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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After Democratic nominee Chad Taylor withdrew from the Kansas Senate race on Sept. 3, things looked pretty grim for Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS). At his worst moment, in late September, he trailed independent candidate Greg Orman by more than 7 points on average. It looked like it would take a miracle for Roberts to avoid falling victim to the most surprising upset in 2014.

It took some work -- national Republicans cleaned out the Roberts campaign and started over with their own people -- and some time for outside money to come to his aid. But with less than two weeks to go, Roberts has climbed back into the race and holds a narrow 0.5-point edge, according to TPM's PollTracker average.

He's done it by playing hard to the conservative base that nearly ousted him in the Republican primary this summer and relentlessly pounding Orman as a closet liberal who would boost Obama's agenda. But therein lies a risk. Roberts has rebounded by going hard right -- but he has to hold onto some moderates to counter Orman's appeal to the middle and his nearly universal support among Democrats.

It's a narrow path to victory, everybody watching the race agrees. But it's a much more realistic one than anyone would have thought a month ago.

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Larimar County Clerk Angela Myers (R) ordered that copies of the Tuesday edition of the Rocky Mountain Collegian, the student newspaper for Colorado State University, be removed from newsstands at the school's student center

The paper featured a front-page story about Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO), who is locked in one of the closest Senate races in the country -- and therefore Myers said that they violated electioneering laws, according to the Rocky Mountain Collegian's own report on the controversy.

Myers cited a state law that said “no electioneering may take place within a 100-foot limit of any polling location."

"When you have a paper that has a candidate on the very front like it does, we will need that to be displayed outside the 100-foot limit," she said.

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Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) holds a 1-point lead over Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) with early voting underway and two weeks to go until Election Day, according to a new Monmouth University poll.

Gardner is up, 47 percent to 46 percent, the poll found. Another 4 percent said they would vote for another candidate and 3 percent were undecided.

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Two weeks before Election Day and one week after mail-in voting began, Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) is still ahead of Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) in the Colorado Senate race, according to a new poll from Democratic firm Public Policy Polling.

PPP found Gardner leading Udall, 46 percent to 43 percent, among likely voters, the Denver Post reported Tuesday. The firm last surveyed the race in mid-September and showed Gardner up 2 points, 47 percent to 45 percent.

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) raised some eyebrows on Monday when the Associated Press reported that he said Obamacare repeal wasn't going to happen and opposition to the law was purely political. It was practically heresy for a Republican -- which probably explains why Kasich was quickly walking the comments back just a few hours after the report.

He started by saying the AP had misquoted him, but then his defense became truly puzzling. Kasich said he was talking about Medicaid expansion, which his state has implemented at his urging, not Obamacare -- and he doesn't see the two as related.

“I have favored expanding Medicaid, but I don’t really see expanding Medicaid as really connected to Obamacare,” Kasich told Politico.

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Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard (R) was indicted by a state grand jury Monday on nearly two dozen felony ethics charges, al.com reported.

Hubbard, also a former chairman of the state Republican Party, has been accused of using his positions for personal gain, soliciting investments of up to $150,000 from lobbyists for his private company, Craftmaster Printing, and other related charges. Among the people he allegedly solicited was former Alabama Gov. Bob Riley (R), according to the news outlet.

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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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