ANALYSIS: Turns Out Graham-Cassidy-Heller is the Worst Health Care Plan of All

Graham-Cassidy-Heller would cause “immediate, disproportionate harm”
and “radically restructure and deeply cut Medicaid.”
– Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Analysis

Dean Heller’s favorite health care plan, Graham-Cassidy-Heller, would decimate health care for hundreds of thousands of Nevadans and break every promise he made to his constituents about protecting their health care.

Heller endorsed Graham-Cassidy, calling it “the best way to go” and pushing it at the White House with Donald Trump.

Heller’s office told the Nevada Independent that “that the proposal would result in Nevada receiving more funding for Medicaid than it currently does under the Affordable Care Act.”

Today the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a new study about Graham-Cassidy-Heller, exposing just how devastating Heller’s plan would be for Nevada:

“The plan would eliminate the ACA’s marketplace subsidies and enhanced matching rate for the Medicaid expansion, replacing them with an inadequate block grant whose […]

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KKKan You Believe David Duke Loves Trump?

At last night’s Louisiana Senate debate, Trump supporter and former KKK leader David Duke went off on an angry rant that not only echoed Trump campaign talking points, but also concluded with Duke favorably comparing himself to Trump (claiming that the two are both unfairly maligned by the media).

Oh, and then Duke promised to be Trump’s “most loyal advocate,” should he make it to the Senate.

David Duke doesn’t just like Trump, he actually seems something of himself in the Republican Party’s birther in chief. So much so, that Duke sincerely believes Trump listens to his radio show and even reads his books.

But is it any wonder that a former KKK leader is enamored with Trump, who’s called for racial profiling, a Muslim ban, and the forcible deportation of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States?

More on Duke’s performance at last night’s Louisiana […]

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GOP Threatens Government Shutdown Rather Than Provide Clean Water & Flood Relief

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement in response to this afternoon’s Senate votes:

“Republicans are threatening to shutdown the government rather than provide clean water to familiies in Flint, Michigan, or offer flood relief to Louisianans who lost their homes and belongings only weeks ago. The GOP continues to prove they can’t get the job done when they’re in charge, adding to the burden on American families in order to play politics with women’s health care. Americans are sick of the Trumpian bullying. There’s no chance of redemption for the vulnerable GOP senators as they attempt to fight for re-election after threating to close the government (again) and voting to hurt working families.”

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Credibility Counts And Other Lessons From Louisiana


TO:                 Interested Parties
FROM:           Jessica Mackler, President, American Bridge 21st Century
RE:                 Credibility Counts And Other Lessons From Louisiana
DATE:            November 21, 2015

Louisianaians have spoken. A Democrat will now take the helm as The Bayou State’s new governor, and ahead of 2016 elections, Republicans should take notice. The GOP has often thought they possessed strength on national security, but what should be learned from Louisiana is that credibility counts on national security.

Going in to the open primary pundits, pollsters, and political watchers assumed Vitter would be Louisiana’s next governor despite his past indiscretions. After trailing in a the polls and with national security fresh in the minds of Americans, again Vitter was believed to pull out a win . After his national security credentials were tested, not even David Vitter wanted to be the one talking about terrorists or using […]

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NOT THE ONION: Vitter’s Election Eve Spent At Men’s Only Event

Senator Serious Sin is at it again. Tonight, David Vitter will join the “Real Men” conference in Gonzales. According to its website, the conference explicitly doesn’t allow women to attend.

No, seriously. And there’s more…. The “Real Men” will hear from another guy who had an affair and was forced to resign. Really…. who thought this was a good idea?

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The Advocate: How John Bel Edwards, David Vitter will spend election eve

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Vitter Skipped Syria Hearings, Biological Warfare Hearing


For immediate release:
November 16th, 2015


 Vitter Skipped Syria Hearings, Biological Warfare Hearing


American Bridge 21st Century Communications Director Ben Ray released the following statement in response to Vitter’s statement on Syria in tonight’s Louisiana governor’s debate:


“While David Vitter is posturing about Syria, he doesn’t want you to know about his lack of attendance on Syria hearings or that he missed a hearing on biological warfare on the same day he called the DC Madam prostitute service. Named one of the least effective members of the Senate, it’s clear: Louisiana can’t trust David Vitter  — he’s too busy chasing call girls and lying to Louisiana.”

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Vitter’s “Hands-On” Approach Not Working: DC Madam Calls, Missed Syria Hearings

David Vitter wants to talk foreign affairs? We wouldn’t recommend that if we were on his team:

1. Vitter missed a hearing on biological warfare on the same day he was on the phone with the DC Madam.

2. Vitter missed every Senate Armed Service Committee Hearing on Syria.

Probably not the “hands on” approach Vitter was referring to. Whether it’s Vitter’s Senate record or his phone records, one thing is clear: Louisiana can’t trust David Vitter. 

Read more: The Other Time David Vitter Put Prostitutes Over Patriots

Bob Mann Blog: Vitter absent from all U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee hearings on Syria, 2012-14

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American Bridge President Statement On Vitter’s Bizarre Encounter

American Bridge 21st Century President Jessica Mackler released the following statement on David Vitter’s desperate attempts to distract from his scandals:


“David Vitter still hasn’t come clean on his ‘serious sin’ so it’s no wonder he’s trying to lie and cheat his way out of his spying scandal, too. We’re releasing the video of his bizarre encounter with our tracker last night to show just how desperate he is to do anything other than own up to his spying scandal.”

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NEW VIDEO — Vitter Hypocrisy Alert: Common Core

Sen. David Vitter made headlines yesterday when he announced his new-found distaste for Common Core standards. The flip-flop by Vitter constitutes a transparent attempt to pander to the right ahead of his gubernatorial primary, proving his political compass is as unsteady as his moral one. Luckily for the voters, they can take a look at just how empty his new course reversal really is — here are just a few highlights of Vitter defending Common Core:

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Bill Cassidy Blatantly Lies About Voting Against VA Medical Center

Listen to it for yourself — this is a direct quote from Rep. Bill Cassidy:

“Well first, I chuckle when Senator Landrieu, for example, says I voted against the VA hospital in New Orleans. I wasn’t in Congress when the VA hospital was voted on. I’m not sure if it’s a half-truth, I think it’s a lie.”

There is only one person lying, and it’s Bill Cassidy. No, he wasn’t in the United States House of Representatives at the time. Neither was the bill. It was a state legislative bill in Louisiana when Cassidy was a Louisiana State Senator. He voted against it. There isn’t much more to it.

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