5 Minutes of Relief for Dean Heller – And 20 Months of Dodging Nevadans

Dean Heller is breathing a sigh of relief right now — but that feeling will vanish when he has to explain his record to Nevadans. Dean Heller has voted to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act over twenty times — and thanks to this month’s debate over health care, we now know the Republican Party’s replacement: Trumpcare.

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler made the following statement:

“No matter how Dean Heller tries to explain himself, he was always hell bent on stripping health care from Nevadans. This monstrosity of a bill is what he wanted when he fought shoulder-to-shoulder with Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell to vote over 20 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“The more the American people learn, the more they are terrified of Trumpcare. It’s now clear that Trumpcare betrays millions of vulnerable Americans that Trump and Dean Heller promised to help, kicking over 150,000 off their coverage in Nevada to […]

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HellerOnTheRun.com: Dean Heller Hasn’t Held a Public Meeting With His Constituents in Months

Today, American Bridge 21st Century launched a new website, HellerOnTheRun.com, holding Dean Heller accountable for running away from his constituents. Heller hasn’t held a public meeting with his constituents since this Congress began — more than 2 months ago — denying them the opportunity to share their views on Trump’s dangerous agenda.

For a second-by-second look at just how long it’s been since lazy Dean Heller had a public meeting with Nevadans, head to HellerOnTheRun.com.

Statement by American Bridge President Jessica Mackler:

“Dean Heller is running from Nevadans, hiding behind closed doors because he knows he can’t defend his reckless record or Trump’s agenda. Heller would have to own up to voting over 20 times to repeal the Affordable are Act and strip insurance from up to 400,000 Nevadans, and admit he refuses to support an independent investigation into Trump’s dangerous ties to Russia. That’s why […]

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So Lazy Dean Heller Got Caught Trying to Talk About Health Care …

Just a couple days after fundraising off a random guy’s three year-old mean tweet, lazy Dean Heller proved why he’s been in hiding all year. Politico reports that at a closed door meeting, Heller lied to his audience that there has been zero economic growth for the last eight years, recommitted himself to ACA repeal, and mocked Nevadans’ right to health care.

Heller didn’t try to muster up a serious argument about why the Affordable Care Act should be gutted, joking that “I’ve heard a lot of people say that every American has a right to an automobile.”

Heller’s big suggestion for how to improve TrumpCare? Don’t take away Nevadan’s health care after the 2018 election — do it after the 2020 election.

But what’s lazy Dean Heller’s own health care plan? Not even he knows…

Politico: Another key Republican senator knocks GOP Obamacare plan
Nevada Sen. Dean Heller raises numerous objections to the […]

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Sound of Silence: Dean Heller On Ripping Away Health Care from 300,000 Nevadans

Following last night’s release of the House GOP’s attempt to repeal health care that would cut Medicaid expansion for 300,000 Nevadans, we’ve heard nothing but crickets from Sen. Dean Heller. Just last week, Governor Sandoval claimed that he and Sen. Heller were “working together to preserve” coverage, and yet Heller refused to add his name to a letter from Senators that opposed the bill on account of Medicaid expansion.

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler made the following statement:

“Once again, Dean Heller is hiding, staying quiet on a Republican bill that will screw over hundreds of thousands of Nevadans in one fell swoop. This bill would be disastrous for Nevada and Heller’s continued silence proves that he’s a missing-in-action politician that is avoiding doing his job for the people he was elected to represent.”


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​#SpinelessGOP: Vulnerable Senators Heller and Flake Duck and Hide

Heads Buried in the Sand, Flake and Heller Dodge Town Halls

As voters across the country demand public meetings with Republican elected officials, two of the GOP’s most vulnerable Senators, Dean Heller and Jeff Flake, have buried their heads in the sand in hopes that their constituents won’t catch on to Donald Trump and the GOP’s dangerous agenda.

In recent weeks, Heller’s office has been flooded with phone calls from angry constituents, while Flake claims that he’s been “too busy” in Washington to schedule a town hall with voters.

Well, the two Senators are on recess now, and yet both have failed to schedule a single public town hall. It’s time for them to do their jobs.

Statement by American Bridge President Jessica Mackler:

“Americans have tough questions for their elected representatives, from the GOP’s plan to strip 32 million Americans of their health care to Donald […]

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Scared of Town Halls, Dean Heller Hides Behind His Telephone

Dean Heller is running scared — he hasn’t held a town hall in Nevada this year, and hasn’t held a public event in Nevada in weeks.

Instead of defending his embrace of Trump’s dangerous agenda, his staff has refused to even pick up the phone for concerned constituents. Last night Heller came out of hiding to talk to his constituents for the first time in weeks — in a telephone town hall that wasn’t publicly announced, where questions were screened and reporters weren’t invited. “There doesn’t appear to be any effort on the Senator’s part to let constituents know,” a constituent wrote on Facebook.

But judging by the people who were on the line, the results weren’t pretty:

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Joe Heck Sold Out To The Gun Lobby And It’s Costing Him Big League (New Audio)

According to Public Policy Polling, Joe Heck’s opposition to prohibiting terror suspects from purchasing firearms, as well as his opposition to background check legislation, is costing the congressman major support in Nevada. Heck won’t abandon these unpopular positions, however, because the gun lobby is pumping big dollars into his campaign (voters don’t like that either.)

(Full polling memo from PPP here)

The NRA is propping up Heck with a major investment:

And they know what they’re getting in return.

Days after this infusion of cash, Heck visited the NRA-ILA in Reno and thanked the NRA for opposing Nevada’s popular Question 1.

“So thank you, thank you for what you’re doing for the election, for this country, on behalf of the NRA, to defeat Question 1. Uh, I appreciate it. I look forward to coming back up here…”

Heck is putting his own electoral prospects ahead of the will of […]

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Flip-Flop-Flip, Joe Heck Thinks Trump Would Be A “Good Commander In Chief”

Joe Heck will not be remembered for displaying bold leadership after next Tuesday. In a desperate bid to court spurned Donald Trump voters, Heck — in a stunning flip (to add to his previous flop) — described Trump as “qualified to be president” and added he thinks that Trump will make “a good commander in chief.”

“If you meet the constitutional qualifications and you’re selected by the Republican party then you’re qualified to be president.

“I think that Donald Trump will be a good commander in chief.

During Nevada’s only senatorial debate, Heck described his decision to cut ties with Trump as “extremely personal.”  If Heck was so deeply offended by Trump’s description of his proclivity for sexual assault, why is he now returned to praising Trump as qualified to be President and a promising prospect as commander in chief? What happened to Heck’s claim that a […]

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Heck And Trump: From “Completely Supporting” To Secretly Completely Supporting

If the Trump endorsement was too hot, and the disavowal was too cold, Joe Heck is hoping his latest strategy of “I’m not telling” is just right to placate and dupe Nevada voters. But whatever strategy he attempts, Heck can’t shake his months-long embrace of Donald Trump.

Despite his desperate effort to distance himself from Trump (but not too far) two weeks from Election Day, nothing changes the fact that Heck “looked past” Donald Trump’s hateful comments–including Trump’s constant attacks on women, vilification of a Gold Star family, and suggestions that veterans who suffer from PTSD aren’t mentally strong.  Heck was able to “look past” Trump’s portrayal of Mexicans as rapist and criminals, his call to ban all Muslims from the country, and his nonchalant approach to nuclear proliferation for the majority of their respective campaigns. Heck punched his ticket for the Trump Train long ago and that’s a ride […]

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Congressman Joe Heck Must Answer For Trump’s Threats to Democracy

After spending the better part of the week lying about widespread voter fraud, encouraging violence to suppress voter turnout, fearmongering through conspiracy theories and indicating to his supporters that it’s okay to incite violence at polling sites if necessary, Donald Trump continued to threaten the legitimacy of our elections and the stability of our democracy last night when he disgracefully refused to commit to accepting the outcome of the election.

Congressman Joe Heck has no choice but to respond to and condemn Trump’s threats. 

Trump’s threats to incite chaos are beyond the pale, and they aren’t new. Trump has been claiming the election is rigged for months, and Congressman Heck has stuck with him. That a major party nominee is willing to threaten the stability of our democracy because he’s a sore loser is shocking and unprecedented. They can’t be ignored, and Congressman Heck will be complicit in Trump’s threats […]

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