REPUBLICANS (STILL) MISLEAD ON PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS.  Republicans are spending the final weeks of this election misleading voters on their record of trying to eliminate those protections: found that while the GOP claims “pre-existing conditions are safe,” in reality they’re anything but. The lawsuit being pushed by Republican Attorneys General including Patrick Morrisey and Josh Hawley would eliminate protections that prevent “those with pre-existing conditions from being denied a policy or charged higher premiums.”

HAWLEY DOUBLES DOWN ON TOXIC PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS LAWSUIT. The St Louis American reports when asked if he “regrets” his decision to push the harmful lawsuit, Hawley “doubled down on his lawsuit to remove health-care protections for nearly 2.5 million Missourians:”

The following protections will be eliminated if Hawley’s lawsuit is successful:

  • Protections for 2,495,400 Missourians with pre-existing conditions, if they buy coverage on their own
  • Improvements to Medicare, including reduced costs for prescription drugs
  • Allowing kids to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26
  • Ban on annual and lifetime limits
  • Ban on insurance discrimination against women
  • Limits on out-of-pocket costs
  • Rules to hold insurance companies accountable
  • Small business tax credits
  • Marketplace tax credits and coverage for up to 213,186 Missourians.

If Republicans want to support an effort that actually protects pre-existing conditions coverage, Democrats have a resolution they can join…

SELF-SERVING SCOTT KEEPS LYING. Self-Serving Rick Scott resorted (again) to lying about Bill Nelson’s record and his own at the first debate between the candidates yesterday…  We have a list of the seven worst lies Rick Scott told that prove once again Floridians can’t trust what he says or does.

BONUS: Sun-Sentinel’s Randy Shultz: Gov. Rick Scott took responsibility? No, he took $300 million

  • “When the federal investigation of Rick Scott’s former hospital company became public in 1997, the board of Columbia/HCA forced him out. Scott left with $300 million in stock, a $5.1 million severance and a $950,000-per-year consulting contract for five years.”
  • “What does Scott call that? Taking responsibility.”
  • “His habit of ducking responsibility in business foretold how Scott would behave as governor. He is the most secretive governor in at least half a century. He keeps his schedule private as long as possible. He can do that because he owns the jet on which he travels…The governor built his political career with a fortune based on fraud. Perhaps people are starting to hold him responsible.”

TENNESSEAN: WHILE CAMPAIGNING ON TAX CUTS, OPIOIDS, BLACKBURN MISSES KEY VOTES. Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn continues to miss key votes on the issues she claims to care most about. The Tennessean found that despite running on the GOP’s sham tax plan in August, “last week, when the House approved the Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act of 2018, Blackburn did not cast a vote.” While the opioid crisis continues to ravage Tennessee, “the same day of the tax cuts legislation, Blackburn did not vote on a compromise bill between the House and Senate related to opioids.”

#OTD IN 2011, RENACCI CALLED CONVICTED FELON BEN SUAREZ. While Congressman Jim Renacci may want “voters to forget he was once a marionette for disgraced North Canton businessman and convicted felon Ben Suarez,” the court records don’t lie. On this day in 2011, Renacci and Suarez shared one of more than 40 calls exchanged between November 2010 and May 2012.

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HEITKAMP OUTRUNNING 2012 MARGINS IN KEY TURF. The North Dakota Democratic-NPL polling reports that Heidi Heitkamp holds a “strong lead” in “key eastern North Dakota regions which encompass approximately 45 percent of the state’s total electorate.” See the full release here.


  • #AZSEN: POLITIFACT:IN ARIZONA, MCSALLY FALSELY CLAIMS SINEMA BACKED BILL ENCOURAGING CHILD TRAFFICKING. McSally “said Sinema supported a bill that encourages child trafficking” but “Immigration and human trafficking researchers disagree with McSally’s assessment of the bill.”
  • #NVSEN: POLITIFACT: GOP SUPER PAC AD SKIPS OVER JACKY ROSEN’S YES VOTE ON CRIMINAL IMMIGRANT BILL. Politifact found that while the ad claims Jacky Rosen “voted against stopping criminals from re-entering the United States” it earned a mostly false rating for leaving “out that Rosen voted in favor of another bill that specifically targeted the sort of gang members presented in the ad. The measure gave federal officers wide latitude in defining gang membership and empowered them to detain and remove any person they had reason to believe was involved with a gang.”
  • #WISEN: POLITIFACT: LEAH VUKMIR CITES TAMMY BALDWIN INACTION ON TOMAH VA SCANDAL, BUT LACKS EVIDENCE OF “COVER UP”. Politifact slammed Leah Vukmir with a “Mostly False” rating for her claim that Tammy Baldwin covered up a report on the opioid crisis with veterans at the Tomah VA. Vukmir’s claim “ignores critical facts that would give a different impression…there is no evidence Baldwin took active steps to cover up the matter, and a Senate committee determined that Baldwin had not engaged in a cover-up.”
  • #INSEN: WRTV FACT CHECK: WRTV reports that the NRSC’s ad claiming Joe Donnelly voted for amendments that open U.S. borders is “a list of exaggerations, not a list of facts” and their fact check rated it a 1 on a scale of 0 to 6 where 0 is “completely false.” In fact, they found “no U.S. senators at all who support literal open borders.” Watch:

TX – Beto O’Rourke encourages voters to define themselves by ambition rather than fear in his new live TV ad.


MT-Missoula Current: VIDEO: Tester’s Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act clears key committee vote
WV-WV news: Going with his gut: West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin talks Trump, partisanship and upcoming elections
NV-Associated Press: Giffords, Nevada Democrats meet 1 year after Vegas shooting
FL-Tampa Bay Times: Voting gets underway: Millions of mail ballots will be shipped to Florida voters
MT-KRTV: Sen. Tester says he often works across the aisle – despite claims to the contrary




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