Rauner Hammered By Local Press For Silence On Mean-Spirited Health Bill

As Rauner continues to shirk his responsibility to Illinois by staying silent on the health care bill that could ravage the state’s Medicaid rolls, he gets hammered by editorials and columns. The bill shifts much of the rule-setting of health insurance to the states, which means that Rauner himself would have a lot of say in how Illinois enacts the reforms… just with less money this time. The bill has been described as “wrong-headed,” stripping Medicaid funds from the state, putting more strain on hospitals and the state’s budget… if that even existed.

And yet “Rauner is AWOL,” as the Chicago Sun Times summed up. Rauner has been slammed as abdicating his responsibility, “disappointing in his reluctance to take a firm stand,” and failing to fight for his state.

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“True to form, Governor Rauner has refused to stand up for […]

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Failure to Lead: Gillespie on TrumpCare

Ed Gillespie has previously called for the full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, but today he’s hiding his position on this disastrous bill. The Senate bill would strip away Medicaid funding that Virginia relies on to fight the growing Opioid epidemic in Virginia. Not only that, but Virginia voters reject the plan 2 to 1 according to recent polling, concerned that increased health care costs and deep cuts to Medicaid would leave them with nowhere to turn.

Opioid Facts in Virginia:

At least 40,000 Virginians with substance abuse issues rely on Medicaid. [VCU School Of Medicine, January 2016]

At least 2 Virginians die per day from prescription opioid and heroin overdoses. [VCU School Of Medicine, January 2016]

More than 800 died from opioid overdoses in 2015. [Kaiser Family […]

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American Bridge Statement on Rick Scott’s Plan to Stack Supreme Court

American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp released the following statement in response to Governor Rick Scott’s plan to stack the Florida Supreme Court:

“Governor Rick Scott’s plan to replace three Supreme Court justices on his last day in office is not only a desperate and transparent attempt to stack the Court with his cronies, but also a potentially illegal slap in the face to hardworking Floridians. It’s just more of the same from Scott, who will do anything to push his own political agenda, even disregard Florida’s voters.”

Orlando Sentinel: Editorial: Reject Rick Scott’s bid to pack Florida’s high court
By Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board | June 21, 2017

Late last year, Gov. Rick Scott filled a vacancy on the Florida Supreme Court with Judge Alan Lawson, an appellate court judge who began his career on the bench in Orange County. There was no doubt about Scott’s authority to name a successor to outgoing Justice […]

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Ed Gillespie and His Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad First Week as Republican Nominee

It’s been a rough week for Ed Gillespie. In a primary contest where he was “expected to cruise” to victory, Gillespie “just barely survived…in a shockingly tight contest.” Articles across the state and around the country pegged the tight contest as showing the “sharp fault lines” in a “deeply fractured” Republican party. Corey Stewart came within just over a point within besting Ed Gillespie. To make matters worse for Ed, he couldn’t excite Republicans to get out and vote for him in the first place–Republican turnout was a mere 40%, while Democratic turnout was 60%, almost 200,000 more votes.

That’s not all: Gillespie strongly supports Trump, whose popularity in Virginia is in free-fall, andlatest polling shows Gillespie trailing Democratic […]

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Backgrounder: Gillespie’s Career of Siding With Big Business Over Workers

It should be no surprise that Gillespie is getting help from one of the most anti-worker politicians in the country – Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. When asked about Walker’s war on public employee workers’ rights, Gillespie said the move was “democracy” and “we ought to have more of it.”

Beyond cheering on Walker’s assault against the workers of his state, Gillespie has a long history of enriching himself at the expense of workers’ interests. Gillespie pushed for a bill that cut benefits for early retirees – a bill that workers were concerned would hurt their retirement security. He also worked to protect the bank accounts of corporations instead of the workers whose health and livelihoods were at stake.

Just take a look.

 

Gillespie Lobbied For Legislation That Allowed Companies To Cut Benefits For Early Retirees

2005-2006: Yellow Roadway Corp Paid Quinn, Gillespie For Lobbying The Federal Government On Its […]

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American Bridge statement on Rick Scott’s anti-education bill

American Bridge statement on Rick Scott signing the most anti-education bill of his administration

In response to Rick Scott signing HB 7069, American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp made the following statement:

“Since his first year in office, Rick Scott has fought against public schools on behalf of wealthy corporate special interests. Today’s anti-education bill was crafted in secret by lobbyists and Tallahassee insiders to funnel millions of dollars to corporations that seek to profit off children’s education while diverting precious funding from Florida’s public schools where every dollar is precious. Yet again, Floridians will be worse off because Rick Scott and his friends care more about making money.”

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Politics over People: Scott Walker Cozies Up to Trump Even Though His Budget Would Decimate Rural Wisconsin

While President Donald Trump headlines a high-dollar fundraiser for Scott Walker’s re-election campaign, you likely won’t hear him go into detail about his severe budget cuts to the Department of Agriculture. And you definitely won’t hear Scott Walker talk about them. The truth is that those cuts would be disastrous to Wisconsin businesses.

Trump’s budget proposed gutting the U.S. Department of Agriculture by 21 percent – eliminating discretionary funding for the Rural Business and Cooperative Services programs and USDA water and wastewater grant and loan programs that rural Wisconsin communities rely on. In 2016 alone, the Rural Business and Cooperative Program invested more than $28.9 million into rural Wisconsin businesses.

As Walker makes money off of Trump’s appearance today, his budget would eliminate:

Value-Added Producer Grants – provided a $22,530 grant to Leffel Roots, LLC in Eau Claire to develop and market bakery and cider products and $250,000 grant tomarket,process and ship shredded […]

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American Bridge Statement on Pulse Shooting and Gov. Rick Scott

On the first anniversary of the Pulse shooting, American Bridge President Jessica Mackler made the following statement about Gov. Rick Scott:

“Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Pulse massacre in Orlando. Since then, survivors, their families, and the families of this who were lost — and millions of Floridians — have come together to honor and mourn the lives that were lost, and call for action to prevent future tragedies. That starts with commonsense measures to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of terrorists.

“Over the past year, Governor Rick Scott has opposed all attempts to prevent a future tragedy — from banning high-capacity magazines to ensuring individuals on the Terror Watch List can’t buy a gun. Scott refused to even acknowledge that the Pulse attack targeted the LGBT community in his State of the State speech in March. Rick Scott is putting his partisan ideology ahead of keeping Floridians […]

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More Florida Papers Trash Gov. Rick Scott’s Budget Deal

Florida Papers Trash Rick Scott’s “Horrendous,”
“Secret,” “Deceitful” Budget Deal

From Pensacola to Miami, Florida editorial boards are blasting Gov. Rick Scott’s shady budget deal with Tallahassee insiders. Unfortunately, Floridians won’t be surprised, because this is exactly the kind of self-interested dealmaking Floridians have come to expect from Rick Scott. He’s always only looking out for himself and his wealthy corporate cronies.

Tampa Bay Times: Editorial: Florida budget deal trades cash for bad policy

The governor [is] poised to allow horrendous legislation to become law that would further dismantle public education.
Yet all of this additional spending is not worth the damage that would be caused by the education legislation that Corcoran covets and Scott evidently agreed to spare.
Anyone who cares about the future of public education should not be so easily bought off.

Sun Sentinel: Editorial: Florida’s secret budget deal undermines education, public trust

Florida…is more like […]

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VIDEO: New Jersey Can’t Afford Christie’s Number 2

It’s official – Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, second-in-command to scandal ridden Chris Christie, is the Republican nominee for governor in New Jersey. Christie once said that Lt. Gov. Guadagno has “been really involved in everything we do,” so it’s no surprise that he supported her in the primary. Unfortunately for Guadagno (not to mention Garden Staters), their record is a complete disaster.

Under the Christie/Guadagno administration:

New Jersey’s credit rating was downgraded 11 times.

The state was ranked nearly last in the country for job creation.

Billions slashed from public workers’ pension plans.

“Try as she might, Kim Guadagno can’t separate herself from the failed Christie administration,” said Lizzy Price, spokesperson for American Bridge. “Christie and Guadagno have made an economic mess in New Jersey, resulting in the highest disapproval rating in the country. The people of New Jersey simply can’t afford Christie’s number 2 as their governor.”

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