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Santorum Plans New IA, SC Stops

Ex-Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) will head to 2 key primary states in the next 2 months, keeping his name at the front of conservative activists' minds as he considers a WH bid in '12.

Santorum will head to Council Bluffs, IA, on Tuesday, where he will keynote an annual fundraiser of the Pottawattamie Co. GOP. Council Bluffs, along the Missouri River, is in heavily-GOP western IA.

Posted: Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 4:21pm

Richmond PD: Bullet Hit In "Downward Direction"

The Richmond Police Department confirmed Thursday that a single detective is looking into a broken window at a building in which Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) holds occasional meetings.

Cantor said earlier today a bullet had been fired at his campaign office. Subsequent news reports revealed a window was broken at the office of one of Cantor's political consultants in Richmond. The incident occured about 1 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

Posted: Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 4:04pm

Both Parties Expect Midterm Boost From Health Care

Congressional Dems and GOPers both expect that their own party's political base will be more energized by health care reform in Nov., according to the new National Journal Congressional Insiders poll. The results were overwhelming in each party -- 77% among Dems and 97% among GOPers.

Posted: Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 4:00pm

Cybersecurity Bill Draws Praise, Concern

While the Senate Commerce Committee Thursday touted support for cybersecurity legislation it approved this week, some tech industry groups say they still have concerns with the measure. In a news release, the committee said the bill, sponsored by Chairman John (Jay) Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, is "the first comprehensive approach to developing a coordinated public-private partnership to prevent, deter, and respond to cyber attacks.

Posted: Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 3:56pm

Hill Resistance To Tougher Broadband Rules

Congressional opposition to strengthening regulation of broadband service grew Thursday when a prominent Democrat, former House Energy and Commerce Chairman John Dingell, D-Mich., and several House Republicans objected to an expansion of the FCC's authority, CongressDaily reported. The members spoke out during a hearing before the Energy and Commerce Communications Subcommittee on the FCC's release last week of its national broadband plan.

Posted: Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 3:50pm

Association of Associations Changes Its Name

The American Society of Association Executives, which has gone by the name ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership, voted to change the official name of the organization to just ASAE, as part on overall branding campaign. It also changed the name of its "Center for Association Leadership" to the ASAE Foundation. The Center is focused on economic research for associations. ASAE said that Ogilvy PR will be handling the branding strategy and campaign for the organization. ASAE's president and CEO John Graham explains more in a letter here.

Posted: Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 3:11pm

Rossi Seriously Exploring WA Bid

Ex-state Sen. Dino Rossi (R) is seriously contemplating a bid against Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) after a 2-day trip to DC to discuss the possibility.

Several sources with knowledge of the trip confirm Rossi came to DC at the invitation of the NRSC. While in town, he met with the NRSC, RNC chair Michael Steele, a number of GOP senators and other top party leaders as he weighs taking on the popular 3-term incumbent.

The NRSC refused to comment on Rossi's trip.

Posted: Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 3:10pm

Sticking Points In Broadband Plan

Every American should have broadband access -- that's an idea every faction in the telecom world seems to endorse. Making it so is another thing altogether. While not everyone has shown their cards yet, major telecom players are sure to air grievances soon over FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's decade-long plan to get more Americans online. Hearings scheduled on the Hill this week and panels featuring industry lobbyists will provide forums for venting.

Posted: Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 2:32pm

Conway Launching Health Care Ad

KY AG Jack Conway (D) is set to launch a barrage of attacks on LG Daniel Mongiardo (D) in hopes that differences over health care reform could be Conway's key to clawing his way back in the Dem primary.

Strategists backing Conway see health care as a dividing line between the 2 contenders. Conway backs the health care law Pres. Obama signed this week, while Mongiardo has opposed the measure. In a new ad, Conway highlights similar statements Mongiardo and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) made in hopes of highlighting the rift.

Posted: Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 2:29pm

SRLC Missing Romney, Pawlenty

A major gathering of conservative activists early next month will be missing a key ingredient: 2 of the front-runners for the WH'12 nomination.

Ex-MA Gov. Mitt Romney (R) and MN Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) -- the 2 contenders seen as most obviously gearing up for WH bids -- will skip the meeting, to be held Apr. 8-11 in New Orleans.

Romney will still be on his book tour, promoting his new tome in NH, MA, PA and MN during the week. Pawlenty pulled out earlier this week in order to attend a welcome-home ceremony for U.S. troops.

Posted: Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 1:47pm