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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

The openly lesbian mayor of Houston isn't surprised by a federal judge's ruling that the state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional.

In a statement, Houston Mayor Annise Parker (D) said that the ruling is just another step in the direction Texas is headed.

"This is not a surprise. I have known all along that this is where we are heading in my home state and across the country," Parker said in a statement. "It is one more step in a long quest for equal rights that will end at the Supreme Court. I am pleased to see that this federal judge is following the same line of reasoning that led me to recognize same sex spouses for the purposes of city business."

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is now saying he would veto a controversial Arizona bill that lets businesses discriminate against LGBT people after dodging the question this morning on MSNBC.

"I don’t want to tell Governor Brewer what to do, she can do what’s best for her state. From my understanding of that bill, I would veto it in Florida because it seems unnecessary," Scott said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) disagrees with a federal judge's ruling that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

"Texans spoke loud and clear by overwhelmingly voting to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman in our Constitution, and it is not the role of the federal government to overturn the will of our citizens," Perry said.

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the likely Republican gubernatorial nominee, said the state will appeal a federal judge's decision ruling the state's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional.

Abbott's statement came after U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia handed down the ruling Wednesday afternoon. Garcia issued a stay along with the ruling, which means the ban stays in place while the ruling is appealed.

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Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis (D), the likely Democratic nominee for governor, is pleased with a federal judge's ruling that declared the state's gay marriage ban unconstitutional.

"She is pleased with the ruling because she believes that all Texans who love one another and are committed to spending their lives together should be allowed to marry," press secretary Rebecca Acuña said in a statement to TPM on Wednesday afternoon.

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Secretary of State John Kerry said that a new bill pending in Arizona that would permit segregation against LGBT people based on one's religious beliefs is comparable to a collection of harsh anti-LGBT laws in Uganda because both are "contrary to fundamental basic human rights."

Kerry made the comments Wednesday in an interview with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell. His comments are perhaps the most direct comments from a top-ranking Obama administration official on Arizona's SB 1062 bill. Gov. Jan Brewer (R) is mulling whether to veto the bill before the Saturday deadline, when the bill will become law if she does nothing.

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Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) holds a very slight lead over all her possible challengers in the Republican primary, according to a new poll.

The poll, from American Insights, however founded a high number of undecided voters. Against House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-NC), Hagan leads 38 percent to 35 percent. In a matchup with Rev. Mark Harris, Hagan leads 39 percent to 35 percent and against tea partier Greg Brannon Hagan gets 38 percent while Brannon gets just 36 percent.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was caught fundraising for a tea party group that openly opposes Republican leadership and backs challenges to incumbent senators, something that should be a conflict of interest for Cruz, who is a vice chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Politico obtained a fundraising pitch penned by Cruz for the The Madison Project, one of the anti-establishment conservative outside groups that have been a persistent thorn in top Republicans' side this election cycle. Politico got the memo from someone who received it last month.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) told MSNBC that he hasn't seen a controversial Arizona bill that would allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT customers on the basis of religious belief.

In an interview with host Chuck Todd on Wednesday Scott was repeatedly asked whether he thought Brewer should sign the bill. Other Republicans have said she shouldn't. Each time he was asked, Scott refused to answer saying he hadn't seen the legislation.

"Chuck, I've not seen that bill," Scott said in response to a question from MSNBC's Chuck Todd on the bill.

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