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

Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis (D) is getting some help from the Red Headed Stranger.

Country music star Willie Nelson, a Texas native, will perform at a backyard barbecue fundraiser for Davis on April 27.

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Democrats are in danger of losing control of the Senate and taking control of the House seems virtually beyond reach in the 2014 election cycle but gubernatorial races are another story. In those races Democrats look poised to claim a few victories.

Earlier in the week the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling survey polled five governor's races on behalf of MoveOn.org. The pollster found in those five races (Maine, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Florida) Democrats lead the Republican governor. In Arkansas, a new Talk Business-Hendrix College Poll also found Democrat Mike Ross ever so slightly leading Republican Asa Hutchinson in the gubernatorial race, 44 percent to 43 percent.

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Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R), the tea party candidate challenging incumbent Sen. Thad Chocran (R), ranted that a Libertarian Party's write-in candidate for governor of Alabama used her breasts on the campaign trail.

McDaniel made the comments on his radio show The Right Side around 2005 and 2006. The comments were resurfaced on Thursday by Buzzfeed. McDaniel was likely referring to Libertarian candidate Loretta Nall, who ran for governor in 2006.

Nall, The Associated Press reported in 2006, sold campaign gear showing her smiling in a "low cut dress" with text that read "more of these boobs."

"It's so interesting to see this woman, basically using her boobies —I shouldn't have said that— to using her breasts to run for office," McDaniel said on the show. "If that's not the most typical Libertarian platform I don't know what is. The only thing that could probably make the campaign more Libertarian is a heroin needle in her arm."

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Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-MS), the tea party favored candidate to challenge incumbent Republican Sen. Thad Cochran who seems to be in the habit of associating with white nationalists and neo-Confederates, vowed not to pay taxes if they go up because of reparations over slavery and mocked complaints of racism over an ad depicting a white woman holding down a black woman.

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Democrats are slamming MSNBC for allowing Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough to go to a New Hampshire Republican Party event after it said Ed Schultz, host of the channel's The Ed Show, could not go to a similar event for Florida Democrats.

Scarborough identifies as a Republican and Schultz identifies as a Democrat.

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Sen. Angus King (I-ME) is floating siding with Republicans after the midterm elections.

In an interview with The Hill, King, who currently caucuses with Democrats, said that he would make his decision on which party to caucus with after the the midterm elections. King said he is leaving open the possibility of switching over to caucus with Republicans if they take control of the Senate.

"I'll make my decision at the time based on what I think is best for Maine," King said to The Hill on Wednesday.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has been called out for two misleading campaign ads that suggest as many as 300,000 Floridians have lost their health insurance coverage through Obamacare, according to The Miami Herald.

On Wednesday Scott deflected questions by reporters about the ads, produced by the Pro-Scott political committee Let’s Get to Work.

"Clearly, the ad's accurate [sic]," Scott said. He refused to elaborate.

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A new set of polls by Public Policy Polling finds Republicans on the defensive in a number of governor's races.

The polls, conducted by the Democratic-leaning PPP on behalf of MoveOn.org found the Democratic candidates in Maine, Kansas, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Florida leading the Republican candidates.

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