Local politics

Over in Texas, Ross Ramsey at the Texas Tribune found a poll which shows that Abbott's Lead Over Davis is in the Single Digits. Reeve Hamilton there tweeted: “According to latest UT/TT Poll, the current score is @GregAbbott_TX: 40 @WendyDavisTexas: 35. Discuss.” Jake Silverstein at Texas Monthly wrote, “Wow. % of voters with no impression of @WendyDavisTexas dropped from 58 to 16 over last 4 months. That was fast.” Bud Kennedy from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram explained: “FIXING: Abbott is up 6 on Wendy Davis. But voter ID subtracts suspended drivers & college students from out-of-stat.” Ted Oberg with ABC 13 Houston added, “This will be a fun '14 eh?”

Elsewhere, John Eligon at the New York Times writes that the Koch Group Has Ambitions in Small Races. Stephanie Strom there said, “The obsession with Congressional constipation in DC and all the while, Koch money has been turning grassroots red.” Colleague Steven Greenhouse wrote, “Koch Brothers Group Jumps Into Small Races. In Coralville, Iowa, It Fights Tax Increase & Is Denounced As Outsider.” Chris Megerian from the LA Times added, “Another story today on a Koch-connected political group shows a new focus on local issues.”

And for one more case of politicians writing the news today, The Bangor Daily News out of Maine has congressman and gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud saying Yes, I am gay. ‘But why should it matter?’ in an op-ed for them. Freelancer John McQuaid explained, “Maine US Rep & candidate for governor comes out in an op-ed. Really captures the zeitgeist.” Jill Lawrence at the National Journal wrote, “.@RepMikeMichaud cuts off opposition whispers in #MEGov race by coming out as gay: ‘It's just a part of who I am.’” Jonathan Martin at the New York Times added, “Michaud said he was acting now amid a ‘whisper campaign,’ opponents had been trying to plant qs.”

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