SENATE BRIEF: The Shaky Foundations of Rick Scott’s Senate Bid

Week of Monday, April 9

IN BRIEF: Florida’s going to be close – duh. But Rick Scott’s decision to run for U.S. Senate will go down as one of the great mistakes in recent political history. When Scott announces a bid for Senate (via Facebook Live, no Republican enthusiasm required) he will stake his candidacy on his stewardship of Florida’s economy. But regular Floridians are well aware of what top economists are saying: under Rick Scott, Florida’s economy is rewarding the wealthy and big corporations, while millions of Floridians struggle make ends meet.

Consider this shocking report from the Tampa Bay Times: a majority of Florida counties (36 out of 67) have fewer jobs today than they did at the beginning of 2008. Meanwhile, “new jobs are paying workers significantly less than the jobs they replaced.”

Listen closely. You can already hear the cracks in the foundation of Rick Scott’s candidacy:

Rick Scott takes credit for […]

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Jim Renacci Has A Record Of Keeping His Pay During Gov’t Shutdowns

The federal government shut down last night after the Republican-led Congress failed to pass a bill to fund the government — and federal workers and contractors across Ohio face the specter of missing paychecks. But Ohioans already know what Congressman Jim Renacci, one of the richest members of Congress, will do: he’s going to keep his taxpayer-funded paycheck, no matter what.

In 2013, the last time his party caused a shutdown, Renacci took his pay even though many other members of Congress chose to forgo or donate theirs. He didn’t even have the decency to explain himself to his constituents.

“Our federal government shut down last night and Republicans like Jim Renacci, who control all the levers of power in Washington, are the reason why,” said American Bridge spokesperson Allison Teixeira Sulier. “Jim Renacci works for the people of Ohio, and if he isn’t doing his job, he shouldn’t get paid. Ohioans deserve to […]

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Renacci Votes to Strip Ohioans’ Healthcare, Sell Out People With Pre-Existing Conditions

Rep. Renacci today voted for TrumpCare, a malicious bill that would, by the Trump White House’s last count, strip 26 million Americans of their health insurance. That earlier version was bad, and the latest TrumpCare draft is even worse: it guts protections for Ohioans with pre-existing conditions, allowing insurance companies to price gouge Ohioans in desperate need of care. 

As Congressman Renacci seeks Ohio’s top job, he’ll have plenty to discuss with his constituents on the campaign trail — loss of billions for the state in Medicaid funding, hospital closures in rural Ohio, higher premiums, loss of coverage. What does that mean for Ohio residents? Less access and more expensive health care.

But as Renacci is voting without so much as an official estimate of how many Ohioans will lose health insurance under the law, and how much more they’ll pay for coverage, Renacci will be hard-pressed to […]

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