Hawley Backs Reckless Tariffs Putting Missouri Manufacturers Out of Business

Hawley: “The President is right to focus on the fact that our trade partners ought to actually obey the rules. He’s right to say that China and other countries like that, that our violating the trade pact with impunity, whether it’s currency manipulation or what have you, that needs to stop.”
devastating report out yesterday highlighted a southeastern Missouri nail manufacturer — the last major nail manufacturer in the country — that may soon go out of business because of President Trump’s steel tariffs.

Missouri’s GOP Senate candidate Josh Hawley is on the record multiple times as a supporter of Trump’s reckless tariffs, saying last week, “I think he’s on the right track.”

“Josh Hawley is backing policies that will do direct harm to Missouri workers, farmers, and businesses. Hawley has shown that when it comes to choosing between Missourians and his political ambitions, Missourians […]

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Failure of Leadership: Voters Will Hold GOP Senate Candidates Accountable For Backing Family Separations

Kevin Cramer Admits His Stand Will Hurt Him: “I Know It Perhaps Sounds Not Very Compassionate”

While a majority of Americans watched the news of family separations with horror, Republican Senate candidates — scared of antagonizing their pro-Trump base — have spent the week cheerleading for Trump’s indefensible policy.

Candidates have doubled down as Trump has continued lying — alternately blaming their Democratic opponents, liberals, and “laws” for a policy entirely of Trump’s own creation that cruelly separates migrant children from their parents.

“The sight of of children being torn away from their parents is so painful it transcends partisan politics. Republican Senate candidates who have failed to call out this kind of cruelty are going to face furious voters of all parties in November,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

Here’s what some of them had to say:

Corey Stewart (R-VA): “I think that’s the right policy. Now, the fact is we do have to enforce […]

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NEW ADS: Morrisey & Hawley Threaten Healthcare for Millions of Americans

WATCH: Patrick Morrisey and Josh Hawley are Suing the Government to Strip Protections from Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions

Today, Bridge Project launched a digital ad campaign targeting two GOP Senate candidates — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley — for their roles as co-counsels in a lawsuit brought by state Attorneys General against the Affordable Care Act. The lawsuit seeks in part to overturn protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions — which would allow insurance companies to strip healthcare coverage from 700,000 West Virginians and 2.5 million Missourians.

The ad is part of a national digital ad campaign that started running on social media this week in Nevada, Tennessee, Ohio, Missouri, and West Virginia.

“Patrick Morrisey and Josh Hawley’s starring roles in this lawsuit are proof positive that they aren’t working for you — they’re working for themselves and their big pharma backers. You can guarantee Democrats […]

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NEW ADS: GOP’s Toxic Health Care Hypocrisy

Republicans Promised To Protect Coverage For Pre-Existing Conditions — Then Supported A Law That Could Jeopardize Care For Millions
Today, Bridge Project launched a national digital ad campaign targeting Republican Senate candidates after the Trump administration argued that insurance protections for pre-existing conditions are unconstitutional. The administration’s assertion is a result of the tax bill Republicans passed last year that included reducing Obamacare’s individual mandate tax penalty to zero.

The ad campaign, which starts running statewide in targeted races on social media this week, targets Republican Senate candidates in Nevada, Tennessee, Ohio, Missouri, and West Virginia.

Every Republican Congressional incumbent up for reelection or seeking higher office this cycle voted for the Republican tax bill — while promising to protect coverage for pre-existing conditions. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey are co-counsels on the lawsuit that threatens to strip pre-existing condition coverage from millions of Americans.

“Republicans own […]

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LOCAL VOICES: GOP Senate Candidates Come Under Fire On Their Home Turf

Here’s what voters in North Dakota, Florida, Missouri, and Nevada are reading in the opinion pages about their Republican Senate candidates:

Bismarck, North Dakota farmer Krisanna Peterson writes: Kevin Cramer Lets Down Farmers

“I’m so disappointed that Kevin Cramer, who claims to represent his state’s farming community, is a member of” the right-wing Republican study committee.
“Growing up in a third generation farm family” the RSC’s 2019 budget “was downright frightening for me to read.”
“The committee proposed a massive cut to the farm bill’s crop insurance program, shifting the costs on to farmers who are already struggling to make a living.”
“How can we trust our lone vote in Congress to stand up for farmers when he’s joining up with such a dangerous, ideological committee?”
“Cramer already left us in the dust by cheering on a trade war that would harm our ag producers. Now, this looks like the final blow.”

Florida State Representative […]

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Senate Brief: Montana Republicans Pick From Self-Destructing Candidates Tomorrow

Week of Monday, June 4, 2018

IN BRIEF: Montana Republicans head to the polls tomorrow to choose between three abysmal candidates who have launched bitter attacks against each other.

Matt Rosendale, a Maryland real estate developer who has been dogged by attacks from his fellow Republicans and news reports that he claims to be a rancherbut never owned any cattle; that he signed two documents under penalty of perjury claiming to be a Maryland resident in 2015; and that he is backed by out-of-state special interests, not Montanans.
Troy Downing, a California millionaire who has only lived in Montana for three years and is in legal jeopardy for pretending to be a Montana resident to buy discounted resident hunting licenses. “Downing is facing seven misdemeanors for unlawful purchase of or applying for a resident license by a nonresident,” reports the  Read more after the jump.

New Evidence: Hawley Got Greitens Sunshine Investigation Totally Wrong

When Josh Hawley announced the results of his investigation into Gov. Greitens, he said confidently that eight members of the governor’s staff used the self-destructing messaging app Confide. Hawley found no evidence of wrongdoing — probably because he only talked to eight people and did not interview the governor.

This afternoon, Cole County Judge Jon Beetem shattered Hawley’s attempt to portray his investigation as thorough: it turns out 20 members of Greitens’s staff tried to hide state business.
 
“After taking $50,000 in campaign cash from Governor Greitens, Josh Hawley cleared his office of wrongdoing after they were caught attempting to hide public business from the people of Missouri. Now, it’s clear Hawley’s whitewash didn’t even find out how many people were in on the plot,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

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GOP Golden Boy Josh Hawley Mails It In

“When the statewide narrative around your candidacy is that you’ve wasted months blowing off Republican leaders and squandering your shot, it might be time to pack it in,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “Josh Hawley’s lackadaisical, arrogant campaign is embarrassing Missouri Republicans. Hawley can recruit all the Mike Pences in the world to host fundraisers for him — but his reputation as an entitled candidate who spends his workdays at the gym will be a tough one to shake.”

Politico: GOP golden boy mails it in
By Alex Isenstadt | May 15, 2018

“As the campaign season kicks into high gear, many Republicans worry” that Josh Hawley “is squandering his shot.”
Conservative St. Louis radio show host Mark Reardon said, “‘I am personally baffled and disappointed that the guy I’ve had on my show numerous times over the last four years and have been supportive of has been MIA…I’m pissed. I’m frustrated.’”
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Josh Hawley Just Can’t Escape Greitens’s Scandals

“Yet again, Josh Hawley is getting dragged into the legal storm surrounding Governor Eric Greitens’s unethical and immoral behavior. Because Hawley was so focused on campaigning for a political promotion, he whitewashed his investigation into the Greitens Administration’s attempts to hide public business from the people of Missouri — and now his chickens are coming home to roost,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

 

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Hawley’s office subpoenaed for Greitens Confide investigation records

By Jack Suntrup | May 8, 2018

“A St. Louis County attorney wants reams of documents from Attorney General Josh Hawley related to one of Hawley’s probes of Gov. Eric Greitens, a fellow Republican.”
“Hawley launched an investigation in December of Greitens’ office to see if Greitens or his staffers violated the state’s records retention laws by using Confide, a smartphone app which deletes text messages after they have been read by their recipient.”
“Hawley cleared Greitens, saying he […]

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Senate Brief: GOP Primary Candidates Are Taking Off The Gloves Ahead of May’s Primaries

Week of Monday, April 30

IN BRIEF:  As the first GOP Senate primaries and conventions approach, Republican candidates are taking off the gloves and irreparably damaging their opponents.

In West Virginia, Republican candidates are tearing each other down, with Attorney General Patrick Morrisey attacking Rep. Evan Jenkins for switching parties, while Jenkins is hammering Morrisey as a New Jersey carpetbagger.

But don’t forget: before this primary, Morrisey, Jenkins, and disgraced coal baron Don Blankenship were thick as thieves, supporting one another’s causes.

In Wisconsin, a debate between Kevin Nicholson and state Sen. Leah Vukmir “turned caustic” as Vukmir questioned Nicholson’s conservative credentials and demanded an apology from Nicholson for his attacks against her. “We know more about Kevin’s track record as a Democrat than we do about his track record as a Republican,” Vukmir said.

This debate was hosted by American for Prosperity, so was supposed to be a risk-free zone for the candidates: […]

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