NBC NEWS: HEALTH CARE “NUMBER ONE TOPIC” IN SENATE ADS. When the message works, you put money behind it and NBC reports Democrats’ focus on protecting coverage for pre-existing conditions has forced their Republican opponents to go on defense:
SMART TAKE ALERT: “Despite a political environment that’s focused heavily on the partisan debate inside Washington — everything from Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Russia investigation — outside of D.C. candidates and voters are focused on bread-and-butter issues.”
AZ REPUBLIC, ASSOCIATED PRESS DIG INTO MCSALLY HEALTH CARE RECORD. It’s the reporting Republicans tried very hard to keep Arizonans from seeing, but the facts on Congresswoman McSally’s votes to eliminate pre-existing conditions protections ran on the front page of the Arizona Republic on Sunday and across the state today, courtesy of the Associated Press. Here are the highlights:
A TREND WITH STAYING POWER: REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES THIS YEAR FALL FLAT. Republicans once had their sights set on a supermajority but are now defending the goal line and look at their disappointing recruits in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin to understand why. From the Washington Post:
DEM ENDORSEMENT ROUNDUP. Democratic candidates across the country racked up endorsements from major newspapers over the weekend. Here are the highlights:
NB: Each of these editorials noted the importance of health care – whether making it more affordable, protecting coverage for pre-existing conditions or improving access to rural communities – in making their endorsements.
WHAT IS SHE HIDING? Arizona Politics reports “A review of the McSally for Senate reports indicates that more than 2,000 of the approximately 9,000 individual contributions are not properly identified.” The FEC has written twice in the last month to McSally demanding she disclose required information, including occupation and residence, for 20 percent of her donors. It’s part of along pattern of McSally blatantly violating campaign finance law.
CHARLESTON GAZETTE-MAIL: IN US SENATE CAMPAIGN, HEALTH CARE, ‘PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS,’ IN SPOTLIGHT. “From both his campaign and official office, Manchin repeatedly invokes pre-existing conditions and Morrisey’s signing onto a lawsuit seeking to repeal the ACA through the judicial branch.” Read it here.
BALDWIN FOR SENATE LAUNCHES NEW MICROSITE: THEDECIDING.VOTE. The Tammy Baldwin for Senate campaign launched a new microsite targeting Leah Vukmir for being a rubber stamp on the Republican Party’s most dangerous policies and highlighting how if given the chance to sell out Wisconsinites, she would be the deciding vote to eliminate affordable health care and end protections for pre-existing conditions coverage. See for yourself:
HEADLINE: RENACCI GOES DUMPSTER DIVING.
… HUFFPOST: MINNESOTA GOP SENATE CONTENDER COMPARED MICHELLE OBAMA TO A ‘CHIMP’ ON FACEBOOK. HuffPost reports on Karin Housley’s 2009 racist quip about Michelle Obama in which she stated: “the chimpanzee in the 1951 film ‘Bedtime for Bonzo,’ starring then-actor Ronald Reagan, likely had better posture than Mrs. Obama.” When asked to clarify her harmful comments, Housley’s campaign chose to berate the journalist rather than take responsibility for them.
DEM AD WATCH
AZ- Kyrsten Sinema vows to be a Senator who solves problems for Arizonans in “Go Forward.”
PA –Bob Casey released three new ads featuring Pennsylvanians with pre-existing conditions who slam Congressman Lou Barletta for siding with the insurance industry and supporting measures to eliminate protections for pre-existing conditions coverage: “Stacie,” “Lisa,” and “Amy.”
IN THE STATES
TN-The Greeneville Sun: Bredesen Visits Stan’s BBQ For Meet-And-Greet
VA -Washington Post: Tim Kaine for U.S. Senate.
WV-Herald-Dispatch: Joe Manchin, Marco Rubio: Bipartisan efforts fight against opioid epidemic
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