Schuette Again Gives Lip Service to Flint Victims While Working to Deny Them Justice

Possible FBI suspect and GOP candidate for Michigan Governor Bill Schuette went on a radio show yesterday to say the Flint investigation “is all about justice.” But while Schuette pays lip service to Flint victims and their families, his record as Attorney General tells a different story.

Schuette sought to exclude the state from class action lawsuits seeking damages for thousands of Flint residents. Schuette and his cronies attempted to have the suits dismissed by claiming that the state had immunity under the constitution, the plaintiffs missed the statute of limitations, Flint’s emergency managers were not state employees, and by claiming there is no constitutional right to clean water. In other words: Schuette tried to find every excuse under the sun to deny Flint victims justice.

“When he isn’t using state employees as his own personal real estate agents, Bill Schuette is actively trying to stop Flint victims from […]

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Trump Campaign Tries to Bail Out Bill Schuette After He’s Caught Lying About Assets, Use of State Employees for Personal Business Deals

This morning, the Trump campaign released an endorsement for Bill Schuette for Michigan Governor, which struck many as confusing considering the President himself endorsed Schuette months ago. But if you watched Schuette’s performance at a debate hosted by the Michigan Press Association yesterday, Schuette recycling an eight month old endorsement to try to change the subject makes all the sense in the world.

At the debate, Schuette got caught lying about his assets in the Virgin Islands. Schuette not only misled Michigan voters about his assets being in a blind trust (they weren’t), he also used state employees to notarize his personal business deals.

“After Bill Schuette was caught red-handed lying about his assets yesterday, his campaign hit the panic button and rehashed an endorsement that they already announced months ago,” said American Bridge spokesperson Zach Hudson. “Michigan voters already know Bill Schuette is Donald Trump’s candidate and that he […]

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NEW AD: Why Won’t Fred Upton Stand Up To Scott Pruitt?

Today, American Bridge is launching a new digital ad that exposes incumbent Michigan Congressman Fred Upton’s (R-MI) failure to protect his constituents from Scott Pruitt’s corruption.

The ad will run on social media in Michigan, targeted to midterm voters. The 30-second video asks: “Why is Congressman Fred Upton afraid to fight for us?” and urges voters to call Upton’s Capitol Hill office to demand he stand up to Scott Pruitt.

Other members of Michigan’s congressional delegation have already called for Pruitt to resign.

“Despite the unprecedented corruption that Scott Pruitt has been caught engaging in at the EPA,Upton is afraid to stand up to him – and Michiganders are paying the price for it,” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates. “It’s time for Upton to put blind partisanship aside and put what’s right for Michigan first.”

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NEW ADS: Why Won’t GOP House and Senate Candidates Stand Up To Scott Pruitt?

Today, American Bridge is launching a series of new digital ads that expose Republican House and Senate candidates’ failure to protect their constituents from Scott Pruitt’s corruption.

The ads will run on social media, targeting Florida Senate candidate Rick Scott, Nevada Senator Dean Heller, Pennsylvania Senate candidate Lou Barletta, Arizona Senate candidate Martha McSally, Ohio Senate candidate Jim Renacci, Congressman Tom MacArthur (NJ-03), and Congressman Fred Upton (MI-06). The 30-second video urges voters to call the lawmakers’ offices to demand they stand up to Scott Pruitt.

“In his brief tenure as EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt has undertaken a relentless and unprecedented campaign of corruption,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “Republican House and Senate candidates have refused to stand up to him — at the expense of millions in taxpayer dollars. Voters deserve to know why Republican candidates are standing with Swamp Creature Pruitt over their interests.”

 

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Why is Gov. […]

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Constituents Demand GOP Reps. & Sens. Back Independent Commission on Trump/Russia Scandal

Voters are heading to town hall events across the country to demand their members of Congress support an independent commission or special prosecutor to investigate the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. The demands follow Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, a transparently political maneuver designed to obstruct the Bureau’s ongoing investigation. 

Voters want to know: As Congress heads back into session this week, will their Representative take a stand against Trump’s abuses of power and endorse an independent commission or special prosecutor?

Iowa

Rep. Rod Blum (IA-01)

WATCH: “Are you [inaudible] to call for an independent counsel? [Applause].”

WATCH: “Real simple question for you: today, at 4:30, Donald J. Trump fired the director of the FBI. I want you to tell me, will you help [inaudible] voice the need for a special prosecutor? [Applause].”

Michigan

Rep. Tim Walberg (MI-07)

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Representatives Upton and Amash Brace to Threaten Health Coverage for Michiganders 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 Michigan and across America. And U.S. Representatives Fred Upton and Justin Amash are right there with them, jeopardizing health insurance and the wellbeing of people across Michigan.

“There are very few votes that define someone’s values like this one will.  Representatives Upton and Amash should do the right thing and oppose this reckless, partisan attack on people across Michigan.  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 Shripal Shah.

Nationally, the […]

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Senate GOP Recruitment Stalls in Trump’s First 100 Days

“Potential GOP candidates…are afraid of walking into a buzz saw.” – Politico

Four months into the 2018 campaign for U.S. Senate, Senate Republicans have almost no recruitment successes and plenty of failures. Politico reports that potential candidates “are afraid of walking into a buzz saw” as Donald Trump’s popularity sinks to historic lows.

“The Senate GOP is failing to recruit quality candidates — or almost any candidates — and Republicans only have themselves to blame,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “From stripping 26 million Americans of health care to gutting environmental protections, the GOP agenda would hurt working families, especially those who Trump and Republicans claim they want to help. Small wonder Republican’s best candidates are taking a dive, rather than face the voters in 2018.”

Take a look at the headlines Senate Republicans are earning as they fail to find candidates willing hitch their wagon to Washington Republicans in 2018…

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New Bridge Project Trumpcare Ad Spotlights Trump Breaking His Promises

In advance of the House Trumpcare vote, Bridge Project is releasing a new digital ad that blasts Donald Trump for violating health care promises he made to the American people on the campaign trail.

This ad, “Was Anything He Said Not a Lie?” contrasts the assurances Donald Trump made to voters – that he would deliver better, cheaper health care for “everybody” – with the consensus among independent experts that Trumpcare would take health insurance away from tens of millions of Americans, as well as make health care costs spike for working and middle class families, seniors, and rural Americans.

The ad also highlights that many assessments show Trumpcare would disproportionately harm his own supporters – and shows Trump acknowledging this.

“Trumpcare betrays millions upon millions of vulnerable Americans that Donald Trump pledged he would help. This plan would kick millions off of their coverage – even more so than if Republicans simply repealed […]

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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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Trump Attacks Flint Pastor, Lies About Being Booed

This morning, Trump took to Fox and Friends to attack the Flint pastor who yesterday invited him to speak to her church congregation about the Flint water crisis:

She was so nervous, she was like a nervous mess.”

Trump, as is his custom, also found time in the interview to flat-out lie, claiming, “The audience was saying, ‘Let him speak, let him speak,’ the audience was so great” — a claim directly contradicted by an NPR reporter in the room at the time, who reports that the congregation was, in actuality, booing Trump.

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The Detroit News: Trump hits back: Flint pastor was a ‘nervous mess’

NPR: Trump Criticizes Flint Pastor — But Misstates Key Facts About Their Encounter

Washington Post: Trump calls Flint pastor ‘a nervous mess,’ accuses her of planning to interrupt him

New York Times: Donald Trump, Interrupted. He Calls […]

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