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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

The Senate Conservatives Fund endorsed retired Air Force Colonel Rob Maness in the Republican primary for Sen. Mary Landrieu's (D-LA) Senate seat.

Maness is running against Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) in the primary.

"Colonel Rob Maness is a constitutional conservative with a remarkable record of service to our country," Senate Conservatives Fund Executive Director Matt Hoskins said in a statement on Monday "He understands the value of our freedoms and will fight to repeal Obamacare and stop the massive spending, bailouts, and debt that are bankrupting our country. He offers voters a compelling choice over Senator Mary Landrieu because he's not a Washington insider. Colonel Maness is a principled leader who will make Louisiana proud."

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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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