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Murray Lead May Make Rossi Think

Dems are touting an independent poll that shows ex-state Sen. Dino Rossi (R), the last major recruit the NRSC is pursuing, trailing Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) by wide margins. While recent surveys have suggested Rossi would be competitive, Murray leads by a wide margin.

Posted: Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 12:39pm

Dem Exodus Never Materialized

Despite the hand wringing around DC this morning that Rep. David Obey's (D-WI) retirement will open the floodgates for more high-profile Dem retirements, the reality is that there aren't many "surprises" left. Talk of an "exodus" of Dem retirements after the health care vote, it hasn't happened -- and it won't.

First, filing has closed in about 70% of the nation's congressional districts -- including in most of the biggest states like FL, TX, and PA. And, frankly, there just aren't that many potential retirees left in the 20 states where filing is still open.

Posted: Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 11:49am

HI Dems Fighting Close Battle

HI Dems have a strong chance to pick up the state's governor's mansion this year, according to a new survey, but neither of the 2 political titans running for the state's top office have been able to establish themselves as the clear front-runner for the party's nod.

The new poll, conducted by Ward Research for the Honolulu Advertiser, surveyed 604 registered voters between April 23-28 for a margin of error of +/- 4%. Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann (D) and ex-Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D) were tested against LG Duke Aiona

Posted: Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 11:19am

Ed Gillespie: Rainmaker Riding High

My colleague Peter Stone takes a closer look at GOP fundraiser and operative Ed Gillespie in this week's National Journal magazine. Gillespie has been on a money-harvesting tear to help Republican candidates win in this fall's mid-term elections. Click below to read the whole story. Ed Gillespie story.pdf

Posted: Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 10:54am

Deadlines For Comments On Comcast-NBC Deal Extended

The FCC has extended the deadlines for filing comments on whether the commission should approve Comcast's proposed merger with NBC Universal. In a notice Wednesday, the FCC said stakeholders would now have until June 21 to file comments, while response and opposition petitions are due July 21. Final comments are due Aug. 5. The original deadline called for stakeholders to file initial comments by May 3 and final comments were due June 17.

Posted: Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 9:42am

Environmental Groups May Benefit From Oil Spill

From this morning's Earlybird: • "The devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has energized environmental groups that believe they may finally gain some traction on Capitol Hill after a frustrating stretch in which their major issues have languished in the 'drill, baby, drill' era," Roll Call (subscription) reports. • The oil spill "is causing a rift among once-friendly downtown trade associations that are now at odds over whose members caused the disaster," Roll Call (subscription) also reports.

Posted: Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 8:42am

Genachowski To Announce Broadband Compromise

From this morning's Earlybird: • Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski "will announce a potential breakthrough today that could resolve a heated dispute over how the agency should regulate broadband after a federal appeals court ruling that gutted its authority to govern the technology," CongressDailyAM (subscription) reports. • Facebook "temporarily shut down its instant-messaging function while it investigated" a glitch allowing users access to their friends' private instant messages, the Wall Street Journal (subscription) reports.

Posted: Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 8:37am

Drill, Baby? Still?

Left and right are diametrically opposed on the future of President Obama 's offshore drilling plan in this week's NationalJournal.com Bloggers Poll.Virtually all left-leaning bloggers in the survey (94 percent) said it doesn't make political sense for Obama to stick to his plans to allow more d

Posted: Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 12:00am

Obey Looks Back On Storied Career

House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey stands in front of his portrait after announcing his retirement. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) As he began his 20-minute statement announcing his retirement early Wednesday afternoon, House Appropriations Chairman David Obey warned, "This will b

Posted: Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 12:00am

HAMPered Progress

Posted: Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 12:00am