DEMOCRATS RUNNING ON HEALTHCARE — AND HOLDING THE GOP ACCOUNTABLE FOR SPIKING COSTS & CUTTING COVERAGE FOR PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. The Hill reports on the latest efforts from Senate Democratic campaigns on healthcare: In West Virginia, Joe Manchin’s new ad targets “Patrick Morrisey’s lawsuit to take away health care from people with pre-existing conditions” and in Arizona the ADP “is launching a new ad against Rep. Martha McSally […] saying she backtracked on a pledge to protect people with pre-existing conditions by voting for the House’s repeal and replace bill last year” More analysis today on the Democrats’ health care offensive:
From the New York Times’ Paul Krugman: “Democrats Are Credible on Health Care.”
Don’t miss Claire McCaskill’s newest “30 for 30” video featuring Charlotte D’alfonso sharing her son’s story of living with a pre-existing condition and how devastating Josh Hawley’s lawsuit to strip those protections would be to her family.
TUCSON SENTINEL HEADLINE: “DEMS SLAM MCSALLY ON HEALTH VOTE IN NEW AD.” More on the ADP’s latest ad, from the Tucson Sentinel: “the Arizona Democratic Party argues that her last town hall in Sahuarita in 2017, McSally backed Republican legislation that cut healthcare and highlights a Fox News interview where McSally told the host that ‘we’ve got to get this done.’ Watch the ad here:
MCSALLY’S WEEK OFF TO A ROUGH START. It’s not just her health care record dragging McSally down. After Politifact rated McSally’s desperate attack on Kyrsten as “mostly false,” Arizona Republic’s Laurie Roberts grilled McSally for her the misleading ad, saying “I get the feeling that Martha McSally is the one now doing a tap dance.”
NEW SINEMA OP-ED: WORKING ACROSS THE AISLE TO PUT ARIZONANS’ HEALTH CARE FIRST. Kyrsten Sinema penned an op-ed for the Arizona Daily Star highlighting her record as “as one of the most independent members of Congress” and how she’ll find bipartisan solutions to improve Arizonans’ care.
GOP STRATEGIST: REPUBLICAN SENATE CAMPAIGNS NOT “BEING RUN AT THE TOP LEVEL.” A stunningly honest admission from a GOP strategist from the Hill: “You’d like to think with a map like the one Republicans were given you’d see across the board campaigns that are being run at the top level. You’re just not.” Republicans have failed to seize on a favorable map, recruit strong candidates and their campaigns have been driven down by bitter, divisive primary battles. Now even Fox News is joining the chorus of headlines outlining how for “Republican leaders seeking to maintain control of the Senate, some races are becoming a little too close for comfort.”
Speaking of races where the GOP is floundering…
CRUZ CRISIS “FORCING GOP TO DIVERT RESOURCES TO TEXAS FROM OTHER STATES.” The latest on the GOP’s expensive, Texas-sized money pit:
The Hill: Cruz facing “an existential threat.”
Rolling Stone: “The GOP Is Sweating Bullets Over Beto O’Rourke”
THREE DAYS, OVER A DOZEN BAD STORIES ABOUT SCOTT. After earning bad headlines for skipping his own campaign event to hide from Floridians trying to confront him about his record, Self-Serving Rick Scott is facing even more controversy (on top of the 370 bad stories he’s suffered in the last 150 days):
See more of the recent clips: Florida Politics: Sierra Club turning gas power plant proposal into video hitting Rick Scott on climate change; Florida Politics: New elections complaint for Rick Scott ‘New Republican’ PAC; Tampa Bay Times: Federal complaint alleges Rick Scott illegally benefited from anti-Bill Nelson Super PAC ads; Slate: “Florida Man” Controls Your Right to Vote, Warns John Oliver; Orlando Weekly: John Oliver rips Rick Scott over Florida’s awful clemency process; Tampa Bay Times: VIDEO: John Oliver took Rick Scott to task last night for disenfranchising felons; Orlando Sentinel: Florida felon voting rights spotlighted on ‘Last Week Tonight’; Florida Politics: Bill Nelson: Rick Scott ‘is a creature of Trump’; Associated Press: Florida Gov. skips campaign stop after protesters show up;; Miami Herald: These beach-access advocates spoiled Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign stop at doughnut shop; My Panhandle: Protesters Attend “Make Washington Work” Bus Tour Event; NWF Daily News: Scott misses protesters at Santa Rosa Beach Donut Hole, appears later at Inlet Beach location.
GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE: “TESTER AD BRANDS ROSENDALE A NON-RANCHER.” Jon Tester is calling out Maryland Matt Rosendale for claiming to be a rancher after reports found he doesn’t own any cattle. Read more from the Great Falls Tribune.
HEITKAMP EARNS FARMERS UNION PAC ENDORSEMENT. Heidi Heitkamp earned the endorsement of North Dakota’s largest agricultural Organization, the Farmers Union PAC which praised her for “her steadfast commitment to North Dakota family farmers and ranchers.” See the full statement here.
CNN MOVES #TNSEN TO TOSS UP. CNN reports on Governor Bredesen’s continued momentum, moving the race from Lean Republican to Toss-Up.
DEM AD WATCH
NM – Martin Heinrich highlights his record on lowering prescription drug costs and expanding Social Security in his ad, “Care.”
MN- Tina Smith reflects on her work to promote Minnesota’s farming industry in her new ad, “Our Future.”
TN – Phil Bredesen talks Tennessee issues with constituents over Brown Bag lunches in his new ad, “Brown Bag.”
IN THE STATES
MO-Kirksville Daily Express: McCaskill calls on young voters to get involved during visit to Kirksville
IN – Statehouse File: Law enforcement groups endorses Donnelly for re-election
MS – Y’all Politics: Black Economic Alliance endorses Mike Espy and others to strengthen economy
ND – The Fence Post: Heitkamp urges more trade aid as Trump appears at Cramer fundraiser
PA – Kittanning Paper: (VIDEO) Senator Bob Casey Visits Armstrong County