Quick Clip: Rick Scott’s Nursing Home Scandal Just Keeps Getting Worse

New details have emerged in the tragic story of the South Florida nursing home where 12 people died during Hurricane Irma. By giving out his cell phone number to nursing homes — who called 120 times, and almost never reaching the governor — Rick Scott likely delayed help to the nursing homes and “may have encouraged unrealistic and possibly dangerous expectations.”

“Rick Scott thought he could buy political points during a major disaster by pretending to personally help nursing homes, but he tragically made a bad problem even worse,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “That — combined with Rick Scott’s reckless inattention and his deregulation of Florida’s nursing home industry — proved deadly.”

Watch the clip from NBC Miami here.

In September, American Bridge released a digital ad holding Rick Scott accountable for this tragedy. 

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CLIPS: Chaos and Blame Game Between Trump, Senate Republicans Ramps Up as Shutdown Looms

In 36 hours the federal government will shut down without a bill that continues to fund it, and instead of finding a solution, Senate Republicans and President Trump are busy blaming each other for the mess they’ve created. Instead of working across the aisle to solve this impending disaster — which will close vital government offices, halt paychecks for federal workers, and slow down our economy — Republicans are playing political games and driving toward a cliff.

“Senate Republicans and President Trump can’t stop pointing fingers at each other for a shutdown crisis that’s entirely of their own making, from their refusal to protect Dreamers to their insistence on an ineffective border wall that the President promised Americans they would never have to pay for,” said American Bridge spokesperson Allison Teixeira Sulier. “The reality is that if the government shuts down, it is entirely because of Trump and Republicans’ total inability to govern. They’re in […]

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Rick Scott’s Own Anti-Opioid Panel “Mystified” Why Scott Ignores Opioid Solutions

Rick Scott’s Drug Policy Advisory Council is “mystified” why Rick Scott isn’t paying closer attention to their report “outlining clear steps to fight the opioid crisis.”

The Council is almost entirely made of people elevated to high office in Florida by Rick Scott himself. People like Peggy Sapp, who asked: “My question would be to all of us, ‘Who is going to deliver that message to the governor?’”

Apparently, no one has. Rick Scott’s spokesperson has been refusing to answer whether Rick Scott even knows his own Council’s anti-opioid report exists.

Maybe it’s because Scott’s Council says the best step he can take is undoing his disastrous 2011 decision to eliminate the Office of Drug Control.

“Rick Scott’s inaction and carelessness when it comes to Florida’s opioid crisis have life and death consequences for Floridians. Now, his office refuses to even confirm he is interested in his own commission’s recommendations for resolving the opioid crisis,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “Scott might dismiss […]

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VIDEO: Martha McSally’s Announcement Day Flip-Flop on Trump’s Border Wall

With two Trump-backing candidates already in the race for Arizona Senate, Rep. Martha McSally spent her announcement day abandoning her previously held positions faster than Arizonans can say “career politician.”

In her announcement speech, McSally blatantly flip-flopped on her opposition to Donald Trump’s border wall.

“Arizonans saw everything they need to from Martha McSally today — a typical politician willing to say and do anything she thinks people want to hear. They’re quickly learning they can’t trust a word she says,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

Watch Martha McSally change her position on Donald Trump’s signature campaign promise.

Read it to believe it…

McSally Town Hall, 2/23/17:
Q: “Do you support a border wall? Yes or no.”
McSally: Not a contiguous 2,000 mile border wall, no.”

McSally Announcement Speech, 1/12/18:
“On illegal immigration, strategy of control over our border by more agents, sensors, aerial assets, man and unmanned and every other effective means, […]

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Establishment Favorite Martha McSally is an Untrustworthy, Weak Candidate

To: Interested Parties
From: Bradley Beychok, President, American Bridge 21st Century
Date: 1/12/18

If Martha McSally is the best Senate Republicans can do in Arizona, they’re in for a tough 2018. McSally’s Senate bid faces the same hurricane-force headwinds that pushed Senator Jeff Flake into early retirement. Although she votes with Donald Trump 96 percent of the time, she’s been a vocal critic of him in the past. Trump allies don’t like her and even tried to scare her out of the race. And there are now two far-right, well-known GOP candidates in the race she’ll have to face in a primary.

On top of that, Democrats are well-equipped to hold McSally accountable. American Bridge has had staff on the ground in Arizona for 12 months and already has more than 120 hours of tracking footage of McSally and more than 700 pages of research.

Here are just a few of McSally’s […]

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New Analysis: Florida CHIP Funding Runs Out In Weeks 

A new report from Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute has devastating news for Florida families: funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program will likely run out by the end of February.

Florida is among the 11 states identified by the report as likely to run out of funding in the next few weeks, due to the Republican Congress’s unconscionable inaction. Over 370,000 children in Florida depend on CHIP for their health care, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

“Eleven states will likely burn through their share of short-term CHIP funding before the end of next month, according to researchers at Georgetown University…They are: Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Washington state and Washington, D.C.,” reports Axios.

“Republicans’ priorities couldn’t be clearer: cutting taxes for their wealthy campaign donors and stripping health care from hundreds of thousands of Floridians. Keeping poor kids on […]

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Throwback Thursday: Heller brings toxic Trump/Pence Immigration Agenda to Nevada

When Air Force 2 touches down in Nevada today, Nevadans will be reminded all over again that Dean Heller only pretends to support what matters to Nevadans — such as protecting Dreamers from the Trump Administration.

Heller’s campaign stop with Donald Trump’s right-hand man and a long-time, anti-immigrant leader, Vice President Mike Pence, tells Nevadans everything they need to know about Dean Heller. Pence supports deporting Dreamers, building a border war between the US and Mexico, and banning people from coming to the U.S. based on their religion.

Let’s rewind the tape of Mike Pence’s offensive statements about immigrants and Dreamers…

Clip: Mike Pence on Dreamers.

Clip: Mike Pence on “building a wall” and “criminal aliens:”

“Dean Heller may say he supports Dreamers and immigration reform, but just like he did with health care and any other important issue, […]

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American Bridge Report: Rick Scott’s Offshore Oil Drilling Hypocrisy

Gov. Rick Scott has supported drilling in and around Florida throughout his political career — repeatedly endorsing offshore drilling and drilling in the Everglades.

Today, American Bridge is releasing a new report detailing Rick Scott’s drilling hypocrisy, a record eight years in the making. Read American Bridge’s research report on Rick Scott’s Offshore Oil Drilling Hypocrisy here.

As Scott considers a bid for U.S. Senate, his cronies in the Washington Swamp are pulling out all the stops. On Tuesday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke made an unannounced trip to Florida to announce the Trump administration’s sudden reversal on their offshore drilling policy — just for Florida, and just as Rick Scott is reportedly making his final decision on running for Senate.

“Rick Scott does whatever is best for his wealthy cronies and big corporations, and that’s why he’s spent his entire political career fighting to expand oil drilling off Florida’s coast. Rick […]

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The Real State of Florida: Rick Scott Left The Middle Class Behind

In response to Rick Scott’s final state of the state speech, American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp made the following statement:

“For seven years under Rick Scott, Florida families have been stretched to the breaking point, as basic costs — for health care, storm insurance, and college tuition — have risen, but paychecks keep falling short. From Pensacola to the Keys, Floridians are struggling to reach and stay in the middle class, but for seven years Rick Scott has only done what is best for his wealthy cronies and political donors. While schools are suffering from inadequate funding, Rick Scott focuses on giving massive handouts to big corporations. If Rick Scott runs for U.S. Senate, count on Floridians to hold him accountable for his lies and his abysmal record of always putting them last.”

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VIDEO: Rick Scott Admits He’s “Not An Expert On FEMA”

In a round-table on Puerto Rico last week, Rick Scott deflected a question by saying he’s “not an expert on FEMA.”

Yep. That’s right. The governor of Florida. Not an expert on federal emergency management. After four major hurricanes have hit Florida during his tenure.

Even worse for Floridians, the man Rick Scott appointed to be the “expert” on FEMA, Florida Department of Emergency Management head Wes Maul, is vastly underqualified.

Wes Maul, just 29-years-old, has only been with Florida Department of Emergency Management since 2016.

Yep. That’s right. Rick “Not An Expert” Scott appointed a kid with less than 2 years of emergency management experience to run emergency management.

“In the midst of the costliest U.S. disaster year on record, Rick Scott appointed a young, unqualified, former campaign aide to head Florida’s Department of Emergency Management,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “Now Rick Scott claims he is not […]

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