In the States: On Tax Day, Republicans Under Fire for Plan to Raise Taxes

19 Apr

On Tax Day yesterday, Americans in battleground states saw a consistent theme in their local headlines – Republicans want to raise taxes. Republicans’ plan could raise taxes on more than half of the country – including seniors, service members, and many working Americans.

Here’s a look at what they’re reading about Republicans’ tax plan in battleground states:

In Florida: Palm Beach Post Op-Ed: Rick Scott tax plan bad news for retirees

  • “Rubio and Scott represent more seniors than almost any other U.S. Senator. But instead of backing plans to deal with the real problems retirees are facing — from high healthcare costs to rising rent to fraud schemes targeting seniors — they’re leaving us behind.”

In North Carolina: IndyWeekly Op-Ed: On Tax Day, a Look At Who Really Wants to Raise Taxes on Working Families

  • “On Tax Day this year, I can’t help but wonder why Republicans are calling inflation a ‘gold mine,’ voting against legislation to bring down insulin prices, and proposing tax plans to raise taxes on nearly 40 percent of North Carolinians.”

In Wisconsin: Up North News: Ron Johnson says GOP plan to raise taxes, eliminate social security “a positive thing”

  • “In a recent appearance on Breitbart News, Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson described a legislative plan drafted by the Senate Republican tasked with winning back the upper chamber, Senator Rick Scott (FL-R), as ‘a positive thing’ and acknowledged he agreed with ‘most of’ Scott’s 11 point plan. A positive thing? Let’s break it down: Scott’s 11 point plan to Rescue America would… Increase taxes by more than $1 trillion dollars over ten years on ‘more than half of Americans,’ raising taxes on 32% of Wisconsinites.”

In Wisconsin: CBS Madison: Republicans Pushing to Raise WI Taxes 32%

In Wisconsin: Fox Green Bay: Tax Day Rally Outside of Sen. Ron Johnson’s Office

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IN THE STATES: Republicans’ Plan to Raise Taxes Makes Headlines

15 Apr

In the states this week, the DNC launched a digital ad buy ahead of Tax Day on Monday in key battlegrounds targeted to Google searches for tax services. The ads are reminding voters in North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Nevada of Republicans’ plan that could raise taxes on half of Americans. On top of these ads, Democrats in states across the country are united in spreading the word about Republicans’ plan to raise taxes. 

President Biden, Vice President Harris, and members of the Cabinet also hit the road this week to kick off their Rural Infrastructure Tour, announcing new steps to address the pain people are feeling at the pump as a result of Putin’s Price Hike and highlighting how the Biden administration is working to lower costs and build a better America.

Across the country, President Biden and Democrats’ American Rescue Plan continues to help states expand affordable housing and help families make rent…

…so much so that Republicans who opposed the relief package are trying to take credit for the savings it’ll mean for Americans. 

  • In New Hampshire: New Hampshire Union Leader: Gov. Sununu hypes $100 million housing plan
    • “A spokeswoman for the New Hampshire Democratic Party said Sununu is trying to claim as his own the work of the all-Democratic congressional delegation that got the ARPA money. ‘Sununu said he would have voted ‘no’ on the American Rescue Plan, but that hasn’t stopped him from taking credit for this funding,’ Monica Venzke said. ‘No matter how he tries to spin this to the press today, one thing is clear — Sununu has failed to alleviate New Hampshire’s housing crisis, and Granite Staters are paying the price,’ she said.”

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ICYMI: As Tax Day Approaches, DNC Launches Ads In Battleground States Reminding Americans That Republicans Want to Raise Their Taxes

13 Apr

In case you missed it, ahead of Tax Day on Monday, April 18, the DNC is launching a digital ad buy in key states targeted to Google searches for tax services. The ads will remind voters in North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Nevada of Senate Republicans’ plan that could raise taxes on half of Americans. The ads will also link to GOPtaxhike.com – a handy website that breaks down who could pay more under NRSC Chair Rick Scott and Republicans’ tax plan. 

See some coverage of the ads nationally and in the states where they’re airing:

Fox News: DNC launches tax day ad buy in key states, claiming a GOP tax plan could ‘raise taxes’

  • “The Democratic National Committee is launching digital ads in eight key battleground states highlighting a GOP tax plan that they say ‘could raise taxes on half of Americans,’ in a bid to sway voters ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.”

Washington Post: Noted: With a new ad, DNC seeks to turn the tables on Sen. Rick Scott

  • “Scott has argued that Democrats are mischaracterizing his plan. But it clearly states: ‘All Americans should pay some income tax to have skin in the game, even if a small amount. Currently over half of Americans pay no income tax.’”

NBC News: Ahead of Tax Day, DNC launches ad campaign spotlighting one GOP tax proposal

  • “The ads, which will run in North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Arizona and Nevada, will put a spotlight on a tax plan released earlier this year by Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., which could result in raising taxes for over half of Americans.”

MSNBC: Wednesday’s Campaign Round-Up, 4.13.22

  • “The Democratic National Committee has launched a new digital ad targeting Republican Sen. Rick Scot’s plan to raise taxes on lower-income Americans. The ad will reportedly target voters in North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Nevada — states that will hold key U.S. contests this year.”

Florida: Florida Politics: DNC continues to tar Republicans with Rick Scott tax hike pitch

  • “The campaign will be directed, the DNC notes, to last-minute tax filers, with ads targeting people searching for tax preparation services. Digital ads will direct taxpayers to a website: GOPtaxhike.com. ‘Floridians deserve to know what the Republican tax plan would mean for them — and for more than 40% of Floridians, it could mean higher taxes,’ DNC spokesperson Rhyan Lake said. ‘While Democrats are working to lower costs and make your hard-earned money go further, there’s a good chance you could be paying higher taxes if Republicans get their way.’”

North Carolina: MyFox8: Democrats release digital ad in N.C. to address GOP tax ideas

  • “Democrats say Scott’s plan, which they link to all Republicans, could raise taxes for more than ‘half of all seniors, 73% of couples making less than $90k a year and filing jointly, two-thirds of people making less than $40k a year, and more.’”

Arizona: Arizona Daily Mirror: Dems launch Tax Day ad campaign in Arizona to highlight GOP’s proposed tax increases

  • “Democrats say they want voters to understand that working Arizonans — including child care workers, farm workers and even first responders — could see a tax hike under Scott’s proposal, as could the elderly. The middle class also faces higher taxes, the DNC said in a press release Wednesday: More than 70% of couples making less than $90,000 a year who file jointly would be affected.”

Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wednesday Morning Coffee

  • “…the Democratic National Committee will target Scott next week with a digital advertising buy in Pennsylvania, a spokesperson told the Capital-Star. The buy is timed to coincide with tax day on April 18. People who search for tax services will be directed to a website criticizing a Scott-penned policy agenda that would raise taxes for a third of Pennsylvania residents.”

Georgia: Atlanta Journal-Constitution: The Jolt

  • “Tax Day is upon us on Monday. And the Democratic National Committee is launching a digital ad buy in Georgia targeting people Googling tax services. The DNC ads take aim at Florida’s U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, who has released an 11-part plan that Democrats say would impose income taxes on roughly half of Americans who pay none now.”

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LOCAL NEWS: In Iowa, President Biden Announces New Actions to Lower Costs for Working Families

13 Apr
From front pages to the evening news, Iowans are seeing coverage of President Biden’s trip to Menlo yesterday to announce new steps to address the pain people are feeling at the pump as a result of Putin’s Price Hike by increasing fuel supplies and investing in rural communities with the expected authorization to sell higher-ethanol gas across the country this summer.

Here’s a look at what they’re seeing:
KCCI Des Moines: WATCH HERE

We Are Iowa News: WATCH HERE

Farmers, industry experts, and even Republican officials from around the region also praised President Biden’s latest efforts:

Iowa Starting Line: Ethanol Advocates Pumped About Biden’s E15 News

Radio Iowa: Ethanol industry praising Biden’s ‘important step’ for summer E15 sales

ABC Cedar Rapids: President Biden unveils ethanol plan in Iowa; ‘very welcome news’ to Gov. Reynolds

ABC Omaha: Republican lawmakers in Nebraska, Iowa welcome President Joe Biden’s ethanol announcement

CBS Bismarck: ND Farmers Union praises Biden move to end summer ban on E15 gasoline

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ICYMI: Iowa Starting Line: Biden is Coming Back to Iowa. Here’s What He’s Done for The State, So Far

12 Apr
Today, President Biden travels to Menlo, Iowa to discuss the Biden-Harris administration’s actions to lower costs for working families, reduce the impact of Putin’s Price Hike, and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s investments in rural communities.

Ahead of the visit, Iowa Starting Line outlined the many ways President Biden has delivered for Iowans through the American Rescue Plan and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law – two landmark laws that were opposed by Gov. Kim Reynolds and most Iowa Republicans.

Iowa Starting Line: Biden Is Coming Back To Iowa. Here’s What He’s Done For The State, So Far
By Ty Rushing
April 11, 2022


President Joe Biden is set to visit Menlo, a Guthrie County town about 45 minutes west of Des Moines, to tout his infrastructure investments in rural Iowa, according to the Des Moines Register.

Since entering office, the Biden Administration has placed a large emphasis on helping the country recover from the coronavirus pandemic and rebuilding America’s crumbling infrastructure.

Two pieces of legislation Biden signed into law to address those issues are the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and the bipartisan Infrastructure and Jobs Act. ARPA provided nearly $4.5 billion in funds to the state of Iowa while cities and counties also received hundreds of millions. The infrastructure bill will bring about $5 billion to Iowa.

[…]

Here are some of the ways the Biden administration has helped Iowans:

For a great overview of Iowans’ impacted and dollars doled out under Biden, check out this piece: By the Numbers: Biden’s First-Year Impact on Iowans

This story breakdowns how Iowans will benefit from ARPA: Here’s What Iowans Can Get Out Of Biden’s COVID Relief Law

[…]

ARPA funds will support a day-care project in Decorah: One Year Later, How Biden’s Rescue Plan Is Helping Northeast Iowa

In Marshall County, officials used ARPA funds to support child care and overall vaccine confidence: How the American Rescue Plan Has Helped Marshall County

Child care was also a priority for ARPA funds in Ottumwa, which also used the federal funds to support overall health care: Federal Funds to Bolster Health Care, Child Services in Ottumwa Area

The Field of Dreams outside of Dyersville […] and two others across Iowa will benefit from ARPA dollars to help with water infrastructure: Federal Rescue Plan Funds Boost Iowa Water Infrastructure Projects

Some Iowa mayors already have ideas in mind on how to utilize the upcoming infrastructure dollars to improve their communities: Mayors On What The Infrastructure Package Means For Iowa

We could also use the help for deficient bridges, a category in which Iowa ranks as the worst in the country: Infrastructure Plan Would Bring ‘Significant’ Help For Deficient Iowa Bridges

Another benefit of the infrastructure bill is the projected good-paying job boom expected to be created in its wake: A Lot Of Good-Paying Jobs Are Coming To Iowa, Labor Leaders Say Of Infrastructure Bill’s Signing

If you want one of those good-paying jobs, here’s a guide on how to get started:
Want A Good-Paying Labor Job In Iowa? Here’s What You Need To Do

READ THE FULL STORY HERE.

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FRONT PAGE NEWS: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson Makes History as First Black Woman Confirmed to Supreme Court

8 Apr
This morning, Americans across the country woke up to front pages featuring Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s historic confirmation to the Supreme Court by a bipartisan U.S. Senate vote, highlighting how President Joe Biden is following through on his commitment to ensure our courts reflect the country they serve. 

Here’s a look at what voters in states across the country are reading on front pages about Judge Jackson’s historic confirmation:

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DNC Launches “Promises Kept” Black Media Ads Highlighting Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Historic Confirmation

8 Apr

The DNC is today launching a six-figure ad buy on Black radio stations and in Black community newspapers in battleground states across the country following Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s historic confirmation to the Supreme Court by a bipartisan U.S. Senate vote, as well as highlighting how President Joe Biden has been following through on his commitment to ensure our courts reflect the country they serve. This latest buy comes on top of another six-figure Black newspaper and radio buy placed by the DNC across the same states earlier this year.

The radio ads will air in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida, Arizona, and Nevada, and the print ads will appear in papers in Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. 

“With Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s historic confirmation to the Supreme Court, record numbers of Black women appointed to federal judgeships, and Black men in in the Cabinet and senior roles in the West Wing, President Biden and Vice President Harris are following through on their promise to ensure our government is a reflection of the people it serves. With these ads, we’re making sure the Black community hears that for President Biden and Democrats, a promise made to voters is a promise kept,”said DNC Chair Jaime Harrison.

The ads both emphasize the leadership of President Biden and Vice President Harris and the commitments they have upheld to the American people, including appointing more Black women judges to the U.S. Court of Appeals than any other president, placing Black men at the helm of the Department of Defense and Environmental Protection Agency, and of course, nominating and helping secure the confirmation of the first ever Black woman on the Supreme Court.

“Promises Kept” Radio Ad Audio and Transcript:

President Biden, Vice President Harris, and Democrats are keeping their commitment to OUR community because our votes make the difference. 

OUR president helped get America back to work, provided funding to support our families and small businesses, and got our kids back to school. And he’s creating a government that looks like us. 

President Biden appointed more Black women judges to the U.S. Court of Appeals than any other president. 

He placed Black men at the helm of our country’s Defense Department and Environmental Protection Agency, and in senior advisor roles in the West Wing. 

And we just witnessed the confirmation of the FIRST Black female U.S. Supreme Court Justice – our very own Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Republicans disrespectfully tried to block her and discount her sterling record. And they continue to say “no” to any progress for the American people.

But our president selected a candidate with exceptional credentials, impeccable character, and an unwavering dedication to the rule of law, the Constitution, and we the people.

So we congratulate the Honorable Ketanji Brown Jackson on her historic confirmation!  

And thank YOU President Biden, Vice President Harris, and Democrats for the promises made and the promises kept. 

Paid for by the Democratic National Committee, democrats.org. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. The Democratic National Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising.

“Promises Made, Promises Kept” Print Ad: 

Promise Made, Promise Kept

The Democratic National Committee Congratulates 
The Honorable Ketanji Brown Jackson


President Biden, Vice President Harris, and Democrats are keeping their promises to the Black community because Black voices matter and they make the difference. 

Our president helped get America back to work, provided funding to support families and small businesses, got kids back to school, and made historic investments in HBCUs. 

And he’s creating a government that looks like us…

  • He appointed more Black women judges to the U.S. Court of Appeals than any other president. 
  • He placed Black men at the helm of our country’s Defense Department and Environmental Protection Agency, and in senior advisor positions in the West Wing. 
  • And he nominated the FIRST Black female U.S. Supreme Court justice – Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Judge Jackson has exceptional credentials, impeccable character, and an unwavering dedication to the rule of law, the Constitution, and we the people. She has outstanding qualifications to sit on the Supreme Court. 

Republicans disrespectfully tried to block her at every turn, and they continue to stand in the way of progress for the American people. But for Democrats, voters are valued, and a promise made is a promise kept. 

Congratulations to the Honorable Ketanji Brown Jackson on her historic confirmation!  

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Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

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IN THE STATES: From Health Care to Gas Prices, Democrats Push to Cut Costs for Working People

8 Apr

This week, President Biden, Vice President Harris and former President Obama proposed new measures to build on the Affordable Care Act and close the “family glitch,” which could help nearly 1 million Americans, driving local headlines about how Democrats are working to make health care coverage more affordable. At the same time, Republicans have promised to deliver an agenda of hiking taxes and higher health insurance premiums if they take power.

And while Democrats were working to lower health care costs, local headlines highlighted the 193 House Republican votes against the Affordable Insulin Now Act last week, which would cap the cost of insulin for many Americans at $35 per month. 

Americans across the country saw gas prices begin to drop after President Biden announced the largest release of U.S. oil reserves in history to help American families who are paying more at the pump due to Putin’s Price Hike. 

President Biden and Democrats’ American Rescue Plan, which passed with no Republican support, made more headlines this week as its investments continued to bolster communities across the country, which will help make everything from housing to child care more affordable. 

And Republican governors (looking at you DeSantis and Reynolds) keep taking credit for American Rescue Plan dollars, even after calling the bill, “Washington at its worst.” 

Not to be outdone, President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law made news everywhere from North Carolina to New Mexico for investments that will save Americans time and money by helping to boost public transit, improve energy efficiency, and more. 

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ICYMI: After Biden Announces Release Of Oil Reserves, Gas Prices Start to Drop Across U.S.

5 Apr

In case you missed it, gas prices across the country have started to drop after President Biden announced the largest release of oil reserves in history to help American families who are paying more at the pump due to Putin’s Price Hike. 

Here’s a look at some of the coverage in states from Florida to California of how President Biden’s actions are helping lead Americans to pay less at the pump. 

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WHAT THEY’RE READING: Republicans Vote Against Lowering Cost of Insulin

4 Apr

Across the country this weekend, local headlines highlighted the 193 House Republican votes against the Affordable Insulin Now Act last week, which would cap the cost of insulin for many Americans at $35 per month. The bill is the most recent effort by Democrats to lower health care costs. 

See below what Americans in states across the nation are reading about the stark contrast between Democrats voting to lower drug prices and the vast majority of Republicans refusing to do so:

This isn’t the first time that Republicans have shown they won’t act to address high drug costs. Just last month, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley admitted that a Republican-controlled Senate would not take action on lowering drug prices, saying “If we want to reduce drug prices, then we need to do it now [under a Democratic Congress].”

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