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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Conservatives were upset when House Republican leadership fast-tracked a vote on a Medicare doctor payment fix (or "Doc Fix") bill through the chamber on Thursday and Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) wanted to make sure his objections were known.

"I consider it a step backwards for democracy," Broun said in a statement, confirmed by TPM. "This Putin-esque behavior is an example of why I voted against Boehner as Speaker of the House."

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A top Republican political operative is skeptical of Democrats' push on equal pay legislation.

The operative, Katie Packer Gage, a former campaign adviser to Mitt Romney and the founder of a political consulting shop that advises Republicans on appealing to women, said that Democrats are pushing equal pay proposals "to distract women from real issues."

But Gage cautioned that that doesn't mean pay disparities aren't something that women see as a problem.

"Look, women view this as a problem," Gage said according to CNN. "When you talk to women, and you see in focus groups, they feel it's a problem. They have anecdotal experience, they feel it, but they don't have very specific data. Our party's response has been to push back on it and say it's not a problem."

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Over the last week or so, the departure of Florida Gov. Rick Scott's (R) billionaire finance co-chairman has caused a few headaches for the governor's re-election campaign, and could cause more pain going forward.

Roughly a week ago Scott's billionaire campaign finance co-chairman, Mike Fernandez, quit the campaign citing "behind-the-scenes disagreements." Soon more details came out. Fernandez, who was born in Cuba, was reportedly very dissatisfied with the direction of campaign and how much access he had to Scott. Fernandez, in an email obtained by the Miami Herald, was shaken by "culturally insensitive" language two Scott staffers had been using on the way to a Mexican restaurant. Politico then obtained another email where Fernandez complained about the "paranoia" of Scott campaign manager Melissa Sellers.

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A Republican running for the Colorado state House of Representatives dropped out of the race Thursday after his arrest record and connections to white supremacist movements came to light.

"I didn't think things all the way through," the former candidate, Nate Marshall, told the Denver Post on Thursday. A day earlier, the Post highlighted that Marshall, a 42 year old construction worker, had been arrested and also made offensive comments about Muslims and gay people.

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An attempt by Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) to do some damage control for warning that a mere farmer could become the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee backfired badly.

Braley's campaign on Wednesday sent out a campaign email highlighting his background in farming — but the press release misspelled basic Iowa farming terms. As the Des Moines Register pointed out, the press release described Braley time on Iowa farms "detassling corn and bailing hay." As the Register notes, the correct spelling is "detasseling" and "baling."

The line from the press release read: "Bruce grew up in rural Iowa and worked on Iowa farms, detassling corn and bailing hay. Bruce worked summers at a grain elevator, driving a truck, cleaning out grain bins, and delivering feed."

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has endorsed Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) in the Iowa Senate race.

Warren's endorsement on Thursday was a joint nod from the Massachusetts senator and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. Warren also endorsed Democratic candidate Rick Weiland in South Dakota.

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An Arizona state senator and long-shot gubernatorial candidate encouraged people to go learn more about a freelance border patrol hate group that the Southern Poverty Law Center describes as "one of the most virulent anti-immigrant groups around."

Arizona State Sen. Al Melvin (R) cited the group during an explanation he gave on Tuesday of why he voted for House Bill 2462, legislation that lets Arizona create a "virtual fence" along the border between Arizona and Mexico. In describing why he voted yes, Melvin mentioned the American Border Patrol. The mention came during a long-winded explanation by Melvin of how border security is not just a federal issue, it's a local issue too.

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The newly appointed co-chairwoman of the House Speaker Thom Tillis' (R-NC) Senate campaign outreach effort to women defended her decision to join the group even though she helped found Planned Parenthood's office in North Carolina and Tillis helped pushed through a controversial anti-abortion bill through the state legislature.

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There's been a significant drop in the number of Republican women running for Congress this cycle compared to 2012.

According to findings by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, 74 Republican women, including 17 incumbents, are likely to run or are running for seats in the House this cycle. By comparison, 108 ran for Congress in 2012. The number has remained the same in the Senate, though, with 16 women running both this cycle and in 2012. The findings are regularly updated after each primary election.

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