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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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Amid the chaos in the Kansas Senate race, two of the key players are now giving very different accounts of what happened on the day that the Democratic nominee attempted to withdraw from the campaign.

Democratic nominee Chad Taylor is suing Secretary of State Kris Kobach for refusing to take his name off the November ballot after Taylor submitted paperwork stating he would drop out of the race. In an affidavit filed with the lawsuit, Taylor said that he had consulted with one of Kobach's subordinates, Brad Bryant, when he filed the paperwork on Sept. 3. He said he showed Bryant the letter he had written to withdraw and asked if it contained all the information necessary to remove Taylor's name from the ballot. Bryant responded, "Yes," according to Taylor.

Now Kobach's office has released an affidavit from Bryant that offers his version of what happened.

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After mostly ignoring his independent opponent and then finding himself suddenly at risk of losing, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) gave a preview of its future attacks on independent candidate Greg Orman in a new online video published Friday. The video is one of the first concrete examples of the tack the Roberts campaign, recently taken over by national GOP operatives will take to hold on to a seat that could decide who controls the Senate.

The online video, dubbed "PRETENDER," portrayed Orman as a closeted Democrat who is feigning conservatism to defeat Roberts. The ad invokes Orman's brief 2008 Senate run as a Democrat and his campaign donations to Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid, and Barack Obama.

"Like Obama, Greg Orman will saying anything to get elected," the narrator says, "even pretending he's a conservative like Pat Roberts."

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Rep. Cory Gardner, the Republican Senate candidate in Colorado, attended an August event hosted by a GOP county candidate who has said he doesn't believe the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting has been proven.

The Pueblo County GOP's 20th Annual Steak Fry on Aug. 23 was hosted at the home of Tom Ready, the Republican candidate for Pueblo County commissioner and former county party chair, who had posted a story on his Facebook page that was skeptical of the Sandy Hook shooting. Ready also said in a recent debate that he didn't believe the shooting had been proven.

Gardner's attendance at the event and Ready's past dabbling in Sandy Hook trutherism was first reported by the Huffington Post.

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The convicted killer in a 2012 Ohio school shooting escaped from prison on Thursday night, according to multiple reports.

T.J. Lane, who pleaded guilty to killing three people at Chardon High School in February 2012, was serving life in prison without the possibility of parole at the Allen County Correctional Institution in Lima, Ohio.

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The Kansas Supreme Court has decided to hear the lawsuit Democratic Senate nominee Chad Taylor has brought against Secretary of State Kris Kobach, after Kobach argued that the case should be transferred to a lower court.

Taylor is suing Kobach over his ruling that Taylor must remain on the Senate ballot in November, despite Taylor's announcement that he would withdraw from the race. Kobach argued in a court filing that the case should be moved to a lower district court.

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Utah looks like it will be the next deep-red state to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, with the state's Republican governor saying this week that a deal with the Obama administration could be coming in the next few weeks.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Gov. Gary Herbert (R) said that U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell had agreed in principle to one of the state's major requests: Helping connect Medicaid enrollees with job training and opportunities

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South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell (R) has suspended himself from office, The Associated Press reported Thursday, the day after he was indicted on multiple charges of misusing campaign funds and other misconduct.

"I am proactively taking this step because I believe it is the right decision for the South Carolina House of Representatives, its members and the people we represent," Harrell wrote in a letter, in which he asked Rep. Jay Lucas (R), the speaker pro tempore, to serve as acting speaker.

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As part of the growing GOP effort to save Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), Mitt Romney is now making robocalls on the incumbent senator's behalf.

The Associated Press reported that Romney's recorded call would reach 400,000 Kansas residents this week. The 2012 Republican presidential nominee calls Roberts, who faces a stiff re-election challenge from independent candidate Greg Orman after Democratic nominee Chad Taylor dropped out of the race last week, a trusted conservative and says that he is needed to block the Democratic agenda, according to the AP.

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Attorneys for Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) have filed their response to Democratic Senate nominee Chad Taylor's lawsuit demanding that Kobach take his name off the ballot in November.

In the filing, Kobach's lawyers argue that the Kansas Supreme Court is not the proper venue for the lawsuit, which Taylor filed after Kobach ruled that he must stay on the ballot despite Taylor's announcement that he would withdraw from the race.

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