Eric Lach

Eric Lach is a reporter for TPM. From 2010 to 2011, he was a news writer in charge of the website?s front page. He has previously written for The Daily,, GlobalPost and other publications. He can be reached at

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The Denver Post reports that Colorado Republican gubernatorial nominee Dan Maes is expected to announce his running mate today, the latest sign that the Tea Party-backed candidate plans to stay in the race, despite unfavorable polling and a chilly relationship with the party establishment.

He's also scored the endorsements of former Sens. Hank Brown and Wayne Allard, which he welcomed despite their ties to the party establishment.

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Colorado Republican Senate nominee Ken Buck, who upset establishment favorite Jane Norton in last week's primary, last year expressed support for repealing the 17th Amendment, which allows for the direct election of Senators by popular vote.

But don't worry, Buck now says. He's thought it through, and is now firmly opposed to repealing the 17th Amendment.

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Kim Dvorak, a conservative reporter in San Diego, has published a police message that she claims is evidence that a Mexican drug cartel really did invade the country in July and take control of two remote ranches near Laredo, Texas. And while local law enforcement says the message proves nothing, Dvorak's latest report does provide clues to how the whole story came to life in the first place.

Dvorak was one of the two bloggers who originally reported the story, which was denied by law enforcement, and then debunked. But Dvorak always stood by the story, and pledged to return with proof.

This week, Dvorak published her follow-up, unearthing a police document that she's holding up as confirmation of the incident.

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Colorado Republicans sure can pick 'em. Voters thwarted the party's plan in both the Senate and gubernatorial primaries yesterday, dismissing the establishment party's choices in each race, and making tea party-backed newcomers Ken Buck and Dan Maes their nominees.

Democrats seem to have gotten their wishes with both Republican nominees. Tom Tancredo's disruptive presence in the gubernatorial race means Republicans will need to broker some kind of deal if they hope to have any chance against John Hickenlooper. But it appears Maes is unlikely to play ball. Meanwhile, Buck brings paltry fundraising numbers and a loose mouth into his battle against Sen. Michael Bennet's formidable war chest and national Democratic support.

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