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

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and independent candidate Greg Orman are tied in a new Monmouth University poll, further evidence that the race has pulled even in its final weeks.

Monmouth found Orman and Roberts both sitting at 46 percent; 3 percent said they'd vote for someone else and 5 percent were undecided.

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MayDay PAC, Harvard professor Larry Lessig's super PAC with the mission to end super PACs, dropped $774,000 in the Kansas Senate race to boost independent Greg Orman in his campaign against Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS).

The PAC reported the spending on TV advertising over the weekend to the Federal Election Commission and released a new ad. The buy is the campaign- finance-reform-focused group's first spending in support of Orman, who has said that he would support a constitutional amendment overturning the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision.

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Russian fur traders came to Alaska's St. Paul Island, about 300 miles west of the Alaskan mainland and about 500 miles from Russia's easternmost coast, in the late 18th century. They enslaved the Aleut people, who lived in Siberia and on nearby islands, to hunt the fur seals that populate the island by the thousands. That is the only reason that this volcanic, treeless scrap of tundra in the middle of the Bering Sea became a permanent home for humans.

It was brought under U.S. control in 1870. Now about 500 people live on St. Paul, an island so small that it takes only 30 minutes to drive across it. And it is out there, at the edge of the world, where Democratic control of the U.S. Senate might turn.

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It is suddenly a bit of an open question whether the last person to touch Rep. Don Young (R-AK) somehow ended up dead.

Earlier this month, according to the Alaska Dispatch News, Young's Democratic challenger Forrest Dunbar said that he had put his hand on Young's arm backstage while they were talking before a debate.

“He freaked out. There is no other way to describe it," Dunbar told ADN. “He kind of snarled at me and said, ‘Don’t you ever touch me. Don’t ever touch me. The last guy who touched me ended up on the ground dead.'"

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A month ago, Missouri GOP prosecutor Brian Stumpe had less than $100 on hand in his campaign to unseat Cole County Circuit Court Judge Patricia Joyce, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Now, just a few weeks later, he has received $100,000 -- all of it funneled into his campaign by a national group, the Republican State Leadership Committee, which has spent a total of $200,000 so far in this race for a single state judgeship.

So just what the heck is going on? Democrats and liberals on the ground in Missouri would tell you that somebody is trying to purchase the judgeship, and they have some suspicions about some Koch-esque Missouri multi-millionaires who might be behind the RSLC's interest in the race.

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Ebola is a terrible disease that has ravaged West Africa and taken a life in America. It seems evident that some breach of protocol allowed a Texas nurse to travel from Dallas to Cleveland and back after she had helped treat an Ebola patient but before she started showing symptoms herself. Mistakes have been certainly made, as they say.

But Ebola is also virtually no threat to the general U.S. population. The flu has and will kill many more people. Ebola has taken one life in the United States and the number of infected Americans is literally in the single digits. And as Atlanta's Emory University Hospital, which has housed two Ebola patients who recovered and didn't infect anyone else, has shown, the American health care system can contain the disease.

It isn't a surprise to see conservative media beating the drum of conspiracy and incompetence. But now, with all perspective and nuance being tossed aside, the more mainstream media is starting to pick it up, too.

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Deadspin editor Tommy Craggs knows his publication has stepped in it, metaphorically speaking, now that a story the website ran doubting Colorado GOP Senate's Cory Gardner high school football career has been debunked.

The website hasn't formally corrected or retracted the story and the reporter, Dave McKenna, stopped just short of saying it was wrong. Rather, he said: "If it was wrong, it's my fault." An update detailing the Gardner campaign's rebuttal, which includes photos of the future congressman in uniform, has been added to the top of the post.

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Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) is still holding a sizable lead over Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) in the Colorado Senate race, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll, but his advantage has shrunk slightly from that pollster's last survey of the race.

Gardner is up 47 percent to 41 percent among likely voters, Quinnipiac found, with independent candidate Steve Shogan taking 8 percent. Gardner's six-point lead is a little bit smaller than Quinnipiac's Sept. 18 poll, which showed up him eight points, 48 percent to 40 percent.

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Colorado GOP Senate nominee Cory Gardner has been confronted before by journalists when he has tried to deny that a federal bill he sponsors is in effect a personhood bill, which could significantly limit abortion access.

But at a debate Wednesday night, moderator Kyle Clark of KUSA in Denver put Gardner's dodges in perhaps the starkest terms yet, adding fuel to the fire Sen. Mark Udall has been trying throughout his campaign to fan with women voters.

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