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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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is the least popular senator in the United States with his constituents, according to a new poll.

Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling found that 30 percent of Arizonans approve of McCain's job performance while 54 percent disapprove -- the worst net approval in the country, according to the firm's tracking of approval ratings for senators.

McCain is almost equally unpopular with Republicans (35 percent approve; 55 percent disapprove), Democrats (29 percent-53 percent) and independents (25 percent-55 percent).

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The GOP-controlled New Hampshire Senate approved a privatized plan for expanding Medicaid under Obamacare Thursday, opening the door for the state to become the latest to adopt the expansion.

WMUR reported that the bill passed 18 to 5. Five of the 13 Republicans opposed the plan, and another abstained. The proposal would use Medicaid dollars to help low-income residents purchase private health coverage, as Arkansas has done.

The Democratic-controlled House is expected to approve the plan, and Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan has expressed her support. About 58,000 New Hampshirites are expected to gain coverage under the expansion.

A Republican state senator has sued California's Obamacare marketplace for its role in canceling health plans under the law.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Sen. Ted Gaines filed the lawsuit Wednesday. He alleged that Covered California, the entity that set up and runs the Obamacare marketplace the state, had violated federal and state laws when it required insurance companies that wanted to sell plans to cancel their non-compliant policies.

Gaines linked that decision to the 900,000 canceled plans in California, according to the Times. He announced in October that he would run for state insurance commissioner this year. He is challenging sitting commissioner Dave Jones, who, as TPM reported, had urged the state's website to comply with the Obamacare 'fix' that would have allowed people to keep non-compliant plans.

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Arizona state Sen. Steve Gallardo (D) came out as gay Wednesday, a week after Republican Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed legislation that would have allowed discrimination against LGBT residents.

The tone of that debate and the national firestorm that descended on Arizona while the bill sat on Brewer's desk motivated Gallardo to come out publicly, he told TPM in an interview. He had come out to his friends and family years ago, he said, but the anti-gay legislation that he voted against and Brewer eventually rejected convinced him that he needed to "take a stand."

Gallardo, who is now running to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor (D), discussed his decision with TPM and what it was like to be a gay lawmaker in a conservative state, where, he said, his legislative colleagues would make derogatory remarks in the state capitol's elevators and his parents were uneasy when he said he intended to tell the public that he was gay.

The following transcript has been edited for clarity and length.

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A conservative PAC released a new web video Wednesday blasting Hillary Clinton for her role in the Obama administration's proposed "reset" of diplomatic relations with Russia

America Rising PAC, which launched a Stop Hillary 2016 campaign last year, labeled the policy as the 'The Obama/Clinton' Reset Failure'. The video includes clips of Clinton, then-secretary of state, and President Barack Obama calling for a "reset" of diplomatic relations with Russia before cutting to footage of the recent Russian invasion of Crimea.

"We want to reset our relationship," Clinton says in the 2009 clips pulled for the ad. "We think that this is a fresh start."

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Arizona state Sen. Steve Gallardo, who said last week that he would run for Congress, came out Wednesday as gay -- less than a week after Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed controversial anti-gay legislation.

"I am gay, I am Latino and I'm a state senator," Gallardo (D) said, according to local media. He said it was the "right time for me to come out" and that the anti-gay bill had been a "game-changer" that prompted his decision.

Gallardo had spoken out against the bill that Brewer vetoed last week.

“I don’t argue that folks have the right to religious freedom,” he said at the time. “I think we all have the right to our religious beliefs, but I do not agree that we have the right to discriminate because of our religious beliefs.”

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The Obama administration has reportedly decided to extend its Obamacare 'fix' for people whose health plans were canceled last fall for an additional two years.

Bloomberg News and the Associated Press reported the decision, citing anonymous sources. The proposal has been under consideration since at least last month.

The Obamacare 'fix' allows insurance companies, if permitted by their state insurance regulators, to continue offering non-compliant health plans to people already enrolled in them. Under the extension, according to the AP, the 'fix' can now be applied to plans issued through Oct. 1, 2016.

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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