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NRCC Raises $9M In June

The NRCC pulled in $9M in June and spent just $4M, socking away a big chunk of cash that will come in handy this Nov. and virtually guaranteeing the committee will have more to spend on TV ads this cycle than they did in '08.

The GOP's House campaign committee ended the month with $17M in the bank, fully $5M more than the committee reported on hand at the end of May.

Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 3:43pm

Meek Visits Dem Caucus

Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL) spoke to Senate Dems at their weekly luncheon Tuesday in an appearance that came as GOPers worked to play up a report that Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid had multiple conversations with FL Gov. Charlie Crist (I).

Crist is running as independent against Meek and ex-FL House Speaker Marco Rubio (R) in a contest for the Senate seat vacated by Sen. Mel Martinez's (R) retirement. Sen. George LeMeiux is currently serving as an interim senator.

Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 2:57pm

Rush: Regulatory Certainty Will Help Business

Regulatory certainty fosters, not hinders, early-stage business investment, a key House Energy and Commerce lawmaker said Tuesday. "We have come to a point where the dominant technologies that power communications and the creation and delivery of media content have outgrown much of our obsolete regulatory regime and many of those deadlocked approaches," Commerce Trade and Consumer Protection Subcommittee Chairman Bobby Rush, D-Ill., said Tuesday during a telecom conference convened by the Minority Media and Telecom Council.

Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 1:28pm

Primaries Will Favor Organization

The next GOP WH nominee will have to model their primary campaign largely on that of Pres. Obama, following a major primary calendar overhaul that will require candidates to think more strategically and rely less on force of personality and momentum alone.

Last month, a special RNC panel issued a proposal to begin the '12 primary process a month later than it had in '08. Under the new rules, 4 early states would be allowed to hold nominating contests in Feb., while other states would be allowed to hold their own contests in March or later.

Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 1:17pm

Action On Privacy Focused In The House

While the House is actively examining possible privacy legislation with the latest bill introduced Monday by a key Energy and Commerce lawmaker, at least one key senator says he doesn't see the Senate acting on privacy legislation this year. Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., a senior member of the Senate Commerce Committee, has voiced concern about privacy implications of online behavioral advertising. But in a recent interview, he said crafting legislation has proven to be "very complicated," given the importance of advertising to help pay for content on the Internet.

Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 12:55pm

Kagan Passes Judiciary Committee Test

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday put a positive stamp on Solicitor General Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court, clearing the way for a floor debate expected to begin later this week.

The committee approved Kagan's nomination by a 13-6 margin, with most GOPers voting against. Only Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) crossed the aisle to side with Dems.

And the vote clarifies where key senators stand on her nomination. That's helping our whip count of Kagan backers and opponents in advance of the looming floor debate.

Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 12:29pm

Angle Launches First Positive Ad

Ex-NV Assemb. Sharron Angle (R) is up with the first in a planned series of positive spots, a recognition that her campaign needs to take a more active role in defining their candidate.

The ad shows Angle speaking to voters, laying out her view that government is the problem, rather than the solution.

Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 11:17am

Manchin Will Run For Senate

WV Gov. Joe Manchin (D) will run in a special election this year to replace the late Sen. Robert Byrd, he announced in a press conference Tuesday morning.

Manchin made his decision on Sunday while spending the day with his children, he said. Serving in the Senate would help him achieve his goal "to put myself in any positon I could to help the people of West Virginia."

"I will represent the people of West Virginia every day," he said.

Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 10:20am

Broadcasters Dispute Need For Retransmission Overhaul

The nation's top broadcasters wrote two lawmakers this week voicing concern about their call for changes to the process for providing broadcast programming to cable providers. Executives from ABC, CBS, Fox television, NBC and Univision as well as the National Association of Broadcasters wrote Reps. Steve Israel, D-N.Y.

Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 10:15am

Dems Gain Generic Edge After Reform Bill

Dems jumped to their first significant advantage in the generic Congressional ballot all year after passing a major overhaul of regulations governing financial institutions, giving the party hope that their agenda is attracting voters.

Dems lead the generic ballot by a 49%-43% margin after leading by a 47%-46% margin in last week's poll. That improvement has been fueled by independent voters, who now favor a generic GOP candidate by a 43%-39% margin. Last week, independents favored GOPers by a 14-point margin; 2 weeks ago, GOPers enjoyed an 18-point edge.

Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 9:44am