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SCOTUS Fight May Be What GOP Needs

The Hotline's John Mercurio writes:

Posted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 12:08pm

Food Marketing Institute's Newest Hire

Pamela Stegeman has signed up as vice president of business planning and development at the Food Marketing Institute. She previously worked as president of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council. Earlier in her career, she spent eight years at the Grocery Manufacturers Association, which included work as vice president of supply chain and technology. Stegeman has also been vice president of marketing at the U.S. Office Products Company, and she's held positions with Sprint, Procter & Gamble, and Colgate-Palmolive.

Posted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 12:04pm

GOPers Favor Tea Party Over Own Party

GOP voters have better feelings about the Tea Party movement than they do about their own Congressional leadership, a new survey shows. And overall, a plurality of voters say they have a positive view of the movement.

Fully 65% of GOP voters said they view the Tea Party movement favorably, according to the latest George Washington Univ. Battleground Poll. Meanwhile, just 55% of GOPers said they approve of the job GOP members of Congress are doing, while 35% disapprove.

Posted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 11:15am

Ramsey Contrasts TN, DC In First Ad

TN LG Ron Ramsey (R) is up with his first spot of the primary election, contrasting the way things work in DC with the way things work in Nashville.

"If you'll hang tough with me, we'll keep running our state the Tennessee way. If those guys in Washington don't like it, well, we'll just give 'em the boot," Ramsey says in the spot.

Posted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 11:04am

College Board Launches New Advocacy Center

A trusted source of data and information on higher education, the College Board -- the developer of the SAT college admission test - announced the creation of an Advocacy and Policy Center today. Increasing the number of American students who attain an advanced degree and developing solutions to education challenges will be the primary focus of the new Center. Founded in 1900, the College Board developed the common SAT, as well as the Advanced Placement Program, among other initiatives that help transition students to higher education.

Posted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 10:45am

Specter Launches First 3 Ads

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) is up with his first 3 ads of the primary election campaign, touting his status as a rainmaker who brings jobs back to his home state.

For a GOPer, Specter always had good relations with the state's labor unions. Now, as a Dem, he can fully embrace those connections. One ad features a union carpenter; another focuses on a newly employed construction worker; and a third spotlights Bethlehem Steel and its workers.

Posted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 10:43am

SEN Dems Pivot To Jobs

Fresh off passage of landmark health care reform legislation, Dem SEN candidates uniformly pivoted to job creation and launched a flurry of jobs tours during their first recess.

And that's just what their constituents wanted to hear, said the man in charge of electing Dems to the upper chamber this fall. DSCC chair Bob Menendez explained that when he was home for recess speaking with constituents, they wanted to hear about the economy and jobs, rather than healthcare.

Posted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 9:58am

Lobbyists Unveil Blue Dog Nonprofit

From this morning's Earlybird: • "Six Democratic lobbyists with deep ties to the Blue Dog Coalition, including" former Reps. Bud Cramer of Alabama and Charlie Stenholm of Texas, "unveiled Tuesday a new nonprofit called the Blue Dog Research Forum," Roll Call (subscription) reports. • "Broadband and Web service companies are beefing up their lobbying forces in Washington as the multibillion-dollar battle over Internet regulations gathers momentum," The Hill reports.

Posted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 8:49am

Hotline After Dark -- Money, Money, Money, In The Rich Woman's World

"World News" led with a report on the state of homeownership in the U.S. "Evening News" led with the nuclear summit. "Nightly News" led with a challenge to Pres. Obama's reported plans to "idle" the U.S. space program sending astronauts into space.

Ex-eBay CEO Meg Whitman (R) went on "Your World" 4/13 p.m.

Posted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 8:45am

Broadcasters Will Tout Mobile Digital TV Before Congress

From this morning's Earlybird: • "Broadcasters hope to build a U.S. viewership in the hundreds of millions for their newest technology -- mobile digital television -- but for now they're focused on a much smaller audience: the 535 members of Congress," CongressDailyAM (subscription) reports. The Open Mobile Video Coalition, made up of several TV networks and 860 television outlets, is planning a technology demonstration next month to introduce mobile DTV's capabilities to lawmakers and staffers.

Posted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 8:30am