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Branstad Looks Headed To Big Win

Ex-IA Gov. Terry Branstad (R) looks set to score a big win in tomorrow's primary as he seeks a return to the job he held for 16 years, according to a new survey.

The Iowa Poll, conducted for the Des Moines Register by Selzer & Co., surveyed 501 likely GOP primary voters between June 1-3, for a margin of error of +/- 4.4%. Branstad, businessman Bob Vander Plaats (R) and state Rep. Rod Roberts (R) were tested.

Posted: Monday, June 7, 2010 - 10:30am

Kountoupes Consulting Adds Republican To Staff

After 16 years on Capitol Hill, Shawn Whitman, chief of staff to Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wy. is heading downtown to join Kountoupes Consulting as a principal. Whitman oversaw Barrasso's DC Senate office, five state offices, and all political activities. Prior to his tenure with Barrasso, Whitman served as chief of staff to Sen. Craig Thomas, R-WY, where he worked with the Senate Republican leadership and the White House on key policy and political initiatives.

Posted: Monday, June 7, 2010 - 9:28am

NV SEN: The Silver State's Right Angle

Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid has long been considered one of the most endangered Dem in the Senate. But tomorrow, when NV GOPers pick their nominee against Reid, his path to a fifth term could get a whole lot wider.

Like many Dems who face tough re-election fights this year, Reid's strategy has rested on the assumption that he can only win by making the race a choice between himself and his GOP rival, rather than a referendum on his own tenure. Reid's approval ratings are in the dumps, and polls show he is mired in the low 40s against any of his GOP rivals.

Posted: Monday, June 7, 2010 - 9:15am

'Card Check' Proponents Keep Pushing

From this morning's Earlybird: • "The 'card check' bill shows no signs of life, at least not in this Congress. But that doesn't mean the groups that sprang up to fight the Employee Free Choice Act, legislation that would make it easier for unions to organize, are disbanding," Roll Call (subscription) reports. "At least three business groups -- the U.S.

Posted: Monday, June 7, 2010 - 9:00am

Google Faces Pressure On Antitrust Case

From this morning's Earlybird: • "Consumer Watchdog continues to push its case that Google Inc.'s behavior necessitates antitrust scrutiny, releasing a report that alleges that the company is abusing its dominance in online search to direct users to its own services," the San Francisco Chronicle reports. • "The impact of the proposed $30 billion merger of Comcast and NBC Universal on program diversity will be the focus of a field hearing today in Los Angeles hosted by the House Judiciary Committee," CongressDailyAM (subscription) reports. • "U.S.

Posted: Monday, June 7, 2010 - 8:45am

Monday's Starting Lineup

Good Monday morning. Ready for Super Tuesday's crucial primaries? Stick with Hotline OnCall, where we'll be live-blogging results as they happen tomorrow night.

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

Posted: Monday, June 7, 2010 - 6:58am

Back In The Shadows?

When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi first pushed her wary colleagues to set up a new investigative team to beef up ethics enforcement, some watchdogs argued against it. Since ethics investigators would have no subpoena power, critics warned, they'd have no meaningful authority and would simply act as

Posted: Monday, June 7, 2010 - 12:00am

Population 'Modeling': Presuming Too Much?

Current Census Director Robert Groves , a much-acclaimed survey methodologist, in 1989 proposed a distinction between "describers" (those who use surveys to measure characteristics or opinions) and "modelers" (those who use surveys to test theories about "causal relationships" -- whether one chara

Posted: Monday, June 7, 2010 - 12:00am

Reid Camp Researching Angle

Updated: This post has been updated to better reflect our sourcing.

Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid's campaign aides are spending the weekend before the GOP primary combing through the records and public statements of ex-Assemb. Sharron Angle (R), indicating they see the conservative as the most likely winner of Tuesday's primary.

Posted: Sunday, June 6, 2010 - 12:14pm

What We Learned: Lie To Me Edition

We learned a new way to report primary results and observations, so make sure to tune in to Hotline OnCall for the latest news on Tuesday's primary results.

Here's what else we figured out this week:

Posted: Saturday, June 5, 2010 - 5:30am