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

Articles by Dylan

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The number of uninsured Americans has dropped by three to four million since Obamacare coverage took effect Jan. 1, according to a new Gallup survey. How much of the drop can be precisely attributed to the health care law is a matter of debate, though there are signs that enrollment among the uninsured is picking up.

What isn't up for debate: Republicans are now confronted with a fork in the road in how they approach Obamacare. Repeal or relent.

Every newly insured American undermines the "repeal" stance that has been the party's status quo over the last four years. But relenting, acknowledging the law won't be undone and pivoting to more of a "fix" mentality isn't going to be easy either, given the demands of the far-right.

You can't have both.

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Last Thursday, four Clinton veterans gathered in Washington, D.C., and gave their voice to the Hillary 2016 movement, another one of the innumerable tea leaves that those with close ties to Clintonland -- who therefore presumably have some idea about what the presumptive candidate herself is thinking -- are jumping onboard.

At this point, one would be stretched to find evidence that the Clinton gang isn't getting back together for a 2016 White House run.

Ann Lewis, White House communications director during the Clinton administration; Ellen Tauchser, who served at the State Department with Hillary; Binata Niambi Brown, who informally advised the 2008 campaign; and Laurie Rubiner, legislative director during Clinton's Senate tenure, spoke Thursday in D.C. at an event for Women Ready for Hillary. It's one of the several constituency-targeted efforts undertaken by Ready for Hillary, the super PAC that, along with Priorities USA and American Bridge, is laying the foundation for Clinton 2016.

They're far from the first, though. Here is a (likely incomplete) list of key Clintonites who have, in one way or another, signed onto their next shot at the White House.

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Conservative favorite Ben Carson clarified on Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference that gay people have rights -- they just don't have "extra rights" like the right to marry.

"As you know, I am not a fan of political correctness," Carson said to loud applause in a video clip pulled by Media Matters. "I still believe that marriage is between a man and a woman."

"Of course gay people should have the same rights as everyone else," he continued. "But they don't get extra rights. They don't get to redefine marriage."

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