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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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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Big-name Republicans like Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Rand Paul (R-KY) are planning to campaign for Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) this fall as he fights to keep his seat after the Kansas Senate race was blown wide open last week.

Politico reported that McCain and Paul would stump for Roberts, while other national Republicans are working to raise money for him. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will be among the headliners for a Roberts fundraiser being held in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 23, according to the news outlet, and others are planned

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West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, the Democratic candidate for the open Senate seat there, is showing a little bit of love for Obamacare and specifically its ban on discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions in a new television ad.

Like a similar ad from Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AK), Tennant tells a personal story, avoids naming the Affordable Care Act and certainly doesn't embrace the law wholesale. But it is yet another bit of evidence of Obamacare's changing politics that an underdog Democratic candidate in a state that went 62 percent for Mitt Romeny in 2012 would implicitly associate with the law at all.

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House Republicans have yet another plan to undermine Obamacare, though it's not getting all that much attention mere weeks before the midterm elections.

Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), who is also running for Senate against Mary Landrieu (D-LA), introduced the latest ploy. It was cleared by the House Rules Committee on Tuesday and now heads to the House floor, where it is scheduled for a vote this week.

If the bill passes, Senate Democrats won't take it up. But it's a reminder that, while the Republican dream of repeal might be dying, they haven't totally given up symbolic gestures to undercut the law.

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National Democrats won't be advertising on behalf of independent Kansas Senate candidate Greg Orman, who is positioned to challenge the Republican incumbent now that the Democratic nominee has stopped campaigning, but they don't sound like they've categorically ruled out any kind of role in the race.

Guy Cecil, executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said Tuesday his organization "would not advertise on behalf of" Orman in his race against Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), according to the Washington Post.

But he added that the DSCC would "continue to assess" the situation, seemingly leaving open the possibility of some kind of participation down the road.

"This race has a long way to develop and it's one we're going to continue to assess as time goes on," Cecil said during a panel discussion in Washington, D.C.

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Kansas is the most interesting state in the (political) union right now. And one man is right in the middle of it: Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

It was Kobach who ruled that Democratic nominee Chad Taylor, who wants to drop out of the Senate race, must remain on the November ballot. That decision could quite literally swing control of the U.S. Senate, depending on the winner of the contest between Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and independent candidate Greg Orman, whose emergence preceded Taylor's withdrawal. Kobach has also been inevitably allied with Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, who is currently trailing his Democratic challenger in what could be the upset of the 2014 cycle.

So Democratic eyes are fixed on Kansas. But they aren't just looking at Brownback and Roberts. They want Kobach, too. He has the tea party resume that liberals loathe, and he's also up for re-election. Now it looks like Democrats have a realistic chance to unseat him.

The KSN News/Survey USA poll released Monday found Democratic candidate Jean Schodorf leading Kobach by three percentage points, 46 percent to 43 percent. That is within the margin of error, but it is a significant reversal from June when Survey USA found Kobach leading Schodorf, 47 percent to 41 percent.

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Chad Taylor, the Democratic Senate nominee in Kansas, has sued Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) to get his name removed from the ballot in November.

Kobach ruled last week that Taylor's name would not be removed from the ballot in November despite his announcement that he would withdraw from the race. Taylor had previously said that he would challenge Kobach's decision, and the Associated Press reported Tuesday that he had filed a petition in the Kansas Supreme Court naming Kobach as the defendant.

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