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DSCC QUICK TAKES: DEMOCRATS “ZERO IN” ON OPIOID EPIDEMIC — HEITKAMP OP-ED: “AFFORDABLE ACCESSIBLE HEALTH CARE IS ESSENTIAL.” — MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL HEADLINE: “LEAH VUKMIR LOSES SIX OF SEVEN MEDIA MARKETS IN WISCONSIN.

DEMOCRATS “ZERO IN” ON OPIOID EPIDEMIC. The opioid crisis is continues to be a national problem, and Roll Call reports that Senate Democrats are fighting for solutions

  • While the opioid epidemic is a priority for much of Congress, candidates in especially hard-hit states, such as West Virginia, have made it a core issue in their re-election bids.
  • During a campaign event last week, Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana stated he plans to continue bipartisan work on passing his bill that gives students pursuing fields related to substance use disorders some loan forgiveness if they commit to working in an area with elevated overdose rates for at least six years.
  • In July, Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri released an ad touting her work in taking on pharmaceutical companies, including those that may have played a role in the opioid crisis. McCaskill also released a report last month that examined opioid distributors and manufacturers in her home state, as well as the volume of opioids shipped into it.
  • …Sen. Tammy Baldwin opened up about her mother’s drug problem in a May ad. The Democrat talks of a bipartisan approach to solve the problem. “I have worked with Republicans and Democrats to get the funding Wisconsin needs, so people have somewhere to turn for help,” she said in the ad. “It’s just a start.”

HEITKAMP OP-ED: “AFFORDABLE ACCESSIBLE HEALTH CARE IS ESSENTIAL.” Heidi Heitkamp penned an op-ed for the Bismarck Tribune outlining her record of fighting for the expansion of affordable and accessible health care and hitting the GOP for its dangerous lawsuit that endangers “critical health care protections for seniors, children, and those with pre-existing conditions across North Dakota.”

MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL HEADLINE: “LEAH VUKMIR LOSES SIX OF SEVEN MEDIA MARKETS IN WISCONSIN. Leah Vukmir squeezed through the Wisconsin Republican primary on Tuesday with less than 50% of the vote following a “a costly, divisive,” and “vicious” primary battle. A new report from the Missouri Journal Sentinel highlights that Vukmir “lost each of the state’s six other media markets. She won only 15 counties and lost 57.” It goes on to say that Vukmir, “a product of the state’s Republican southeastern suburban belt, lost many [counties that backed Baldwin in 2012 and Trump in 2016] by double digits to Nicholson in Tuesday’s GOP primary.”

ARIZONA GOP FEARFUL AMID PRIMARY “SLUGFEST.” The bitter and “divisive” Republican primary fight is raging on in Arizona. As Politico reports, with just under 2 weeks to go the GOP is becoming increasingly fearful as the battle between Kelli Ward, Martha McSally, and Joe Arpaio devolves into a “total muddle, prolonging the GOP slugfest.”

In more #AZSEN drama, the Arizona Republic discussed Meghan McCain grilling Martha McSally for her “snub of dad John McCain” during the signing of a defense bill named after him in Fort Drum, NY. McSally “witnessed his signing of the national defense authorization act, this year named after Arizona’s six-term senator and former prisoner of war” but refused to use the McCain’s name as she discussed the bill.

SELF-SERVING SCOTT’S SHADY FINANCES MAKE HEADLINES…AGAIN. Some things never change. In this case it’s Rick Scott’s record of investing in companies that benefit him personally.

Tampa Bay Times report put a spotlight on Scott’s eagerness to kill “$2.4 billion federally funded and shovel-ready bullet train from Orlando to Tampa” as a “a political slap to then-President Barack Obama” only to turn around and green light the project when “All Aboard Florida, a Coral Gables-based company that has heavily supported Scott” got involved. What’s more, he and his wife invested “$3 million in a credit fund for All Aboard Florida’s parent company.” See more of the recent headlines on Scott’s shady financial dealings:

Miami Herald: Rick Scott killed a high-speed rail plan. Then All Aboard rolled up and he bought it; Politico: Scott’s wife gave loan to accountant at firm housing Scott’s blind trust; U.S. News & World: US Sen. Nelson Rails at Gov. Scott Over His Finances; FOX35: Scott’s family makes loan to “blind trust” accountant; WCTV: Loan given by Ann Scott raises questions about governor’s blind trust; Politico: Nelson, Scott spar over Ann Scott’s loan to blind trust accountant; WTSP: Scott invested in companies he impacts as governor; Tampa Bay Times: Rick Scott told Florida not to invest in companies linked to Venezuela, but he did; Capitol News Service: Case seeking to open Governor’s blind trust continues; Miami Herald: Has Gov. Scott disclosed all his personal finances or not? Court could decide; Miami Herald: In disclosure Q and A, Scott campaign provides its own questions, then avoids some answers; Miami Herald:Rick Scott and family made $550M in one transaction. How ‘blind’ is his blind trust?; Florida Bulldog: Rick Scott paid $200,000 in tax incentives to company in which he had financial interest; Tampa Bay Times: Rick and Ann Scott had stake in shipping giant linked to Putin; GateHouse Media: Gov. Rick Scott profits from Hep C drug tied to state prisons, opioid crisis; Florida Politics: Rick Scott’s blind trust connected to controversial Chinese company ZTE; Orlando Sentinel: Gov. Rick Scott’s net worth soars 56 percent to $232 million, report shows; Tampa Bay Times, Ruth: Is Rick Scott’s blind trust that blind?; News Service of Florida: Rick Scott fights lawsuit demanding he disclose financial assets; Esquire: How ‘Blind’ Is Governor Rick Scott’s Blind Trust, Really?; Florida Bulldog: What did Gov. Rick Scott do with mysterious $120 million in cash?  

IN THE STATES

MO – Ozarks First: McCaskill on Pre-Existing Conditions

OH – Cleveland.com: Sen. Sherrod Brown renews effort to crack down on bank overdraft fees

TX – The Austin Chronicle: Beto O’Rourke and Ethan Hawke in Conversation

MI – Albuquerque Journal: Rural broadband is the gateway to better politics

 

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