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Thompson Still Undecided; Decision Expected Tomorrow

Reports this a.m. indicated that ex-WI Gov./ex-HHS Sec. Tommy Thompson (R) was leaning against a SEN bid. Later, Thompson told the AP that he was still undecided, leaving many wondering which way he's leaning.

Posted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 2:14pm

Arguing Goes On Over FCC Action On Net Regulation

The back and forth continued Wednesday between AT&T and public interest groups over whether the FCC has ever regulated broadband as a telecommunications service, a move some net neutrality supporters are urging the commission to take in the wake of last week's federal appeals court ruling against the FCC. The latest volley came from the public interest group Public Knowledge, which along with other net neutrality supporters have called on the FCC to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service subject to the more stringent rules of Title II of the telecommunications act.

Posted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 1:29pm

Panel To Move On Cyber Command Nomination

The Senate Armed Services Committee plans to hold a hearing on Thursday to consider the long-delayed nomination of Army Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, as commander of the new U.S. Cyber Command, reported. The command was scheduled to start operations on Oct. 1, 2009. But the Senate held up Alexander's nomination, which includes a promotion to a four-star general, and the command's formal establishment because of concerns about its relationship with the NSA and the militarization of cyberspace.

Posted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 1:24pm

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