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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Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel's (R) Senate campaign is now disputing that McDaniel was at a neo-Confederate conference that they said he had attended.

In October, Mother Jones reported that McDaniel had attended neo-Confederate and pro-secessionist conferences. Mother Jones reporter Timothy Murphy reported that when he reached McDaniel's campaign he was told "Senator McDaniel has driven across Mississippi to speak to many groups over the past decade" but did not deny that the state senator attended the August event. Murphy also confirmed McDaniel's attendance through a spokesman for the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

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Mitch McConnell's chief of staff -- currently assigned as a senior staffer at the National Republican Senatorial Committee through the 2014 election -- compared the Senate Conservatives Fund to a drunk making a ruckus at a bar.

"S.C.F. has been wandering around the country destroying the Republican Party like a drunk who tears up every bar they walk into," Josh Holmes said according to The New York Times. "The difference this cycle is that they strolled into Mitch McConnell’s bar and he doesn’t throw you out, he locks the door."

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Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) argued Friday that President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Virginia to campaign for Democrat Terry McAuliffe would actually help Cuccinelli's campaign.

Cuccinelli suggested that Obama's visit would draw attention to Obamacare.

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Democrat Terry McAuliffe leads Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) in the Virginia gubernatorial race by 7 percentage points among likely voters, according to a new Christopher Newport University poll released Friday. 

The poll found McCauliffe with 45 percent support of voters while Cuccinelli has 38 percent support among likely voters. For registered voters, McAuliffe leads by 43 percentage points while Cuccinelli has 36 percentage points. Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis, meanwhile, has 10 percent support among both likely and registered voters, the poll found. The 7-point margin in McAuliffe's favor is the same as Christopher Newport University's Oct. 15 poll but two points lower for McAuliffe than when the university surveyed the race for its Oct. 8 poll. 

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Updated: October 31, 2013, 3:32 pm.

A second Virginia newspaper has decided not to endorse any of the three candidates in the Virginia gubernatorial race.

The Roanoke Times published an editorial on Thursday that argued "none of the three candidates deserves an endorsement in this year's gubernatorial contest."

The non-endorsement comes less than a week before Election Day, and polls show Democrat Terry McAuliffe leading Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) by around 7 or 8 percentage points.

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EMILY's List endorsed former Florida gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink (D) on Thursday in the race for the seat left vacant after the death of Rep. C.W. Bill Young's (R-FL).

The endorsement came shortly after Sink jumped into the race for Young's seat and follows EMILY's List reportedly removing Jessica Ehrlich, also running for the seat, from its online list of favored candidates, according to Roll Call on Wednesday. That online list is often a precursor to an endorsement.

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Update: October 31, 2013, 10:08 am. 

Kentucky Republican Matt Bevin released a new radio ad Thursday hitting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for his involvement in ending the government shutdown.

The ad features clips of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate, praising McConnell for cementing a deal to end the government shutdown earlier this month.

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