SENATE REPUBLICANS’ ATTACKS ON ABORTION ACCESS AND WOMEN’S HEALTH CARE ESCALATES STAKES OF ‘22 ELECTION. A wave of news coverage is highlighting how the Supreme Court’s draft decision overturning Roe v. Wade is “shaking the U.S. political landscape” as “Republicans are deeply concerned that the looming decision could fire up the Democratic base.”
SENATE DEMOCRATS VOW TO PROTECTWOMEN’S RIGHT TO CHOOSE. Voters in Senate battlegrounds are reading and watching wall-to-wall coverage calling out GOP Senate candidates’ attacks on abortion access, birth control and women’s health care – and highlighting how Senate Democrats like Mark Kelly, Raphael Warnock, Maggie Hassan, Catherine Cortez Masto, and Michael Bennet will fight to protect a woman’s right to make her own decisions.
→ AZ – Senator Kelly on KNXV – WATCH:
→ GA – Senator Warnock on 11 Alive – WATCH:
→ NH – Senator Hassan on NECN – WATCH:
→ NV – Senator Cortez Masto on KSNV – WATCH:
→ CO – Senator Bennet on KKTV – WATCH:
DSCC CHAIRMAN GARY PETERS SHARES FAMILY’S EXPERIENCE WITH ABORTION. , Sen. Peters spoke out about his own family’s personal experience with abortion – stressing that this is “no longer an abstract concept,” raising the stakes of the November elections.
CATCH UP QUICK ON THE GOP SENATE CANDIDATES IN THEIR OWN WORDS. Senate Republicans “want to throw doctors who break abortion laws in jail,” are candidates who “have explicitly said no to exceptions for rape and incest,” and are preparing to put forward a federal abortion ban.
“PANTS ON FIRE” – SENATE REPUBLICANS SLAMMED FOR LYING ABOUT RADICAL ANTI-CHOICE AGENDA. Republicans are already lying to voters about their true position on abortion – which would include locking up doctors for providing health care.
MAY MADNESS UNDERWAY AS GOP SENATE PRIMARIES HAVE “GONE OFF THE RAILS.” Ohio marked the first of four bruising GOP Senate primaries in the month of May as news coverage continues to highlight how “things have truly gone off the rails” for the GOP as their candidates “spend millions to tarnish each other” and are “going for the jugular” – all while Trump “breeds more chaos” with his endorsements.
…AND DSCC CHAIR GARY PETERS CONGRATULATES TIM RYAN ON WINNING OH’S DEMOCRATIC U.S. SENATE PRIMARY. After Tim Ryan’s primary victory on Tuesday night, DSCC Chair Sen. Gary Peters issued the following statement: “Tim is a tenacious champion for working Ohioans: he understands that all work has dignity, and in the Senate he’ll keep fighting to make sure all working families have a fair shot at success. While the out-of-touch millionaires in the GOP primary have spent months leveling vicious and embarrassing attacks against each other, Tim has focused on the issues that matter most to the people of his state and putting their interests first – and those are the values he’ll bring to serving in the U.S. Senate.”
DSCC LAUNCHES BILLBOARD CAMPAIGN IN PA AHEAD OF TRUMP RALLY HIGHLIGHTING ‘UGLY,’ ‘BRUISING,’ & ‘CHAOTIC’ GOP PRIMARY. Ahead of Donald Trump’s rally in Westmoreland County, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) unveiled a billboard along the route to the rally highlighting how the Senate Republican primary in Pennsylvania has been dominated by “bruising and “chaotic” infighting – and how Trump’s endorsement has only intensified the “ugly” attacks in the race.
→ WATCH – KDKA: “When former President Trump comes to town… the Democrats will have a greeting of their own.”
→ AND ICYMI – AMERICAN INDEPENDENT ON MCCORMICK: GOP SENATE CANDIDATE WHO BLAMED TRUMP FOR JAN. 6 BEFORE RUNNING NOW DEFENDS HIM
HERSCHEL WALKER REFUSING TO DEBATE, SUPPORTS BANNING ALL ABORTIONS. It’s been another brutal week for Herschel Walker, who was slammed by his GOP opponents for dodging Georgia voters by skipping yet another debate – and doubled down on his support for banning all abortions without exceptions for rape or incest saying, “I believe from the womb to the tomb.“
🗞️ MUST READ – SEN. WARNOCK COLUMN FOR THE AJC: MORE-AFFORDABLE INSULIN CAN’T WAIT 🗞️
WISCONSIN PRESS ASKS: “IS SENATOR RON JOHNSON OK?” Johnson’s latest “string of jaw-dropping statements” prompted reporters to ask the question Wisconsin voters have been wondering for a while: Is Ron Johnson OK?
JUST THIS WEEK, THANKS TO SENATE DEMOCRATS.
→ Senate Democrats Hold Hearings On Lowering Costs. This week Senate Democrats held committee hearings on legislation to help working families by lowering the costs of prescription drugs and taking on the big drug companies that get rich by keeping prices high. It’s a clear contrast from Senate Republicans and it will lead their campaigns to defeat in November Read more from the DSCC here.
IN THE STATES
AZ – Arizona Republic (Opinion): Maricopa County supervisors call out Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s dishonesty. “As the board’s Chairman Bill Gates put it, ‘I want to be clear to the attorney general [Brnovich]: He is not going to campaign off the backs of the dedicated employees of Maricopa County.’”
CO – Colorado Times Recorder: Lindell Endorses Hanks, And a Hanks Backer Sees a ‘Potential Ally’ in NRSC Chair Rick Scott. “MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell said today that he endorses state Rep. Ron Hanks, the Jan. 6 insurrectionist running for U.S. Senate in Colorado, ‘one hundred percent.’”
FL – Sun Sentinel (Opinion): The Rick Scott-Marco Rubio Agenda: Killing Social Security and Medicare. “Rubio wants to take us back to a time before Social Security and Medicare, when over 50% of American seniors had incomes below the poverty line. When it was every man and woman for themselves. When your only option if you became disabled, lost a family breadwinner, or outlived your savings was moving into the poor house.”
GA – Capitol Beat News Service: U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock pushing to cap prescription drug costs for seniors. “Warnock’s bill would reduce the cap on out-of-pocket costs of prescription drugs for seniors from the current $3,000. It also would require drug manufacturers to take on more of the cost burden, reducing government subsidies and saving tax dollars.”
GA – WTOC: Senator Warnock pressures banks to stop overdraft fees. “Sen. Raphael Warnock is pushing an initiative to stop bank overdraft fees at a congressional hearing today. Reverend Warnock says this is just latest in his efforts to stop banks from charging customers a fee when their account goes below zero. … He says getting rid of the fees will help many in the working class, college students and people serving or who have served in the military.”
NC – Axios: Scoop: Senate candidate Cheri Beasley raised $1M in April.“Cheri Beasley, the presumptive Democratic nominee in North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race, raised more than a million dollars in April… Beasley has a financial advantage going into the November general election over her Republican counterparts, who are spending hefty amounts of cash to take shots at each other ahead of the May 17 primary.”
WI – Wisconsin Examiner: In interview, Sen. Johnson says it ‘may be true’ that COVID vaccines cause AIDS. “In a video interview published on the right-wing social media platform Rumble, Sen. Ron Johnson said it ‘may be true’ that vaccines against COVID-19 cause AIDS.”
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