Nick R. Martin

Nick Martin is an associate editor at TPM in New York City. He came to the site in 2011 as a reporter for TPMMuckraker. Previously, he worked in Arizona, first as a staff reporter for a local newspaper and later as a freelance journalist. He also ran the news blog Heat City. Contact him at nick@talkingpointsmemo.com

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A pair of Molotov cocktails were thrown at the office of Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) on Tuesday afternoon in Fort Worth.

Two staffers were in the office at the time, but Davis was not, according to KDFW, the Fox affiliated television station in Dallas. No one was hurt.

Davis said at a news conference on Tuesday night that state troopers put her in lockdown for four hours after the incident to make sure she was not in danger, according to CBSDFW.com.

The staffers reportedly heard a loud thud on the door and opened it to see waist-high flames. The CBS affiliate posted photos showing the charred wooden door of the office and burn marks on the floor.

The CBS report said a maintenance worker in the building tried to stop the suspect, but the person got away. Police had not yet identified a suspect or made any arrests.

Here's KDFW's video report, which includes a clip of Davis speaking at the news conference:

Early last year, a young neo-Nazi called his girlfriend from a jail cell in Phoenix. She was upset. She was confused. She wanted to know why FBI agents were in her living room saying they caught him making pipe bombs and stockpiling other explosives.

"Why were you guys making that stuff?" she asked. "Why did you have it in your truck?"

"Because," he told her, "we wanted to make those things for the border."

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A federal judge threw out parts of Illinois' campaign finance law on Tuesday, prompting a warning by one watchdog group that huge amounts of unregulated cash will soon begin arriving into the state's political system.

Among the parts tossed by US District Judge Marvin Aspen, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, was the state's limit on how much money individuals could give to political action committees.

An official with Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, a group that originally helped establish the law, told the newspaper the decision will essentially create an environment ripe for the types of Super PACs that are currently pumping loads of money into presidential politics.

The man who outed Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu as gay last month now says he wants $1 million for the trouble he experienced in the fallout from their romance.

Jose Orozco filed paperwork on Monday with the Pinal County government, where Babeu is sheriff, saying he plans to sue unless the county first gives him the seven-figure settlement, according to the Arizona Republic.

Orozco, a Mexican immigrant, went public last month with allegations that the conservative border hawk threatened him with deportation if their relationship ever became public. Babeu has denied the allegations.


Updated: March 4, 2012, 8:24 AM Updated: March 3, 2012, 11:15 PM

Mitt Romney picked up another win Saturday night in Washington state, taking 38 percent of the vote. The win gives Romney some much-needed momentum heading into a critical Super Tuesday contest.

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