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DSCC FRIDAY TAKEAWAYS: GOP TV SPENDING HITS UNPRECEDENTED LEVELS AS INCUMBENTS STRUGGLE – GOP WORRIES TRUMP WILL DRAG DOWN SENATORS - RON JOHNSON ON MIN WAGE: “SHOULDN’T BE ONE” – STRICKLAND LEADS PORTMAN

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REPUBLICANS HAVE A DONALD TRUMP PROBLEM. With Donald Trump leading the polls and vulnerable GOP Senators praising Trump and his candidacy, Republicans are growing increasingly nervous that Trump will hurt the GOP’s already slim chances of maintaining their fragile majority.

The Hill: Republicans Worry Trump Will Hurt Senate Chances

Ron Johnson’s Horrible Minimum Wage Record

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Vulnerable Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson has a terrible record on the minimum wage – from calling it “Russian roulette for the working poor” to referring to proposals to raise it as “disturbing,” Johnson has made his position on raising the minimum wage abundantly clear.

Which Trump-Ism Does Senator Richard Burr Find Most “Delightful?”

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As Richard Burr’s poll numbers plummet he’s trying a new strategy – latching on to GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump. Last week, Burr told WNCN that he was “delighted” in Trump’s candidacy and noted that Trump has approached issues with “common sense.”

 

DSCC FRIDAY TAKEAWAYS: DSCC YET AGAIN BEATS NRSC IN FUNDRAISING – MUZZLED MARK KIRK – 2 POLLS SHOW RON JOHNSON LOSING AS HE TURNS TO SPECIAL INTERESTS FOR HELP – GOP TV SPENDING HITS UNPRECEDENTED HEIGHTS AS PANIC SETS IN - RAND PAUL’S GOT A PROBLEM

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ANOTHER FUNDRAISING WIN FOR THE DSCC OVER OUR NRSC FRIENDS. The DSCC outraised the NRSC again in July, raising $3.7 million and reporting $9.2 million cash-on-hand. Despite being in the minority, the DSCC continues to report record-breaking fundraising numbers and has outraised the NRSC in 5 out of 7 months in 2015. The DSCC has outraised the NRSC on the cycle by nearly $3.6 million.

Richard Burr “Delighted” By Donald Trump

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With his own poll numbers in the basement, Richard Burr has tried a new strategy – embrace the GOP Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump. Burr had this to say about The Donald to WNCN:

 

Mark Kirk’s Latest Tall Tale

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Mark Kirk has spent the cycle making one outrageous, over-the-top comment after another and ensuring he keeps his top spot on eve

Ron Johnson’s $2.5 Million Dollar Meeting?

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USA Today is reporting that the right wing special interest group Club for Growth “is planning to inject at least $2.5 million into the Wisconsin Senate race to help Republican Sen. Ron Johnson.” Johnson's vulnerability has so far led him to refuse to accept Russ Feingold’s Badger Pledge that would keep outside spending from groups like the Club for Growth out of Wisconsin.

 

DSCC Statement On Unprecedented Level of Outside Spending Benefitting Rob Portman

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On the heels of a massive new $1.4 million ad buy from the Koch brothers, DSCC Communications Director Justin Barasky released the following statement on the unprecedented level of spending aimed at propping up vulnerable Senator Rob Portman:

DSCC FRIDAY TAKEAWAYS: DEMS WELL POSITIONED TO WIN MAJORITY – DSCC LAUNCHES GOP SHUTDOWN WATCH – JOE HECK’S SOCIAL SECURITY PRIVATIZATION SCHEME RUINS HIS WEEK – JOHNSON STUMBLES (AGAIN) – PORTMAN ON DEFENSE OVER TRADE – RAND PAUL CAMPAIGN HURTING HIS

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NATIONAL JOURNAL SENATE RANKINGS SHOW DEMS WELL POSITIONED TO WIN MAJORITY. National Journal released their latest ranking of the Senate seats most likely to flip parties in 2016 – with eight out of the top ten seats currently held by Republicans:

GOP SHUTDOWN WATCH: Ron Johnson Open To Government Shutdown Over Planned Parenthood Funding

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Ron Johnson has already voted multiple times to defund Planned Parenthood and deprive millions of women the access they need to lifesaving cancer screenings and preventive care, and repeatedly voted for the irresponsible 2013 government shutdown. That's why we it wasn't surprising to hear Johnson leave the door open to shutting down the government over Planned Parenthood.
 
WATCH Johnson refuse to say that he would oppose a shutdown aimed at defunding Planned Parenthood, suggesting we need to draw a “bright red line” on funding: