SAY IT AGAIN: Josh Hawley Is Trying To Take Your Healthcare

Josh Hawley has a lot to answer for at tonight’s Missouri Senate debate. At the top of that list? His campaign to undermine affordable healthcare.

We’re betting Hawley will attempt to distract from his horrific record on this cycle’s #1 issue. So here are the facts:

Hawley is one of 20 state Attorneys General suing the federal government to gut the Affordable Care Act. Hawley put his name on a lawsuit that would effectively nullify the ACA, including protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions — a provision that Hawley has claimed he’d protect, in direct contradiction to his actions.
Hawley’s political allies have spent nearly a decade attempting to overturn the Affordable Care Act. And just yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said his Republican caucus will try to repeal the ACA again, after the midterms.
Hawley’s healthcare alternative is a load of baloney — and it’s dangerous. Hawley wrote an op-ed proposing […]

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McSally Snubbed By Home District Newspaper

Today Martha McSally’s home district newspaper the Arizona Daily Star endorsed her opponent in a major snub. The Daily Star endorsed McSally back in 2016, calling her a “strong, smart and pragmatic representative.” These days? Not so much. Read on below to see what they had to say about McSally’s extreme shift rightward.

Arizona Daily Star: Star Opinion: Kyrsten Sinema for the U.S. Senate
October 18, 2018

“The race to represent Arizona in the U.S. Senate is one of the most watched in the country, with good reason.”
“Martha McSally’s Arizona follows the Trump agenda, embraces tax cuts for the wealthy, values veterans, wants a border wall, seeks to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and is itching for a fight on trade, tariffs, immigration, foreign relations and the environment.”
“We have found her determined march to the political right, and her alignment with President Trump, alarming.”
“In her quest for a Senate seat, […]

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American Bridge FOIAs Florida Governor’s Office For Documents Corresponding to Rick Scott’s Post-Hurricane Michael Ad

Today American Bridge submitted a public records request to the Florida Governor’s office requesting documentation corresponding to a Scott for Florida campaign ad that appears to use video footage of Hurricane Michael recovery efforts obtained using state resources.

Download the request here.

The request is three-fold: email correspondence between the Office of the Governor and the Scott for Florida campaign between October 10, 2018 and October 16, 2018; email correspondence between the Office of the Governor and the Scott for Florida campaign that mentions visual materials of Hurricane Michael recovery efforts; and a list of any expenses accrued by the Office of the Governor in filming Hurricane Michael recovery efforts.

“The Hurricane Michael death toll is still climbing, thousands are without power, and Rick Scott is already taking a victory lap on his recovery efforts,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “Scott’s campaign ad not only defies common decency; it […]

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NEW VIDEO: Cruz Throws In The Towel, Campaigns With Trump

American Bridge is launching a new social media video before Ted Cruz rallies with Donald Trump on October 22.

The video reminds voters that Cruz and Trump pulled no punches as primary opponents. Some of their best lines include:

“Donald, you’re a sniveling coward.” –Cruz
“I watched Ted Cruz this morning. Oh, I can’t listen. So dramatic: aah uuh-aah.”-–Trump
“He’s a pussy.” –Trump
“If I were in my car and getting ready to reverse and saw Donald in the backup camera, I’m not confident which pedal I’d push.” –Cruz

Charming.

The video ends with Cruz waving the white flag to campaign with Trump, and asks Texans to throw in the towel on Cruz come Election Day.

Watch Cruz throw in the towel here:

Watch the full video here.

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Rhetoric vs. Reality: McSally Distorts Her Own Record During the AZ-SEN Debate

Martha McSally had a doozy of a debate last night. Defensive and desperate, she distorted her record over and over again. Instead of focusing on the issues, McSally peddled debunked lies. Her debate performance is the clearest proof yet: McSally will do or say anything to get elected.

Below, we break down some of her most egregious falsehoods.

RHETORIC: McSally denied that she put Arizonans’ privacy at risk by voting to allow anyone to buy or sell private information online: “What are you even talking about? Of course, I did not do that.”

REALITY: McSally voted to repeal rules that would prevent internet service providers from selling users private browsing data and received nearly $100,000 from the telecom industry.

RHETORIC: McSally said: “I voted to protect people with pre-existing conditions to make sure insurance companies were forced to give them healthcare, had no caps on insurance, and couldn’t cancel it.”

REALITY: McSally voted for […]

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QUICK CLIP: Kevin Cramer Skates Over Native American Voter ID Question

Last week the Supreme Court upheld a North Dakota voter ID law that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe said will cause “irreparable harm” to Native Americans voting this November.

Days later at a town hall, Kevin Cramer glossed over these concerns, saying, “there’s not another place in America where it’s easier to vote than North Dakota.” 

The law requires voters to provide a form of identification that includes a current street address. Many Native Americans who live on reservations or in rural areas use P.O. boxes, not street addresses. And with the election one month away, Standing Rock External Affairs Director Danielle Finn said it is not possible to satisfy the new requirement.

Cramer does not seem to share these concerns. At the town hall, he went on to say, “If I was the chairman of a tribe and I was concerned about this, I would make sure that my tribal members got an […]

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Senate Brief: 3 Weeks | GOP Recruitment Failures

Week of Monday, October 15.

IN BRIEF: Three weeks out from Election Day, the GOP’s sloppy recruiting is coming back to bite them. A cycle of lukewarm performances in must-win states has proven that even with a favorable Senate map, recruitment matters. 

This morning the Washington Post highlighted candidates in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan who have fallen far short of the party’s expectations. We agree.

But even beyond the states where Dems are running well ahead of their GOP opponents, candidates thought to be rock-solid have betrayed serious weaknesses.
In Missouri, the “GOP golden boy” Josh Hawley got off to a rough start by pissing off local Republicans with his entitlement and laziness. Now, he’s struggling to overcome a baked-in narrative about his burning desire to rid Americans of their health insurance.
In Indiana, “outsider” Mike Braun never really got off the ground. Just last month, Hoosier Republicans were marveling […]

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NEW: Martha McSally Doesn’t Have An Issues Page, So We Made One For Her

www.mcsallyhasissues.com

With less than 30 days to go until Election Day, Martha McSally still doesn’t have a webpage detailing her issue stances, so we took the liberty of creating one for her in the style of her campaign site.

McSallyHasIssues.com highlights six key pillars of McSally’s record: enabling corruption in Washington, broken promises to protect healthcare, broken promises to seniors, selling out to special interests, feckless pandering on immigration, and letting down women.

Check out McSally’s issues page here.

“Arizonans seeking more information about McSally’s platform come up short when they visit her website,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “McSally is clearly trying to hide her real record of political expediency and feckless flip-flops. We’re proud to shed some light on what McSally truly stands for.”

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MEMO: Previewing the #INSEN Debate

Four things to remember as Mike Braun takes the stage for his first general election debate:

Braun supported measures that could strip health insurance from over 2 million Hoosiers with pre-existing conditions. According to Politifact, Braun endorsed three measures that would have jeopardized guaranteed healthcare coverage for Americans with pre-existing conditions. Read more here.
Braun’s company, Meyer Distributing, was the target of dozens of labor abuse complaints. Meyer Distributing was found to have violated the Fair Labor Standards Act 26 times between 2008 and 2010 for violations related to unpaid overtime for 25 employees. The Federal Transportation Department cited Meyer Distributing 41 times since 2015 for work time logging violations. Read more here.
Braun has pledged to drain the Swamp, but flies to DC for high-dollar fundraisers and engages in decidedly Swampy behavior. Braun called his two primary opponents the “Swamp brothers,” but in the first weeks of the general election, he […]

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Senate Brief: T-Minus 4 Weeks.

Week of Monday, October 8.

IN BRIEF: 4 weeks out from Election Day, one issue has risen above the rest to define this cycle: healthcare. 

On the campaign trail, Republican Senate candidates are on defense, forced to answer to constituents who are terrified by GOP attempts to gut the Affordable Care Act. 

And they’re not doing a very good job. This week, Mike Braun gets a gold star for healthcare disingenuousness on the campaign trail.

For months, Braun has touted his company’s healthcare plan as a proof point for his commitment to affordable healthcare. Watch him talk it up here and here.
There’s just one problem: Braun’s employees say his healthcare plan was “not real insurance.” Politico reports that former employees of Braun’s company, Meyer Distributing, complained about the “horrendous” benefits that came with a $5,000 individual deductible and a $10,000 family deductible.
Braun has been asking Hoosiers for […]

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