Republicans Try to Have It Both Ways on Healthcare, Fail Miserably

“Republican Senate candidates are failing miserably in their transparent attempts to have it both ways on Obamacare,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “In spite of their persistent pathetic pandering, this year’s crop of GOP Senate candidates is no exception to the decade-long Republican crusade against affordable healthcare. American voters will voice their disdain for such political antics at the polls this November.”

Politico: GOP’s midterm peril: What if they win on killing Obamacare?
By Burgess Everett | August 17, 2018

“Republican candidates are trying to have it both ways on Obamacare.”
“On one hand, Republicans are still campaigning against the law, arguing a strong election result will allow them one more shot at repealing the Affordable Care Act with GOP majorities in both chambers. And many high-profile Senate GOP candidates support a lawsuit that would scuttle Obamacare if successful in the nation’s courts, a case that will be heard by a federal judge in September.”
“Yet at the same […]

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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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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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Senate Brief: Mike Braun is Shamefully Silent on the Sexual Assault Scandal Rocking Indiana Politics

Week of Monday, July 9, 2018

IN BRIEF: Mike Braun is staying shamefully silent in the face of multiple accusations against Indiana’s Attorney General Curtis Hill of sexual assault and harassment. Numerous prominent Hoosier Republicans have called for his resignation, but despite the allegations, Mike Braun has remained conspicuously silent. To recap:

Attorney General Hill is facing an Indiana inspector general investigation after four women accused him of inappropriately touching them at an Indianapolis bar in March.
Gov. Eric Holcomb, House Speaker Brian Bosma, and Senate leader David Long — all Republicans — have called for Hill’s resignation.
But all the while, Rep. Mike Braun, the top Republican on Indiana’s ballot this year, has said nothing — showing voters that when push comes to shove, he’ll stand with his fellow political insiders rather than doing the right thing.  

ON THE HILL: When will Reps. Kevin Cramer, Martha McSally, Lou Barletta, Marsha Blackburn, and Jim […]

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NEW ADS: GOP’s Toxic Health Care Hypocrisy

Republicans Promised To Protect Coverage For Pre-Existing Conditions — Then Supported A Law That Could Jeopardize Care For Millions
Today, Bridge Project launched a national digital ad campaign targeting Republican Senate candidates after the Trump administration argued that insurance protections for pre-existing conditions are unconstitutional. The administration’s assertion is a result of the tax bill Republicans passed last year that included reducing Obamacare’s individual mandate tax penalty to zero.

The ad campaign, which starts running statewide in targeted races on social media this week, targets Republican Senate candidates in Nevada, Tennessee, Ohio, Missouri, and West Virginia.

Every Republican Congressional incumbent up for reelection or seeking higher office this cycle voted for the Republican tax bill — while promising to protect coverage for pre-existing conditions. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey are co-counsels on the lawsuit that threatens to strip pre-existing condition coverage from millions of Americans.

“Republicans own […]

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VIDEO: Marsha Blackburn Celebrates Her Birthday By Fundraising With Special Interests

Washington insider Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn could have spent her birthday, well, practically anywhere — but she chose to celebrate by collecting big campaign checks from wealthy special interests in the heart of the D.C. swamp.

Yesterday, for the steep price of of $1,500 to $5,000 per person, Washington lobbyists and PACs celebrated Congresswoman Blackburn. Their donations went to a joint fundraising committee benefiting Blackburn’s senate campaign, her leadership PAC, and the NRSC.

Watch Marsha Blackburn walk into her D.C. fundraiser to be celebrated by PACs and lobbyists:

“Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn is such a Washington insider, she even celebrates her birthday with lobbyists and political action committees,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “But it’s no wonder Congresswoman Blackburn isn’t asking Tennesseans for their support — she’s asking her real bosses, the wealthy special interests funding her campaign.”

View the fundraising invitation, which has not been […]

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American Bridge Statement on Senator Corker’s Decision Not To Seek Re-Election

American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp released the following statement in response to Senator Corker’s announcement that he won’t seek re-election in 2018:

“Let’s be clear: Senator Corker retired because he knows 2018 is shaping up to be a disastrous year for Republicans who are careening from one self-inflicted crisis to another. Confronted with an unprecedented rebellion in their own party, and a total failure to govern despite one-party control in Washington, Republicans incumbents are rightfully terrified of facing voters next November. Now, they’re even retiring to avoid accountability from the public.”

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Firm Tied To Potential Trump VP Under Federal Investigation Over Alleged Fraud

A perfect match. A firm with close financial ties to Tennessee Senator Bob Corker is reportedly under federal investigation “for alleged accounting fraud,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

That makes Corker, a potential Donald Trump VP pick, a good fit for a Trump ticket. Why? Because Donald Trump is himself a fraud, and one with a lengthy sketchy business record of his own. And that’s not even getting to Trump’s essentially unprecedented refusal to release his tax returns, which has us all wondering what else he’s hiding.

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Here’s Who Republicans Just Picked To Run Their Governors Association

The Republican Party really wants you to know that they’ve changed. They’ve broadened their appeal. No more war on women. No more out-of-touch super-rich white guys as their standard bearers. So guess who they just picked to run the Republican Governors Association?

Ding ding ding! A super-rich white guy who opposes raising the minimum wage and defunded Planned Parenthood in his state.

Meet Bill Haslam, governor of Tennessee, partial owner of Pilot Flying J — a company under investigation for defrauding customers — and new chair of the RGA. Some things never change.

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American Bridge Launches English/Spanish Websites Linking GOP To Steve King

American Bridge today launched AllSteveKingsMen.com and vocesintolerantes.com (in Spanish), research-based websites demonstrating that Rep. Steve King is the GOP’s leader on immigration reform.

Earlier this week, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) demonstrated just how clueless he is by attempting to fundraise off offensive remarks he made comparing immigrants to dogs (and foolishly linking to American Bridge tracking footage to do so). This was what he deemed an appropriate response to a more recent controversy in which he claimed “For everyone who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds–and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.” Those remarks prompted Speaker John Boehner to argue that King’s comment “does not reflect the values of the American people or the Republican Party.”

Unfortunately, Boehner is only half-correct. While the American people are deeply opposed to the bigotry espoused by King, the Republican caucus is solidly aligned with King’s worldview. Last week, American Bridge released a report showing that when the House votes on immigration legislation, the majority of King’s Republican colleagues follow his lead 9 out of 10 times. And today, American Bridge launched AllSteveKingsMen.com to show voters that the Republican Party has plenty of followers of King’s extreme anti-immigrant rhetoric.

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