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

Candidate A has applauded her state's decision to expand Medicaid under Obamacare and endorsed some of its insurance market reforms. Candidate B has recently voted to delay the law's individual mandate.

Who is the Democrat and who is the Republican? You'd be forgiven for being confident that Candidate A must be a Democrat and Candidate B must be the Republican. But in the Michigan Senate race, you'd be wrong.

No, in that hotly contested campaign, likely to be one of a handful that will determine control of the Senate next year, GOP nominee Terri Lynn Land has spent the last few weeks subtly walking back from her "full repeal" stance. She expressed support for her state's decision to expand Medicaid under the law and said Monday that she could back some other parts of Obamacare, too.

Meanwhile, the Democratic nominee, Rep. Gary Peters, voted alongside House Republicans last week to delay the individual mandate for one year, bucking party leadership by approving a bill that, even if only symbolically, is intended by House Republicans to significantly undermine the law.

Read More →

The Obamacare recovery continued in February, according to new numbers released by the Obama administration Tuesday: 942,000 Americans enrolled in private coverage last month, bringing the total through five months to 4.2 million.

Sign-ups are still lagging behind the original 7 million enrollments projected for the entire six-month open enrollment period that ends March 31, but the law has made up significant ground. And if enrollments have been spiking in March as White House officials and health policy experts have long predicted, Obamacare could come closer to meeting that 7 million projection, made by the Congressional Budget Office before the enrollment period began in October, than most would have thought possible after HealthCare.gov's disastrous launch.

Read More →

Is the dignity of America's highest office impugned if the president appears on a comedy web series? That was the question on the mind of some members of the White House press corps Tuesday.

ABC News's Jim Avila peppered White House Press Secretary Jay Carney with questions during a daily press briefing about President Obama's appearance on FunnyOrDie.com's interview series with actor Zach Galifianakis. The president plugged HealthCare.gov during the interview, a part of a concerted effort to reach young Americans.

Read More →

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) said in a new interview that women running for president should be treated with "a sense of a pedestal" as compared to men.

Huckabee, who has attracted plenty of 2016 speculation himself, made the comments in an interview with The New Republic when asked about a Hillary Clinton candidacy.

The former governor drew on his past experience campaigning against female candidates in his political career.

Read More →

What do House Republicans want to do with Obamacare? Depends on the day.

Last week, they passed a delay of the law's individual mandate, pure political showmanship that appealed to the right-wing base that hasn't given up the dream of fully repealing the law.

But Tuesday they're expected to pass three minor tweaks to the law, with Democratic support -- a rare bit of actual governing for the House when it comes to the Affordable Care Act.

Hold on, though. They're not done yet.

Later this week they'll hold payments to doctors under Medicare hostage unless Democrats agree to delay Obamacare's individual mandate to buy health insurance, a non-starter with the Democratic Senate and the White House.

If your head's spinning, that's life for House Republicans and the health care reform law. They're all over the place.

Read More →

A new ad rips the Louisiana state government and Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) for demanding that a billboard criticizing Jindal for refusing to expand Medicaid under Obamacare be taken down.

The ad comes from MoveOn, the liberal organization that paid for the billboard and is tangling with Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne (R), who sent a cease-and-desist letter to the group in an effort to get the sign removed.

Read More →

Before it attracted any national attention, advisers to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) offered guidance on the anti-gay legislation that she eventually vetoed at the end of February -- a veto that came down even though the bill's drafters say they made every change that the governor's office requested.

Capitol Media Services reported Monday on the meetings that Brewer's advisers, Michael Hunter and Joe Sciarrota, had with the Center for Arizona Policy, which drafted and pushed the bill. They began in January before the legislative session commenced; the bill was introduced Jan. 14.

Read More →

Republicans at a Oregon political conference voted by a 2-to-1 margin this weekend to endorse gay marriage.

The Oregonian reported that Republican attendees at the Dorchester Conference, an annual political organizing event, voted 233-162 in favor of a measure legalizing gay marriage in Oregon that will appear on the November ballot.

Read More →