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 Gov. Rick Perry (R) is joining the growing list of popular Republican governors -- many with presidential ambitions -- plagued by scandal in their administrations.

On Monday a state district judge named 12 jurors and two alternates to consider possible criminal charges against Perry. A day earlier Perry hired a high profile Austin-based defense lawyer to represent him. At the center of all this is an ongoing investigation over Perry vetoing funding for the Travis County District Attorney's office. The investigation has been called "Bridgegate West" by the Dallas Morning News, a reference to an investigation of corruption in New Jersey.

But Perry isn't alone among governors facing legal probes these days:

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A blog post by tea party Senate candidate and state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-MS) during his days as a radio host argued that the "welfare dependent citizens of New Orleans" were at fault for staying in the city during Hurricane Katrina.

The blog post was resurfaced by Buzzfeed on Tuesday, along with several other race-bating excerpts published from archives of a website associated with the show to which McDaniel contributed. The report comes on the heels of an ongoing string of resurfaced comments McDaniel made in his previous life as a right-wing pundit that have recently gotten new attention in light of his insurgent primary challenge against Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS).

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Women prefer Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) to Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D), according to a new Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday.

Abbott and Davis are the respective Democratic and Republican gubernatorial candidates. The poll found that 49 percent of women said they preferred Abbott over Davis while 41 percent said they preferred Davis to Abbott. Meanwhile 53 percent of men said they prefer Abbott while 32 percent said they prefer Davis.

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Democrat Alex Sink won't go for a rematch against Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) this November.

According to the Tampa Bay Times on Tuesday Sink has decided not to run for Congress again in 2014.

"I am so honored and humbled by the outpouring of support our campaign received, but after reflection with my family I have made a personal decision not to run for the 13th Congressional District seat in the 2014 election," Sink said according to the Florida newspaper.

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Four straight polls of the Arkansas Senate race have found Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) leading challenger Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR).

Although some of the polls are from Democratic-leaning groups and each of the polls find him with a razor-thin lead, the fact that a rough handful of surveys found Pryor in the lead is notable given that Pryor is considered one of the most endangered Democrats in the 2014 election cycle.

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Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R), who is running against incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R) in the Senate primary, said that Muslims are "just looking for an excuse to hate" the United States even more than they already do during an appearance on the radio show he used to co-host.

That comment is part of a batch of bizarre and eyebrow raising quotes Buzzfeed resurfaced Monday night (other comments McDaniel made on the radio show have already caught national attention).

In the newly surfaced audio McDaniel describes how he heard of a lady in the Middle East saying Al Jazeera's English language channel is a "great idea because now our brothers and sisters in America will have their eyes opened."

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Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel (R) is making sure nobody forgets businessman David Perdue's (R) flap about her level of education in the Georgia Senate race.

Handel, who is competing with Perdue and a number of other candidates in the Georgia primary, recently released a new radio ad hitting Perdue for bashing Handel for not finishing her college degree.

"I'm Karen Handel. When I heard David's comments I thought bless his heart, he's been overseas too long and lost touch with our values: hard work and making the most of life. That's what makes Georgia great," Handel said in the ad. "I left a troubled home at 17, finished high school, got a job, and attended some college. I worked my way up in the private sector and became Georgia's first elected Republican secretary of State."

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