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

Strong Reactions To FCC Chief's Broadband Move

Network Neutrality supporters praised reports Wednesday that FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has decided to reclassify some aspects of broadband service as a telecommunication service, a move expected to give the commission more authority over broadband. The move comes after the commission's authority over broadband providers was put in doubt in the wake of a Court of Appeals' ruling last month that found the FCC overstepped its authority in enforcing network neutrality principles against Comcast.

Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 8:25pm

Hodes Makes Hay Of Coverup Allegation

Two days after a report that the resignation of a state official could present consequences for ex-AG Kelly Ayotte's (R) SEN campaign, the likely Dem nominee has called for correspondence related to Financial Resources Mortgage Inc (FRM) to be released, but the NH DoJ has revealed that might be a fruitless endeavor.

Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 5:03pm

Panel Backs Measure To Boost Federal Cybersecurity

A House Oversight and Government Reform panel Wednesday approved legislation mandating the creation of a permanent national office for cyberspace within the White House to oversee federal agency efforts to protect their computer systems cyber attacks and other threats. Under the bill (H.R. 4900), approved by the Government Management Subcommittee by voice vote, the office would have a Senate-confirmed director and include a panel of government information technology experts tasked with guiding agency programs to tighten their computer security systems.

Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 4:19pm

Dicks The Early Approps Front-Runner

Rep. Norm Dicks (D-WA) is the leading contender to take over the House Appropriations Committee when Rep. David Obey (D-WI) leaves Congress, sources on Capitol Hill tell Hotline OnCall -- but with GOPers making a strong play for control of the House, there may not be a gavel in Dicks' future at all.

Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 3:53pm

Frugal Walker Channels Tommy Thompson

Seeking to distinguish himself from his Dem opponent, Milwaukee Co. Exec Scott Walker (R) is structuring his campaign around a theme of limited government and touting the private sector as the most effective vehicle for job growth.

"People create jobs, not the government," Walker told Hotline OnCall in an interview. "That's the biggest contrast between me and the mayor" -- that is, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D), the likely Dem nominee.

Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 3:01pm

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