Elephant Nightmares: Is McConnell’s Dream Really Within Reach?

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What, exactly, could spoil the celebration Republicans are already planning? The cold percentages the forecasters put out showing 30 percent or 40 percent or even 45 percent odds of a Democratic Senate “hold” aren’t vivid enough to disturb happy elephant dreams.

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Somethin's Fishy

Does Ted Cruz's new top candidate in New Hampshire actually have Obamacare even though she bashes it? Or does she have a non-Obamacare compliant Freedom Fighter plan? Does she even have health insurance at all? Normally these questions would be private matters. But basing her campaign in large part around bashing Obamacare they become relevant. And everyone got curious after she initially refused to answer the question. We tried to get to the bottom of the story yesterday after her campaign had managed to snow other news outlets that didn't seem to catch the contradictions in the earlier statements from the campaign. We talked to them and got a series of statements that didn't seem to add up or didn't show any clear understanding of how health care insurance or Obamacare works, requests to go off the record and more. Finally we were told the campaign would send a definitive statement by the end of yesterday. That statement never came and now they've gone silent entirely. Here's the latest on what we've learned.

Ultimate TPM Buddy Movie

We noted last week that the guy in charge of saving the Kansas Senate race for the GOP turns out to be the country's top voter suppression advocate, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. But there's more! Now he's enlisted US Attorney firing scandal figure, Bradley Shlozman, himself a legendary figure in the voter suppression movement, to help keep Democrat Chad Taylor's name on the ballot. It's like the whole gang is reuniting for this one effort. Dylan Scott has the full story.

Not A Friendly Hearing For Kobach

The Kansas Supreme Court gave the lawyer for Secretary of State Kris Kobach a rough time in court this morning over Kobach's decision not to allow Democratic Senate nominee Chad Taylor to remove his name from the November ballot. More soon.

Wait, What Kind of Plan?

Okay, this is kind of fascinating. You can see that we have this story about about Cruz-backed Tea Party candidate Marilinda Garcia, running for a seat in Congess up in New Hampshire. She was being interviewed last week and stumbled into this question of just what kind of insurance she had since she's such a big critic of Obamacare. She very oddly ducked and bobbed and refused to answer the question, specifically whether she herself had an Obamacare plan. Her campaign followed up and clarified that she did have health care coverage but not an Obamacare plan. But some key elements of the story did not - and still do not - seem to add up.

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