Hollywood and its showbiz denizens are usually associated with the political left, or at least the Democratic Party, and entertainment industry power players have been known to cozy up to their elected representatives. But what happens when the Dems take a big hit, as they did in this year’s midterm elections? Variety breaks it down. –KA


The shift to the right means key Hollywood allies will lose powerful committee chairmanships: Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

[…] Overall, the election results will impact a host of industry related issues pending before Congress. Chiefly among them is net neutrality, as the FCC is seeking to establish “rules of the road” for the Internet, but a more conservative Congress would likely seek to keep their power in check. Also pending is much-debated legislation to mandate that broadcast radio stations pay performers when their music is played over the air. And an emboldened GOP could very well turn its attention, as it has in the past, to significantly cutting funding to public broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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