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.

Articles by Dylan

Ebola is a terrible disease that has ravaged West Africa and taken a life in America. It seems evident that some breach of protocol allowed a Texas nurse to travel from Dallas to Cleveland and back after she had helped treat an Ebola patient but before she started showing symptoms herself. Mistakes have been certainly made, as they say.

But Ebola is also virtually no threat to the general U.S. population. The flu has and will kill many more people. Ebola has taken one life in the United States and the number of infected Americans is literally in the single digits. And as Atlanta's Emory University Hospital, which has housed two Ebola patients who recovered and didn't infect anyone else, has shown, the American health care system can contain the disease.

It isn't a surprise to see conservative media beating the drum of conspiracy and incompetence. But now, with all perspective and nuance being tossed aside, the more mainstream media is starting to pick it up, too.

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Deadspin editor Tommy Craggs knows his publication has stepped in it, metaphorically speaking, now that a story the website ran doubting Colorado GOP Senate's Cory Gardner high school football career has been debunked.

The website hasn't formally corrected or retracted the story and the reporter, Dave McKenna, stopped just short of saying it was wrong. Rather, he said: "If it was wrong, it's my fault." An update detailing the Gardner campaign's rebuttal, which includes photos of the future congressman in uniform, has been added to the top of the post.

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Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) is still holding a sizable lead over Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) in the Colorado Senate race, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll, but his advantage has shrunk slightly from that pollster's last survey of the race.

Gardner is up 47 percent to 41 percent among likely voters, Quinnipiac found, with independent candidate Steve Shogan taking 8 percent. Gardner's six-point lead is a little bit smaller than Quinnipiac's Sept. 18 poll, which showed up him eight points, 48 percent to 40 percent.

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Colorado GOP Senate nominee Cory Gardner has been confronted before by journalists when he has tried to deny that a federal bill he sponsors is in effect a personhood bill, which could significantly limit abortion access.

But at a debate Wednesday night, moderator Kyle Clark of KUSA in Denver put Gardner's dodges in perhaps the starkest terms yet, adding fuel to the fire Sen. Mark Udall has been trying throughout his campaign to fan with women voters.

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Deadspin is under fire after it published a story that alleged Colorado GOP Senate nominee Cory Gardner never actually played high school football, as he said he did, and Gardner's campaign quickly produced photo evidence that the story was bunk.

Dave McKenna, the reporter who wrote the story and who has a history of debunking politicians' claims about their sports careers, stopped just short of acknowledging his story was wrong but says, "If it’s wrong, it’s my fault.”

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Republican nominee Cory Gardner's high school football career briefly became a scandal in the Colorado Senate race Wednesday evening.

Deadspin followed up on an anecdote that Gardner gave to the Washington Post (while attending a football game, no less) in which he used his old gridiron days in high school as an analogy for Democratic Sen. Mark Udall's campaign strategy.

The website spoke to an amateur local high school football historian in Yuma, Colo., where Gardner grew up. The historian and former high school teacher, Chuck Pfalmer, was pretty definitive: "Cory Gardner wasn't on the football team."

"I know Cory," he told Deadspin. "I'd know if he played."

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Republican challenger Cory Gardner is maintaining a steady lead over Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO), according to a new CNN/ORC poill.

Gardner leads Udall, 50 percent to 46 percent, among likely voters, the survey released Wednesday found. It was CNN/ORC's first foray into the race, but other recent polls have found a similar margin. Polls from Survey USA and Fox News last week showed Gardner up four points and six points, respectively.

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Georgia's Democratic Senate nominee Michelle Nunn pulled ahead of Republican David Perdue in a new Survey USA poll released Wednesday.

Nunn leads Perdue, 48 percent to 45 percent, among likely voters, according to the poll conducted for WXIA in Atlanta. Libertarian candidate Amanda Swafford took 3 percent. Last week, Survey USA put Perdue up, 46 percent to 45 percent.

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By all the public polling, Democrats should really be sweating the Colorado Senate race at this point. Democratic Sen. Mark Udall trails his Republican challenger, Rep. Cory Gardner, by more than 5 points on average. Election forecasters have pegged Colorado (along with Iowa) as the most likely election to swing control of the Senate.

But Democrats believe they've seen this movie before. In the 2010 Colorado Senate campaign, Democratic nominee Michael Bennet trailed (or was at best tied) in the last 11 polls of his race against Republican Ken Buck. But then on Election Day, Bennet eked out a less-than-1 point win, a rare bright spot in an otherwise tough cycle for Democrats. The win was attributed by the press to his campaign's singular focus on two core Democratic constituencies -- women and Hispanics -- and an unprecedented, data-driven get-out-the-vote effort.

Now Bennet is the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and the DSCC has attracted headlines for exporting the Bennet model in 2014 to other tough races like Arkansas and Louisiana in a $60 million effort named for Bannock Street, where Bennet's campaign offices were located in Denver.

But in an ironic twist, the model may be put to its severest test right back where it began, in Colorado, where Democrats are hoping to recreate the Bennet 2010 magic to pull out a win for Udall.

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