GOP AGENDA: MORE MONEY IN EXECUTIVES’ POCKETS, HIGHER HEALTH CARE COSTS.The GOP tax scam is benefiting exactly who it was intended to: corporate executives, Wall Street, and the wealthiest few. And while health care and pharmaceutical industries pocket a huge tax windfall, Americans’ health care costs will rise by double-digits as a result of Republican efforts to loosen health insurance rules, according to a new analysis.
From the New York Times: “Companies are using much of the money [from the GOP tax plan] for something with a more narrow benefit: buying their own shares… at the expense of investments in things like hiring, research and development and building new plants — the sort of investments that directly help the overall economy.”
From the Wall Street Journal: “Who wins” from a tax cut that has led to a “boom in share buybacks?”
*NEW* FROM CNN: PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS COULD FACE TOUGH TIMES AHEAD.
CASH PRICE OF DRUGS STILL RISING ABOVE INFLATION. Axios details a new report that prescription drug costs continue to rise: “If prices continue to increase at this rate, we could be seeing more people unable to care for their illness.”
BOTTOM LINE. We’ve said it once, we’ll say it again: the Republican Congress is happy to sacrifice middle class families for special interests and every single Republican Senate candidate will be held accountable.
WHY FLORIDIANS DO NOT TRUST RICK SCOTT. Rick Scott’s long record of opposing common sense gun safety measures is continuing to dog him. As Politico points out, “the Florida governor once signed every NRA gun bill he could,” but after being roundly criticized for his “woefully inadequate” response to this – and past – tragedies, Scott is “trying to erase the memories of everybody on the stances he’s taken on guns for the past eight years.” But Scott’s record speaks for itself:
*NEW* Orlando Sentinel: Democratic billboard in Orlando hits Gov. Scott on guns
HERE ARE THE FACTS: Scott “signed a bill that barred doctors from asking patients whether they had access to guns;” “did not propose new gun laws or seek significant mental health funding increases after the Pulse nightclub massacre;” slashed millions in funding for school safety; ended $20 million in funding for mental health care despite Florida already ranking at the bottom of the nation for mental health funding; has “long resisted gun control efforts” including refusing to support expanded background checks; and under Scott Florida has “some of weakest gun laws in [the] nation.”
#NVSEN & #AZSEN TOP CNN’S MOST LIKELY TO FLIP LIST. Here we are again. Senator Heller of Nevada and the Arizona Senate race have once again topped CNN’s monthly ranking of seats most likely to switch parties. In Nevada, Heller faces “dangerous one-on-one matchups in both the primary… and the general election.” In Arizona, the Republican primary is turning out to be “the nation’s most chaotic.”
SIREN: HAWLEY GIVES GREITENS A PASS. The Springfield News-Leader reports that Hawley cleared Governor Greitens after a sham investigation. Hawley didn’t even release the report to the public but sent it directly to the governor’s office. Don’t forget: Hawley took $50,000 from the governor as a candidate for Attorney General. Doesn’t sound like he’s cleaning anything up but his friends’ messes.
HAWLEY ON HAWLEY. Josh Hawley officially filed for the GOP primary – just barely more than one year since being sworn in as Missouri’s Attorney General – an office he won by campaigning on a promise not to be another ladder-climbing politician. But the new website, HawleyonHawley.com, reminds Missouri voters of that broken promise, as well as others. Watch the video:
STABENOW AIMS TO IMPROVE WORKFORCE WITH BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. Senator Debbie Stabenow unveiled new, bipartisan workforce legislation this week that aims to “expose young people to options for training, apprenticeships and technical education to fill high-paying jobs in manufacturing, technology and other growing sectors” and to hire more career counselors for high schools.
MARSHA BLACKBURN GETS AN EARFUL (OR WOULD, IF SHE WAS LISTENING). A group of concerned constituents gathered outside Representative Blackburn’s Tennessee office yesterday to ask her to listen to their stance on gun safety – something they charge she has yet to do: “She values the NRA money more than she values the school children,” she said. “I feel very forgotten. She doesn’t care what the constituents say, think or feel. She has never replied to any of my emails, letters or phone calls. Nothing.”
Tennessean: Franklin protesters ask Blackburn to listen to them on gun control.
Fox17 Nashville: Moms upset with Marsha Blackburn over NRA money host rally in downtown Franklin.
Williamston Herald: Activist groups gather on Franklin square to protest NRA campaign contributions.
#INSEN REPUBLICANS AIR IRRESPONSIBLE ADS. Two Indiana Republican Senate candidates released television ads this week that go beyond the pale of decency:
Associated Press: Widow upset by Indiana political TV ad featuring husband.
DID JIM RENACCI VOTE TODAY? His constituents are right to ask after Cleveland.com found that Congressman Renacci “missed the highest percentage of votes of any Ohio member of Congress” while he campaigns for higher office. To help Ohioans keep track of whether Renacci is doing his current job or too busy campaigning for the next, the Ohio Democratic Party launched “DidJimRenacciVoteToday.com.” Check it out.
IN THE STATES.
IN – WSBT: Donnelly in South Bend talking mental health help for officers
MN – Duluth News: Klobuchar hosts discussion on restoring net neutrality
MO – KMBZ: McCaskill co-sponsors bill to improve reporting process for sexual assault
(MORE) MO – St. Louis Post-Dispatch: McCaskill introduces legislation stopping drugmakers from getting tax-reduction benefits for advertising
MN – KEYC: Senator Tina Smith Introduces “Expanding Access to Low Cost Generic Drugs Act”
MT – Missoula Current: Tester urges colleagues to fully fund grants aimed at high-school counseling services
NV – Patch: Nevada Educations Pros Backing Jacky Rosen In Senate Race
OH – Columbus Dispatch: Sherrod Brown named co-chair of commission on pensions
TX – Texas Tribune: Report: O’Rourke stomps Cruz in latest round of fundraising
WI – WKBT: Tammy Baldwin introduces America’s College Promise Act to legislation
WV – Metro News: Manchin named to pension committee
TWEET OF THE WEEK. Something light for your weekend —