Catherine Thompson

Catherine Thompson is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. Before joining TPM, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She is a graduate of New York University, where she served as the deputy managing editor of NYU's student newspaper, the Washington Square News. She can be reached at

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's (R) 2000 congressional campaign website shows an apparent anti-gay bias that presaged his signing of an a "religious freedom" bill, which critics say protects business owners who religiously object to serving same-sex couples.

Buzzfeed's Andrew Kaczynski surfaced an archived version of the campaign website on Tuesday amid continued fallout from Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

As TPM previously reported, Pence has a long history of fighting against gay rights. But the the governor's old website for his campaign for Congress shows a platform that took a much more hard-line stance against the LGBT rights movement than Pence seems to advocate today.

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Police on Tuesday revealed the contents of a note left behind by former Missouri political operative Spence Jackson, who was found dead in his apartment Sunday night.

Jackson had been an aide to late gubernatorial candidate and Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich (R), who himself committed suicide last month amid rumors that he was the target of an anti-Semitic whisper campaign.

Jefferson City police Capt. Doug Shoemaker said in a news conference that Jackson's note read in its entirety: "I'm so sorry. I just can't take being unemployed again."

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