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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Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes invited Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to go to a gun range.

"As an NRA member, my strong support for the Second Amendment is unquestioned. I am proud of Kentucky's long-held gun ownership, sporting and hunting traditions," Grimes said in a statement on Friday. "It is unfortunate that Senator McConnell is desperate to mislead Kentucky voters about my strong support for the Second Amendment. In the Senate, I will protect my fellow Kentuckians' right to keep and bear arms. Whenever he's not busy pandering to Washington lobbyists, I welcome Senator McConnell to come shoot with me at the range any day."

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Updated: November 8, 2013, 11:37 am.

Democratic Governors Associations Chairman Peter Shumlin (D) told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor-sponsored meeting on Thursday that Democrat Terry McAuliffe's victory in this week's Virginia gubernatorial election is spurring Democrats to go on the offensive in 2014.

"These are the states that I'm optimistic about for the reason that these governors have done exactly what Cuccinelli has done," he said, referring to Democratic governor-elect Terry McAuliffe's narrow win over Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R).

Below is the ambitious list of governorships Shumlin said Democrats want to retake from the GOP:

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The Republican lawmaker challenging Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) took a page from the birther playbook earlier this month when he joked at a political breakfast that President Barack Obama was born in Kenya.

The lawmaker, state Sen. Owen Hill, made the remarks at a Denver County Republican Party First Friday Breakfast on Nov. 1. Audio of his remarks were obtained by Buzzfeed.

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This post has been updated at 12:30 p.m. ET. 

A 527 group associated with Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is airing a new stealth attack ad against former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (D) quoting Democratic politicians in the state.

The ad, which a Florida TPM reader said aired Wednesday night on MSNBC, was released by the independent Let's Get To Work political committee, but doesn't feature Scott's name directly. 

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Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D), the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, brushed off suggestions that the Virginia governor's election was closer than expected because of a rocky Obamacare rollout. 

"I do not think that Obamacare had any impact on the Virginia election," Shumlin said Thursday at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast adding that "really what Virginia was about was not about Obamacare."

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More than 12 hours after polls closed in Virginia, the race for Virginia's next attorney general is still too close to call.

As of midday Wednesday, state Sen. Mark Obenshain (R) had a 965-vote lead over state Sen. Mark Herring (D). According to the Virginia State Board of Elections, 1,100,410 Virginians (49.92 percent of the vote) cast their vote for Obenshain while 1,099,445 voters picked Herring (49.87 percent). 

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Internal polling always showed a tight race between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) in the Virginia governor's race, Democratic National Committee Communications Director Mo Elleithee argued in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday.

"Ken Cuccinelli made this race in Virginia a referendum on Obamacare. Democrats made this a referendum on the tea party's extremism and the government shutdown. We won," Elleithee said. "And let's be very clear because I know there's been a lot of chatter about whether or not there's been a tightening of the race as a result of the Cuccinelli focus of Obamacare — there was no tightening of the race. The internal polling of the campaign showed from the summer remarkably consistent that the race was anywhere from 2 to 4 points."

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