MAGA Hot Mic: Trump-Endorsed GOP Nominee for Michigan Secretary of State Kristina Karamo

12 Aug

Today’s MAGA Hot Mic honors falls on Trump-endorsed GOP nominee for Michigan secretary of state, Kristina Karamo. 

Kristina Karamo attacked women who make deeply serious medical decisions about their own bodies with a ludicrous comparison. 

CNN: “CNN’s KFile discovered troubling comments Michigan’s Trump-backed secretary of state nominee Kristina Karamo made about abortions, comparing them to ‘child sacrifice’ in her podcast. CNN reached out to her campaign to get a response and has not heard back.”

Kristina Karamo: “Child sacrifice is a very satanic practice, and that’s precisely what abortion is. And we need to see it as such.”

It doesn’t stop there. Karamo has even gone as far as calling abortion “the greatest crime of our nation’s history.”

CNN: “In another comment, Karamo called abortion the ‘the greatest crime of our nation’s history.’ Karamo and her campaign did not respond to multiple requests for comment by CNN.”

Kristina Karamo’s comments confirm what Americas are learning every day — MAGA Republicans are extreme and out of touch on abortion. Americans will hold them accountable for their focus on stripping away Americans’ right to make decisions surrounding their reproductive health.

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MAGA Hot Mic: Bob Burns

11 Aug

Today’s MAGA Hot Mic moment comes from New Hampshire GOP congressional candidate Bob Burns. 

Bob Burns, who touts himself as the “most pro-Trump” candidate, continues to make clear Republicans want to pass a national abortion ban if they gain control. 

Bob Burns: “I absolutely will vote for a fetal heartbeat bill and I will put it into our constitution. Instead of codifying Roe v. Wade, I think we should codify life.”

New Hampshire Journal: “Burns said if elected he will push for a federal heartbeat bill that would limit abortions nationally.”

GOP candidates like Bob Burns continue to show that they are too extreme, and will stop at nothing short of making abortion illegal in every state. The freedom to choose and freedoms surrounding reproductive health are on the ballot in November.

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ICYMI: Glenn Youngkin Accused of Lining His Own Pockets at the Expense of First Responders

11 Aug
Key Point: “The Carlyle insiders who received the payouts escaped a tax bill that would have exceeded $1 billion, according to the complaint, which accuses Rubenstein, Youngkin and other Carlyle officials of lining their own pockets at the expense of people like police officers and firefighters.”
NBC News: “An unusual deal gave Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin $8.5 million in stock. He paid $0 in tax on it.”By Gretchen Morgenson
August 11, 2022


In January 2020, Glenn Youngkin, now the Republican governor of Virginia, got some welcome news. A complex corporate transaction had gone through at the Carlyle Group, the powerful private equity company that Youngkin led as co-chief executive. Under the deal, approved by the Carlyle board and code-named “Project Phoenix,” he began receiving $8.5 million worth of Carlyle stock, tax-free, according to court documents. 

The Project Phoenix payout came on top of $54 million in compensation Youngkin had received from Carlyle during the previous two years, regulatory records show. Youngkin retired from Carlyle on Sept. 30, 2020; he won the governor’s election in November 2021. 

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Now, that transaction is under attack by a Carlyle shareholder in Delaware Chancery Court. The suit, filed last week by the city of Pittsburgh Comprehensive Municipal Pension Trust Fund, says the $344 million deal harmed Carlyle’s stockholders, who received nothing in return when they funded the payday.  

Meanwhile, the Carlyle insiders who received the payouts escaped a tax bill that would have exceeded $1 billion, according to the complaint, which accuses Rubenstein, Youngkin and other Carlyle officials of lining their own pockets at the expense of people like police officers and firefighters.  

“The kind of impunity that Carlyle’s control group acted with is shocking and unacceptable,” lawyers for the Pittsburgh pension fund said in their complaint.

“The beneficiaries of the city of Pittsburgh Comprehensive Municipal Pension Trust Fund are municipal fire and police personnel serving the city of Pittsburgh. Many are first responders putting their lives on the line every day. They depend on the integrity of the financial markets to provide for their retirement.” 

[…]

Andy Lee, a New York City-based asset manager who is not involved in the suit, expressed concerns to NBC News about the details it outlined.  

“If the allegations are true, we would discourage such behavior on the part of management,” said Lee, the chief investment officer of Parallaxes Capital, a financial firm that buys TRAs. “They are supposed to represent the interests of public shareholders.”  

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FACT CHECK: Inflation Reduction Act Won’t Increase Taxes On The Middle Class

11 Aug

Republicans are making up false claims about the Inflation Reduction Act because they have no plan to lower costs for American families. This historic legislation will ensure corporations and billionaire tax cheats finally pay their fair share.

Let’s be clear: The Inflation Reduction Act is consistent with President Biden’s campaign promise and will not increase taxes on Americans earning less than $400,000 a year.

Associated Press: “Nothing in the bill raises taxes on people earning less than $400,000… There are no individual tax rate increases for anyone in the bill, experts say.”

New York Magazine: “Republicans Say Biden’s Plan Taxes the Middle Class. That’s False.”

Bloomberg: “US Tax Bill Costs Corporations Nearly $300 Billion More, While Middle Class Pays Less”

The Inflation Reduction Act is supported by 73 percent of likely voters — including a majority of Republican voters.

While Democrats have been focused on helping American families, Republicans have sided with ultra-wealthy individuals and corporations who want to continue dodging taxes. Republicans have made clear that they do not care about the middle class.

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DNC Statement on Ronna McDaniel in Iowa

11 Aug

Today, ahead of Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel’s remarks at the Republican Party of Iowa’s annual fundraiser, DNC spokesperson Ammar Moussa released the following statement:

“Republicans like Ronna McDaniel are pushing an ultra-MAGA agenda that’s not only extreme, but also wildly dangerous. They’re doubling down on their efforts to ban abortion with no exceptions for rape or incest and throw doctors in jail, while calling to gut Social Security and Medicare. Iowans simply cannot afford Republican control this November.”

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What They’re Saying: Post-Dobbs Election Results Show Momentum for Dems

11 Aug

Last night, MN-01 Democratic candidate Jeff Ettinger came within four points of Republican Brad Finstad in a district Donald Trump won by 10 points in 2020. This result marks the latest in a string of elections since the conservative Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade showing an energized Democratic electorate turning out to reject Republicans’ extreme agenda.

Here’s a look at what they’re saying….

From The Washington Post: Democrats over-perform in another post-Roe special

Special elections are one of the better indicators we have of what lies ahead in the November elections — as long as you look at them quantitatively.

And plenty of eyes were fixed on a special congressional election in Minnesota on Tuesday — particularly in light of the handful of signs that things might not be quite so bad for Democrats in 2022, given the resurgence of President Biden’s agenda and as voters appear to be somewhat motivated to show up at the polls by the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.

A few weeks back, Democrats over-performed the fundamentals significantly in the first post-Roe special election in Nebraska, but you can’t extrapolate too much from one race.

Well, we now have a second post-Roe race, and Democrats have over-performed somewhat again — and by a pretty similar margin. Republican Brad Finstad led Democrat Jeff Ettinger by under 5 points in a district — Minnesota’s 1st — that Trump carried by 10 points in 2020.

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From Cook Political’s Dave Wasserman:



From National Journal’s Kirk Bado:



From the New York Times’ Nate Cohn:


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Local Editorial Pages: GOP Faces Backlash for Voting Against Affordable Insulin

10 Aug

Over the weekend, Senate Republicans voted against making prescription drugs like insulin more affordable. Now, the people and communities whose lives depend on this essential care are speaking out against the Republicans who voted against making the drug more affordable.

Here’s a look at what Americans are reading in their local editorial pages about ultra-MAGA Republicans siding with Big Pharma:

In Iowa: Iowa Capital Dispatch: Editorial: Senate GOP takes shameful vote to block cap on insulin costs

Key Point: “Out-of-pocket costs depend on health insurance plans. But some high-deductible plans require patients to shell out $7,000 to $8,000 out of pocket before insurance pays a dime toward insulin costs. People die because they can’t afford insulin and try to ration it. It’s unconscionable. That’s why it’s so disappointing that Republicans in the U.S. Senate — including Iowa Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst — succeeded in stripping a provision out of a larger bill on Sunday that would have capped insurance co-pays for insulin at $35 a month.”

In Missouri: St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Editorial: GOP opposition to climate-and-drug bill highlights party’s twisted priorities

Key Point: “But anyone who believes that returning Congress to Republican control in this year’s midterms would be good for anyone other than polluters, Big Pharma and corporate tax scofflaws should look hard at what the GOP stood for when it stood against this landmark legislation.”

In Ohio: Columbus Dispatch: Opinion: Portman broke promise to my kids, others fighting for health, dad says

Key Point: “There are very few opportunities in today’s politics for senators to cast a clear vote on a narrow and straightforward proposal. On Aug. 7, however, senators had exactly such an opportunity, when they voted on a Democratic plan to cap co-pays for insulin at $35 a month. Ohio Sen. Rob Portman voted against that proposal. In doing so, he abandoned more than 1 million Ohioans who have diabetes, including all three of my children. … Portman, however, chose the side of Big Pharma and political partisanship and joined other Republicans to defeat the measure by just three votes.” 

In West Virginia: The Register-Herald: Opinion: GOP shoots itself in foot on health care

Key Point: “Capito seems to be saying that she couldn’t care less that people, real people, our neighbors, fellow Mountaineers, through no fault of their own, have to ration their insulin because of its outrageous cost. Or maybe she just doesn’t have a clue as to what so many in this economically challenged state are going through. I mean, she knows, obviously, the needle and the damage done with opioid addiction, and yet now she casts a vote that plays on the side of Big Pharma? News flash: West Virginia can use all the help it can get in addressing access to quality health care.” 

In Wisconsin: The Cap Times: Opinion | Ron Johnson is so cruel that he won’t even help diabetics pay for insulin

Key Point: “But Johnson stood out as the cruelest member of that caucus when he broke with chamber’s Democrats and even a number of his fellow Republicans to bitterly attack an effort to ensure that people with diabetes could afford life-saving insulin. Displaying the venomous dishonesty for which he has become known, Johnson dismissed the concerns of millions of Americans who were pleading for federal intervention to prevent drug company price gouging.” 

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FACT CHECK: Inflation Reduction Act Goes After Corporate and Ultra-Wealthy Tax Cheats

10 Aug

House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy is spreading lies in a desperate attempt to distract Americans from the fact that Republicans oppose lower costs for families and reducing the deficit.

FACT: The Inflation Reduction Act will ensure tax cheats who avoid hundreds of billions of dollars in taxes pay their fair share. Audit rates will not increase for middle-class families.

Associated Press: “The ‘Inflation Reduction Act’… would not create a mob of armed auditors looking to harass middle-class taxpayers, as some Republicans are claiming.”

TIME: “‘It is wholly inaccurate to describe any of these resources as being about increasing audit scrutiny of the middle class or small businesses,’ Natasha Sarin, a counselor for tax policy and implementation at the Treasury Department, [said].”

CNBC: “IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig said the $80 billion in funding would not increase audits of households making less than $400,000 per year.”

In case there was any confusion — GOP efforts to gut the IRS have benefitted tax cheats, corporations, and the ultra-rich at the expense of middle-class Americans. 

New York Magazine: “The GOP Gutted the IRS — and the Rich Made Out Like Bandits”

Los Angeles Times: “The IRS has been on a congressionally imposed starvation diet virtually since the 1970s, which has been a get-out-of-paying ticket for corporations and the wealthy for all that time.”

Washington Post: “But experts say that’s a condition brought about largely by GOP policies, which drove the IRS into more audits of poorer taxpayers by depriving the agency of the resources it would have taken to go after wealthier targets who shelter potentially much higher sums.”

This isn’t a partisan issue. 73 percent of Americans, including majorities across party lines, support tougher crackdowns on corporations and the ultra-wealthy who are avoiding paying the taxes they owe. 

Make no mistake: Republicans are choosing to side with tax cheats over hardworking Americans. While Democrats work to make sure corporations and the ultra-wealthy pay their fair share, Republicans are helping them continue to line their own pockets.

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REMINDER: A Majority of GOP Senators Tried to Block Health Care for Veterans

10 Aug

As President Joe Biden signs the historic PACT Act into law today, let’s not forget that the majority of GOP senators initially tried to kill this bill and voted to side with Big Pharma over our nation’s veterans.  

Last month, 41 Senate Republicans voted against advancing the PACT Act — a bill that would expand health care access for combat veterans suffering from toxic burn pit exposure. 

The Hill: “Republican lawmakers blocked passage of a bill in the U.S. Senate Wednesday that expands healthcare coverage for military veterans who were exposed to toxins and burn pits during their service.”

The majority of GOP lawmakers previously supported the legislation, only to pull their votes after Democrats struck a deal to bring down costs for American families. Republicans were willing to risk our veterans’ health for the sake of their own selfish political games. 

POLITICO: “Mere hours after Chuck Schumer and Joe Manchin announced a climate and tax deal, the Senate failed to advance burn pits legislation to help veterans.”

And if that weren’t enough, GOP lawmakers celebrated their decision to block health care from veterans.

Newsweek: “Video shows two Republican senators fist bump after they blocked a bill to support veterans after they are exposed to chemical weapons.”

Republicans have repeatedly made clear that choosing Big Pharma over Americans is the GOP party line. Senate Republicans owe our veterans — and the American people — some serious answers.

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MAGA Hot Mic: Darren Bailey Doubles Down on Extreme Holocaust Comparison

10 Aug

For the second day in a row, MAGA Hot Mic honors fall on Illinois state Senator and GOP candidate for governor Darren Bailey.

In 2017, Darren Bailey said “The attempted extermination of the Jews of World War II doesn’t even compare on a shadow of the life that has been lost with abortion…”

CBS Chicago: “‘I believe that abortion is one of the greatest atrocities of our day, and I believe it’s one of the greatest atrocities probably forever. The attempted extermination of the Jews of World War II doesn’t even compare on a shadow of the life that has been lost with abortion since its legalization,’ Bailey said in the video.”

This past weekend, when asked if he should apologize, Darren Bailey doubled down on saying he was “right.” 

REPORTER: “Do you think the Jewish community needs an apology on that?”

BAILEY: *scoffs* “The Jewish community themselves have told me that I’m right.”

And let’s not forget — these comments came after Bailey established he fully supports an abortion ban with no exceptions for rape or incest

CBS Chicago: “Bailey opposes abortion rights, including in cases of rape or incest”

NBC5 Chicago: “Bailey has repeatedly said that he would support a total ban on abortion in the state of Illinois, and would not offer exceptions in the case of rape or incest.”

We said it yesterday, we’ll say it again today, and we will continue to say it every day because Americans cannot afford the GOP’s dangerous, anti-choice agenda. Darren Bailey and extreme MAGA Republicans keep reminding Americans they are too extreme to be in power.

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