LIKE A FISH OUT OF WATER – NRSC CHAIR RICK SCOTT FLOUNDERS WHEN PRESSED ON FLAWED GOP SENATE CANDIDATES. News coverage panned Rick Scott’s disastrous interview with CBS Face The Nation host Margaret Brennan – highlighting how he “completely cowered when asked if he would personally hire” the GOP’s “scandal-plagued” Senate nominees and that “even he can’t make a positive case for his candidates.”
… AND IF IT’S A DAY THAT ENDS IN Y, YOU CAN BE SURE GOP SENATE CANDIDATES ARE FACING BRUTAL PRESS COVERAGE. Flawed GOP Senate Candidates continue to face a barrage of negative news coverage highlighting how their vulnerabilities and out of touch positions will be front and center in Senate campaigns from now until November.
RO-JO & RUBIO “IN FAVOR OF EXPENSIVE INSULIN.” Senate Republicans like Ron Johnson and Marco Rubio voted to block the “cap on insulin costs for millions of patients” – and were “immediately attacked” for siding with Big Pharma.
GAME ON, RONJOHN – DEMOCRATS CHARGE OUT THE GATE WITH AD CAMPAIGN AGAINST JOHNSON. Democrats are “charging out the gate with ads targeting Ron Johnson” as “an out-of-touch politician” – hitting him hard on his “votes for Trump-era tax breaks and opposition to abortion rights” and ensuring voters know that “the businessman who promised change in 2010 has instead hurt Wisconsin by becoming part of the Washington establishment.”
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… IF YOU THOUGHT THE ADS WERE BLISTERING, WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE ROJO’S NEWS COVERAGE. Johnson stumbled into the general election dogged by a wave of bad stories after he proposed cuts to Social Security and Medicare and voted against lower insulin costs.
DOC HOLLYWOOD AND HIS VERY OWN EMERALD CITY. $50,000: That’s the annual tax break Republican Mehmet Oz is receiving on his $3.1 million home in Pennsylvania — which he’s still not living in.
THE DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU NOW – PA DOCTORS SLAM OZ AS A QUACK & A FRAUD. Pennsylvania doctors slammed Mehmet Oz “for promoting dubious medical treatments during his years as a celebrity physician on daytime television” – calling him “a fraud,” a “threat to public health,” and “the wrong prescription for Pennsylvania.”
Reporter: In Philadelphia today, doctors rallying against the famous doctor in Pennsylvania’s Senate race. Arkoosh: Dr. Oz is a fraud. Reporter: The Fetterman campaign organizing this event focused on their Republican opponent.
→ ICYMI: AMERICAN INDEPENDENT: MEHMET OZ FLOATS BIZARRE IDEA TO FORCE VETERANS INTO PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGES
CRUDE LIKE OIL – LAXALT PUSHES BIG OIL TALKING POINTS. New reporting from the Nevada Independent shows that Laxalt went on to spread doubts about the impact of climate change, echoing Big Oil talking points used to protect the industry, while he has personally made millions working for a longtime DC lobbyist at a firm that represents Chevron and Shell.
RENO POLICE CHIEF CROSSES AISLE TO SUPPORT CORTEZ MASTO – “NO ONE HAS DONE MORE THAN CATHERINE.” Senator Cortez Masto continues to earn the support of a broad and impressive coalition of Nevadans.
YOU ARE THE COMPANY YOU KEEP – BLAKE MASTERS CAUGHT CHATTING WITH WHITE NATIONALIST. Blake Masters upset his close friend this week – the white nationalist CEO of Gab – by lying about having never met him when in fact they had spoken at length.
JUST THIS WEEK, THANKS TO SENATE DEMOCRATS
→ Senate Democrats Pass The Inflation Reduction Act To Address Working Families’ Most Pressing Priorities. Senate Democrats have taken a historic step to lower costs like prescription drug prices, tackle inflation, and address working families’ most pressing concerns. Every Republican voted against the bill because it holds Big Oil, Big Pharma, and corporations that have been jacking up prices accountable, and finally makes them pay their fair share.
IN THE STATES
AZ- Arizona Republic (Opinion): Blake Masters isn’t just moderating on issues. He’s done a full 180. “With the primary election over, Arizona Senate candidate Blake Masters isn’t just moving to the center. He’s outright flipping on several key issues to try to win over moderate voters.”
CO – Colorado Newsline: Mitch McConnell thinks Joe O’Dea is perfect. “Yes, this is the same Mitch McConnell who is responsible for stealing seats on the Supreme Court to overturn abortion access. The same Mitch McConnnell who cut taxes for the rich, while keeping prescription drug costs high for the rest of the country. And the same Mitch McConnell who responded year after year to mass shootings, including the one at King Soopers in Boulder, by blocking common sense gun regulations.”
FL – Florida Bulldog: After All These Years, Marco Rubio Still Hasn’t Figured Out How To Comply With Federal Campaign Fundraising Laws. “Republican Marco Rubio, Florida’s senior U.S. senator, has been in office for more than a decade. You’d think by now he and his minions would have read, understood and complied with federal campaign fundraising law. Nope.”
GA – Atlanta Journal Constitution: Warnock highlights law to help veterans exposed to toxic burn pits. “U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock is promoting his support for a new law that expands medical benefits for veterans who were exposed to toxic open-air burning pits of trash on U.S. military bases. The Democrat launched a TV ad Friday that features Adam Tomblin, a Marine Corps veteran who praises Warnock for backing legislation that expands benefits for servicemembers exposed to fires at military bases where chemicals, electronic equipment and other toxins were burned.”
NC – Charlotte Observer: Polls show a tightening Senate race in NC. Will Cheri Beasley’s strategy work?“With three months until election day and a tightening race, the Democratic nominee has spent the past several weeks criss-crossing North Carolina.”
NV – Reno Gazette Journal (Opinion): Anti-abortion politicians like Laxalt must stop pretending they won’t have any power if elected.“While its true that in Nevada the right to abortion is protected in state statute because of a voter referendum in the ‘90s, it is not something that Nevadans should take for granted. For one, last time we checked, Laxalt was running for a Senate race and a federal abortion ban and other prohibitive acts have the potential to supersede state law.”
NH – Manchester Ink Link: Hassan joins local advocates in touting Inflation Reduction Act’s passage. “On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) held a press conference at Amoskeag Health with local healthcare advocates, medical professionals and area residents impacted by pharmaceutical costs to celebrate the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act last weekend by the U.S. Senate.”
OH – Columbus Dispatch (Opinion): Don’t fall for fake ‘outsider.’ Vance using Ohio to make himself bigger. “He’s clearly using our state to make himself even bigger than he already is. If he’s an outsider, then he’s an outsider of Ohio, not of the gamesmanship and elitism that he pretends to criticize.”
WI – UpNorthNews: Rural Wisconsin Is Still Coping with Postal Service Slowdowns and Cutbacks Supported by Ron Johnson.“When Tina Pohlman of La Crosse has to send important documents to a colleague in California, Sen. Ron Johnson isn’t far from her mind—and not in any kind of good way. She holds him responsible for supporting cuts and slowdowns at the US Postal Service (USPS) that have impacted her efforts to raise funds for medical research.”
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