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NYT: GOP SENATE IN “DISARRAY.” This week, the New York Times highlighted the Republican Senate’s dysfunction and failure to handle critical issues like national security. As the Times put it, “as senators raced for the airport on Saturday after a six-week session that ended in disarray, they left behind a wreck of promises made by Mr. McConnell on how a renewed Senate would operate.”
VULNERABLE GOP SENATORS ON DEFENSE OVER TRADE. The Hill reports that vulnerable Republican Senators are feeling the heat over their positions on trade as they head into uphill reelection battles next year.
This week, the VA Office of Inspector General released a plan following an investigation into the problems that have plagued the Tomah VA.
A new shadowy Karl Rove group is back up on the air to defend “three vulnerable Republican Senators in New Hampshire, Ohio and Pennsylvania,” according to USA Today. Below is a statement from DSCC Communications Director Justin Barasky:
FEINGOLD IN: CAST AS “IMMEDIATE FAVORITE” -- “TOP-LEVEL RECRUIT” & “VICTORY FOR NATIONAL DEMOCRATS” Yesterday, Russ Feingold announced his bid for Senate in Wisconsin, setting up big trouble for one of the GOP’s most vulnerable incumbents. Cook Political Report, Sabato’s Crystal Ball and
Mark Kirk’s flailing reelection campaign officially reached panic mode this week, first launching a desperate early ad blitz to distract from his stream of offensive comments, and now, turning to right-wing nut Tom Cotton for help winning reelection in a deep blue state.
Today, the Senate passed a customs enforcement bill aimed at stopping unfair trade practices, cracking down on currency manipulation and closing trade loopholes so that American manufacturers, automakers, and steelworkers can remain competitive in a global marketplace.
Despite the crucial role manufacturing plays in Pennsylvania’s economy, Pat Toomey shamefully voted against protecting the industries that bolster his own state’s economy.
Senator Jon Tester, Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, issued the following statement announcing the committee’s support of Russ Feingold in Wisconsin:
In a move highlighting just how vulnerable Mark Kirk is, the Republican Senator began airing the first TV ad of his reelection campaign today. National Journal’s Alex Roarty points out that the ad blitz is “unusually early… even from a vulnerable incumbent,” but after his first few months on the campaign trail it’s no wonder that Mark Kirk has already hit the panic button.
DSCC Communications Director Justin Barasky released the following statement regarding Karl Rove’s new dark money ads aimed at propping up Senators Kirk, Portman, Burr, Toomey & Ayotte:
Ron Johnson’s weekend town hall is getting national attention for the wrong reasons. At a Marinette town hall an attendee twice referred to President Obama as a “muslim terrorist.” You’d think the vulnerable Johnson, who faces re-election in a state Obama won twice, would at least attempt to tamp down the rhetoric and cool things off, right?
GOP STRUGGLES WITH 2016 MAP. Washington Post released their Senate race rankings this week, outlining the tough map Republicans face as they try and defend their fragile majority. Eight out of the top ten seats and four out of the top five seats ranked most likely to flip are currently held by Republicans.
DSCC Communications Director Justin Barasky released the following statement on Congressman Ron DeSantis’ announcement that he will seek the Republican nomination in the Florida Senate race:
Senator Jon Tester, Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, issued the following statement announcing the committee’s support of Patrick Murphy in Florida:
FLASHBACK FRIDAY: VULNERABLE REPUBLICANS UNDER FIRE FOR ANTI-MINIMUM WAGE PAST. The Hill reports that Democrats are making minimum wage a “primary issue against vulnerable Republican senators up for reelection in 2016.” Ron Johnson, Richard Burr, Chuck Grassley, Rand Paul, Pat Toomey, Kelly Ayotte, Mark Kirk and Roy Blunt have all consistently and callously voted against increasing the minimum wage that would help hardworking families make ends meet.
As Senate Democrats prepare to introduce legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour over the next several years, vulnerable Republican incumbents like Kelly Ayotte will face serious problems defending their previous votes against a minimum wage increase.
As Senate Democrats prepare to introduce legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour over the next several years, vulnerable Republican incumbents like Ron Johnson will face serious problems defending their previous votes against a minimum wage increase.
DSCC DOMINATES NRSC IN Q1 FUNDRAISING. The DSCC outraised the NRSC for the third consecutive month, pulling in $5.26 million in March. The DSCC had its best off-year Q1 in the history of the committee, raising $14 million and outraising the NRSC by a whopping $3 million.
As the Senate considered amendments today on the anti-human trafficking bill, Senator Ron Johnson callously voted to allow homeless and runaway youth who identify as LGBT to be discriminated against. The amendment would improve and reauthorize programs in local communities for grant money, residential services, education and crisis intervention for homeless and runaway youth, and it would prohibit any recipients from discriminating against any youth in need based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Two recent comments from vulnerable Senate Republicans have opened a troubling window into their attitudes towards students working to earn a college degree with the help of student loans. Last month it was Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson implying that students are racking up more loan debt because they spend too much time partying. Now it’s Roy Blunt blaming rising student loan debt on students’ lavish “living standards.”