Bad Year of Laxalt: Shady Favors, Cover-ups, and Ethics Scandals Galore

A Roundup of Adam Laxalt’s Terrible Year

Let’s face it – it’s been a bad year for Adam Laxalt. From February, when news surfaced about Laxalt’s attempts to convince the state’s chief gaming regulator to intervene in a lawsuit to benefit Laxalt’s largest campaign contributor, to being blasted for opposing Nevada’s involvement in a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, Laxalt has been awash in bad headlines all year.

In order to commemorate Adam Laxalt’s spectacularly bad year, American Bridge will be highlighting Laxalt’s terrible headlines all day long via Twitter using the hashtag #BadYearofLaxalt.

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“This year, Adam Laxalt has proven the saying, ‘you reap what you sow.’ Laxalt has spent his short career pursuing policies that reward his donors at the expense of Nevadans – and now he’s wrapped up in so many ethics scandals, we’ve lost count. 2017 has been a terrible year […]

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American Bridge Launches “Problem Putnam” Campaign

American Bridge today released their initial campaign against Adam Putnam including a memo outlining initial research into Adam Putnam’s record and a website called ProblemPutnam.com.

In short, Putnam faces a lot of problems in 2018 – he’s failed to stand up to a historically unpopular Republican president, he’s cheered on the Republican Congress’s effort to steal healthcare from nearly a million Floridians, and his record in Washington and in Florida is as swampy as they come.  Adam Putnam’s priorities in public office have been clear: sweet deals for big business and his own bank accounts, while squarely ignoring the needs and concerns of Florida families.

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“Adam Putnam is truly the problem child for Florida Republicans – he’s been cozying up to and making sweet deals on behalf of the lobbyists and donors that keep him in office for decades, all […]

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MN GOP Gov. Candidate Jeff Johnson Attacks Twin Cities “Values”

At a campaign event in Baxter, MN earlier this month, Republican Jeff Johnson attacked the values of people living in the state he hopes to lead as Governor when he said people in the Twin Cities have different values than the rest of Minnesota — and different values than his own campaign.

According to Jeff Johnson, his values are at odds with 60% of the state’s population. The Twin Cities and surrounding area is also home to 16 of 17 Fortune 500 companies in the state, and the geographic area home to the 13th largest economy in the country.

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“Jeff Johnson’s divisive rhetoric is nothing short of toxic – Minnesotans deserve a governor who unites the state, not divides it. Minnesota Republicans should condemn Jeff Johnson’s attack on the Twin Cities and the people who live there.”

This isn’t the […]

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Adam Putnam Silent on Senate Tax Bill That Would Devastate Florida’s Schools and Farms

This week, the U.S. Senate is voting on a tax bill that would give tax breaks to the rich at the expense of the working class. The bill slashes student loan deductions, making it harder for low and middle-income students to get ahead. But it gets even worse.

The bill eliminates the state and local tax (SALT) deduction, the Senate bill could demolish public schools in Florida. New data shows that this bill puts over $907 million dollars in annual state revenue for public schools at risk. That totals up to $330 per student and risks the jobs of 6,508 teachers.

Rep. Ron DeSantis voted on the House version of the tax bill, which would take away the deduction for Floridians who have uninsured losses from natural disasters like Hurricanes – which have devastated homes, businesses, and orange groves. But what has Adam Putnam, Florida’s own Ag Commissioner […]

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Rauner “Applauds” Bill that Would Endanger Illinois Jobs

Yesterday, Governor Rauner said he was “applauding Congress” for tackling tax reform, which could potentially give Gov. Rauner HUGE kickbacks off his tax bill. But beyond the fact that Rauner is “applauding” tax breaks for the wealthy, the Senate tax bill as written could cost Illinois thousands of jobs.

By eliminating the state and local tax (SALT) deduction, the Senate bill could demolish public schools in Illinois. New data shows that this bill puts over $1.6 billion dollars in annual state revenue for public schools at risk, totalling $802 per student and endangering the jobs of 9,309 teachers. Further, the Senate bill would jeopardize donations to nonprofits, putting at risk $429 million in donations to 61,653 nonprofits in Illinois that could hurt over half a million (549,092) Illinois employees.

Given that Rauner has claimed he’s talked to Congress about the bill and asked to […]

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Wisconsin Workers Boo Scott Walker’s Failed Record on Jobs

Yesterday, at a Glenn Grothman town hall in Two Rivers, Wisconsin workers booed Scott Walker’s failed jobs record. After constituents talked about their own struggles with finding work, Grothman defended Scott Walker, at which point the room erupted into loud boos.
American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following comment:
“It’s no surprise Wisconsin workers are fed up with Scott Walker–he’s failed to fulfill his promises of job creation as Governor and by doing so, has failed Wisconsin.”
Check out the footage below.

Transcript:
Wisconsin worker: “Ironworks closed their doors. I worked there for 45 years since I was 18 years old. I’d like to know why you and the rest of the Republicans in this state didn’t even bother coming to help us and try to save this company of 123 years. Everybody talks about jobs, jobs, jobs – you just did. What about saving the jobs we have? These […]

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Republican Governors Rightfully “Terrified” about their Chances in 2018

Following a shellacking in Virginia, Republican Governors are “reeling” as they start to come to terms with reality: Trump is a serious drag on their own campaigns. Republicans are now facing mid-term elections with a President who is astonishingly unpopular and a party that is in danger of losing a Senate seat in the reddest of red states — in addition to Democratic enthusiasm we haven’t seen in years. Just take a look at some of these headlines:

Bloomberg: Republican Governors Seek to Avoid 2018 Election Damage From Trump, Moore

Politico: Democrats’ early money haul stuns GOP

CNN: Republican governors fear a 2018 midterm wipeout after Virginia loss

AP: Republican governors gather amid party setbacks, turmoil

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“Republican governors and gubernatorial candidates have no one to blame but themselves for the problems […]

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What They’re Saying About the Democratic Landslide and 2018

The Democratic landslide across the country is the latest sign of a wave coming in 2018. Republicans are divided and dysfunctional while working through an internal civil war that has already resulted in repeated legislative failures, a lost year of recruitment problems, and a wave of bloody primaries. Add in a new flood of retirements and you have a recipe for disaster in 2018.

To make things worse, Republicans have no strategy to move forward. For those who thought the key to success was to mimic Trump, Virginia proved otherwise, as voters roundly rejected Ed Gillespie’s race-baiting campaign.

For more about what the 2017 elections mean for Senate, House, and gubernatorial races in 2018, read American Bridge’s election night memo.

Here’s what people are saying about what last night’s returns mean in 2018:

CNN: “The race for Virginia governor on Tuesday night wasn’t very close. And Republicans have Donald Trump to […]

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Memo: Following Virginia Victory, Democrats Are Poised for 2018 Gains

MEMO

To: Interested Parties
From: Bradley Beychok, American Bridge 21st Century President
Date: 11/7/2017
Subject: Following Virginia Victory, Democrats Are Poised for 2018 Gains

The Democratic victory in Virginia is a sign of a coming wave in 2018. If we stay on this trajectory, Democrats are going to have a very successful 2018.

What you should be watching: the margin in Alabama next month. If the margin in Alabama surprises you the way Democrats surprised you tonight, Republicans shouldn’t be bracing for a wave in 2018 — they should be bracing for a tsunami

Across Virginia and in every 2018 battleground state, Democrats are enthusiastic and motivated, while Republicans are mired in dysfunction, chaos, and controversy. They are also demoralized as a result of their inability to accomplish their legislative goals, and as a result, are lagging in support and fundraising. Furthermore, they have no strategy to move forward; for those who thought the key to success was to mimic Trump, Virginia proved otherwise, as voters […]

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NEW AD: Gillespie Calls Northern Virginia “Enemy Territory”

Following leaked audio of Ed Gillespie claiming Northern Virginia was “enemy territory” that was released yesterday, American Bridge today launched an online ad buy that highlighted the comment to Northern Virginia voters, noting that behind closed doors, Gillespie demonized one third of Virginia voters.

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“Ed Gillespie’s campaign has been one of the most divisive in history – from his hateful, bigoted campaign advertisements to his policies that would strip away health care from Virginians. Virginians deserves a governor who unites Virginia, not divides it like Ed Gillespie.”

Narrator: Ed Gillespie has run one of the most divisive campaigns for governor in history. Now, behind closed doors, he demonizes one third of Virginia voters, labeling Northern Virginia as “enemy territory.” We need a governor who unites Virginia, not divides it.

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