David Kurtz

David Kurtz is Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of Talking Points Memo where he oversees the news operations of TPM and its sister sites.

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Fascinating interplay between the raft of newly proposed anti-gay discrimination laws and the Hobby Lobby case that the Supreme Court hears oral arguments on next month. Very different cases but the scope of religious freedom at issue in both. What the court decides there, either way, could have a big impact on the "religious freedom" movement. Dylan Scott reports.

You won't believe this, but without the three GOP state senators in Arizona who now say they regret their votes, the controversial anti-gay discrimination bill would not have passed in the first place.

If you're new to the story of the anti-gay discrimination bill in Arizona (or is it the pro gay discrimination bill?), you may not know that Arizona isn't the only state considering such legislation. Similar bills have been introduced this year in Tennessee, Kansas, Idaho, and Mississippi. Here's the rundown we did earlier. Also, Georgia.

Also-ran in GOP primary for U.S. Senate says ranchers should be allowed to shoot on sight "wetbacks" crossing the border illegally.

The backlash in Arizona over the anti-LGBT bill sitting on Jan Brewer's desk has fully formed this week, with both of the state's Republican U.S. senators urging her to veto it and the state's business community coming out en masse against the bill. Fascinating stuff.

Obamacare as a key GOTV tool in 2014? If Dems have their way, it could play a role in at least one hotly contested Senate race. Dylan Scott explains.

TPM Reader KR sends in this note about Chris Christie's town hall meeting yesterday:

I grew up in Middletown, and return a few times a year to see family and friends. It's true that it's a reasonably (though not overwhelmingly) Christie-friendly town. Middletown has a lot of people who work in finance; it lost more residents than any other town in the state on 9/11, and built a memorial garden next to the train station. It also continues to have a large (if shrinking) working class population. The two communities send their kids to different high schools and are actually, literally separated by the train tracks that run through town.

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