TOMORROW: American Bridge to Force Martha McSally to Listen to ProPublica Audio of Migrant Children

Tomorrow at 1:30 PM MST, American Bridge 21st Century will host an audio protest outside Rep. Martha McSally’s campaign event in Scottsdale, Arizona. The event is co-hosted by NextGen America.

American Bridge will force McSally to confront the ramifications of President Trump’s cruel immigration policy by playing audio recorded by ProPublica of migrant children separated from their families.

“McSally may have glossed over Trump’s cruelty in her public statements, but we will force her to confront the consequences of her inaction firsthand,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman.“The heartbreaking audio we will play sends a powerful message: voters will not forget that McSally refused to stand up to Trump with young lives on the line.”

WHAT: American Bridge audio protest

WHEN: TOMORROW, June 23, at 1:30 PM MST

WHERE: Denny’s
7000 E. Mayo Blvd
Scottsdale, Arizona

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Scott Fails to Stand Up for Floridians with Pre-Existing Conditions

A brutal op-ed in the Florida Sun Sentinel today blasted Governor Rick Scott for failing to stop his political ally Attorney General Pam Bondi from co-signing a lawsuit that could strip 7.8 million Floridians of protections for pre-existing conditions.

Scott has said nothing about the lawsuit except to lamely remind Floridians that the Attorney General is independently elected — but that excuse doesn’t pass the smell test. Here’s what Floridians are reading this morning:

Sun Sentinel: Pam Bondi seeks to end protections for people with pre-existing conditions
June 21, 2018

“If the lawsuit prevails, Obamacare’s core guarantee — access to health insurance for Americans with pre-existing conditions — will disappear, along with other provisions in the law.”
“This is a serious threat for Florida, where 1.7 million people enrolled in the federal health-insurance exchange last year to buy policies under the law. More than 90 percent of them […]

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REPORT CARD: McSally Gets an F on Family Separation

Rep. Martha McSally failed a basic leadership test this week: with young lives at stake, she chose to prioritize her political career over families cruelly separated by the Trump administration.

McSally’s feckless political opportunism hasn’t gone unnoticed. Here’s what Arizonans are reading this morning:

Arizona Daily Star: Steller’s Friday Notebook: Who took a stand, fell in line on familyseparation?
By Tim Steller | June 22, 2018

“The policy of deliberately separating children from their parents, turning children accompanied by their families into unaccompanied children — that’s not so complicated.”
“And it served as a gut check for Arizona politicians, one of those rare issues in immigration where…there was a clear right or wrong answer.”

“Rep. Martha McSally, the congresswoman who is running for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, said Monday: ‘We need to enforce our lawsin a consistent and humane manner, and DHS should […]

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QUICK CLIP: Kevin Cramer Thinks Those Cages Aren’t So Bad, And He Really Means It

Rep. Kevin Cramer spent yesterday on a talk-radio blitz defending the Trump administration’s policy of putting migrant children in caged detention centers.

He was roundly criticized for his insensitivity, but rather than apologize, Cramer doubled down– this time on national TV.

“You use the term ‘children in cages,’” said Cramer. “We’re not talking about children in cages. What we are talking about is children who’ve been brought across our borders illegally, through the entire country of Mexico, dangerous and in harm, and they’re put in a building — in buildings that have, in some cases, walls that are made of chain links so that it’s easier to observe and to protect them. But it’s the rhetoric that turns that into cages.” 

WATCH Cramer tell Fox Business that liberal rhetoric is to blame for migrant children in cages:

“How Kevin Cramer defines ‘cage’ doesn’t change the fact that […]

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Horrible Boss Braun Slips Up, Touts Relationship With Outsourcers

Rep. Mike Braun showed his true colors yesterday with the release of a new ad that touts his partnerships with companies that outsource jobs. In his rush to rebut allegations of mismanagement, worker abuses — and, yes, outsourcing — Braun included a nod to two business partners that use overseas manufacturing facilities.

“Rep. Mike Braun’s fumble is just the latest misstep from a campaign that has endured weeks of lost momentum and brutal local press coverage,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “Including business partners who outsource American jobs in his TV ad is the kind of gaffe that tells the truth: Mike Braun is a political insider who makes millions while Hoosier families suffer.”

IndyStar: Ad by GOP Senate candidate Mike Braun sends unintended mixed message on outsourcing jobs

By Maureen Groppe | June 21, 2018

“GOP Senate candidate Mike Braun boasts in a new campaign ad that his business is ‘proud to […]

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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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McConnell Bails Out McSally’s Floundering Campaign

After a botched attempt to remake herself as an immigration hardliner, D.C. insiders are trying to makeover McSally’s image

Rep. Martha McSally has spent much of her Senate primary staving off attacks from her opponents that she’s too soft on immigration. In her desperation to win the primary, she’s committed herself to a new hardliner persona — even going so far as to scrub a video in which she praised DACA from her official pages. She won’t explain why she removed the video — and her office is perpetually unreachable.

McSally’s “virtually unrecognizable” flip-flopping is so egregious, Sen. Mitch McConnell and his allies are wading in in an attempt to rescue her campaign.

Politico writes:

“Allies of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell dove into the middle of a major Senate race Thursday, airing ads to help remake Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) as a border […]

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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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Running Scared: Rosendale’s First Two Weeks as Nominee

We know one GOP Senate candidate who’s saying TGIF today. Matt Rosendale has been on the ballot in Montana less than ten days — and he’s managed to rack up dozens of bad headlines that have tarnished his nascent general election campaign.

First, Rosendale barely escaped a nasty primary that branded him as an out of state carpetbagger and fake rancher:

Missoula Current: Fagg: Rosendale is “all hat and no cattle”
AP: Rosendale not the “first choice” for Republicans
Vox: “Rosendale lacks something important that can’t be bought: He isn’t originally from Montana.”
Washington Post: “GOP operatives fear the Maryland-born Rosendale could be vulnerable to charges that he is not Montanan enough.”
Politico: “Rosendale moved to Montana in 2002 and still speaks with an accent from his native Maryland.”

Then, Rosendale backed out of a scheduled debate with Sen. Jon Tester in […]

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