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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.

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Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was reportedly arrested Wednesday for alleged domestic violence.

The news comes after Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was suspended indefinitely after a video surfaced of him hitting his wife and Minnesota Vikings All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson was indicted on child injury charges.

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The Alaska Senate race is ostensibly all about which candidate -- incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Begich or Republican challenger Dan Sullivan -- is the truer Alaskan. Which might help explain why the campaigns spent most of the day on Wednesday arguing about snowmobiles.

First, Sullivan's campaign released a TV ad in which a professional snowmobiler accused Begich of "pretending" to ride a snowmobile in one of his own ads. Then Begich called the Sullivan ad a lie, alleging that the shoot for his ad had a crew member with an AR-15 to protect against polar bears and was cold enough to induce frostbite in Begich himself.

Because nothing is truer Alaska than polar bears and frostbite.

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Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) is running dead even with Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Udall in the Colorado Senate race, according to a new poll.

The USA Today/Suffolk University poll showed Gardner at 43 percent and Udall at 42 percent. The margin of error is 4.4 points.

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Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson testified Tuesday to the St. Louis County grand jury that is investigating whether he should be charged in the shooting death of Michael Brown, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Wilson testified for nearly four hours, according to the newspaper, which cited "a source with knowledge of the investigation."

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Election forecaster Nate Silver did something unusual on Wednesday: He openly criticized another election forecaster's modeling.

The target of his critique was Princeton University's Sam Wang, whose 2014 forecasts have been published by The New Yorker. Silver took the unusual step, he wrote at FiveThirtyEight, because of the disparity between his model and Wang's. Silver's most recent forecast Tuesday gave the Republicans a 53 percent chance of taking over the Senate. Wang's Wednesday forecast shows Democrats with a 70 percent chance of keeping it.

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Ready for Hillary, the grassroots organizing group laying the groundwork for a Clinton 2016 campaign, is sending staff to help on-the-ground efforts in almost every key Senate race this fall.

The group is sending political staff to 14 states, communications director Seth Bringman told reporters in an email: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

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Anti-Hillary Clinton groups are already going up with television ads centered on Benghazi, the same week that House Republicans' select committee is holding its first hearing on the attacks.

The Stop Hillary PAC, one of the various groups that has cropped up to fight the Hillary 2016 momentum, will start airing an ad in key primary states on Thursday, MSNBC reported. The PAC is spending $100,000 for the advertising campaign in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's refusal to remove Democratic Senate nominee Chad Taylor from the ballot came under harsh scrutiny Tuesday from the Kansas Supreme Court, with some of the justices openly wondering whether the Republican official was arbitrarily applying the law.

At stake is whether Taylor, who attempted to withdraw earlier this month, will have his name appear on the ballot in November. That decision could swing the race between independent candidate Greg Orman and Republican incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts -- which could in turn decide which party controls the Senate next year.

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One of the officials at the center of the Bush administration's U.S. attorneys scandal is helping to author briefs for Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in the lawsuit that could help determine one of the most closely watched Senate races in the country.

Bradley Schlozman, who stepped down from the Justice Department in 2007 amid controversy and is now an attorney practicing in Wichita, Kansas, is one of the signatories of a new brief from Kobach's office. Kobach is fighting this week in the Kansas Supreme Court to keep Democratic Senate nominee Chad Taylor on the November ballot.

Taylor attempted to withdraw from the race earlier this month, which cleared the field for independent candidate Greg Orman, who is running strong against incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS). Roberts' seat is now unexpectedly in play and could decide whether Republicans regain control of the Senate in November.

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Independent candidate Greg Orman has jumped out to a sizable lead over incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts in the Kansas Senate race following the withdrawal of the Democratic nominee from the campaign, according to a new poll from the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling.

The poll, first reported by the Huffington Post, found Orman leading 41 percent to 34 percent. Democratic nominee Chad Taylor, who announced he would withdraw from the race but whom Secretary of State Kris Kobach has ruled must remain on the ballot, attracted 6 percent of the vote.

The PPP poll did not remind respondents that Taylor had stop campaigning.

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