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.

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Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R), the recently announced primary challenger for Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-Miss) Senate seat, spoke at a neo-Confederate conference in Laurel, Mississippi in August, according to Mother Jones.

The conference was hosted by the Jones County Rosin Heels, a local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Invitations for the event described it as a "Southern Heritage Conference" intended for "politically incorrect folks." Actually, Mother Jones also noted, that event was the second Jones County Rosin Heels event he recently attended. In June McDaniel was the keynote speaker at the Division Reunion in Jackson, also hosted by the Jones County Rosin Heels.

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Democrats are saying that the Republican candidate seeking to fill the shoes of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R), who is abandoning the seat for a shot at the governor's mansion, is just as bad for women as his predecessor.

As the Virginia governor's race increasingly looks to be a lock for Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe, Republicans and Democrats alike are pivoting to the Virginia attorney general race in which state Sen. Mark Obenshain (R) is in a tight battle against state Sen. Mark Herring (D).

Democratic National Committee chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and other Virginia Democrats are stumping for Herring on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Republican State Leadership Committee recently announced it was going to pour $1.35 million into Obenshain's campaign, according to National Journal.

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Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Christine Jones was arrested in 2004 for drunken driving, a pair of Arizona newspapers reported on Tuesday.

According to the Arizona Capitol Times and the Phoenix New Times, paperwork filed on April 14, 2004 in Phoenix Municipal Court showed that Jones had a blood alcohol level above the legal limit of .08 after she was pulled over. She was cited for impared driving and making an unsafe lane change.

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A new Rasmussen Reports poll released Tuesday has Democrat Terry McAuliffe leading Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) 50 percent to 33 percent in the Virginia gubernatorial race. 

The poll's finding is one of the widest leads in McAuliffe's favor in the Virginia governor's race and underscores the increasing margin Cuccinelli has to overcome in the race. The poll also found that libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis has 8 percent support among likely Virginia voters. Meanwhile, just 3 percent prefer another candidate and 5 percent say they are undecided. 

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) delivered an extensive defense of the state's controversial new voter identification law on Monday.

After slamming the Department of Justice's lawsuit against North Carolina as politically motivated and "without merit," McCrory argued in a speech at The Heritage Foundation that the law actually helps to get "the politics out of early voting" and generally represses voter fraud and malpractice.

"But you know, we require a voter ID to get a tattoo, to get Sudafed, to get food stamps, to get on an airplane -- to get almost any government service in North Carolina right now you have to have an ID," McCrory said.

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The Senate Conservatives Fund endorsed Midland University President Ben Sasse (R) in the race for retiring Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE) Senate seat.

"Ben Sasse is a strong conservative with a proven record of solving difficult problems," Senate Conservatives Fund Executive Director Matt Hoskins said in a statement on Tuesday. "He's an expert on health care policy and will help repeal Obamacare and enact free-market health care policies that lower costs and increase quality. There are other good candidates in this race, but Ben Sasse stands above the rest. He's smart, principled, and he's not afraid to tackle tough issues. Ben Sasse will make Nebraska proud and we look forward to working with the grassroots to help him get his message out."

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