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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Daily Political Wire 12-21-2010

George Wenschhof

F.C.C. To Rule on Internet Use -
a controversial issue, known to some as net neutrality, which has fostered for some time. Expectations are the federal Trade Commission will present a compromise of sorts which will prohibit providers like Comcast from blocking web access , but allow restrictions on web applications. The NY Times has more here.


Debate on START Treaty to End Today -
the vote is expected to take place tomorrow, or possibly today, with two-thirds needed in the Senate for ratification. President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Secretary of State Clinton have all been calling Republican Senators as they know they will need nine of the Republicans to obtain ratification. Yesterday, the Senators were given a secret intelligence briefing supporting the ratification of the treaty with Russia which further reduces nuclear arsenals and provides for on the ground verification. has more here.


Census Data Set for Release Today -
every ten years, per the constitution, population shifts dictate representation in Congress. Republican oriented states Texas, Utah and Arizona are expected to gain representatives, while Democratic leaning states Michigan and New York are expected to lose seats.

Governors and state legislatures across the country will be redrawing districts as a result of the census data. has more here.

For political junkies, this redistricting is a major happening which can and most likely will have a direct impact on the 2012 presidential election.


Pence For Governor? -
Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post reports Indiana Lt.Governor Becky Skillman will not run for Governor due to health issues. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is term limited and also rumored to be considering a run for president in 2012.

Representative (R-Ind.) also has been rumored to be in the race for the 2012 Republican nomination for president. However, a run for Governor is much more likely. The Washington Post Caucus Blog has more here.


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