No Staff Changes Will Clean Up Rauner’s Mess

Governor Rauner’s staff are “dropping like flies,” with a total of 20 staff members out after the legislature over-rode his budget veto, a devastating political blow for the governor on the eve of an election year. And this week, Rauner’s ‘body man,’ who had a history of racist and homophobic tweets was fired, despite the fact that his behavior isn’t so far off from past staff members, one of whom beat up a man, punched two women, and drug a third by her hair through a parking lot (all in one night, no less).

A staff shakeup won’t change Rauner’s disastrous leadership. There’s a reason he’s one of theleast popular governors in the country – because he’s ineffective.

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“When Bruce Rauner doesn’t get […]

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Rauner Veto: Economic Destruction Over Solvency

It has been over two years since Illinois had a budget. The state is just days away from having its credit downgraded AGAIN – this time, to “junk bond” status, a title no state has ever received. Just days away from running out of funding altogether – for schools, transportation, infrastructure, and social services – the legislature came together and passed a budget to get Illinois’s economy moving again. The only thing left was a signature from Governor Bruce Rauner, but it never came.

Not only did Governor Rauner veto the budget, but today, he actually instructed the legislature not to override his veto.

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“Rauner doesn’t care about Illinois or solving problems for the people of Illinois. Instead of signing a budget that would save Illinois from falling off a financial cliff, Gov. Rauner chose forced layoffs at universities, […]

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Missing Backbone: Gov. Rauner Complicit on Dangerous TrumpCare

The Congressional Budget Office finally released the non-partisan scoring of the newest TrumpCare plan.  Not only will this bill rip away health care coverage from 22 million Americans, it will also cause insurance premiums for those with chronic conditions to skyrocket, and slash funding for Medicaid.

Gov. Rauner has previously said he’d work with a bipartisan group of Governors to oppose TrumpCare’s cuts to Medicaid, but his name was missing entirely from a bipartisan letter  from governors that came out earlier this month.  He’s clearly hiding from this disastrous bill that would leave Illinois families paying more for less coverage and roll back efforts to fight the opioid epidemic… all for a few tax breaks for the wealthiest few.

State Waivers For Cutting Benefits: The new TrumpCare bill allows states to obtain a waiver to drop protections of essential health benefits like maternity care […]

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Rauner Hammered By Local Press For Silence On Mean-Spirited Health Bill

As Rauner continues to shirk his responsibility to Illinois by staying silent on the health care bill that could ravage the state’s Medicaid rolls, he gets hammered by editorials and columns. The bill shifts much of the rule-setting of health insurance to the states, which means that Rauner himself would have a lot of say in how Illinois enacts the reforms… just with less money this time. The bill has been described as “wrong-headed,” stripping Medicaid funds from the state, putting more strain on hospitals and the state’s budget… if that even existed.

And yet “Rauner is AWOL,” as the Chicago Sun Times summed up. Rauner has been slammed as abdicating his responsibility, “disappointing in his reluctance to take a firm stand,” and failing to fight for his state.

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“True to form, Governor Rauner has refused to stand up for […]

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Representatives Randy Hultgren, Adam Kinzinger, and Peter Roskam Brace to Threaten Health Coverage for Illinoisans with Trumpcare Vote

The Trump Administration and Republicans in the House of Representatives are rushing a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act this week and replace it with Trumpcare, which would devastate families in Illinois and across America. And U.S. Representatives Randy Hultgren, Adam Kinzinger, and Peter Roskam are right there with them, jeopardizing health insurance and the wellbeing of people across Illinois.

“There are very few votes that define someone’s values like this one will.  Representatives Hultgren, Kinzinger, and Roskam should do the right thing and oppose this reckless, partisan attack on people across Illinois.  This bill will kick millions off of their insurance, needlessly bails out big insurance companies, and strips nearly $1 trillion from healthcare funding, all in order to cut taxes for the rich.  If they  vote for it, they should fully expect to be held accountable by their constituents,” said American Bridge Vice President […]

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Bruce Rauner is taking Illinois down with him

In Morning Consult’s new rankings of governors, Governor Rauner ranks in the top ten of governors with the highest disapproval rating, adding yet another poll to the heap that show voters are unhappy with his failed leadership.

“It’s no wonder Gov. Rauner’s popularity is tanking as badly as Illinois’ credit ratings,” said American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price. “While Rauner is taking Illinois down with him, Illinois voters are stuck with the results of his failed record: lost jobs and a public school funding disaster. ”

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Surprise! Mark Kirk Is Still Saying Racist Things.

I had forgotten that your parents came all the way from Thailand to serve George Washington,” Senator Mark Kirk sneeringly commented after Rep. Tammy Duckworth recounted her family’s long history of military service at last night’s Illinois Senate debate.

It was shocking, but unsurprising. Mark Kirk has been saying racist and offensive things for years, so it’s no wonder Kirk for months stood by Donald Trump’s own racism. Kirk could no doubt empathize with the backlash Trump has deservedly faced for his offensive rhetoric and policy ideas. Over the years, Kirk has:

Commented “we drive faster” when going through black communities;
Said President Obama was “acting like the drug dealer in chief“; 
Proposed shipping condoms to Mexico in hopes of achieving “a slower rate of growth [which] would also reduce the long-term illegal immigration on America’s borders“;
Claimed a letter sent toe […]

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Mark Kirk Enabled Trump’s Xenophobia, Misogyny, And Racism For 12 Months

Though Donald Trump will still be on top his ticket this fall, Senator Mark Kirk has reversed course on supporting Trump, saying he “cannot and will not support” Trump.

Life comes at you fast.

In May, Kirk called Trump “a net benefit” for his campaign. And until this afternoon, Kirk had repeatedly insisted he’d back Trump.

Now, after Trump’s racist attacks on Judge Gonzalo Curiel, Kirk says Trump lacks “the temperament” to be commander in chief. Kirk is absolutely right, but here’s what he didn’t find disqualifying:

Trump joking about having called women “fat pigs”
Trump calling for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S.
Trump calling immigrants “rapists” who are “bringing drugs” and “crime”
Trump mocking a reporter with a disability
Trump insulting Sen. John McCain and American prisoners of war
Trump pledging to bring back waterboarding and “a hell of a lot […]

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Hey, Senator Mark Kirk, it’s not that hard…

If the highest ranking elected Republican in the United States can do it, why can’t Senator Mark Kirk? Today, Speaker Paul Ryan rebuffed Donald Trump as the GOP nominee.

“While it remains to be seen if the speaker will join the droves of #EventuallyTrump Republicans, Ryan made one thing clear: it’s not that hard to denounce Donald Trump,” said American Bridge President Jessica Mackler. “Senator Mark Kirk should join Ryan in recognizing Trump for what he really is: a xenophobic bigot whose policies put our democracy — and the senator’s re-election — in jeopardy.”

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