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DSCC QUICK TAKES: WAPO HEADLINE: “SENATE DEMOCRATS STAY FOCUSED ON HEALTH CARE EVEN DURING AUGUST RECESS.” — ABOUT LAST NIGHT: VUKMIR LIMPS OUT OF NASTY, EXPENSIVE GOP PRIMARY IN WISCONSIN — ROSEN FIGHTS FOR HIGHER WAGES

WAPO HEADLINE: “SENATE DEMOCRATS STAY FOCUSED ON HEALTH CARE EVEN DURING AUGUST RECESS.” A shortened August recess didn’t keep Senate Democrats’ from hitting the road and talking to voters across their states about the defining issue of the election: health care. While Republicans continue to find new ways to sabotage our healthcare system including expanding “junk insurance” plans and promoting a lawsuit that would strip protections for pre-existing conditions coverage, the Washington Post reports that Senate Democrats across the country are holding them accountable. From the report:

  • Senate Democrats used their truncated August recess to talk to their constituents about one key issue: Health care.
  • Over their 10-day mini break, Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) held a roundtable discussion with voters about health care, as did Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who held his third roundtable this year focused specifically on pre-existing conditions. And Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) also met with voters with pre-existing conditions on Tuesday […]  In Nevada, Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen, who is hoping to unseat GOP Sen. Dean Heller, also held a public meeting with voters with pre-existing conditions.  Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) met with health care providers and patients to talk pre-existing conditions, and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), who is vying for the open Senate seat there, also met with constituent groups to discuss health care.
  • It’s harder for GOP candidates to make their case that health care policy is failing in the first election where they are in control of both houses in Congress and the White House. And recent scuttlebutt that Republicans would consider another repeal effort if they held Congress may not be helpful this cycle.
  • The Democrats and the groups who support them have homed in specifically on the warning that if the ACA is struck down, people with pre-existing conditions would lose protection. Notably, McCaskill and Manchin, two of the Democrats’ most vulnerable members, are running against state attorneys general who joined a lawsuit arguing the ACA should be deemed unconstitutional. If the law were struck down, it would take with it protections for people with past and current health conditions.
  • The first television ad the campaign arm for the Democrats released in 2017 was about health care. It showed a man selling his car and a woman pawning her engagement ring. Then it cuts to them sitting at the hospital bedside of a sick child. Most of the heavy ad buys are still to come, but an independent analysis of political ads so far this cycle found pro-Democrat ads have been overwhelmingly about health care […] now, with the focus on pre-existing conditions, they’ve found a way to make it personal and accessible for voters.
  • “What we’re seeing on the trail is that health care remaining the defining issue of the election and voters are aware and concerned that GOP policies will increase their costs and jeopardize their coverage and voters are preparing to hold GOP candidates accountable on this issue,” said David Bergstein, a spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: VUKMIR LIMPS OUT OF NASTY, EXPENSIVE GOP PRIMARY IN WISCONSIN. Read our take here:  “Leah Vukmir never misses an opportunity to sell out Wisconsin’s working families for her corporate backers. Vukmir’s plan will spike health care costs, slash coverage for pre-existing conditions and cut Medicare and Social Security — all so she can give her campaign contributors more taxpayer-funded handouts. The nasty, expensive GOP primary she waged will continue to hamstring her, but ultimately her dangerous and self-serving politics are why she will lose this election.”

AND DEMOCRATIC TURNOUT SURGES. Democratic voters are fired up and excited about this year’s midterms. Turnout in last night’s primaries surged with Reuters reporting that in Minnesota “More than 560,000 people voted on the Democratic side” out of around 875,000 voters and in Wisconsin “Turnout was strong in Democratic strongholds such as Madison, the state capital, and the largest city, Milwaukee.” Senator Tina Smith handily won her primary last night with 76% of the vote.

ROSEN FIGHTS FOR HIGHER WAGES. Jacky Rosen met with workers and union members to discuss her fight for higher wages and better opportunities for Nevadan families. According to the AP, “Nevada’s minimum wage is currently $7.25 per hour for employees who receive health care through their employer, and $8.25 per hour for those who don’t.” Rosen said during the event that “We’re fighting for dignity and decency for everyone in our community.”

Her opponent Dean Heller, on the other hand, believes that we should “do away with” the minimum wage for federal workers altogether.

RAYBOULD HIGHLIGHTS HEALTH CARE IN NEBRASKA. Don’t miss this report from Nebraska, Jane Raybould hit the trail to talk about Senator Fischer’s part in sabotaging affordable health care, which is driving up premiums for Nebraskans. Watch the clip from KMTV:


SELF-SERVING SCOTT’S TOXIC ALGAE CRISIS CONTINUES. Environmentalists slammed Self-Serving Rick Scott –a climate change denier whose cuts to the state’s environmental programs are to blame for the severity of the crisis–saying that his recent executive order to address the issue “doesn’t do anything to prevent future outbreaks. It doesn’t go to the root of the problem.” See more of the recent clips:

Gainesville Sun Editorial: State leaders culpable in algae crisis; Washington Post: In Florida, an environmental crisis takes center stage in tight Senate race; Tampa Bay Times, Romano: If you’re looking for a culprit, the slime stops here; Politico: Red tide funding numbers lower under Scott; Gainesville Sun Editorial: Algaeblooms are part of Scott’s legacy; Florida Phoenix: Scott visits slimy coast, Democrats call out the governor’s new election-year environmental conversion; Tampa Bay Times/ Miami Herald: As bouts with killer algae rose, Florida gutted its water quality monitoring network; Sun Sentinel Editorial: Gov. Scott’s spotty record on algae crises; Sun Sentinel, Schultz,: Rick Scott tries to change record on Florida’s algae crisis; Florida Phoenix, Hauserman: Yes, this really is Rick Scott, Adam Putnam and Pam Bondi’s fault; Orlando Sentinel,Maxwell: Florida’s great green algae disaster — we asked for it … us and Rick Scott; Miami Herald, Santiago: Red tide and green water? Florida beaches have a problem, and its name is Rick Scott; TC Palm: Gov. Rick Scott wouldn’t commit to visiting Martin County to assess toxic algae bloom; Tampa Bay Times: Leaky septic tanks fuel algae blooms. Rick Scott OK’d repeal of law aimed to prevent that; Ocala Star Banner, Rogers: Rick Scott: Election-year environmentalist; Bay News 9: As Florida’s toxic algae bloom crisis grows, some point finger at Gov. Scott; News-Press: Sen. Nelson links Gov. Scott’s environmental record to algae blooms.

DEM AD WATCH

ND — In Senator Heitkamp’s ad, “Voice” she touts her record of reaching across the aisle to get the best policies for North Dakotans.

MT — Senator Tester’s new ad “Open Contracts” highlights his efforts to make government contracts more transparent.

IN THE STATES

MI – Click On Detroit: Actress Glenn Close, Sen. Debbie Stabenow join Local 4 discussion about mental health
PA – The Times: Health care ‘a major issue,’ Casey tells senior citizens

WI – Waupaca County News: BALDWIN PROMOTES AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE

OH – Cleveland.com: Sherrod Brown proposes $3,500 discount on U.S.-made cars, tax hike on automakers’ foreign profits

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