AS THE GOP TARGETS PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, VOTERS WORRY. Reports across the country detail how Republicans are *still* targeting pre-existing conditions days before the election:
And these plans could also deny coverage to people with preexisting conditions, as long as consumers still had access to another, more comprehensive plan that guarantees that coverage.
These sound like small changes, but they’re not. And they will take effect starting in 2020.
HUFFPOST: WITH KEY SENATE RACES MIRED IN POLLUTION ISSUES. The Huffington Post reports that GOP Senate candidates have to answer for as environmental crises raging in Florida, Arizona and Texas:
MCSALLY CAUGHT “STIFFING UNCLE SAM AND HER CAMPAIGN STAFF.” A bombshell report from Arizona Politics detailed how Martha McSally is skirting payroll taxes by “classifying 13 apparently-full-time persons as independent contractors”
The Arizona Republic’s EJ Montini grilled McSally for deciding “that her top campaign staff are not really employees, but independent contractors, and is therefore avoiding paying payroll taxes, Social Security and Medicare withholding, unemployment taxes and benefits.”
HEADLINE: WATCHDOG GROUP FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST HAWLEY. KMIZ reports: “A Washington, D.C., watchdog group has filed a complaint alleging Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley’s Senate campaign coordinated almost $1 million in spending.” Hawley’s alleged coordination with the NRA is detailed in a “123-page complaint, which includes exhibits, the organization says a vendor placed ads for the NRA and Hawley’s campaign on the same stations on the same day.”
Read more headlines detailing Hawley’s mismanagement of his Attorney General office.
HEADLINE: SCOTT HAS MADE IT A POLICY TO ENRICH HIMSELF. The Sun Sentinel’s Randy Schultz slammed Rick Scott amid reports that “Scott has ties to the vendor, Conduent, through his and his wife’s investment in a hedge fund that owns three percent of Conduent’s stock.” Schultz detailed Scott’s record of using his office to enrich himself then crafting a “cover story” to hide his shadowy financial dealings.
This is one of the more than 620 bad stories Scott has earned since he launched his campaign 200 days ago.
CRAMER EARNS A “MOSTLY FALSE” FROM POLITIFACT. Kevin Cramer’s comments that “The standard for voting in North Dakota is the easiest of anywhere in the country,” was ruled mostly false by Politifact which determined that “North Dakota ranked near, but never at the top, of any voting ease lists in 2016. The state’s ease of voting is already falling by some metrics ahead of Election Day 2018 with a stricter voting ID law in place, despite North Dakota being the only state without voter registration.”
FORMER REPUBLICAN SENATOR AND DEFENSE SECRETARY HAGEL CAMPAIGNS FOR HEITKAMP. Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel campaigned for Heidi Heitkamp this week and the Associated Press reports that he “told a crowd of about 100 veterans and others in Bismarck that Heitkamp will work “across the aisle” on their behalf in Washington.
WEST VIRGINIA NEWS ENDORSES MANCHIN. Joe Manchin earned the endorsement of West Virginia News which praised him for “the ability to bring differing sides to the table and to broker solutions to trying situations. His willingness to cross party lines has been consistent throughout his days, first as West Virginia’s secretary of state, then governor and now as its senior senator.”
DEM AD WATCH
MS — Mike Espy shares his vision for a forward-facing Mississippi that corrects negative stereotypes in his first ad, “Image.”
NM — Martin Heinrich’s new ad, “Deliver,” highlights his record of delivering results for New Mexico.
ND — In the ad, “This is Why,” a farmer says he’s voting for Heidi because she protects coverage for his son with a pre-existing condition and fights against the trade war.
OH — The ad, “Air Renacci,” hits Jim Renacci for repeatedly flying to campaign events on a strip club owner’s private plane and failing to report flight costs.
TN — Phil Bredesen outlines his willingness to work across partisan lines to lower prescription costs in his ad, “Rx Plan.”
IN THE STATES
FL-Citrus Unity Chronicle: Nelson and Gillum have spent lives serving Floridians
FL-Tallahassee Democrat: Joe Biden joins Sen. Bill Nelson in Tallahassee
IN-Banner Graphic: Optimistic Donnelly helps Putnam Democrats open headquarters
MO-Houston Herald: McCaskill’s “Fighting for You” tour stops in Houston
OH-Dayton Daily News: 2 weeks to go: More than 1 million absentee ballots already requested in Ohio
PA-The Clarion News: Casey visits Clarion
WV-West Liberty University: Students Benefit from Sen. Joe Manchin’s Leadership Lesson