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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The Senate Conservatives Fund endorsed Midland University President Ben Sasse (R) in the race for retiring Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE) Senate seat.

"Ben Sasse is a strong conservative with a proven record of solving difficult problems," Senate Conservatives Fund Executive Director Matt Hoskins said in a statement on Tuesday. "He's an expert on health care policy and will help repeal Obamacare and enact free-market health care policies that lower costs and increase quality. There are other good candidates in this race, but Ben Sasse stands above the rest. He's smart, principled, and he's not afraid to tackle tough issues. Ben Sasse will make Nebraska proud and we look forward to working with the grassroots to help him get his message out."

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) warned his attorney general that he should not publicize his personal opposition to the state's new voter identification laws while also defending them in a lawsuit brought up by the Justice Department.

"Regarding the attorney general, my only comment regarding this is he can have his personal opinion but as a lawyer he should not publicize your personal opinion if you're going to be defending the people who are promoting this commonsense law," McCrory said during an appearance at The Heritage Foundation on Monday. "Good lawyers don't do that."

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Former President Bill Clinton is starting a three day campaign-swing for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe on October 27.

The McAuliffe campaign announced Sunday that Clinton go a three-day campaign tour throughout the state in support of McAuliffe. The former president will appear at multiple campaign events for McCuliffe throughout the state. The McAuliffe campaign said it would announce details and locations for Clinton's swing soon.

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One of the most prominent Virginia newspapers decided not to endorse any of the three candidates running in the state's gubernatorial race.

In an editorial published Sunday, the Richmond Times-Dispatch said it was endorsing "none of the above" in the race, meaning that Democrat Terry McAuliffe, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) or libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis will not get the paper's backing.

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Updated: October 21, 2013, 9:52 am. 

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has ordered his administration to withdraw its appeal of a New Jersey Supreme court ruling allowing gay couples to get married.

The New Jersey high court on Friday refused a request by the Christie administration to delay a ruling by a judge that allowed same-sex couples to get married in New Jersey. After the ruling the Christie administration said it would appeal the decision.

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She's like a singing Sarah Palin.

Meet Christine Jones, Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate. She's got a strong conservative streak, some trouble with geography, and apparently a desire to sing her way to the governor's office.

All of this was on display Wednesday night when the deep-pocketed former executive of the internet company GoDaddy serenaded the audience at a charity event for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (R). Jones, who could play a major role in the 2014 GOP primary, told the crowd she has been trying to win the sheriff's support.

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Campaign spending reports are yet another victim in the government shutdown, with key reports delayed as a result of furloughed federal workers.

Like other federal services, staffers for the FEC website were dramatically reduced during the shutdown. At one point just four employees were reportedly working for the agency during the shutdown. Moreover, certain documents on the FEC website were not available for the public to access and clicking on parts of the website resulted in a dead link with a "not found" message instead. As of Friday morning, some reports on the site were still not available.

The shutdown spanned a period that included a quarterly filing deadline for congressional candidates and the last few days before the New Jersey special election, in which Cory Booker (D) emerged victorious on Wednesday. The FEC set filing deadlines for a number of special elections prior to the shutdown in Alabama (Nov. 5), Louisiana (Oct. 19), Massachusetts (Oct. 15), and New Jersey (Oct. 19).

When workers returned on Thursday, they waived a fine for late filers and has made staff available this week to help those filers submit their disclosures. The shutdown was especially ideal for donors who wanted to quietly inject money into a race with a special election during the shutdown without anyone knowing.

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A judge in Virginia on Friday rejected a request by state Democrats to reinstate about 40,000 voters from state voter rolls. 

The judge's ruling is the latest in an ongoing legal battle between state Democrats, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) over the rolls because the voters registered in other states. Critics of the purge argue that it's an attempt to help Cuccinelli win the gubernatorial election; he's currently trailing behind Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe in the polls. But U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton on Friday said that Democrats had not provided sufficient evidence to prove that the purge was politically motivated. 

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