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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Texas' controversial new voter identification law -- which has already attracted a lawsuit from the Department of Justice -- might just give a step up to gubernatorial candidate state Sen. Wendy Davis (D), who Democrats hope will be the first Democrat elected to the Texas governor's mansion since Ann Richards in 1991.

In Texas, the law asks voters to verify their identity with a photo ID (qualifying documents include a driver's license, state-issued voter ID certificate, Texas photo ID, concealed cary handgun license, military ID, citizenship certificate or a passport) to match a pre-approved list of voters.

Many voters-rights groups have recently complained about the new barriers to voting, which critics say can actually prevent poor and young voters from accessing their right to vote. Surprisingly, the group of disenfranchised voters may also include married women who change their names to match their husbands' when they get married. Married women tend to vote more conservative than unmarried women.

Davis herself reportedly had to sign an affidavit testifying to her identity when she arrived in Fort Worth for early voting on Monday. (Davis changed her name from Wendy Russell when she married her ex-husband, Jeff Davis, whom she divorced in 2005.)

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 Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) has created a new political action committee in New Hampshire.

Brown, who was defeated by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in 2012, filed paperwork on Oct. 11 registering The People's Seat PAC Inc., according to The Concord Monitor. Also important to note, per the Monitor, that The People's Seat PAC is the name of Brown's campaign committee when he was a senator.

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) endorsed Democrat Sean Eldridge's congressional campaign on Monday.

Eldridge, the husband of Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, is running for New York's 19th Congressional District, currently held by Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY). The seat was formerly held by Gillibrand.

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Congressional tea party candidate Katrina Pierson (TX) is fundraising off of Rep. Alan Grayson's (D-FL) fundraising email in which he compared the tea party to the Ku Klux Klan. 

"Let me tell Congressman Grayson something: I don’t think I’d be too welcome at a Klan rally, but I’ve been cheered at a Tea Party rally," Pierson, who is black, wrote in the email released Friday. 

Pierson, who is running for Rep. Pete Session's (R-TX) seat, continued: 

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California looks to be the next site of a push to recall state lawmakers after Democrats passed new gun restrictions. 

Gun-rights activists in California are taking steps to recall several California legislators - all Democrats -- Assembly Speaker John Pérez, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, Assembly woman Sharon Quirk-Silva, state Sens. Ben Hueso and Norma Torres, according to The San Francisco Chronicle

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On Thursday night at Virginia Tech, the site where 33 people were massacred by gun violence in 2007, Virginia gubernatorial candidates Terry McAuliffe (D) and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) squared off over solutions for countering gun violence in their final debate.

McAuliffe highlighted his support for universal background checks, a popular reform that's been considered politically dead thanks to the lobbying strength of pro-gun groups.

"As governor, I want to make sure communities are safe, I never want to see another Newtown or Aurora, Virginia Tech ever again," McAuliffe said.

Cuccinelli has emphasized that during his time as attorney general, the state has excelled at screening people with mental illnesses from purchasing guns and prosecuting those with illegal gun possession. He also said he wants to increase funding for mental health services.

"We need to do more in that direction to make sure less of those tragedies happen because they're all tied to mental health failures," Cuccinelli said at one point during Thursday's debate. "I also would note that I am a strong advocate of enforcing our gun laws Virginia is literally one of the best states in the country to do that and I'll continue to do that as governor. I'm an "A" rated NRA candidate and I'm running against the only "F" rated candidate running statewide and that's Terry McAuliffe."

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The third Virginia gubernatorial debate took a turn for the whimsical on Thursday night when Republican candidate Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli likened Democrat Terry McAuliffe's plans for focusing on education and research to bringing a puppy home but not having a plan on how to keep it.

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