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Conyers: Patent Talks Appear 'Stalled'

House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., said Wednesday that talks on addressing concerns he and other House Judiciary members have raised about a Senate compromise patent overhaul bill appear to be "stalled." The patent bill "seems to be stalled somewhere between the House and Senate," Conyers said during a hearing on the Patent and Trademark Office.

Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 2:43pm

DeMint Backs Paul

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) is the latest conservative power player to wade into the open KY SEN race, offering support to ophthalmologist Rand Paul (R) just a day after the leader of DeMint's party endorsed another candidate.

Yesterday, Senate Min. Leader Mitch McConnell endorsed Sec/State Trey Grayson (R), calling him the best candidate to replace Sen. Jim Bunning (R). In a statement today, DeMint offers support to Paul, the "true conservative" in the race.

Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 2:36pm

Lawmakers To FCC: Consider Reclassifying Broadband

The leaders of the House and Senate Commerce committees wrote FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Wednesday urging him to consider reclassifying broadband as a telecommunications service if its necessary to ensure the commission has authority to implement its national broadband plan. The commission's authority over broadband providers was put in doubt after a Court of Appeals ruling last month found the FCC overstepped its authority in enforcing network neutrality principles against Comcast.

Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 1:59pm

Barrett's Deliberation Earns Him Scarlet Letter "M"

Running to the ideological right is a tried and true technique in a competitive GOP primary, but when your state is one of the reddest in the country, even conservatives get tagged with the dredded "moderate" label.

That's what's happening to Rep. Gresham Barrett (R-SC), one of the front-runners to replace outgoing Gov. Mark Sanford. Barrett has the most conservative voting record of any SC member of Congress, according to National Journal vote rankings, but one rival is calling Barrett the "m" word.

Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 1:30pm

Primaries Pressure The Winners

The Hotline's John Mercurio writes:

Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 12:41pm

Insider Wins Don't Match Outsider Meme

The Hotline's Amy Walter writes:

Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 12:21pm

Report: Obey Will Step Down

House Appropriations Committee chairman David Obey will step down after more than 40 years in Congress, according to a report Wednesday morning, becoming the latest Dem to retire in the face of a tough GOP challenge.

Obey has begun telling associates he will not seek another term, Politico reported Wednesday morning. He is expected to make a statement today.

Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 12:05pm

WV-01's Wild, Wonderful Primary

While there was tons of action in yesterday's IN, NC and OH primaries, next week's slate is pretty light -- with the exception of 2 monster contests in WV-01, where Rep. Alan Mollohan (D) is fighting for his political life.

Not only does Mollohan face a potentially lethal general election campaign in a CD that gave John McCain 57%, but he first must survive a primary against state Sen. Mike Oliverio (D). And right now that's looking like an even-money proposition.

Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 11:27am

Jarvis Promoted at GOP Firm

Aleix Jarvis of Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock has been promoted to partner. Jarvis joined Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock, a self-described Republican lobbying and consulting firm, in 2005. He had previously been legislative director to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. and also spent time as an aide to Rep. Charles Taylor, R-N.C. Jarvis hails from Lewisville, N.C. and earned his bachelor's degree from University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill).

Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 11:07am

Dem Turnout Falls Off A Cliff

Turnout among Dem voters dropped precipitously in 3 statewide primaries on Tuesday, giving the party more evidence that their voters lack enthusiasm ahead of midterm elections.

In primaries in NC, IN and OH, Dems turned out at far lower rates than they have in previous comparable elections.

Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 10:18am