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Injuction in Scott Walker criminal case lifted

A federal appeals court on Wednesday removed one barrier to restarting an investigation into possible illegal coordination between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign and more than two dozen conservative groups, a legal setback for the Republican who is locked in a tough re-election campaign. The three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling that halted the probe, but the judges found state courts are the proper venue to resolve legal issues with the case. Despite the ruling, the investigation won’t resume immediately because the state judge overseeing it also effectively stopped it in January
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Campaign committees has $100 million on hand

The two party committees tasked with electing House members are sitting on a combined $100 million pile of cash, suggesting voters in the handful of competitive districts will face an onslaught of late political advertising. The National Republican Congressional Committee on Saturday reported raising more than $4 million last month and banking almost $46 million. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee last week announced it raised more than $10 million and has almost $55 million ready to help its candidates. Democrats have now outraised the Republicans in 18 of the last 20 months despite long odds of tipping control of the
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Some Iowa Democrats want anyone but Clinton

Not every Iowa Democrat is cheering for Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president. Some have a gnawing desire for someone else. Whether that yearning stems from real political differences with Clinton or simply interest in a new face, these Iowans aren’t shy about saying so. “I want to see what others do, like Elizabeth Warren,” says Nancy Bobo, one of President Barack Obama’s earliest supporters in the state. Warren, a senator from Massachusetts, has said she’s not running, but her name comes up nonetheless. “No one thought there was any room for anyone else in 2008,” Bobo says, “and
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Clintons back in Iowa for political activities

White House speculation in overdrive, Hillary Rodham Clinton returns to Iowa to pay tribute to the state’s retiring Democratic senator as anticipation builds over the possibility of another presidential campaign. Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, were to headline Sen. Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry fundraiser in rural Indianola. Sunday’s event is expected to draw more than 5,000 party activists who form the backbone of Iowa’s presidential campaigns every four years. Following a summertime book tour, Clinton was making her biggest campaign splash in 2014 so far, opening a fall of fundraising and campaigning for Democrats who are
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A steak fry to try and help Tom Harkin’s replacement

Retiring Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin’s final steak fry fundraiser may provide some much-needed sizzle for Rep. Bruce Braley, the Democrat locked in a close race to replace the liberal lawmaker. Thousands of party faithful will gather Sunday at the hot-air balloon grounds outside Indianola, south of Des Moines, for Harkin’s 37th and final steak fry before his retirement from a four-decade career in Congress. The event will serve as an emotional commemoration of his decades as a “prairie populist,” capped with tributes from Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton. While the former secretary of state’s potential presidential aspirations are likely to
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Michigan’s Senate hopes an uphill fight

Not so long ago, Republicans were giddy about winning U.S. Senate control in part by picking up a prized seat in Michigan held for more than three decades by a retiring Democratic lion, Sen. Carl Levin. They had good reason. Michigan voters had given the GOP control of the statehouse and governor’s office, and conservative organizations prepared to deluge the state’s airwaves. But as midterm elections loom, the optimism has become a salvage operation for the GOP candidate, Terri Lynn Land. On the surface, she might have seemed an ideal Republican candidate. Pro-business, Land has won statewide office twice, as
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Indiana govenor pissing off right wingers

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has been ticking off some of his tea party backers as he positions himself to possibly run for president in 2016, and that may be just what he needs to appeal to business-minded Republicans looking for a candidate who is moderate enough to win a general election. Pence has stoked speculation that he will run for president by appearing at several events, including a summit in Texas last month organized by Americans for Prosperity, one of several conservative interest groups backed by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch. On Monday, he will make his first trip
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Lots of jabs in Colorado Senate debate

Health care and the partial government shutdown underscored the first debate Saturday between U.S. Democratic Sen. Mark Udall and Republican U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, who are deadlocked in a pivotal Colorado contest that could determine control of the Senate. Gardner repeatedly tied Udall to the policies of President Barack Obama, frequently naming Udall and Obama in the same sentence, as well as referring to Udall’s support for the nation’s new health care law and his vote for the 2008 stimulus plan. “Barack Obama and Mark Udall have put tremendous pressure on this country,” Gardner said. Udall countered by criticizing Gardner
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Wendy Davis reveals abortion in ’90s

Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, who became a national political sensation by filibustering her state’s tough new restrictions on abortion, discloses in her upcoming memoir that she had an abortion in the 1990s after discovering that the fetus had a severe brain abnormality. In “Forgetting to be Afraid,” Davis also writes about ending an earlier ectopic pregnancy, in which an embryo implants outside the uterus. Davis says she considered revealing the terminated pregnancies during her nearly 13-hour speech on the floor of the Texas Senate last summer — but decided against it, saying “such an unexpected and dramatically personal
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