REPUBLICANS’ HEALTH CARE LIE DOMINATES HEADLINES. The closer we get to the election, the more Republicans are forced to talk about voters’ top issue – and since their records are unpopular, they have resorted to lying.
MCCONNELL DELIVERS “CAMPAIGN GOLD.” Mitch McConnell’s comments on targeting entitlements and affordable health care are forcing Senate Republican candidates to answer for the GOP’s dangerous and unpopular agenda:
Read more on how the “McConnell Effect” continues to drag down Republican Senate candidates.
FIVE FIVE-ALARM STORIES FOR HAWLEY. He’s barely served the first office he was elected to and by all accounts, it is not going well. These headlines piled up in less than a week and detail his “turbulent’ mismanagement and an office in turmoil.
BONUS: Politico: Air wars: Hawley flies on lobbyist’s plane after blasting McCaskill
SCOTT EARNS OVER 600 BAD STORIES IN 200 DAYS. There are a lot of ways to demonstrate this isn’t the campaign Self-Serving Scott expected – including the presidential rescue mission as poll after poll shows him down despite burning millions. One sign: in the 200 days since he launched his campaign, Scott earned more than 620 bad stories.
Highlights this week:
DEM ENDORSEMENT ROUNDUP. Major newspapers across the country are backing Democratic Senate candidates. Here’s a round-up of the last week:
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: “No better example of politics by collaboration than Sinema”
THE INDEPENDENT FLORIDA ALLIGATOR. “Nelson has consistently defended Florida’s environment.”
DETROIT FREE PRESS: “Stabenow is both principled and empathetic, and the welfare of Michigan families is the lens through which she views each decision.”
JEWISH NEWS: Stabenow has a “proven record in championing policies to benefit manufacturing, agriculture and health care as well as her commitment to protecting the Great Lakes and her support for Israel.”
MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE: “Smith has demonstrated her depth of knowledge and dedication to issues important to Minnesotans.”
ST LOUIS AMERICAN: “As strongly as we have ever urged our readers to cast any votes – to make their voices heard, to protect and advance the policies that are critical to our community and its well-being – we strongly endorse Claire McCaskill for U.S. Senate.”
HELENA INDEPENDENT RECORD: “Tester votes his conscience even when it hurts. That’s the kind of leadership we need to overcome destructive partisanship in politics, and we hope to see more of it in Washington.”
LAS VEGAS SUN: “Nevada deserves a senator like Rosen who has a firm grip on Nevada’s issues, believes strongly in working with others and who possesses an impeccable character and values. ”
YOUNGSTOWN VINDICATOR: “Brown has earned a national reputation as the champion of the middle class and the working poor.”
CRAIN’S CLEVELAND BUSINESS: “Brown’s work in the Senate has been exemplary. He is the clear choice to advance the interests of Ohio.”
PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: “Casey should continue to represent Pennsylvania in a third term. He is the right choice for Senate.”
TENNESSEE TRIBUNE: “Phil Bredesen’s desire for bipartisan government and reasonable approaches to daily governance are a broad contrast to the ridiculous rhetoric and childish behavior demonstrated on a daily basis in the White House.”
MEMPHIS’ COMMERCIAL APPEAL. Bredesen is one of the “pragmatic, civil and bipartisan voices of moderation who can work together to do the business of the American people.”
HOUSTON CHRONICLE: “The West Texas congressman’s command of issues that matter to this state, his unaffected eloquence and his eagerness to reach out to all Texans make him one of the most impressive candidates this editorial board has encountered in many years.”
DALLAS MORNING NEWS. He has a “demeanor that offers respect for each person and a humbleness that will allow him to open the door to working with those who hold political views different from his.”
WILLIAMSON DAILY NEWS: “The answer, in our opinion, is Manchin.”
THE INTELLIGENCER AND WHEELING NEWS-REGISTER: “Manchin’s record has been of serving his constituents.”
THE (MARTINSBURG) JOURNAL: “Evidence of Manchin’s dedication to serving the Eastern Panhandle is provided regularly.”
THE (CLARKSBURG) EXPONENT TELEGRAM: “He has demonstrated in his years of public service the ability to bring differing sides to the table and to broker solutions to trying situations. ”
THE (HUNTINGTON) HERALD-DISPATCH: “Clearly, a majority of the state’s voters have felt that Manchin looks out for their interests. He continues to do that today…If you’re looking for the candidate who will best serve West Virginians, Manchin is the clear choice.”
PARKERSBURG NEWS AND SENTINEL: “On what matters, Manchin represents his fellow Mountain State residents — regardless of what anyone, Democrat or Republican, in Washington demands.”
DEM AD WATCH:
AZ – The DSCC released a new ad, “the Choice,” highlighting Arizonans’ choice between Congresswoman Martha McSally, who will say and do anything to get elected and Kyrsten Sinema, who puts Arizonans first.
IN THE STATES:
WV-West Liberty University: Students Benefit from Sen. Joe Manchin’s Leadership Lesson
TWEET OF THE WEEK. Our thoughts are with Tyrone’s family and all of those whose days were made easier and brighter by his friendship. He will be missed.
ICYMI: Underwhelming Fundraising and Declining Approval Ratings Raise “Red Flags All Over” for Vulnerable GOP Senators
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