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Dylan Scott

Dylan Scott is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. He previously reported for Governing magazine in Washington, D.C., and the Las Vegas Sun. His work has been recognized with a 2013 American Society of Business Publication Editors award for Best Feature Series and a 2010 Associated Press Society of Ohio award for Best Investigative Reporting. He can be reached at dylan@talkingpointsmemo.com.

Articles by Dylan

New York voters have been receiving very sinister letters from their state's Democratic Party. The tone is vaguely Orwellian: We'll be watching whether you go to the ballot box.

"Who you vote for is your secret," the letter, posted by some recipients on Twitter, says. "But whether or not you vote is public record. Many organizations monitor turnout in your neighborhood and are disappointed by the inconsistent voting of many of your neighbors."

It then provides a quick reminder of when and where one can vote.

"We will be reviewing ... official voting records after the upcoming election to determine whether you joined your neighbors who voted in 2014," the mailer concludes. "If you do not vote this year, we will be interested to hear why not."

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One subplot in the ongoing saga of three political scientists whose research project is now the subject of an official investigation and intense debate among academics is that one of the researchers is involved in a Silicon Valley start-up whose work has, at least on paper, a lot in common with the now-controversial experiment.

The New York Times noted one of the researcher's role as co-founder of Crowdpac. The researcher, Stanford assistant professor Adam Bonica, launched the startup last month with Steve Hilton, former adviser to British Prime Minister David Cameron, and Gisel Kordestani, a former senior executive at Google. The company, which received $2 million in startup funding, is developing a system to help people find candidates whose ideology aligns with theirs and then donate money to them.

Political blogs in Montana, where an official state inquiry is underway over mailers that Bonica and colleagues sent to 100,000 voters that bore the state seal and placed non-partisan judicial candidates on a partisan scale, have also made the connection and openly wondered whether Crowdpac had any role in the controversial research project.

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George P. Bush, son of former Florida governor and much-speculated 2016 presidential contender Jeb Bush, raised eyebrows on Sunday when he said it was "more than likely" that his dad would run for president.

His dad, however, doesn't sound too happy about it.

“He’s got an opinion. He didn’t talk to me,” Jeb said in a Wednesday interview with MSNBC.

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It sounded like a softball question, but it left Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) and his Democratic challenger a little stumped in their congressional debate this week: What's the last book you read?

"Wow, it's been a while," Grimm said when asked for the most recent title by the moderator. "I haven't had time to read."

"Um," he continued, pausing to gather his thoughts. "I think it was a Tom Clancy book, and I don't remember the name."

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Rudy Giuliani wants you to know that Uber doesn't just have adequate background checks -- they are "setting the safety standard in the ride-sourcing industry."

That's what the former New York City mayor wrote in a blog post for the company Wednesday, which comes amid a heated dispute between Uber and the taxi industry that has devolved into both sides trading, among other things, sexual assault allegations. Giuliani's firm was hired earlier this year by Uber to help improve background checks for the company's drivers.

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The Northeastern Ohio Media Group, a business partner with the Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland, has demanded that an Ohio liberal political blog pull a video of Gov. John Kasich's awkward interview with the newspaper's editorial board.

The newspaper's website had originally published the video of its interview with Democratic candidate Ed Fitzgerald and Kasich, whom it eventually endorsed. But the video was later taken down, for reasons unknown. Plunderbund, a liberal blog, posted parts of the video because its editors "felt the video was important."

Plunderbund then reported Tuesday that NOMG had threatened to sue if the video was not removed.

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Additional reporting by Sahil Kapur

Less than a week before Election Day and with early voting under underway, Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) holds a slim 1-point advantage over Republican candidate Cory Gardner, according to a new poll provided to TPM that attempted to suss out the Hispanic vote in more detail.

The Strategies 360 poll puts Udall at 45 percent and Gardner at 44 percent. The poll by the consulting group, which has a Denver office, was not commissioned by any outside group.

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NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado is taking a, shall we say, distinct message to Colorado men about Republican Senate candidate Cory Gardner: Watch out, guys. A condom shortage could be coming if Gardner has his way.

The message, being spread through online and radio advertising in the final week of the campaign, is the flip side of the women's health message that has typified the anti-Gardner talking points. It isn't just women who have a lot to lose in Gardner's world, it says. There's something at stake for you, too, guys.

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California state officials are now looking into whether any state laws were violated when researchers from Stanford University and Dartmouth College sent to some of the state's voters a mailer similar to the one that has stirred significant controversy in Montana and in political science circles nationwide, TPM has learned.

TPM has obtained a copy of the mailer sent by the researchers to voters in California's 25th Congressional District, which covers areas north of Los Angeles. It appears to bear the California state seal, a potential violation of state law, and ranks the candidates in the congressional race and the superintendent of public instruction race by ideology compared to President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

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