 8:55am

Snowe Opposes FCC Proposal To Reclassify Broadband

From this morning's Earlybird and around the web: • Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, "the most vocal net neutrality supporter among GOP senators, has joined her colleagues in urging" Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski "not to change the regulatory classification of broadband service," The Hill reports. • General Keith Alexander, commander of the new U.S. Cyber Command, said Thursday that the Department of Defense's networks repel approximately 6 million attacks daily, The Hill also reports.

Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010 - 8:20am

Friday's Starting Lineup

Good Friday morning. Tuesday's primaries are right around the corner, so be sure to check out Hotline OnCall all day for our trademark primary previews of all the key races.

Here's today's Starting Lineup, previewing the people who will make a difference in politics today:

Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010 - 6:55am

No California Angels

For more on these races, National Journal subscribers can read this week's cover story by James A. Barnes , " The Bleak State Of California " and Hotline subscribers can follow them on the

Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010 - 12:00am

Rossi Off To Fast Fundraising Start

WA state Sen. Dino Rossi (R), a top recruit for the NRSC, raised more than $600K in his first week in the WA Senate race against Patty Murray (D), his campaign announced today.

Posted: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 5:59pm