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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, NewYorker.com, GlobalPost and other publications. He can be reached at ericl@talkingpointsmemo.com

Articles by Eric

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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In the end, voters overlooked the gaffes. Ken Buck has beaten Republican Party establishment favorite Jane Norton in the Colorado Senate primary, having survived a number of caught-on-tape gaffes that plagued his campaign's closing days.

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One way or the other, today will mark the end of a surprisingly close battle in the Colorado Democratic Senate primary. A late-charging challenge from former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff has put Sen. Michael Bennet on the defensive in recent days, and a once-civil campaign has taken a nasty turn.

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Today, for the first time in Colorado history, a mail-in voting system will be used for Congressional midterm primaries. Voters in most of the state's counties received ballots weeks ago, and hundreds of thousands have already mailed them back.

Mailed ballots must be received by 7 p.m. tonight, otherwise they don't count. But that doesn't quite mean the voting's all over. Those who have not yet done so can still vote up until 7 p.m. tonight at designated "drop-off" locations. And as candidates get in their final few hours of campaigning, the question is: with so many people having already mailed their ballots, have the contests already been decided? Turns out it's hard to say for sure.

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Colorado Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes raised eyebrows and kickstands last week, when he suggested that a Denver bicycling program supported by presumptive Democratic nominee and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper was some kind of UN plot. Today on MSNBC, Maes was forced to try to explain. But instead of backpedaling, Maes just rode right on ahead.

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