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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Danita Kilcullen, the founder of a Florida Tea Party group, accused the Florida Republican party of being taken over by "gay thugs."

In an email written earlier in November and obtained by the Florida Sun-Sentinel, Kilcullen argued that the Log Cabin Republicans, a pro-same-sex GOP group, has "all but taken over" the Broward Republican Executive Committee. Kilcullen called the Log Cabin Republicans a "thug organization" motivated by their own "special interests."

In the email Kilcullen also warns that she would be "damned" if she was forced to hire someone with tattoos, piercings, or a man in a dress, a reference to the Senate's passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

Read the email below:

“We must fight with all we have... We must put pressure on the House like has never been seen before. I'll be damned if I will ever be forced to hire someone with orange hair, body/neck/face covered with tattoos, multiple piercings, or a man in a dress... or for that matter, a demonstrative effeminate male or purposeful butch-looking female. The Log Cabins are the same lobbyist organization that has all but taken over BREC; and besides that, we have someone on the Board of BREC who is using her position to openly put pressure on some BREC members to stand for same-sex marriage.


This is the same group who, based on nothing other than his recent stand for gay marriage, supports Chris Christie and who publicly worked against Cuccinelli for his stand for traditional marriage. Keep in mind, this is a thug organization with only their own "special interests" in play. I wonder what they will do with democrat Charlie Crist now running for governor? I'm betting on them to vote for Charlie, along with some other mousey republicans. I will now be accused of 'splitting' BREC. I am not! I am in standing with the Republican Platform, which is what I stated the very night I was sworn-on to BREC. We must stop this in short!

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton each lead the fields of potential Republican and Democratic primary opponents for the 2016 presidential nomination, a new poll found.

The CNN/ORC poll released Friday found that 24 percent of Republicans and Independents who are likely to vote Republican in the next presidential election would back Christie. That's an increase of 7 percentage points from the last CNN poll that included the question in September. Thirteen percent, meanwhile, said they would back Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) in the GOP Republican primary followed by 11 percent for Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), and 10 percent for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

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A recount of the razor thin attorney general race in Virginia is officially on.

Virginia State Sen. Mark Obenshain's (R) campaign formally filed for a recount Wednesday. The move, long expected, came just two days after the Virginia State Board of Elections certified Obenshain's opponent, state Sen. Mark Herring (D), as the winner of the race by a tiny 165-vote margin. Because Herring's margin of victory is within 1 percent of the more than 2 million votes tallied in the race, either Obenshain or Herring could have requested a recount.

So here's what happens now.

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You can add guns to the list of things political groups want you to argue about with your family this Thanksgiving.

In the past week, both the National Rifle Association and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's gun control group have released competing guides about how to respond to dinner table "myths" from their respective opponents.

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State Sen. Mark Obenshain's (R) campaign for attorney general of Virginia formally filed for a recount on Wednesday.

A runner for Obenshain's campaign was sent over to the Capitol in Richmond to formally file the papers Wednesday morning.

"This morning we are filing a petition for recount and a memorandum in support of the recount and it's actually on its way over to the court as we speak," Obenshain attorney Stephen C. Piepgrass said in a conference call with reporters Wednesday morning. "As soon as the petition is filed the process begins for a special recount court to start planning the recount."

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Kentucky Republican Matt Bevin accused Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who Bevin is running against in the primary for McConnell's Senate seat, of "working actively" to make sure Obamacare is not repealed. 

"We wanted to just call attention to frankly what we're seeing as a rather disturbing trend which is the fact that we've thought for some time that most of Mitch McConnell's bluster about yanking out Obamacare root and branch was really just that," Bevin said in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday. "But we're seeing yet again the fact that behind the scenes and now with increasing amounts of overtness he's really working actively to ensure that this is not a piece of legislation that is ended." 

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Though much has been made about Democrats' positioning on Obamacare as 2014 approaches, it may be Republicans that face more hurdles in the early parts of the campaign.

In seven of eight Senate races the incumbent senator facing a serious or semi-serious primary challenger is a Republican. That's in contrast to incumbent Democrats. In the eight races just one includes an incumbent Democrat with a primary challenger.

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A conservative super PAC plans to release a new ad linking Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) to his state's healthcare exchange website. 

The television ad, first reported by Politico, was produced by Americans for Job Security and includes clips of Enzi speaking during a 2010 conference with Obama and lawmakers discussing Obamacare and the state exchanges. The spot will air Monday. 

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Mary Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, has joined a bipartisan effort against adding a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage to Indiana's constitution.

In a fundraising email for the group, Freedom Indiana, Cheney, who is married to her partner, writes that "no one should be denied the fundamental liberties we all deserve."

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Updated: November 26, 2013, 5:45 PM.

State Sen. Mark Obenshain (R) will request a recount in the Virginia attorney general race on Wednesday.

Obenshain's campaign released an advisory Tuesday afternoon that the state senator would formally request a recount the next day.

Lawyers with Obenshain's campaign plan to hold a conference call Wednesday morning to discuss the process for a recount.

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