Kay Steiger

Kay Steiger is an associate editor at Talking Points Memo. She formerly worked at Raw Story, Washingtonian magazine, the Center for American Progress and The American Prospect. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, the Guardian, Jezebel, AlterNet and others. She graduated from the University of Minnesota. Contact her at

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The campaign for Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR), facing a tough reelection battle against a veteran, is touting his work on a high-profile case in which casualty benefits were denied to the family of a Bronze Star Recipient.

Capt. Samson Luke, who died during a weekend of duty with the Arkansas National Guard in 2010 is the subject of 30-second spot for a six-figure statewide ad buy announced on Tuesday. The ad features Luke's widow, Miranda (pictured), who said in the ad that the senator was the only one to respond after the Army denied benefits and "took our cause on personally."

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The very smart Theda Skocpol takes the stage for the next segment on the Scholars Strategy Network's ongoing series this week on the future of the Republican Party. Her take? Don't fool yourselves, tea partiers are still in control of the Republican agenda.

Today over at Cafe, we're continuing the Scholars Strategy Network's exploration of the future of the Republican Party. Today, University of Washington poli-sci professor Christopher S. Parker wonders if the GOP is on a path to eventual suicide: "Like the GOP in the past, the current Republican Party needs to pursue a new constituency – if it wishes to survive and gain ground in national politics."

Looks like there was an issue with the Larry Lessig live chat link, we have a new chat link set up here.

Today over at Cafe, we have a piece from Georgia State associate professor Daniel Paul Franklin on whether the Mississippi primary mess could give more leverage to African-American voters: "now it is apparent that [Republicans] have a new path to victory – one that runs through the African American community."

This is part of a series we're starting from our friends at the Scholars Strategy Network on the future of the Republican Party. Look for more in the series next week.