DEMOCRATS “EMBRACE” HEALTH CARE IN SENATE RACES.
RealClear Politics is the latest to cover Democrats’ smart focus on health care “the timing for this strategy couldn’t be better: Numerous national polls show health care topping the economy as the number one issue for voters this election cycle.” Here’s more:
REPUBLICANS RUN FROM HEALTH CARE RECORDS: The Washington Post reported that Republican Senate candidates are paying “the price for attempts to kill Obamacare and its guarantee of coverage for preexisting conditions” and as their health care agenda becomes increasingly unpopular, they are “trying to tailor new responses to voters questioning their intentions.”
HAWLEY’S FAILED COVER-UP. Josh Hawley is trying to cover-up his lawsuit to eliminate pre-existing conditions coverage with ads and op-eds claiming to support those protections. It isn’t working:
HEADLINE: MCSALLY LIES ABOUT HER PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS RECORD. Like her fellow Republican Senate candidates, Congresswoman Martha McSally has resorted to lying about her record on pre-existing conditions:
HOUSLEY VOWS TO BE A “RUBBER STAMP” FOR HARMFUL GOP POLICIES. Karin Housley pledged to be a “rubber stamp” for Republican’s toxic agenda in an interview with Minnesota Public Radio this week proving that she cannot be trusted to stand up for Minnesotans in the Senate.
BRAUN’S ROUGH WEEK. This week, Mike Braun made headlines for a bad take on the Kavanaugh allegations, getting entangled in another campaign finance scandal, and pushing shoddy insurance to his employees:
RENACCI, SUAREZ & THE PHONE RECORDS. The extent of Congressman Jim Renacci’s scandalous connection to convicted felon Ben Suarez continues to come to light:
His problems don’t end there…
BREDESEN SHAKES UP #TNSEN RACE: As Phil Bredesen continues to travel to every corner of Tennessee, his impact on voters is making headlines:
Meanwhile, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn is seeking a promotion to the Senate, but keeps missing votes in the House on issues impacting Tennessee the most.
NELSON EARNS KEY ENDORSEMENTS: Bill Nelson earned glowing endorsements this week for his record of fighting for Floridians. Here’s what they had to say:
“QUESTIONS OF CONFLICT MOUNT” OVER SELF-SERVING SCOTT’S FINANCES. Scott’s not-so-blind trust is making headlines again as a new report from the Associated Press shows that “Scott’s investment portfolio has at times included holdings in companies with ties to Florida’s government, including a fund tied to the state’s largest public utility; a credit fund run by the parent company of a high-speed rail line being built in the state; a company that provides drugs to the state’s Medicaid patients and a company that donated land to a new state university.”
ADD IT TO THE LIST. The Associated Press report is one of the more than 540 bad stories he has earned since launching his campaign 180 days ago:
Our take: “Rick Scott used his position as governor to do the one thing he cares about: making himself richer. His corruption and dishonesty have dominated the campaign and shown why Floridians don’t trust him to look out for anyone but himself in the Senate.”
But the blind trust isn’t the only Scott lie earning him bad press this week. See what Florida papers had to say about him:
GOP ATTACKS FALL FLAT: HERE ARE THE MUST-READ FACT CHECKS OF THE WEEK:
DEM AD WATCH.
ND – Heidi Heitkamp corrects Kevin Cramer’s false attacks on her in her ad, “Arm Wrestling.”
TN – In the ad, “You Know Me,” Phil Bredesen points to his record of balancing Tennessee’s budget without raising taxes — a feat even praised by Marsha Blackburn.
MT – Jon Tester fights to protect pre-existing conditions coverage in, “Never Stop Fighting, he slams Matt Rosendale for broken promises to Montanans in “Eagles Crossing,” and in “Driving,” he details his distaste for out-of-state dark money groups.
NV- Jacky Rosen’s new Spanish language ad, “Lo que pasa en Nevada” highlights how she will be a check and balance against harmful policies impacting Nevada’s Latino community.
ND- North Dakota Democratic-NPL new digital ad “Empty Promises,” hits Kevin Cramer for failing to stand up for North Dakotans with pre-existing conditions.
WV – A West Virginian nurse says Joe Manchin is taking concrete steps to stem the opioid crisis, while Patrick Morrisey has made money through the epidemic, in the ad, “Ronda.”
TX – Beto O’Rourke encourages voters to define themselves by ambition rather than fear in his new live TV ad.
MO – In “Independence,” Claire McCaskill outlines her record of working on bipartisan legislation in the Senate.
AZ – Kyrsten Sinema touts her fight for better access to education in Arizona in her Spanish ad, “La Oportunidad.”
NM – Martin Heinrich’s new ad, “Mark Praught,” highlights his record of fighting for veterans.
IN THE STATES.
FL-Tampa Bay Times: Voting gets underway: Millions of mail ballots will be shipped to Florida voters
FL-Red Green and Blue: Senators Nelson and Rubio host red tide briefing with CCL, Ocean Conservancy
MN-PR Newswire: AFGE Endorses Sen. Tina Smith for Senate
MS-Jackson Free Press: John Lewis: Vote for Espy or Risk Being ‘Dragged Into the Past’
MO-Ozarks First: McCaskill Drone Bill Heads to Trumps’ Desk
MO-MIssourinet: McCaskill: Missouri nail company could temporarily close
MT-Char-Koosta News: Senator Jon Tester visits Flathead Reservation
MT-Char-Koosta News: Tester pushing bill to make college more affordable in Indian Country
NV-Nevada Current: Heller misses sex abuse hearing
NV-Nevada Appeal: Masto, Rosen question voting access for tribal members
PA-Citizens’ Voice: Casey eyes minimum wage, health coverage
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