David Kurtz

David Kurtz is Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of Talking Points Memo where he oversees the news operations of TPM and its sister sites.

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From the GOP handbook of Maryland politics:

(1) Recruit homeless men in Philadelphia; (2) Bus them into Maryland; (3) Arrange for the Republican governor's wife to greet them upon their arrival; (4) Outfit them in hats and T-shirts for the governor's re-election campaign; (5) Have them pass out flyers in heavily Democratic areas that erroneously identify the GOP candidates for governor and U.S. senator as "Democrats."

The complete primer here.

Update: A first-hand account here.

Over at TPMMuckraker, Justin has an interview with a poll watcher in Arizona who reports that a trio of men--one with a firearm visible--are harrassing Hispanic voters at a polling station in Tuscon.

The poll watcher is a member of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund. The group has notified the Department of Justice and the FBI and were told by the feds--get this--to keep an eye on the situation.

Over at Election Central we have charted all the races in which two of the big three ratings outfits--Cook Political Report, CQ Politics, and the Rothenberg Political Report--are in agreement on the likely outcome.

Is George Allen in trouble? No one in DC would know, says Karl Rove, because everyone there relies on the "elitist" Washington Post for news. That and other new Rove-isms here.

How the other half votes, from TPM Reader DP:

I was directly behind RNC Chair Ken Mehlman this morning when I came out to vote. He lives up my street on Capitol Hill. When a poll worker asked whether he wanted to vote on an electronic machine or use a traditional pencil and paper ballot, he chose the latter.

So Mehlman won't drink from the poison cup? Actually, DP says the line for paper ballots was much shorter than for the electronic machines.