Patrick Morrisey and Josh Hawley Are Selling Out Americans With Pre-Existing Conditions

“Patrick Morrisey and Josh Hawley knew exactly what they were doing when they joined their lawsuit attacking the Affordable Care Act. Their actions put millions of West Virginians and Missourians with pre-existing conditions at risk. Vulnerable Americans deserve better than blatant politicking done at their expense,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. 

Kaiser Health News: States Attacking ACA Would Suffer Most If Preexisting Conditions Shield Gets Axed
By Harriet Rowan | July 17, 2018

“If the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with preexisting medical conditions are struck down in court, residents of the Republican-led states that are challenging the law have the most to lose.”
“Twenty Republican state attorneys general and governors challenged the constitutionality of the ACA in federal court in February…The states’ lawsuit argues that because Congress eliminated the Obamacare tax penalty for not having insurance coverage, effective next year, the entire law is unconstitutional. By extension, the […]

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Senate Brief: Rick Scott’s Toxic Algae Nightmare

Week of Monday, July 16, 2018

IN BRIEF: Rick Scott’s policies are poisoning Florida’s waterways with toxic algae, forcing businesses to close and families to evacuate — and even stopping one church from performing baptisms

The blue-green algae grows in Central Florida’s Lake Okeechobee because of years of Rick Scott’s negligent environmental policies that put special interest polluters first. The algae releases dangerous, foul-smelling vapors, is dangerous to touch and is toxic to ingest. Commerce along the affected waterways is brought to a standstill.
Rick Scott has a seven-year record of putting special interests ahead of Florida’s environment. He’s kicked the can down the road on toxic algae for seven years, kowtowing to his wealthy financial backers; he’s advocated for drilling off the Florida coast; he’s banned state government from even uttering the words “climate change”; and he’s weakened oversight of polluters.
That’s why Florida newspapers are blaming Rick Scott for the crisis. Sun-Sentinel says Scott is “to […]

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Patrick Morrisey Is Still Raking In Cash From Big Pharma

“Patrick Morrisey is promising West Virginians he’ll ‘drain the swamp.’ What he’s not telling them is that he’s the swampiest of them all — perpetuating the ‘broken system’ he’s decried and accepting donations from lobbyists for the Big Pharma companies that flooded West Virginia with opioids,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “Morrisey has raked in over $1 million from Big Pharma. West Virginians can’t trust him to be on their side.”


Mother Jones: He’s Running as a Hero of the Opioid Epidemic. Here’s the Catch.

By Julia Lurie | July 13, 2018

“Patrick Morrisey—the West Virginia Republican running for US Senate—often brags that no one has done more than he has to address the state’s devastating opioid epidemic.”
“For many in his state, the issue is personal: West Virginia has the highest overdose rate in the country…So it’s no surprise that the epidemic is now at the center of one […]

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QUICK CLIP: Floridians Blast Rick Scott’s Algae Crisis: “Have Him Bring His Children Here”

WINK News in Fort Myers is reporting that Floridians are being forced to abandon their homes due to Rick Scott’s algae crisis, as medical experts advise residents to stay as far away from the toxic algae as possible.

Floridians are blaming Rick Scott for years of lip-service and inaction that has caused the current algae crisis: 

“Have him bring his children here. All of these politicians that want to turn up and give us empty promises and answers,” Fort Myers resident Joanne Kreise told WINK News. “I feel like they’re just abandoning us.”

Rick Scott’s administration isn’t even picking up the phone: “She says her husband’s been on the phone all day and they can’t seem to get answers for this problem.”

Watch WINK News’s report on Floridians suffering from Rick Scott’s algae crisis here:

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Marsha Blackburn is All Rhetoric, No Results on Tennessee’s Opioid Crisis

Blackburn raked in $800,000 from the dirtiest players in Big Pharma —
then authored legislation to give them a break


“Rep. Blackburn’s cynical political games and empty election-year promises are a slap in the face to Americans suffering from the opioid crisis,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “Tennesseans will see right through this — and demand a Senator who stands with them, not with Big Pharma.”

The Tennessean: We deserve answers from Marsha Blackburn on opioids

By Dudley Taylor | July 12, 2018

This summer, “House committees tossed out 90 bills that members of Congress – led by Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn — then touted in a stream of press releases as the silver-bullet remedies for American families ravaged by opioid addiction.”
“Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to politics in an election year. The stark reality is that Blackburn has led a large group of our elected officials in Washington that […]

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Blistering Missouri Editorial Exposes Josh Hawley’s Shameless Self Promotion

“Missouri voters asking themselves ‘who is Josh Hawley?’ need look no further than this editorial: Hawley is a ladder-climbing, work-neglecting, self-promoting politician, who will always put his own political ambitions ahead of Missourians,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.”


St. Louis Post Dispatch: Editorial: Missourians searching for a GOP Senate candidate of substance aren’t finding it in Hawley

By the Editorial Board | July 11, 2018

“Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, the likely GOP U.S. Senate nominee, miscalculates by focusing his campaign strategy on attacking incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill…McCaskill’s voting record is about as centrist as it gets, and Hawley knows it.”
Hawley’s exaggerations “mask a much more profound weakness in the young attorney general’s background: his own lack of experience.”
Hawley “has minimal credentials with which to convince voters that he can be more effective as a senator than McCaskill. So his only option is […]

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Editorial Roundup: Toxic Algae is “Part of Rick Scott’s Legacy”

While Rick Scott is trying to twist out of his abysmal record of siding with special interests over Florida’s environment, newspapers across the Sunshine State are condemning Scott’s spin and holding him accountable for causing the toxic algae disaster plaguing communities on Florida’s east and west coats.

Here’s a sample of what Florida’s newspapers are saying about Rick Scott’s toxic algae crisis:

Gainesville Sun: Editorial: Algae blooms are part of Scott’s legacy

“Gov. Rick Scott is facing an environmental crisis of his own making.”
“Scott and the GOP-controlled Legislature have made it easier to pollute Florida’s natural environment during his two terms in office. They’ve slashed the budgets of water managers, eliminated an agency that regulated growth, cut enforcement of environmental regulations and spent money slated for land conservation on other uses.”

Sun Sentinel: Gov. Scott’s spotty record on algae crises

“With Florida facing yet another Lake Okeechobee-related crisis, Gov. Rick […]

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BREAKING: Questions Swirl Around Rick Scott’s $120 Million Investment Payout

“It’s literally unprecedented for a Florida governor to make $120 million while in office — and Floridians have no idea how Rick Scott made this massive windfall. What unethical conflicts of interest did Rick Scott use to make these millions? Since Scott continues to hide his vast wealth, Floridians are still in the dark — but it’s crystal clear Scott’s still only looking out for himself,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

Florida Bulldog: What did Gov. Rick Scott do with mysterious $120 million in cash?
By Dan Christensen, 7/11/18

“When newspapers across Florida reported recently that Gov. Rick Scott’s net worth jumped $83 million in 2017, what got missed or downplayed was that Scott also pocketed an astounding $120 million in unexplained outside income.”
“What did Republican Scott do with that $120 million? What was the ultimate source of all that money? The financial disclosure form the governor filed June 29th doesn’t say, […]

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After 8 Days of Silence, Mike Braun Defends Curtis Hill … Then His Campaign Cleans It Up

Today, after eight days of cowardly silence, Rep. Mike Braun finally made a public statement about the sexual assault allegations against Curtis Hil — and it didn’t go well. When radio host Tony Katz asked Rep. Braun if Hill should resign, well, Braun actually defended Hill:

​​”I think to me that’s a personal decision, and he’s decided, and I’ve listened to every detail of it yesterday, to fight it. And I think that’s within his right to do so.”
​​”He has vehemently denied it. And I think the process that he’ll be going through hopefully will give him the ability to give his side of the case. But as far as where I’m at with it, I think where it’s at right now is where I’d be.”

Instead of unequivocally calling on Hill to resign (as Republicans like Gov. Holcomb and House Speaker Brian Bosma have done), Rep. Braun said Hill should continue to defend himself and […]

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As Florida’s Toxic Algae Bloom Crisis Grows, Some Point Finger At Gov. Scott

“Rick Scott has a seven-year record as governor of putting special interests first, and Florida’s environment last. Now that it’s an election year, Floridians know he’ll say or do anything to win their vote — even lie about his record on the toxic algae polluting Florida’s waterways. But they know Rick Scott is to blame,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

News 13: As Florida’s Toxic Algae Bloom Crisis Grows, Some Point Finger At Gov. Scott

By Troy Kinsey | July 9, 2018

“As toxic algae blooms ravage Florida’s coastline for the third consecutive summer, progressive environmentalists are accusing Gov. Rick Scott of contributing to the crisis through his administration’s deregulatory agenda.”
“Throughout his two terms, Scott has sought to foster economic growth by eliminating or curtailing many of the state’s growth management and environmental protection functions.”
“His critics point specifically to the abolition of the Department of Community Affairs and the downsizing […]

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