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Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) said Tuesday in a U.S. Senate debate that when he thinks of the "middle class" in Arkansas, he thinks of people who could make up to $200,000.
"Well, you know, under the law there's a lot of different definitions of middle class. But when I think of the middle class, I think of most of Arkansas. Maybe that goes up to $150,000, $200,000. I mean, there's different ways to judge it," he said.
A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Texas's voter identification law can move forward for the 2014 election, halting a ruling by a trial judge who struck down the law as unconstitutional on Thursday.
The Senate Democrats' campaign arm has stopped running ads in Kentucky, as first reported by Roll Call, in what appears to be a calculated decision about where to prioritize their resources in the final stretch of the Senate races.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder claimed "vindication" on Tuesday for the Department of Justice's efforts to crack down on voter identification laws in the wake of the Supreme Court's landmark decision last year in Shelby County to gut a centerpiece of the Voting Rights Act.
It's only been one year since Reagan-appointed Judge Richard Posner converted to the view that voter identification laws are tantamount to voter suppression. His change of heart has sparked a fiery judicial opinion against a ruling in favor Wisconsin's voter ID law.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) accused Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) of misleading Kentuckians about Obamacare when the Senate Republican leader said on Monday night he wants to repeal the law but believes it's "fine" to keep the state's Obamacare exchange, Kynect.
A federal judge's decision on Thursday to strike down Texas's strict voter identification law is a boost for the Obama administration's effort to once again require the Lone Star State to receive federal pre-approval before making any changes to its voting laws.