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POLLING ROUNDUP: DISMAL NUMBERS FOR GOP’S MOST VULNERABLE. New polls out this week show the most vulnerable Republican Senators already starting from behind. Following a poll in Ohio showing Portman starting 9 points behind Ted Strickland, this week’s polls are bad news for Republicans facing an already bleak map in 2016.
With Marco Rubio’s exit from the Florida Senate race, analysts are abandoning the idea that Republicans had an advantage in the competition.
Equal Pay Day – which marks how far into the year women have to work to earn the same as men did in the previous year – serves as a stark reminder that Republicans like Pat Toomey have a long record of opposing measures to help ensure pay equity.
Call it a grand slam. Say he hit for the cycle. Pick any sports reference you like, but one thing is clear – Mark Kirk is on a roll (and not in a good way) with his offensive, over-the-top rhetoric. As he panics at the start of his re-election campaign, he’s working hard to make sure that almost no bloc of voters in Illinois goes un-offended. Here’s a quick look at his most recent inflammatory remarks:
DSCC Executive Director Tom Lopach released the following statement on Florida’s Senate contest becoming an open-seat race after Marco Rubio’s announcement that he will run for President:
SENATE REPUBLICANS CAN’T GOVERN: 100 DAYS LATER EDITION. The Republican-controlled Congress is now nearly 100 days into their new majority with little to show for it. Between driving the Department of Homeland Security to the brink of a shutdown, playing politics with victims of human trafficking and failing to even hold a vote to confirm Loretta Lynch, the GOP is working hard to make sure they don’t keep their majority come 2016. As the Huffington Post reports:
Senator Jon Tester, Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, issued the following statement announcing the committee’s support of Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada:
POLL SHOWS VOTERS IN KEY SENATE STATES DISSAPROVE OF GOP IRAN LETTER. A new poll out from Quinnipiac this week showed voters in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania overwhelmingly believe that the GOP’s reckless decision to sign on to a dangerous letter to Iran that interfered with sensitive negotiations was not appropriate.
Earlier this month, 47 Republican senators signed on to a dangerous letter that undermined sensitive negotiations with Iran all in the name of scoring partisan political points. The senators who signed the letter, including Pat Toomey, were slammed by editorial boards across the country for their reckless decision to play politics with national security.
GOP SENATE DYSFUNCTION RETIRES ONE OF THEIR OWN. The first two months of the Republican-controlled Senate has been nothing short of a disaster. They’ve undermined national security by leading us to the brink of a DHS shutdown, signed a dangerously shortsighted letter to Iran during sensitive negotiations, attacked women’s health at the expense of human trafficking victims and refused to hold a vote to confirm Loretta Lynch.
The GOP Senate’s dysfunction is so bad that it retired a Senator from their own party.
*Similar releases will be sent today targeting Republican Senators in Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Florida, North Carolina and New Hampshire*
As the Senate wrapped up a slew of budget amendment votes Ron Johnson’s priorities were on full display, and now he has to begin the difficult work of trying to explain his indefensible votes to his constituents back home.
Below is just a sampling of where Ron Johnson voted against Wisconsin’s best interests:
DSCC Chair Jon Tester issued the following statement about Harry Reid's announcement and the Nevada Senate race:
TO: Interested Parties
RE: Republicans Hiding On Medicare
As we approach a slew of amendment votes on the budget in the Senate, one thing has been made imminently clear – vulnerable Republican Senators up for re-election in 2016 are running scared from their records of voting to end Medicare as we know it.
What They’re Saying (Or Not Saying) Now
After Ron Johnson explained that the GOP budget strategy is to remain vague and cagey on actual details, it seems he may be warming up to one possible detail – he wants to cut federal student aid.
The DSCC issued the following statement from Communications Director Justin Barasky on Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS’ newest ridiculously false attack ads against Harry Reid & Michael Bennet:
In the new Republican-controlled Senate Budget Committee’s first legislative session last Thursday, Pat Toomey successfully added an amendment that weakens consumer protections by attacking the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The CFPB works to protect Pennsylvanians who are treated unfairly by predatory lenders. Since 2011, the CFPB has fielded just over 13,000 complaints in Pennsylvania.
In the new Republican-controlled Senate Budget Committee’s first legislative session last Thursday, Kelly Ayotte voted for an amendment that weakens consumer protections by attacking the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The CFPB works to protect Granite Staters who are treated unfairly by predatory lenders. Since 2011, the CFPB has fielded over 2,000 complaints in New Hampshire.
After a shocking report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel detailed Ron Johnson’s appalling lack of action after a whistleblower brought complaints about the Tomah VA to his office, Johnson has spent the past two weeks coming up with excuse after excuse to try and explain away his failures. Now, as we enter week 3, will Ron Johnson finally step up and accept responsibility for letting these whistleblower complaints die in a "the equivalent of a Congressional black hole"?
SENATE REPUBLICANS CAN’T GOVERN: HUMAN TRAFFICKING EDITION: It seems we’re given weekly examples of just how irresponsibly Senate Republicans plan on governing this Congress.
As the Budget Committee begins marking up the Republican budget, one thing is already clear – the new majority and Senators like Kelly Ayotte are working as hard as they can to be intentionally vague about how they plan to achieve their savings. Budget Committee member Kelly Ayotte has already been on record supporting the dangerous Ryan budget that would gut Medicare and increases costs for seniors as well as a dangerous plan that would force cuts to Social Security.