March 4, 2015

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Tennessee State Republican Legislators Urge State Attorney General to Sue FCC

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission granted petitions to preempt Tennessee and North Carolina state laws that the city of Wilson, N.C., and Chattanooga, Tenn., Electric Power Board have argued prevent from expanding their municipal broadband offerings. Tennessee state GOP lawmakers are urging the state attorney general to sue, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

Cantwell Prods Foxx On Oil Tank Car Regulations

Democrats in Congress continue to voice their frustration that the Obama administration’s pending regulations on rail shipment of crude oil by rail is held up in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, where proposed rules get a final cost-benefit assessment before being published.

Joe Sestak Kicks Off Rematch With Pat Toomey

Former Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak formally launched his long-expected challenge to Republican Sen. Patrick J. Toomey Wednesday, setting up a possible rematch in one of Democrats’ best pick-up opportunities.

How'd They Do It?

Check out Roll Call’s latest: Deal or No Deal? How Boehner and Pelosi Funded DHS

Rooftop Solar Seen Shifting Grid Costs

A draft analysis prepared for the Louisiana Public Service Commission finds that users of home and small business solar systems are shifting the costs of grid maintenance to other ratepayers, a conclusion that could set the stage for new consideration of utility fees and surcharge, CQ Roll Call’s Ed Felker reports on CQ State Report.

U.S. Doctor Shortage Projection Lower than Earlier Estimates

The demand for doctors in 2025 will exceed the number of practicing physicians by 46,100 to 90,400, the trade association for medical colleges predicted Tuesday, downgrading its earlier estimates of a medical labor squeeze.

Rwanda’s Real Paul Kagame: a Strongman, Not a Statesman | Commentary

By David Himbara

Landmark Supreme Court Cases Ahead, but Not on TV

It’s arguably the most important single hour of federal policymaking this year, and it’s happening Wednesday morning inside a government building on Capitol Hill. But except for clusters of reporters and attorneys, joined by a few dozen citizens who’ve waited hours in a long queue for a glimpse, the event will remain invisible forever.

Winter Storm Bibi Arrives as DHS Funding Fight Fizzles

Yellow police tape blocked access to the Capitol, a sign of enhanced security for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a colorful accent to the fight over funding the Homeland Security Department.

Ban on Capitol Hill Sledding Continues

The Capitol Police Board opted not to allow sledding on Capitol Hill, despite pleas from the District of Columbia’s representative to temporarily lift the ban as D.C. awaits a major winter storm promising several inches of snow.

Democrats Have Early Favorite House Pickup Opportunity

In one of the party’s best pickup opportunities this cycle, Democrats have zeroed in on second-time candidate Monica Vernon to win Iowa’s 1st District.

When No One in Your Office Likes You

On some level, we all want to like our co-workers. Eight hours a day (or more) sitting next to someone is certain to go a lot more smoothly if you enjoy the company. But what happens when the relationship among staff has more animosity than amicability? And worse yet, what happens when it’s directed at you? Hill Navigator discusses.

'When It Comes to Luck, You Make Your Own'

I am not a morning person. It’s 5 a.m., my alarm is blaring at some random interstate-exit hotel near Montgomery, Ala., and all I want to do is go back to sleep. But I really want to get some beauty shots of the Edmund Pettus Bridge and the town of Selma bathed in sunrise light for our coverage of the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday.”

View-Masters for the Win! ONE Campaign Takes Memes to Capitol Hill

Old school took a visit to Capitol Hill this week. As part of the ONE Campaign’s lobby day, members of Congress and staff received View-Masters filled with memes promoting foreign aid.

Senate GOP Has No Definite Options in Response to Obamacare Case

The GOP hasn’t “signed off” on a plan to respond should the Supreme Court strike down most health insurance subsidies in King v. Burwell, Republican Policy Committee Chairman John Barrasso said on the eve of oral arguments in the case.

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