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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A former head of the Indiana Republican Party has denied a report that he offered "unlimited" campaign cash to legislative Republicans if they stopped a proposed gay marriage ban in the state legislature.

House Speaker Brian Bosma (pictured) had said publicly that he was offered unlimited support to prevent the ban from passing, and Jim Kittle had been named by anonymous sources as the person who made the offer.

But Kittle, who led the state GOP from 2002 to 2006, told the Associated Press Tuesday that Bosma had "misjudged" what happened -- though he admitted that he did meet with Bosma to encourage the speaker to stop the ban and had offered some kind of support if Republicans who voted against it faced primary challenges.

“To offer support to individual legislators if they do happen to get primaried or they’re running certainly is not illegal, immoral or anything else,” Kittle said. “I respect the fact that Brian’s got himself kind of in a jam here. He misjudged what was happening, period, on this.”

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It's long past time to start taking Ready for Hillary seriously.

What started as the passion project of two Clinton fanatics with no real ties to the notoriously insular Clinton world now has 18 full-time staff housed in the fifth floor of an office building in Arlington, Va., a few miles from the White House. Numerous Clintonites have signed onto the venture, including top Clinton White House aides and veterans of Clinton's own races for public office.

Now it's ready to expand into a truly national operation.

Ready for Hillary will soon hire field staff to work outside of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, the group's first permanent organizing outposts elsewhere. The locations and hires haven't been finalized yet, but Seth Bringman, Ready for Hillary's communications director, told TPM that the group would divide the country into a handful of regions -- maybe five -- where the staff will concentrate on on-the-ground organizing.

That's intended to give the group even more of the grassroots presence that it's aiming to build for a presumptive Clinton 2016 run.

"While we have a national presence, and there's really a national audience for what we want to do, right now we rely on volunteers," Bringman said. "So that's what we want to do as fast as possible because there's only this year basically to accomplish this and build as big of a list as we can."

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It took an historic movie Oscar win to make it happen, but the New York Times finally issued a correction Tuesday to a story about the man who inspired Best Picture winner "12 Years A Slave" -- 161 years after the fact.

The Times chronicled the tale of Solomon Northup, who wrote the autobiographical "12 Years A Slave" about his experience being kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South, in a Jan. 20, 1853, article. But it misspelled his surname as "Northrop" in the body and "Northrup" in the headline.

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Mel Reynolds, the disgraced former U.S. congressman who was arrested last month in Zimbabwe for, among other things, allegedly shooting porn vides and photographs with professional models, is now warning that a Zimbabwean death squad is trying to kill him.

Reynolds told the Associated Press that his life was in danger, and he is currently in hiding in South Africa to avoid a secret death squad that wants to kill him. Reynolds said he possesses information that would expose secret dealings between U.S. businessmen and the Zimbabwe government.

The pornography charges, which were later dropped, were intended to discredit him, Reynolds said. He was deported from Zimbabwe last month after pleading guilty to violating its immigration laws.

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If you're rich, white, healthy and already insured, you probably don't like Obamacare, according to a new analysis by the Urban Institute.

Those were the groups with some of the highest opposition to the health care reform law, the poll found, with a plurality or majority expressing an unfavorable view. More than half of whites (51 percent) opposed the law; 45 percent of those who said they were already insured did as well.

The trend followed with 44 percent of those who make above 400 percent of the federal poverty level, i.e. ineligible for tax help under the law, opposing it; 44 percent of those who reported they were in very good or excellent health said the same.

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President Barack Obama said Monday that Congress should approve an aid package for the interim government in Ukraine.

Obama, making remarks during his state visit with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said that if Congress is looking for ways to help as the administration grapples with the ongoing standoff between Ukraine and Russia, they should pass an aid package.

Lawmakers should "work with the administration to provide a package of assistance to Ukraine," Obama said. "I would hope that would be the first order of business."

The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for more details about what any aid package should look like.

A Indiana GOP operative allegedly offered "unlimited" campaign cash in exchange for Republican lawmakers' votes against a proposed constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage.

According to the Associated Press, Jim Kittle, former state Republican Party chairman, made the offer to House Speaker Brian Bosma (R) -- a pledge to help protect any GOP lawmakers who voted against the proposed ban if they faced a primary challenge from the right.

Bosma had previously said that he had received the offer, according to the AP, but had not disclosed who it was. The news agency cited "multiple people with direct knowledge of the discussion" in identifying Kittle as the person who made the offer.

No money ever exchanged hands, according to the AP, because Bosma questioned whether the offer was legal. "I did bring to that individual's attention what it sounded like he was saying and I think he was pretty concerned about it after he said it," Bosma said.

The Indiana legislature considered last month a constitutional amendment to prohibit same-sex marriage, but parliamentary maneuvering in both chambers pushed the issue off for now, delivering a victory to opponents of the ban.

TPM contacted the U.S. attorney and FBI offices in Indianapolis. "We don't confirm or deny investigations or whether or not there is one," Wendy Osborne, a special agent at the FBI's Indianapolis division, told TPM over the phone.

"I cannot comment on this matter," Tim Horty, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's office for the Southern District of Indiana, told TPM in an email.

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The Republican Governors Association is attacking the South Carolina Democratic gubernatorial candidate for supporting Obamacare's Medicaid expansion -- even though several RGA members, including its chair, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, have adopted the expansion.

The Washington Post reported that the RGA had made a $200,000 buy to air a new ad against State Sen. Vincent Sheheen, who is challenging Republican Gov. Nikki Haley for the South Carolina governorship.

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Behind the "religious freedom" movement that burst onto the national scene last week, thanks to the controversial Arizona bill that finally died by Gov. Jan Brewer's veto pen, are -- perhaps unsurprisingly -- several conservative groups with deep pockets and a national reach.

They quickly deny that there's any vast right-wing conspiracy in play, and they're probably right. The societal forces in motion here go beyond the control of any specific interest groups, and there is evidence that the movement is, at least in part, spreading organically. But the bills that have now brought the issue into the national consciousness do have some common origins.

In the wake of the Arizona's bill's defeat and the simultaneous death of other legislation across the country, these groups appear to be distancing themselves from that defeat. They consult with lawmakers nationwide, they say, on a variety of issues. Nothing sinister in that.

"This whole implication that there's conspiracy going on behind the scenes is really laughable," Greg Scott, vice president at the Alliance Defending Freedom, which consulted on the Arizona bill and a similar Ohio bill introduced a month earlier, told TPM in a phone interview. Another group, the American Religious Freedom Project, told TPM that it had advised Kansas lawmakers on their bill.

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