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Ron Johnson Doubles Down On Dangerous Medicare Plan

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Ron Johnson has been one of the biggest cheerleaders for the Ryan Plan that would end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher program and potentially increasing out-of-pocket costs for seniors. Ron Johnson is so supportive of a plan to gut Medicare in fact, that he’s voted for in three times, claiming it showed “courage.”

Vulnerable Republican Senators Running Scared on Medicare

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As budget negotiations begin today, vulnerable Republican Senators up for re-election in 2016 are running scared from their records of voting to end Medicare as we know it.

The House budget includes the radical Ryan proposal to transform Medicare into a voucher program, and Republicans like Rob Portman, Kelly Ayotte, Pat Toomey, Mark Kirk, Richard Burr and Roy Blunt are trying to trick voters and hide their long records of supporting the Ryan proposal.

DSCC FRIDAY TAKEAWAYS: DISMAL NUMBERS FOR GOP’S MOST VULNERABLE – FLORIDA SENATE A TOSSUP, FORMER NRSC OFFICIAL CALLS IT A “PROBLEM” – ILLINOIS TV ON MARK KIRK: “WHAT WAS HE THINKING?”– NEW POLL SHOWS RON JOHNSON DOWN DOUBLE DIGITS

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POLLING ROUNDUP: DISMAL NUMBERS FOR GOP’S MOST VULNERABLE. New polls out this week show the most vulnerable Republican Senators already starting from behind. Following a poll in Ohio showing Portman starting 9 points behind Ted Strickland, this week’s polls are bad news for Republicans facing an already bleak map in 2016.

Analysts Agree: Florida Senate Race Is Now A Tossup

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With Marco Rubio’s exit from the Florida Senate race, analysts are abandoning the idea that Republicans had an advantage in the competition.

EQUAL PAY DAY: Pat Toomey Opposes Paycheck Fairness

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Equal Pay Day – which marks how far into the year women have to work to earn the same as men did in the previous year – serves as a stark reminder that Republicans like Pat Toomey have a long record of opposing measures to help ensure pay equity.

Mark Kirk’s Grand Slam Of Offensive Rhetoric

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Call it a grand slam. Say he hit for the cycle. Pick any sports reference you like, but one thing is clear – Mark Kirk is on a roll (and not in a good way) with his offensive, over-the-top rhetoric. As he panics at the start of his re-election campaign, he’s working hard to make sure that almost no bloc of voters in Illinois goes un-offended. Here’s a quick look at his most recent inflammatory remarks:

DSCC Statement On Florida Senate Race

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DSCC Executive Director Tom Lopach released the following statement on Florida’s Senate contest becoming an open-seat race after Marco Rubio’s announcement that he will run for President:

DSCC FRIDAY TAKEAWAYS: GOP CAN’T GOVERN, 100 DAYS LATER EDITION – MASTO IN FOR NEVADA SENATE, HAILED AS “FRESH FACE” & “STRONG FUNDRAISER” – MCCAIN GETS ICY RECEPTION ON REELECTION BID – STRONG FUNDRAISING FOR BENNET, DEMS – POLL SHOWS STRICKLAND UP 9

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SENATE REPUBLICANS CAN’T GOVERN: 100 DAYS LATER EDITION. The Republican-controlled Congress is now nearly 100 days into their new majority with little to show for it. Between driving the Department of Homeland Security to the brink of a shutdown, playing politics with victims of human trafficking and failing to even hold a vote to confirm Loretta Lynch, the GOP is working hard to make sure they don’t keep their majority come 2016. As the Huffington Post reports:

DSCC Announces Endorsement Of Catherine Cortez Masto In Nevada’s Senate Race

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Senator Jon Tester, Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, issued the following statement announcing the committee’s support of Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada:

DSCC FRIDAY TAKEAWAYS: POLL SHOWS VOTERS DISSAPROVE OF DANGEROUS IRAN LETTER – TOOMEY’S SHAMEFUL FUNDRAISING PLEA – KIRK STEPS IN IT, TAKE THREE - STRICKLAND SNAGS MAJOR ENDORSEMENT – PRIMARY TROUBLE BREWING FOR MCCAIN

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POLL SHOWS VOTERS IN KEY SENATE STATES DISSAPROVE OF GOP IRAN LETTER. A new poll out from Quinnipiac this week showed voters in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania overwhelmingly believe that the GOP’s reckless decision to sign on to a dangerous letter to Iran that interfered with sensitive negotiations was not appropriate.