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Seth McLaughlin

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Articles by Seth McLaughlin

Immigration reform a bipartisan litmus test for Democrats

Immigration reform has stalled on Capitol Hill, but it lives on in campaigns across the country this year where Democrats are citing it as a key litmus test of Republicans' bipartisan credentials. Published October 13, 2014

After a tough primary battle, the tea party has thrown it's support behind incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts, Kansas Republican. (Associated Press)

Tea party throws support behind Roberts' re-election bid in Kansas

Saying GOP control of the Senate is more important than any single candidate, a national tea party group threw its support Monday behind Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas — the man the Tea Party Express had tried to unseat in this summer's Republican primary. Published October 13, 2014

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, called the court's decision not to take on any gay marriage cases"tragic" and vowed to take action. (associated press)

GOP 2016 hopefuls weigh court's gay marriage punt

Some potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates said Monday's Supreme Court decision to let same-sex marriage stand in dozens of states settles the issue — but religious conservatives vowed to continue to fight, saying opposing gay marriage remains a litmus test for White House hopefuls. Published October 7, 2014

First lady Michelle Obama speaks on behalf of Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke at a campaign rally Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

Michelle Obama declares war on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie played the role of political attack dog here Monday for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, saying the Democrat seeking to unseat Mr. Walker in November is guilty of plagiarism. Published September 29, 2014

Joni Ernst (Associated Press)

Koch brothers ties used to attack Republican in Iowa Senate race

Perhaps nowhere in the country is Democrats' orchestrated attack on the Koch brothers more developed than in Iowa, where Senate nominee Rep. Bruce L. Braley and his allies have gone to tremendous lengths to make them an issue for his Republican opponent, Joni Ernst. Published September 28, 2014

In this file photo taken May 29, 2014, Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor participates in a Little Rock, Ark., news conference. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

Latino group to Ark. Sen. Mark Pryor: We don't have your back

A national Latino group is circulating an online petition that calls on Latino voters to oppose Sen. Mark Pryor in his hotly contested Senate race in Arkansas, saying he opposed the idea of President Obama taking executive action on immigration reform. Published September 26, 2014

Maine Gov. Paul LePage

Out-of-state donations flood Maine governor's race: report

Out-of-state donors have poured nearly $1.5 million into Maine's gubernatorial race — more than quadrupling the amount of money received by the three top gubernatorial candidates in 2010, said a report from Maine Citizens for Clean Elections. Published September 25, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Kentucky Democrat running for Senate, has been trying to dent Sen. Mitch McConnell on the farm bill, which he supported. (Associated Press)

Democrats' use of farm bill as election ammo may have no impact

Alison Lundergan Grimes, Democrats' candidate in Kentucky's Senate race, is trying to dent Minority Leader Mitch McConnell over the farm bill — but she's running into problems since the Republican leader helped end a two-year standoff and pass the bill earlier this year. Published September 25, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) speaks at the California GOP convention on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Los Angeles. Paul has sought a broader audience this year as he has aggressively traveled the country ahead of a potential presidential bid in 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Rand Paul to campaign with Thom Tillis in N.C.

Sen. Rand Paul, a likely 2016 presidential contender, plans to travel to North Carolina next week to rally support for state House Speaker Thom Tillis, who is trailing Democrat Sen. Kay Hagan in the state's high-profile Senate race. Published September 24, 2014

RGA ad warns 'Georgia can't afford' Democrat Jason Carter

The Republican Governors Association went up this week with a new television ad that casts Jason Carter as a big spending liberal and tries to undercut the Democrat's repeated pledge to boost funding for schools. Published September 24, 2014

In this Sept. 12, 2014, file photo, Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown speaks during a campaign event at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H. "Radical Islamic terrorists are threatening to cause the collapse of our country," Brown, the former Massachusetts senator trying to unseat first-term Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, says in a commercial. "President Obama and Sen. Shaheen seem confused about the nature of the threat. Not me." (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Scott Brown: Obama, N.H. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen 'devoid' of foreign policy ideas

New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown is scheduled to deliver an address Wednesday in which he plans to call for the United States to reclaim its leadership role in international affairs and will accuse President Obama and his allies of pursuing a foreign policy that is "devoid of ideas." Published September 24, 2014