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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Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) wants her Democratic Senate colleague Mark Begich (D-AK) to withdraw a television ad that shows the pair smiling together and talks up their aligned voting records, The Hill reported Thursday.

But Begich won't do it, according to MSNBC's Kasie Hunt.

According to The Hill, Murkowski's lawyers sent a cease-and-desist letter Thursday to Begich, demanding the ad be taken down. The ad, called "Great Team," shows an image of Begich and Murkowski smiling side by side, and the narrator says that the two vote together "as much as 80 percent of the time."

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The White House seemed none too pleased this week when the Florida insurance regulator announced that insurance premiums under Obamacare would go up an average of 13.2 percent in 2015. In fact, the administration took the unusual step of releasing its own analysis and implied that the official figure from Florida could be "misleading."

Because the two reports are looking at different metrics, they could both technically be true. And to be clear, both of the metrics look at premiums before any subsidies consumers may be eligible for are applied.

The 13.2 percent number from the state regulator accounted for every kind of plan, from silver to gold to platinum. The administration, on the other hand, chose to focus on 'benchmark plans,' which reflected a decline in costs.

The administration's analysis looked at the second-lowest silver-level health plan, which covers 70 percent of costs and serves as the benchmark plan for the tax credits offered under the law. About 65 percent of the law's 8 million sign-ups enrollees in 2014 selected a silver-level plan, according to the final HHS report.

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Scott Walker is starting to back away from attacks on his Democratic gubernatorial opponent's wealth, implying that it is the state Republican Party -- not him -- who is responsible for those attacks.

The state GOP has created an entire website about "Outsourcing Million Mary" Burke and labeled her a "one-percenter, and Walker himself has criticized her outsourcing jobs to China. But the Huffington Post reported on Wednesday that Walker said he hasn't "gone after her wealth at all" and instead is focusing on the "hypocrisy" of her company, Trek Bicycles, having a history of outsourcing.

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States that have embraced Obamacare continue to see a bigger drop in their uninsured population compared to those states that have not, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday.

Gallup found that the 10 states where the uninsured rate dropped the most had each expanded Medicaid under the law and had some kind of involvement with the insurance exchange in their state. Arkansas led the pack with a 10.1 percent drop in its uninsured rate from 2013 to midyear 2014, followed by Kentucky (8.5 percent) and Delaware (7.2 percent).

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A brief flurry of 2016 speculation erupted on Tuesday afternoon when Hollywood Life reported that Hillary Clinton had rented office space near Times Square that would serve as her campaign headquarters for 2016. But the truth is a little less interesting, according to a Clinton spokesman. The rented space is just new digs for her current personal staff.

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A new poll has found that a substantial majority of respondents believe that Obamacare's subsidies should be available to everyone, regardless of whether they purchase coverage on a state or federal insurance exchange.

The Morning Consult poll, first reported by the Washington Post on Tuesday, found that 58 percent of registered voters said that all exchanges -- federal and state -- should offer the law's financial assistance. That puts them at odds with the law's latest legal challengers, who argue Obamacare prohibits subsidies on federal exchanges.

Another 27 percent didn't share opinion, and only 15 percent said they should not be available on every exchange.

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It might not be obvious to those outside Ohio why Republicans would feel the need to go after Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald. Kasich has a comfortable 8.3 percentage point lead, according to TPM's PollTracker. He tries to avoid talking about FitzGerald if possible and is running a largely positive ad campaign.

So why was the Republican Governors Association digging up the dirt on FitzGerald's late-night 2012 car incident with a woman who was not his wife? It probably wasn't to defeat FitzGerald in 2014. That already looks likely. Their goal might instead have been to bury the rising Democratic star for good.

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U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) isn't a fan of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's attacks on his Democratic opponent's wealth, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Tuesday.

"I would prefer they do not do that," Johnson said when asked about state Republicans labeling Mary Burke, the Democratic challenger, as "Millionaire Mary."

"Far too often in the political realm we demonize success, we demagogue against it," he told the newspaper. "What we should be doing is incentivizing success."

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A Democratic Senate nominee had to clarify Monday that, contrary to a newly released video of her campaign chairman, she does not actually support "most" of President Barack Obama's policies.

Natalie Tennant, the West Virginia secretary of state, is running to replace retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV). Her campaign is trying to keep some distance from the Obama, who is deeply unpopular in the state. That's why her campaign had to scramble after a tracking video surfaced showing her campaign chairman Saturday outside a campaign event appearing to say that Tennant supports "most of (Obama's) policies," the Charleston Daily Mail reported.

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