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The Crosswind Election

In cycling, it's pretty obvious when you're being pushed along by the unseen hand of a tailwind. It's also clear, and painful, when you're laboring in a headwind; every pedal stroke is a battle. But the most difficult to figure is a crosswind. You never know when it's going to turn for or against y

Posted: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 12:00am

Special Delivery

As the first independent analyst to push the argument that Democrats would likely suffer significantly higher midterm losses than average for the party in power, I'm scratching my head over the 8-point Democratic margin of victory in the special election to replace the late Rep. John Murtha , D-Pa

Posted: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 12:00am

Many E-File Providers Mistakenly Designated As Nonprofits

An internal report released Monday says the Internal Revenue Service failed to check as required by agency rules the nonprofit status of groups participating in a volunteer program that provides free tax advice and electronic filing of returns to low-income and elderly taxpayers, Nextgov.com reported. As of August 2009, 13,797 active e-file providers claimed to be not-for-profit organizations, which are exempt from all e-file program requirements and specific checks that for-profit organizations are required to complete.

Posted: Monday, May 24, 2010 - 4:44pm

Hoekstra, Cox Feud Over TARP

Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R) and MI AG Mike Cox (R) are battling over bailouts as they race to replace Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D), lobbing charges of hypocrisy and moderation in a contest that has produced no clear front-runner.

Posted: Monday, May 24, 2010 - 4:36pm

Commerce Leaders Seek Communications Act Update

In a major development for the telecommunications sector that will likely trigger a significant lobbying battle, key House and Senate Democrats announced Monday that they are joining forces to craft legislation to update the 1934 Communications Act. The move follows weeks of acrimony over the FCC's legal standing to implement core provisions of its sweeping national broadband plan after a federal appeals court issued a decision undermining the agency's regulatory authority.

Posted: Monday, May 24, 2010 - 4:31pm

GOP To Roll Out Contract Preview

House GOPers will roll out a new initiative Tuesday aimed at taking the first step toward introducing a comprehensive national platform, but instead of offering policy proposals, GOP leaders will be soliciting advice instead.

The new initiative, America Speaking Out, will ask supporters to submit ideas through a web-based platform. Fans can then discuss the proposals, some of which will eventually be included in a national platform.

Posted: Monday, May 24, 2010 - 3:46pm

Consumers Union Calls For Changes To Privacy Draft

Consumers Union is calling on House Energy and Commerce Communications Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher to make several major changes to draft privacy legislation released earlier this month. Boucher's draft was roundly criticized by privacy advocates who said it would codify the current notice and choice self regulatory system in place now, a point Consumers Union noted as well in a letter Monday to Boucher, D-Va.

Posted: Monday, May 24, 2010 - 2:39pm

GOP Won Hawaii By Focusing On Case

Rep.-elect Charles Djou's (R) upset win in HI 01 this weekend, and Dems' decision several weeks ago to abandon the race, was the result of a GOP decision to focus their fire on ex-Rep. Ed Case (D), who both parties saw as the stronger Dem running.

Posted: Monday, May 24, 2010 - 2:19pm

Study Finds Different Agendas Between New, Old Media

A new report released Monday examining what news is covered by new media and traditional news outlets found that blogs, social media sites and YouTube generally differ on what issues and stories gain traction compared with the mainstream media.

Posted: Monday, May 24, 2010 - 1:31pm

SC Blogger Claims Affair With Candidate

It's not often that admitting an affair is seen as a smart political move, but one SC blogger is claiming an improper relationship with a candidate -- one he hopes wins the GOP GOV primary.

Prominent conservative blogger Will Folks, who backs state Rep. Nikki Haley (R) in the state's competitive primary, wrote on his blog this morning that he and Haley have had an affair, and that he wants to admit it to deprive Haley's rivals of a weapon just as Haley catches fire.

Posted: Monday, May 24, 2010 - 12:39pm