REPUBLICANS “ON THE DEFENSIVE.” Republicans have tried to convince everyone (and themselves) that the election is about anything other than health care. Their talking heads won’t admit it but take a look at what the campaigns are spending money on and you’ll find a lot of defensive advertising on health care. When your party’s position on voters’ top issue is toxic – and you’ve got your own disqualifying record – you don’t want to be talking about it the final 26 days.
AP: NRSC Chair Admits Taking Away People’s’ Health Care “A Losing Strategy.”
HOW IT’S PLAYING IN THE STATES. You guessed it: Republicans on defense and caught lying on camera.
HEADLINE: BRAUN RARELY VOTED AGAINST PARTY, DONNELLY CROSSES LINE MORE OFTEN THAN MOST. The IndyStar looks at former State Rep. Mike Braun’s record to discover – contrary to his claims – he has not stood up to party leadership and in fact “showed little of that independence in the votes he cast during his three years in the state legislature.” Of more than 1,400 votes, he disagreed with his party just two percent of the time, like for example when he voted against expanding Medicaid.
Meanwhile, Donnelly has “regularly crossed party lines in Washington more often than most.”
MORE INDIANA: NWI TIMES ENDORSES DONNELLY. Indiana’s second-largest daily newspaper, which endorsed Todd Young in 2016, endorsed Joe Donnelly this morning, citing his bipartisan style and deep knowledge of local issues:
MISSOURIANS CONTINUE INVESTIGATION HAWLEY DROPPED. The St. Louis-Post Dispatch reports how local attorneys are doing the work Attorney General Josh Hawley dropped by continuing the investigation of former Governor Greitens and his use of an encrypted chat app. Hawley isn’t one to take action unless it is politically beneficial, so he filed a report that said Greitens did nothing wrong – even though he “did not attempt to interview Greitens.”
SCOTT’S “CLIMATE RECORD CONDEMNED.” Floridians take a closer look at Rick Scott’s climate record in the wake of yet another devastating storm and the ongoing algae crisis. The verdict: not good.
TREASURE COAST NEWSPAPERS HEADLINE: “RED TIDE WORSENS.”
IN THE STATES
FL-National Journal: Palm Beach Post Endorses Nelson
IN-WBIW: Donnelly Provision to Expedite Infrastructure Permitting Passes Senate
IN-WBIW: Donnelly Votes to Overturn Expansion of “Junk” Insurance Plans
MS-Mississippi Today: Espy, if elected, plans to promote responsible parenting
TN-CNN: Phil Bredesen touts Taylor Swift endorsement in new video
WI-National Journal: Baldwin Leading Opposition to Short-Term Health Plan Expansion
WI-Urban Milwaukee: Senate Passes Water Infrastructure Bill that Includes U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin’s Reforms
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