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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.

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Dr. Greg Brannon's campaign may worry national Republicans.

In November Brannon said Planned Parenthood had a secret plan to kill newborn babies. He also once compared food stamps to slavery and reportedly helped sponsor and speak at a rally supporting nullification. During the campaign Brannon also admitted to reviewing parts of his campaign website which appeared to have been plagiarized from Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) (Brannon styles himself as a sort of heir apparent of Paul's).

Here's the kicker: Brannon is increasingly looking like a candidate that could snatch the GOP nomination away from House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-NC), the establishment candidate that's long been presumed to be the de facto nominee in the race.

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In Virginia, residents of Chesterfield County have been receiving Ku Klux Klan fliers over the last week that says the organization is not the enemy of the "colored and mongrel races," according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The flier includes an email address, website site information, and and a hotline number for people to learn more about the Ku Klux Klan. The fliers, passed out in Chesterfield County, Virginia, argue that the Klan is not a "hate group" and a "nonviolent" organization, according to the Times-Dispatch.

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) referred to the Civil War as the War of Northern Aggression during a keynote speech he gave for the Susan B. Anthony List on Wednesday.

Huckabee made the remarks in a speech where he explained why he opposed abortion. He said that the best reason of all for why he did not support abortion is "that every life is made in the image of god and I have no right to disrupt that which he has initiated," according to audio obtained by TPM.

The former Arkansas governor went on to say that "I don't believe I can own another person, I thought we settled that after the Civil War, or as some people in the South when I was young used to still call it, the War of Northern Aggression." The audience laughed.

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Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) is reportedly beginning to hire campaign staff in preparation for a run for Senate in New Hampshire.

The Associated Press reported Thursday that the ex-Massachusetts senator has quietly begun looking to hire staff for a Senate campaign. Brown has also reportedly sought out New Hampshire's "political elite" about running for Senate.

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Updated: March 13, 2014, 10:39 AM

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) announced Wednesday that she would not seek a third term in office, ending a tenure that included falsely very publicly wagging her finger in President Barack Obama's face (to the delight of tea partiers everywhere) to later bucking Arizona conservatives and pushing to expand Medicaid through Obamacare. It's been an interesting tenure but, as Brewer said, "there does come a time to pass the torch of leadership."

Fortunately, the Arizona gubernatorial field has its share of interesting characters that could succeed Brewer. Polling has also shown a wide open field. Here's a guide to the crowded field of candidates running to be the next governor of Arizona:

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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) announced Wednesday that she won't seek reelection.

Brewer made the announcement at a press conference at Park Meadows Elementary School in Glendale, Arizona, according to the Arizona Republic.

"There does come a time to pass the torch of leadership," Brewer said. "After completing this year in office, I will do just that."

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is tied with his likely Democratic opponent in a general election matchup, according to a new Rasmussen Reports survey released Wednesday.

The poll found Walker tied with Democrat Mary Burke with each candidate getting 45 percent of support of those surveyed. Five percent said they preferred some other candidate in the race and the last five percent said they were not sure who they supported.

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Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (D-NY) left a message for Democrat Alex Sink, the candidate in the Florida 13th Congressional District special election, on Tuesday night but he said Wednesday that he still hadn't heard back.

"I did call her last night and left a message and my message was that she ran a great race and that if this election were in November versus March I believe she would've won and encouraged her to speak with us about continuing this campaign in November," Israel said in conference call with reporters on Wednesday. "I've not heard back from her. And this is just the day after the special so we haven't started thinking about who else may be viable. I'm hoping that Alex and I can talk soon."

A day earlier Sink narrowly lost to lobbyist David Jolly in the special election.

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