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

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The campaign for Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) is seizing on Vice President Joe Biden's comments in an Election Day interview in a huge last-day effort to portray Greg Orman as a closet Democrat in what could end up being the closest Senate race in the country.

The Roberts campaign is spinning Biden's comments in a radio interview with WPLR in New Haven, Conn., in which Biden said that Orman "will be with us." The core of Roberts' strategy has been to paint Orman as a secret Democrat, while Orman has strained to maintain his independence.

A source with the Roberts campaign told TPM that the campaign would contact one million voters on Tuesday with automated calls featuring the comments.

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An Alabama school district hired an ex-FBI agent and paid him six figures to investigate the social media activity of students, which eventually led to more than a dozen students being expelled, according to

Huntsville City Schools paid Chris McRae $157,000 for school security improvements, which included the social media investigation. As a result of his findings, 14 students -- 12 of whom were African-American -- were expelled last year, according to records obtained by the news outlet.

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Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) has taken flack from Republicans and editorial boards for, in their eyes, making his campaign all about women's issues. The TV ad deluge has gotten so intense that he's picked up the moniker "Mark Uterus." But now he is getting it openly from his own supporters, too.

The Guardian reported on Monday on a campaign event over the weekend during which Udall was heckled by a Democratic donor on the topic.

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Republican candidate Cory Gardner's lead over Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) has shrunk significantly in the final days of the Colorado Senate campaign, a new poll found.

The Quinnipiac University poll released Monday put Gardner up by 2 points, 45 percent to 43 percent. That is down from the 7-point Garnder lead, 46 percent to 39 percent, that the pollster found last week.

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Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) is slipping behind independent Greg Orman in the Kansas Senate race, according to a new Fox News poll released Saturday.

Fox News gave Orman a small lead over Roberts, 44 percent to 43 percent. That's a significant reversal from the pollster's last survey of the race in early October, which showed Roberts with a 5-point lead, 44 percent to 39 percent.

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Federal civil rights charges are unlikely to be brought against Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown, the Washington Post reported Friday, citing anonymous sources. But the Justice Department is pushing back strongly against the report, calling it "irresponsible."

Law enforcement officials told the Post that the Justice investigation hadn't yielded the evidence necessary to bring any federal civil rights charges against Wilson.

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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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