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DSCC FRIDAY TAKEAWAYS: DSCC DOMINATES NRSC IN Q1 FUNDRAISING – “NIGHTMARE SCENARIO” FOR GOP IN FLSEN – ROY BLUNT LAUNCHES STUDENTS FOR JASON KANDER – COFFMAN FUNDRAISES OFF VA PROBLEMS

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DSCC DOMINATES NRSC IN Q1 FUNDRAISING. The DSCC outraised the NRSC for the third consecutive month, pulling in $5.26 million in March. The DSCC had its best off-year Q1 in the history of the committee, raising $14 million and outraising the NRSC by a whopping $3 million.

The Hill: Senate Dems Top GOP In First Quarter Fundraising By $3.1 Million

Another Republican Blames Students For Rising College Costs

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Two recent comments from vulnerable Senate Republicans have opened a troubling window into their attitudes towards students working to earn a college degree with the help of student loans. Last month it was Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson implying that students are racking up more loan debt because they spend too much time partying. Now it’s Roy Blunt blaming rising student loan debt on students’ lavish “living standards.”

Ron Johnson Votes To Allow Discrimination Against LGBT Youth

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As the Senate considered amendments today on the anti-human trafficking bill, Senator Ron Johnson callously voted to allow homeless and runaway youth who identify as LGBT to be discriminated against. The amendment would improve and reauthorize programs in local communities for grant money, residential services, education and crisis intervention for homeless and runaway youth, and it would prohibit any recipients from discriminating against any youth in need based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

This Is Who Rob Portman Stands With?

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Over the weekend, extremist Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson who has come under fire for his numerous controversial statements threw his full support behind Rob Portman. Portman warmly received the endorsement from Carson who said that prison turns people gay, called the VA health system problems a “gift from god,” and disagreed with the notion that domestic violence is a “terrible plague” affecting many millions of women and families.

Ron Johnson Again Blames Staff Turnover & Lame Duck Congress For His Inexcusable Failure On Tomah VA

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For months now, Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson has refused to accept responsibility for the role his office played in letting whistleblower complaints about the Tomah VA die in what has been described as “the equivalent of a congressional black hole.” Rather than step up and take responsibility for the failure, Johnson had previously come up with lame excuses about staff turnover, the timing of the election and “

Ain’t No Sunshine For the NRSC In Florida’s Senate Race

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It’s only Tuesday, and it’s already been a bad week for national Republicans with yet another recruiting failure in the Florida Senate race. Tom Rooney was the latest in a slew of Republicans to pass on a potential Senate bid, leaving the GOP scrambling to find a candidate to run for the seat.

Here’s a recap:

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.