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REPUBLICANS HAVE A DONALD TRUMP PROBLEM. With Donald Trump leading the polls and vulnerable GOP Senators praising Trump and his candidacy, Republicans are growing increasingly nervous that Trump will hurt the GOP’s already slim chances of maintaining their fragile majority.
Vulnerable Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson has a terrible record on the minimum wage – from calling it “Russian roulette for the working poor” to referring to proposals to raise it as “disturbing,” Johnson has made his position on raising the minimum wage abundantly clear.
As Richard Burr’s poll numbers plummet he’s trying a new strategy – latching on to GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump. Last week, Burr told WNCN that he was “delighted” in Trump’s candidacy and noted that Trump has approached issues with “common sense.”
ANOTHER FUNDRAISING WIN FOR THE DSCC OVER OUR NRSC FRIENDS. The DSCC outraised the NRSC again in July, raising $3.7 million and reporting $9.2 million cash-on-hand. Despite being in the minority, the DSCC continues to report record-breaking fundraising numbers and has outraised the NRSC in 5 out of 7 months in 2015. The DSCC has outraised the NRSC on the cycle by nearly $3.6 million.
USA Today is reporting that the right wing special interest group Club for Growth “is planning to inject at least $2.5 million into the Wisconsin Senate race to help Republican Sen. Ron Johnson.” Johnson's vulnerability has so far led him to refuse to accept Russ Feingold’s Badger Pledge that would keep outside spending from groups like the Club for Growth out of Wisconsin.
On the heels of a massive new $1.4 million ad buy from the Koch brothers, DSCC Communications Director Justin Barasky released the following statement on the unprecedented level of spending aimed at propping up vulnerable Senator Rob Portman:
NATIONAL JOURNAL SENATE RANKINGS SHOW DEMS WELL POSITIONED TO WIN MAJORITY. National Journal released their latest ranking of the Senate seats most likely to flip parties in 2016 – with eight out of the top ten seats currently held by Republicans:
Ron Johnson has already voted multiple times to defund Planned Parenthood and deprive millions of women the access they need to lifesaving cancer screenings and preventive care, and repeatedly voted for the irresponsible 2013 government shutdown. That's why we it wasn't surprising to hear Johnson leave the door open to shutting down the government over Planned Parenthood.
WATCH Johnson refuse to say that he would oppose a shutdown aimed at defunding Planned Parenthood, suggesting we need to draw a “bright red line” on funding:
Tomorrow is the 2 month anniversary of Ron Johnson refusing to accept Russ Feingold’s proposed “Badger Pledge” to keep outside money out of the Wisconsin Senate race. As Johnson continues to dodge the numerous questions still looming over his shady 2010 campaign finance scheme, he’s avoided the subject of campaign finance altogether.
Last week Republican Senators across the country voted to defund Planned Parenthood and limit women’s access to safe and affordable healthcare. Since then, numerous Republicans have come out in favor of shutting down the government including John McCain, Rand Paul, and every single GOP presidential candidate. As a result, the DSCC is launching the “GOP SHUTDOWN WATCH” campaign to highlight Republican Senators who are attacking women’s health and leading us to a shutdown.
The VA Office of the Inspector General has released a report after conducting an investigation into the circumstances at the Tomah VA. With the release of the report, it’s worth remembering Ron Johnson’s attempts to point fingers, shift responsibility and avoid all accountability for the role he and his office played in letting Tomah whistleblower complaints die in “the equivalent of a congressional black hole.”
Here’s a look back at Johnson’s irresponsible behavior and refusal to take responsibility:
As New Hampshire continues to battle a heroin epidemic, Senator Kelly Ayotte has refused to stand up against Senate Republicans’ proposal to cut more than $150 million in federal funding for drug abuse treatment and prevention.
Senator Ayotte admitted that the hyper-partisan Republican budget she voted for in March requires “hard choices,” and now it’s clear that includes deep cuts that will hurt New Hampshire’s efforts to combat the heroin epidemic.
In an attempt to distract from Kelly Ayotte's vote to attack women’s healthcare the Koch Brothers have reared their ugly heads in New Hampshire with a massive buy that brings TV spending on Ayotte’s behalf to a whopping $2.7 million. Below is a statement from DSCC Communications Director Justin Barasky:
The Hill reports that Ron Johnson has been hit with a Senate Ethics complaint over his clear violation of an ethics rule that prohibits members of Congress from using official, taxpayer-funded resources for campaign purposes. The American Democracy Legal Fund filed the complaint earlier this week, and it can be viewed here.
*Similar releases will be sent today targeting Republican senators and candidates in New Hampshire, Missouri, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Arizona, Pennsylvania and Nevada.
As Republicans shamefully voted to limit women’s access to safe and affordable health care last night, it’s no surprise that Senator Ayotte joined other vulnerable Republicans up for re-election given her history of repeatedly attacking a women’s right to safe and affordable health care by voting to defund Planned Parenthood.
Senator Ayotte has previously voted to defund Planned Parenthood, which provides safe, affordable access to health care for 2.7 million patients annually – including over 14,000 Granite Staters.
In yet another mean-spirited attack on women’s health by the Republican controlled Senate, Senator Ayotte joined numerous GOP Senators in votingtonight to defund Planned Parenthood, despite the fact that this organization provides safe, affordable access to health care for 2.7 million patients annually.
This morning Ron Johnson’s D.C. allies launched a desperate and hypocritical campaign to distract voters from Johnson’s shady campaign finance history of financing his 2010 campaign with corporate dollars and refusing to disavow outside money. In fact, this week marks nearly two months since Russ Feingold proposed the “Badger Pledge” to keep outside money out of the Wisconsin Senate race – and nearly two full months of silence from Ron Johnson as he tries to outrun questions about his shady 2010 campaign finance scheme.