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Seth McLaughlin

Seth McLaughlin, a reporter on the Politics Desk, can be reached at smclaughlin@washingtontimes.com. Follow him on Twitter: @SethMcLaughlin1

Articles by Seth McLaughlin

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks at the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual convention Friday, April 25, 2014, in Indianapolis. Several potential Republican contenders for president planned on courting gun-rights supporters at the convention Friday. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Mitch McConnell vows to stand with gun owners

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged to be an advocate for gun owners on Capitol Hill if Republicans capture the Senate in the fall election and he becomes the next majority. Published April 25, 2014

Rancher Cliven Bundy speaks at a protest camp near Bunkerville, Nev. Friday, April 18, 2014.  (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher)

Rand Paul: Bundy's racist remarks are 'offensive'

Sen. Rand Paul distanced himself Thursday from Cliven Bundy's recent remarks on race, roughly a week after the likely 2016 presidential contender knocked the way the federal government has handled the land dispute with the defiant rancher. Published April 24, 2014

Michelle Steel, a Republican candidate for the Orange County Board of Supervisors, is one of many GOP candidates tapping into Democratic-style identity politics to win support among minority voters. (Associated Press)

GOP 'California dreamin'' for minority voters

Kwang Song has never voted in the United States, but that could change after the 71-year-old bumped into Michelle Steel, a Republican candidate for the Orange County Board of Supervisors, outside the Hannam Chain Korean market in northern Orange County this month. Published April 24, 2014

** FILE ** Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is the Democratic Party opponent of Sen. Mitch McConnell. (Associated Press)

Democrat Grimes backs Keystone XL pipeline in Kentucky Senate race

Republicans say that red-state Democrats who have come out in support of the Keystone XL pipeline project ahead of the 2014 election not only shows they have been right on the issue all along, but it also underscores how powerless those Democrats are to persuade President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Published April 24, 2014

** FILE ** Sen. Mark Pryor, Arkansas Democrat. (Associated Press)

Senate races are close in Southern states, poll shows

With six months to go before the 2014 midterm elections, a new poll shows that the national political environment is working in the GOP's favor in crucial Senate races in the South that could decide which party controls the Senate, but that Democrats are still keeping the races close. Published April 23, 2014

FILE - In this April 9, 2013, file photo, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks with reporters about gun control at the Capitol in Washington. To hear party operatives describe the fight for the Senate, it’s the boogeyman billionaires against the shifty septuagenarian. Reid has been relentless in his criticism against the wealthy industrialists Charles and David Koch (kohk), who fund a network of conservative groups. Now, Republicans are adjusting their plans and going after the 74-year-old Democratic Senate leader.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Harry Reid using tax dollars to fight Koch brothers, La. GOP chair charges

The head of the Louisiana GOP filed a federal ethics complaint Wednesday against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, claiming the Nevada Democrat has misused taxpayer money for campaign purposes ahead of the 2014 midterm elections as part of his ongoing crusade against GOP mega-donors Charles and David Koch. Published April 23, 2014