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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Tonight's debate between the candidates for Senate in Illinois featured long discussions of the issues and controversies that have dogged both candidates during the entire campaign -- and also touched on some of the hot political issues of the day, including campaign spending and the federal budget. Often, the candidates went right from answering a question to attacking the other.

But in the most controversial moment of the evening, the candidates argued over recent charges that the Rep. Mark Kirk (R) was working to suppress African-American turnout.

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When news broke last week that Illinois Green Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney's name had been misspelled as 'Rich Whitey' on some Chicago voting machines, election officials said that it was too late to fix the problem. But the ensuing embarrassment has turned out to be some kind of motivation, because The Associated Press now reports that "crews will work overtime to reprogram thousands of electronic voting machines."

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Colorado Senate candidates Ken Buck (R) and incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet (D) met for a debate on Meet The Press this morning and sparred on the budget, the Tea Party and flip-flops. But the most controversial moment came when host David Gregory asked Buck if he believes that being gay is a choice. Buck responded that he thought it was a choice, but allowed that "birth has an influence over it, like alcoholism and some other things."

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Colorado Republican Senate nominee Ken Buck has probably become accustomed to taking heat from progressives and pro-choice groups for his abortion stance -- he opposes it even in cases of rape or incest. But today, it's pro-lifers who are taking their shots at Buck, holding a rally in Denver and accusing him of breaking campaign promises.

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