Daniel Strauss

Daniel Strauss is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. He was previously a breaking news reporter for The Hill newspaper and has written for Politico, Roll Call, The American Prospect, and Gaper's Block. He has also interned at Democracy: A Journal of Ideas and The New Yorker. Daniel grew up in Chicago and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in History. At Michigan he helped edit Consider, a weekly opinion magazine. He can be reached at daniel@talkingpointsmemo.com.

Articles by Daniel

Republicans hailed Rep. Jim Matheson's (D-UT) decision not to seek another term in Congress as a de facto gain of one House seat. Matheson had been representing one of the most conservative districts under Democratic control after all. But the rub is that Matheson doesn't seem to be done with politics just yet.

Indeed, while Matheson's decision seems to guarantee that Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love (R), who narrowly lost to Matheson in 2012 and soon after announced a rematch, will win the outgoing congressman's seat, Matheson has other elected posts in mind. The Salt Lake Tribune asked Matheson whether he's considering running for Senate shortly after he announced his plans not to run for reelection.

"Yes, sir," Matheson quickly told the Utah newspaper.

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More than six weeks after Election Day, Virginia State Sen. Mark Obenshain (R) finally conceded the Virginia attorney general race on Wednesday, as the recount he sought failed to close his gap against state Sen. Mark Herring (D).

"As we near the conclusion of the recount I'm confident that the final total of the recount is going to show Mark Herring ahead," Obenshain said Wednesday at a press conference.

Obenshain added that the attorney general race is "over." He said he called Herring earlier in the day to concede the race.

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) is backing legislation that outlaws discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation. 

Corbett told The Philadelphia Inquirer that he is "coming out in support" of Pennsylvania House Bill 300, which amends the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act to also ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. Corbett decided to back the bill after he learned that federal law does not cover that type of discrimination in Pennsylvania, according to the Inquirer. 

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Add Kentucky Republican Matt Bevin to the list of Republicans attacking House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) for lashing out last week at conservative outside groups. 

Boehner earned the ire of conservative Republicans for strongly criticizing Club for Growth, Heritage Action, and FreedomWorks for opposing a two-year bipartisan budget deal introduced by Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) and her House counterpart, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).  In an interview with The Hill published Wednesday, Bevin, who is challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), said that the speaker "felt that he had enough votes that he could get a little bit cocky with people."

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Wyoming Senate candidate Liz Cheney (R) is criticizing Senate Republicans' campaign arm as part of the GOP establishment working to defeat her. 

In a fundraising email to supporters, Cheney, who is challenging Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY), cited a pro-Enzi super PAC and the National Republican Senatorial Committee as two of the GOP establishment forces trying to stop her.  

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With ballots for almost half of Virginia counted, state Sen. Mark Herring's (D) campaign for attorney general estimates that its candidate has continued to widen his lead over state Sen. Mark Obenshain (R).

Herring attorney Marc Elias told reporters at a confernece call Tuesday afternoon that Herring so far had gained 742 votes while Obenshain had gained 300 leading to a net increase of 442 votes in the Democrat's favor. Elias cautioned though that their estimates of the results were under the assumption that legal challenges to the votes being recounted would not be upheld. But Elias said it wouldn't make much of a difference either way.

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Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT) announced Tuesday that he would not run for reelection in 2014.

Matheson made the announcement on his Facebook page. His decision creates a big pickup opportunity for the GOP as the Utah congressman's district leans heavily Republican. In 2012 Matheson narrowly beat Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love ( R) to keep the seat. In 2013 Love announced that she would run for Matheson's seat again.

Read Matheson's statement below:

When I launched my first campaign in 1999, I knew that the arc of my public service would have many chapters. It has been a tremendous privilege to serve the people of Utah during my time in the United States House of Representatives, but my time in the House should not be the sum total of my service. Today, I am announcing that I will not seek reelection to the House of Representatives.

Public service has been integral to my life for as long as I can remember. I was raised to value the honor in public service and the responsibility of holding the public trust. My time in Congress has only strengthened these beliefs.

I take the role of representative seriously and intend to conclude this chapter of my service to our state in the same way I have always approached my job. You can count on me to work hard, to solve problems, to achieve progress and to put Utah first. While at the end of 2014 my tenure in the House of Representatives will come to an end, my duty to our state and our country will undoubtedly continue.

There are many people who have shared this incredible journey who have my respect and gratitude. I want to thank the people from every corner of our state who placed their trust in my stewardship. It has been a great honor to serve as your representative. I also want to thank my staff for their commitment, loyalty, and hard work. Finally, I want to thank my wife Amy and my sons Will and Harris for their love, support and shared belief in the importance of service.

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