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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

In another tangible sign of the upheaval in the GOP Senate primary in Georgia, national Democrats are beginning to focus their fire on businessman David Perdue, who has emerged as the frontrunner and perhaps the biggest threat to Democratic hopes of swiping a GOP Senate seat. Their latest attack line, targeted at GOP primary voters, is that Perdue wants to raise taxes -- not the typical Democratic attack line.

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Two long-shot candidates in the Idaho gubernatorial race stole the show in Wednesday's Republican primary debate.

On stage were Gov. Butch Otter, state Sen. Russ Fulcher, as well as Harley Brown and Walt Bayes. Brown and Bayes do not pose any serious threat to Otter. Polling, however, is very sparse in the race, and Fulcher has been endorsed by Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) which supporters hope will boost the state senator to defeat Otter. The primary is on May 20.

Brown's habit of making highly off color remarks, it should be noted, is the reason why Idaho Public Television instituted a 30-second delay for the debate. Here are a list of highlights from the debate:

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In the face of polls showing Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) leading Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR) in the Arkansas Senate race the Republican favorite and presumptive nominee is being forced to be positive —really positive.

After months of negative attacks either from Pryor's camp or Cotton and his supporters the Republican congressman needs to raise his favorability numbers. So Cotton is moving away from trying to convince voters how terrible Pryor is and, instead, is focusing more and more on his own appeal to Arkansans.

"I don't think that you can win the election solely on anti-Pryor votes," Rex Nelson, a former campaign manager for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) told TPM. "There have to be some pro-Cotton votes at some point along the line and I think he's trying to flag his pro-Cotton bona fides now whereas the early part of the campaign was trying to build up the anti-Pryor negatives."

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