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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Police have arrested someone in the firebombing of Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis' office in Fort Worth, an official with the city's fire department told TPM on Wednesday morning.

Fire Capt. Tom Crow said the person was arrested overnight and police and fire officials would be holding an 11 a.m. ET news conference to reveal the attacker's name, photograph and more details of the investigation.

Crow also said federal investigators with the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had joined the probe.

Davis, a Democrat, was not in the office when a pair of Molotov cocktails hit its door on Tuesday afternoon, but two of her staffers were. One of them quickly put out the fire. No one was hurt.

It is still unclear whether the attack was politically motivated, Crow said.

"I don't have any information regarding motivations right now," he said. "That’s not to say it is or it isn’t. I’m just not aware of it."

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Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) held a news conference on Tuesday night, just hours after her Fort Worth office was hit with a pair of Molotov cocktails. Her spokesman, Anthony Spangler, sent TPM a copy of her statement:

First …

I'm thankful no one was hurt today and I'm grateful for the quick thinking of one of my team members who minimized the damage and ensured that no one was harmed in this violent senseless attack

As these violent incidents happen across the country, it should remind us of the importance of the democratic process and remind us to keep a sense of civility even as we disagree - acts of violence are never a solution and have no place in our society

While we don't know the motive today, we are in touch with police/fire investigators and this remains an ongoing investigation that includes Fort Worth Police/Fort Worth Fire/and Texas Department of Public Safety.


Let me say …

Texas faces enormous challenges that we all face. We can and should work together to resolve these issues through civil, non-violent discourse.

I will continue to stand up for the things we all believe in and hold important, such as adequate public education funding, job creation, and the protection of women's healthcare.

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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:

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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.

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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.


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