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

While Iowa State Rep.-elect Brian Meyer (D) was sitting in Applebee's Wednesday evening watching the World Series when he got an unexpected call from Vice President Joe Biden. 

"I was obviously surprised, and I didn't think anyone was paying attention to a little special election in the middle of Iowa," Meyer told The Huffington Post. "It was a pleasant surprise to hear from the vice president." 

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Republican Matt Bevin has been endorsed by the Gun Owners of America, Bevin's Kentucky Senate campaign announced Thursday.  

The Gun Owners of America is a pro-gun lobby that falls farther to the right than the National Rifle Association. According to Bevin's campaign, the lobby said "Matt Bevin will not be a follower, but a leader who is willing to uncompromisingly fight for our liberties."

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Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, is now facing a primary challenge from Klamath County Commissioner Dennis Linthicum.

Linthicum announced his primary challenge Wednesday, according to The Oregonian. In an interview with the Oregon newspaper Linthicum said Walden has made a career out of being a politician.

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More Arkansas blame Democrats for the government shutdown than Republicans, according to a new poll.

The 15th Annual University of Arkansas poll released Wednesday found that more Arkansans blame Democrats and President Barack Obama for the shutdown than Republicans, with 37 percent of respondents and 39 percent over all saying the shutdown was Obama's fault. Meanwhile, 26 percent of respondents and 27 percent of likely voters blame Congressional Republicans.

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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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