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Lincoln Closes While Enviros Attack

Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) is acknowledging voter anger that has imperiled her re-election chances as yet another traditionally Dem group attacks her a week before the runoff election.

In her closing argument, Lincoln urges voters to choose her for her experience and her prominent position as the Senate Agriculture Committee chair rather than bending to the will of DC-based special interests, many of whom have helped prop up LG Bill Halter's (D) campaign.

Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 10:21am

When The Establishment Wins

The meme for the '10 midterms is set: It's not good to be an establishment favorite, and it's even worse to be an incumbent. But campaigns still matter, and those who know how to win an election still have an advantage, as candidates in several primaries demonstrated last night.

Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 9:16am

Groups Want FCC To Crack Down On 'Hate Speech'

From this morning's Earlybird: • The FCC "is being urged to monitor 'hate speech' on talk radio and cable broadcast networks," The Hill reports. "A coalition of more than 30 organizations argue in a letter to the" Federal Communications Commission "that the Internet has made it harder for the public to separate the facts from bigotry masquerading as news."

Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 8:42am

Facebook Says Ads Have Quadrupled Since Start Of 2009

From this morning's Earlybird: • "Facebook Inc., owner of the world's largest social-networking site, said its advertisers have more than quadrupled since the start of 2009 as marketers aim to get their products before a growing global audience," Bloomberg News reports.

Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 8:39am

Wednesday's Starting Lineup

Good Wednesday morning. How's this for close: In the race for the 2nd runoff spot in AL GOV, state Rep. Robert Bentley (R) leads businessman Tim James by 140 votes out of about 500K cast. Have fun counting (and recounting) those ballots.

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

Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 6:58am

Griffith Fails To Reach Runoff, Loses AL-05 GOP Bid

Updated: 12:45 a.m.

Rep. Parker Griffith (D), who left the Dem Party in Dec. after voting against most major Dem pieces of legislation, lost his first bid as a GOPer tonight to Madison Co. Commis. Mo Brooks (R), 51-33%.

The results were a surprising blow to Griffith, who many expected to at least make a runoff. The AP has yet to call the race, but the Huntsville Times reported that Griffith conceded just after midnight ET.

Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 12:46am

Runoffs For AL-02 GOPers, AL-07 Dems

Montgomery Councilor Martha Roby (R) came oh-so-close to avoiding a runoff, but came up a hair short, taking 48.6% in a four-way primary. The NRCC "Young Gun" face activist Rick Barber (R), who came in second with 28.4%, in a 7/13 runoff. AL school board member Stephanie Bell (R) took 18% and failed to qualify.

At least as far as fundraising is concerned, this was no contest. Roby outspent her challengers by a combined 3.5-1. But unfortunately for Roby, this was not fought over FEC reports.

Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 12:42am

How To Reverse Higher Ed's Dropout Crisis?

Thought leaders from the government, academia and business today called for an improvement in college completion rates. At stake, they said, is Americans' ability to remain competitive in a global economy.The statistics are grim: Only about 56 percent of students enrolling at four

Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 12:00am

Sparks Cruises, GOP Primary Razor Thin

Pollsters cringed and the establishment drew 2 wins on Tuesday in the AL GOV race as Ag. Commis. Ron Sparks (D) rode his wave of endorsements from every major black political group to an overwhelming, nearly 2-to-1 victory over Rep. Artur Davis (D), while ex-AL education chancellor Bradley Byrne (R), businessman Tim James (R) and state Rep. Robert Bentley (R) were virtually tied for the lead on the GOP side.

Posted: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 11:26pm

MS-01: NRCC Young Gun Avoids Runoff, Will Challenge Childers

While we await slow-arriving results in AL -- where Rep. Parker Griffith (R) is fighting for his political life -- the GOP has received some good news.

One of the two NRCC "Young Guns" in tough primary battles tonight has not only survived, but also managed to avoid a runoff. State Sen. Alan Nunnelee (D) defeated two Tea Partiers to win the GOP nod to face Blue Dog Rep. Travis Childers (R). Nunnelee defeated ex-Eupora Mayor Henry Ross (R), 51-33%, while ex-FNC commentator Angela McGlowan (R) took 16%.

Posted: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 11:25pm