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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.

Articles by Dylan

The Hillary Clinton leviathan presents a real problem for Republicans.

A shadow campaign infrastructure has been created, laying the foundation for a presumed run. If she jumps in, most insiders expect the Democratic field to clear quickly. Meanwhile, the Republican primary looks wide open. Another bloody internal fight could be coming.

The GOP has seen this movie before, when, by the admission of its own operatives, they were whupped in the opposition research game during the 2012 cycle. So how could they stop it from happening again?

Enter America Rising, the most public face of the budding Republican fight against Clinton 2016.

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In a strange twist during this year's election cycle, one candidate vying for the Democratic nomination for Maryland governor is attacking another for the state's botched Obamacare rollout.

Doug Gansler, Maryland's attorney general, is battling Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for the Democratic nod. A big part of Gansler's strategy seems to be blaming Brown for the poor launch of the state's Obamacare marketplace, which Brown had taken a primary role in creating.

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Republicans are taking no chances when it comes to Obamacare's Medicaid expansion. They're closing every possible door. Under bills passed in Georgia and Kansas recently, even if a Democratic candidate were to pull off an upset and take the governor's seat, they would not be able to expand the program without the consent of the state legislature -- which will almost certainly remain Republican.

In other words, GOP lawmakers have taken steps to guarantee that many of their poorest residents will remain uninsured under the health care reform law, no matter what happens in the gubernatorial election.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) both oppose Medicaid expansion. They both look likely -- if not quite certain -- to win re-election in November. That should make the bills passed by their respective state lawmakers unnecessary, but they seem intent on guarding against even the remote possibility of a Democratic governor.

An explanation offered by a GOP lawmaker in Kansas, where the bill was signed into law by Brownback last week, points to the motive.

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A House Republican has introduced a bill designed to stop Attorney General Eric Holder from being paid his government salary.

The Washington Post reported on the bill, introduced earlier in April by Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX). It would require the federal government to withhold the pay of any federal official who is found in contempt of Congress by the House or the Senate until that status is rescinded.

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In an election cycle that Republicans appear persistent in making about Obamacare, Michelle Nunn is in an interesting spot in the Georgia Senate race. The daughter of popular former Sen. Sam Nunn, she's never held political office, so unlike vulnerable Democrats like Louisiana's Mary Landrieu and Arkansas's Mark Pryor, Nunn never voted for the health care reform law.

One of the only Democrats with a real hope of stealing a Republican-held seat, Nunn can chart her own course on Obamacare. And while President Barack Obama last week was urging Democrats to "forcefully defend" the law as it hit 8 million sign-ups, don't expect her to follow his lead.

It's more of a tightrope walk for Nunn: distancing herself from a law that's unpopular in Georgia, which should help her win over independents, without going so far that she estranges herself from the Democratic base that she'll need in November. But some outside the campaign question whether she can maintain it through the fall.

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Add Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) to the growing list of Republicans who aren't buying what the Obama administration is selling on Obamacare enrollment.

In an interview alongside Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Heller dismissed the 8 million sign-ups that President Obama announced Thursday as "all smoke and mirrors," according to Nevada political reporter Jon Ralston.

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President Barack Obama announced Thursday that 8 million Americans had enrolled in private health coverage under Obamacare -- the final evidence that the law signed up far more Americans than most would have thought possible during the doldrums of last fall.

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