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RNC Members Squabble Over Steele

RNC chair Michael Steele has been the victim of an organized campaign to spread mistruths about his tenure, an emerging ally of Steele's charges in an uncommon letter to fellow RNCers.

OR GOP chair Bob Tiernan, a relatively new member of the committee who backed Steele during his run for chairman in '09, has sent a letter to fellow RNC members specifically calling out OR RNC member Solomon Yue for what Tiernan characterizes as an organized campaign of "secret attacks."

Posted: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 3:04pm

Sestak's Broad Coalition Led To Win

Sen. Arlen Specter got a tough lesson on the limits of political expediency last night when the GOPer-turned-Dem incumbent got run over in the primary by Rep. Joe Sestak (D). Sestak captured 54% of the vote to Specter's 46%.

Going down in defeat, Specter, who had won 10 previous statewide campaigns (5 GOP primaries and 5 general elections) captured only 3 of the states 67 counties -- Dauphin (Harrisburg), Lackawanna (Scranton) and Philadelphia, home to the state's major city.

Posted: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 2:13pm

Barton, Markey Seek FTC Action On Google Wi-Fi Controversy

Two key House Energy and Commerce members Wednesday urged the FTC to examine recent revelations that Google has collected information from private but unsecure Wi-FI networks. Energy and Commerce ranking member Joe Barton, R-Texas, and Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., a senior member of the Energy and Commerce panel, wrote FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz about whether the FTC is investigating the matter. Google acknowledged on Friday that if had been "mistakenly collecting samples of payload data" from private open, or unsecured, Wi-Fi networks.

Posted: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 2:03pm

Democrats Fail In Second Attempt To Pass COMPETES Bill

Democrats Wednesday failed for the second time to gain House passage of legislation that would reauthorize research and development programs at federal science agencies in an effort to boost U.S. competitiveness. House Science and Technology Chairman Bart Gordon, D-Tenn., reintroduced the America COMPETES Act Tuesday after it was pulled from the floor last week when lawmakers passed a GOP-sponsored motion to recommit the measure.

Posted: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 1:53pm

Brewer's Delicate Balancing Act

AZ Gov. Jan Brewer (R) on Tuesday notched another victory for her brief tenure, but it's unlike a victory any other GOPer is likely to brag about -- facing a competitive GOP primary, Brewer spearheaded a tax increase.

On Tuesday, AZ voters approved Proposition 100, a measure to increase the sales tax by 1% for 4 years, by a wide 64%-36% margin. Brewer spearheaded the campaign, aimed at closing a budget gap for the ailing Copper State, and even appeared at the campaign's victory rally last night.

Posted: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 1:34pm

Kagan Hearings Will Start June 28

Solicitor General Elena Kagan will face the lights, cameras and action of a Senate confirmation hearing on June 28, Senate Judiciary Committe chair Patrick Leahy said today.

In a statement, Leahy said the schedule will allow the nomination proceed at the same pace as previous nominees.

Posted: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 12:14pm

The Keystone Kontests: House Race Update Vol. II

A look at last night's results in PA House contests:

PA 03: It was messy, and expensive, but car dealer Mike Kelly (R) appears to have emerged from the GOP primary to face Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper (D) in the fall. He led businessman Paul Huber (R) by 1K votes (28%-26%), with all of the ballots counted. Kelly aired ads accusing Huber of shipping jobs to Poland, and for being a Dem until recently, while Huber attacked Kelly for supporting tax increases as a city councilor.

Posted: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 11:57am

AMA Says 'Doc Fix' Doesn't Fix Solvency

From this morning's Earlybird: • "The American Medical Association is opposing the Medicare 'doc fix' included in the tax extenders bill House Democrats are preparing," The Hill reports. "AMA argues the proposed fix to the Medicare payment system for physicians doesn't address the program's solvency issues and only pushes the problem five years down the road." • "Unions are claiming credit for Sen. Blanche Lincoln's (D-Ark.) tough derivatives bill, saying their support for her primary challenger pushed her to the left," The Hill also reports.

Posted: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 8:39am

House Dems Aim To Revive Research Funding Bill

From this morning's Earlybird: • "House Democrats" today "will take a second stab at a science and technology research funding bill that was scuttled last week because of a debate over Internet porn," The Hill reports. • "One of modern life's most durable features -- fixed-price electricity -- is slowly being pushed to the sidelines, a creeping change that will influence such things as what time millions of Americans cook dinner and what appliances they buy," the Wall Street Journal reports.

Posted: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 8:35am

House To Take Up Competes Bill, Again

After the measure was pulled from the floor last week, the House will try again Wednesday to pass legislation that would reauthorize research and development programs at federal science agencies in an effort to boost U.S. competitiveness. House Science and Technology Chairman Bart Gordon, D-Tenn., was expected Tuesday to reintroduce the America COMPETES Act, which was pulled from the floor last week after lawmakers passed a GOP-sponsored motion to recommit the measure, Gordon said in a news release.

Posted: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 8:36pm