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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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The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Democratic Senate nominee Chad Taylor's name should be removed from the ballot in November, overruling Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R).

The much-anticipated ruling in one of the most-watched Senate races of 2014 means national Democrats are closer to their perceived goal of clearing the field for independent candidate Greg Orman. Polling suggests that Orman, who had briefly run as a Democrat in 2008 and is open to caucusing with either party, is better positioned to knock off the vulnerable Republican incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts.

But the matter might not be fully resolved.

After the ruling, Kobach quickly moved to put another obstacle in the way of Democrats' plan. Kobach reiterated his position that the Democratic Party is required under state law to replace Taylor on the ballot. He said he had notified the party chair that Taylor should be replaced and moved the mailing date for ballots from Sept. 20 to Sept. 27 to give Democrats time to pick a new nominee.

Election law expert Rick Hasen said on his blog that Kobach would likely have to sue the Democratic Party to force it to replace Taylor. A Democratic Party spokesperson did not immediately respond to TPM's request for comment.

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Almost simultaneously, BuzzFeed and Politico published extensive stories Wednesday on what they described as the troubled leadership of Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

The Politico story in particular was full of anecdotes from Democratic insiders wielding shivs: She's tone deaf and tried to use party money to pay for her own clothes. She's grasping and more concerned with her own personal ambitions than the fate of the party. She's so relentlessly self-promotional that even President Barack Obama has grown tired of her -- and he lets it show.

Some folks within the Democratic Party are clearly dissatisfied with her leadership. But who exactly has their knives out for Wasserman Schultz? And what's their angle? That's a little more opaque.

What we do know, though, is that some kind of change could be coming to the DNC very soon. The party is expected to have a presidential frontrunner after the new year -- when presumed nominee Hillary Clinton has said she'll make her decision about whether to run -- and presidential candidates tend to want their own people at the top of the party. It might not be normal for a not-yet-nominated candidate to get their pick of party chair (and publicly, she surely won't), but nothing is normal about the potential Clinton 2016 bid. And combined with the attacks on Wasserman Schultz, it certainly seems that a new chair is not to be ruled out.

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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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