GOP Senate Candidates Pick Trump’s Team in Trade War — Leaving Behind Their Voters

“Republicans’ blind loyalty to Trump is directly harming farmers, workers, and small businesses across the country, and they’re fooling themselves if they think voters aren’t taking note,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “Siding with Trump at the expense of their states will cost each and every single one of these Republicans come November.”

Washington Post: The Finance 202: Republican candidates in key Senate races struggle with Trump tariffs
By Tory Newmyer | July 5, 2018

“The imminent trade war and its tariffs on everything from soybeans to pork threatens to emerge as a critical issue in Senate battlegroundraces the GOP needs to protect its majority this fall.”
“Nowhere is the squeeze between Trump and his trade policies more evident than in North Dakota…’We’re not starting a trade war, but we’ll finish it,’ Trump said last week at a rally in Fargo, as…Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), looked on. The next […]

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Mega-Donor Uihleins Are Spending Big To “Spawn, Nurture and Deliver” Kevin Nicholson

Kevin Nicholson’s top patrons are bigoted billionaires
seeking to “bend the world their way”

NYT: The Most Powerful Conservative Couple You’ve Never Heard Of

By Stephanie Saul and Danny Hakim | June 7, 2018

Meet Illinois-based mega-donors Liz and Dick Uihlein, who “want to bend the world their way.”
Liz and Dick are what you might call eccentric billionaires. Or racists: “Mrs. Uihlein purchased [a hotel] amid widespread rumors in the town that a Pakistani buyer was interested.” According to an email from Liz Uihlein to the Chamber of Commerce: “‘I bought the motel as a defensive move for Manitowish Waters because the owner … was going to sell to what several of us, including the Mayor, thought was not in the best interests of the town.’”
While Liz Uihlein “protected” the couple’s summer town, Dick “immersed himself in hyperlocal politics touching on race and social issues.”
“Opposing gay and transgender rights was frequently a […]

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Senate Brief: GOP Gone Wild

Week of Monday, May 21

IN BRIEF: Dysfunction reigns supreme across Republican Senate campaigns. From lackluster performances by party leadership’s hand-picked candidates to infighting still plaguing GOP ranks, the prospect of a strong Senate map isn’t looking so assured for national Republicans.

A week after the Pennsylvania Senate primary, GOP candidate Rep. Lou Barletta’s campaign came under fire – from fellow Republicans –  as “lackadaisical” and “disorganized.”

According to the Washington Examiner, senior Republicans raised red flags about Barletta, even after he won the GOP primary with the last minute addition of a robocall from President Trump.
One Republican strategist said of Barletta: “the sense is, nobody knows what the fuck he’s doing.”

Meanwhile, Nevada’s Dean Heller just can’t seem to do anything right.

Reporting from the Nevada Independent found that in spite of bragging about the bacon he’d bring home to Nevada as chairman of two Senate subcommittees, Heller never convened a single […]

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QUICK CLIP: Nicholson & Vukmir Scandals Overshadow Wisconsin GOP Convention

The Republican Party of Wisconsin held their annual convention this weekend, ostensibly to bestow a candidate for U.S. Senate with the party’s endorsement. But what should have been a moment for party unity turned nasty under the shadow of scandals plaguing the two Senate frontrunners.

Milwaukee’s WITI was on the scene as Leah Vukmir won the party’s endorsement with 72% of the vote. But Vukmir’s victory was short lived as the controversy over a campaign release in which she compared U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin to a terrorist persisted. Meanwhile, Kevin Nicholson’s shameful attacks on veterans took the air out of his campaign’s feigned apathy about his convention defeat.

Rather than heading into the remainder of the primary united, Wisconsin Republicans will be increasingly forced to reckon with an uninspiring slate of Senate candidates. U.S. Senator Ron Johnson said it best: “I’m just pointing out the history — where we’ve had a knock-down drag-out primary, […]

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Senate Brief: Wisconsin Republicans’ Race to the Bottom Reaches New Lows

Week of Monday, May 14

IN BRIEF: What the hell is going on in Wisconsin? Leah Vukmir officially received her party’s endorsement for U.S. Senate this weekend at the Wisconsin Republican Convention, but this primary is far from over — and both candidates are increasingly embroiled in controversies of their own making.

Losing the party’s endorsement must have been the cherry on top of a horrible week for Kevin Nicholson.

It was a landslide: Vukmir took the convention by 72%.
Grassroots Wisconsin Republicans rallied behind Vukmir, while “Nicholson remains powered by millions of dollars in spending from groups and individuals outside Wisconsin.”

Nicholson continues to face backlash on all sides after nearly two weeks of attacks against veterans, during which he’s refused to back down on questioning the “cognitive thought process” of veterans who vote for Democrats.

Here’s a handy highlight reel of Nicholson’s anti-veterans media […]

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🚮: Leah Vukmir Stands by News Release Picturing Tammy Baldwin As Member of “Team Terrorists”

“After Kevin Nicholson’s week of attacking veterans, Leah Vukmir apparently decided she needed to step up her game,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “Vukmir’s outrageous release labeling Tammy Baldwin a member of ‘Team Terrorists’ has firmly solidified the Wisconsin Republican Senate primary as a race to the bottom. Both candidates are in a tailspin of their own making, and even Wisconsin’s Republican leaders are taking notice.”

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Leah Vukmir stands by news release picturing Tammy Baldwin as member of ‘Team Terrorists’
By Bill Glauber | May 10, 2018

“Leah Vukmir isn’t backing down from a news release issued this week by her campaign that labeled Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin as a member of ‘Team Terrorists.’”
“The news release included pictures of Vukmir and CIA nominee Gina Haspel as members of ‘Team America’ while Baldwin was labeled a member of ‘Team Terrorists.’ Baldwin’s photo was paired with an image of Khalid […]

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HIGHLIGHT REEL: Kevin Nicholson’s No Good, Very Bad Week

Another week comes to a close, but the end of Kevin Nicholson’s veterans controversy is nowhere in sight. Nicholson spent the past week doubling, then tripling down on his attacks on Democratic veterans, and Wisconsin TV reported on every minute of it.

“We’re sure Kevin Nicholson is closely tracking his mentions on local TV,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “So we took the liberty of compiling a highlight reel of his appearances over the past week. From his initial insults against veterans, to his stubborn — and ongoing — refusal to back down, Nicholson has really made a week of it. It’s too bad Wisconsinites are seeing him for what he is: a politician so terrified of his liberal past that he’d rather insult key constituencies than be exposed as a former Democrat.”

WATCH Kevin Nicholson’s no good, very bad week highlighted on Wisconsin TV:

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QUICK CLIP: Wisconsin Veterans Slam Nicholson for Continued Attacks Against Vets

Over a week after Wisconsin Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson offended former servicemembers across the state by questioning the “cognitive thought process” of Democratic veterans, Nicholson has refused to back down. He’s standing strongly behind his disparaging remarks, calling the controversy a “distraction from the real issues” — and even attacking veterans who have spoken up for “faking outrage.”

Wisconsin veterans have demanded Nicholson apologize, and local media is taking note. This morning, Milwaukee’s WDJT and La Crosse’s WQOW both featured veterans responding to Nicholson. Here’s what they had to say:

“We all served. We’re all patriots. We all believe in this country and signed up for a lot of the same reasons, and it’s really disappointing to me that somebody would accuse us, or I guess not accuse, but call us dumb, basically. It’s insulting to me.”
“For him to criticize my son in the National Guard, because Nicholson wants to make a few political […]

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Days Before The Republican Convention, Kevin Nicholson’s Relentless Self-Sabotage Has His Campaign Sputtering

Wisconsin Senate hopeful Kevin Nicholson is so thin-skinned about charges of political opportunism, he’s lashing out in ways guaranteed to alienate Wisconsinites. Last week’s scandal about his anti-veteran comments is still burning, with Nicholson stubbornly rejecting calls to apologize – even from his fellow veterans.

This is hardly Nicholson’s first unforced political error. Today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reminds readers:

“Last fall, he was chided by House Speaker Paul Ryan’s political operation and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner and was reprimanded by former Lt. Gov. Margaret Farrow, an honorary chair of Vukmir’s campaign” after Nicholson criticized Speaker Ryan’s lukewarm support of President Trump.

Then, “After initially touting an endorsement from former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and the Great America PAC, he backed away and claimed it as an endorsement from Ed Rollins, an adviser to former President Ronald Reagan.”

Meanwhile, PolitiFact called out Nicholson on Friday for falsely claiming his […]

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QUICK CLIP: Nicholson Digs Himself Deeper Into Controversy Over Democratic Veterans Comments

GOP Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson hasn’t let criticism from fellow Republicans or veterans slow him down. A week after he first questioned the “cognitive thought process” of Democratic veterans, Nicholson has “refused to back down” from his comments, as misguided and unpopular as they are.

“In his desperate rush to prove he’s a bonafide Republican, Kevin Nicholson has managed to alienate both major Republican leaders and Wisconsin veterans,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “Nicholson’s had ample chance to repudiate his offensive remarks – instead, he just keeps digging himself deeper in an effort to renounce his former party identification.”

Watch Milwaukee’s WITI report on the continued controversy:

Watch the full clip here.

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