IN THE STATES: Dems Put GOP and Their Ultra-MAGA Agenda on Defense

13 May

In the states this week, Democratic state parties in the battlegrounds held press events as part of a press day of action highlighting what’s at stake this November as Republicans continue pushing their radical, anti-choice agenda. These events came a week after reports of SCOTUS’ draft decision overturning Roe v. Wade, and days after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed a GOP majority could focus on a federal abortion ban. 

Here’s a look at some of the coverage of the events: 

And across the country, while Democrats took aim at the GOP’s extreme agenda to restrict reproductive rights, Republicans talked about the possibility of moving on a federal abortion ban.

Also this week, as new polling shows the GOP plan that could sunset Medicare and Social Security after 5 years is “universally unpopular,” the DNC launched new ads targeting seniors on Facebook to make sure they know that Republicans could put their hard-earned benefits at risk. 

As the latest step in the Biden-Harris administration’s laser-focus on lowering costs for Americans, President Biden and Vice President Harris announced new steps this week to reduce high-speed internet costs for millions of Americans. 

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REMINDER: Every Single Republican Voted Against Funding For The Police

13 May

While President Biden is taking critical steps to provide cities and states with historic funding through the American Rescue Plan to make our communities safer, including local police departments and other programs to address the causes of crime and ease the burden on police, let’s not forget every single congressional Republican voted against every cent of this funding that has been used to get police officers back on the streets. 

Congressional Republicans opposed every penny of this funding as part of their ultra-MAGA agenda:

NBC News: “House Republicans who opposed Covid aid still see funds flow to local police departments”

Indy Star: “Noblesville plans to give police officers and firefighters bonuses of $2,000 and other city employees $1,000 with its haul of federal coronavirus economic aid.”

NNY360: “Federal COVID-19 funding will pay to rehire Watertown police officers”

This isn’t anything new for this MAGA party – Donald Trump proposed massive cuts to critical community policing programs, which many Republicans supported:

Wall Street Journal: “The [Trump] administration’s 2021 budget, like all its previous budgets, recommended eliminating the Community Relations Services and Community Oriented Policing Services and placing their functions under other parts of the department to ‘improve efficiency.’”

President Biden is using every tool at his disposal to fight violent crime and keep our communities safe: 

NBC News: “Biden to urge cities to spend Covid relief money on police, crime prevention”

ABC News: “Biden to announce $10 billion from American Rescue Plan for policing, public safety”
Associated Press: “Biden to urge local leaders to boost public safety spending”

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New DNC Ads Highlight GOP Putting Seniors’ Medicare and Social Security at Risk

12 May

This morning, as new polling shows the GOP plan that could sunset Medicare and Social Security after 5 years is “universally unpopular,” the DNC launched new ads targeting seniors on Facebook to make sure they know that Republicans could put their hard-earned benefits at risk. 

The ads come as part of a push by the DNC to communicate directly with voters about Republicans’ plan that could raise taxes and sunset Medicare and Social Security. Since NRSC Chair Rick Scott announced the plan in March, the DNC and state Democratic parties have held events blasting the plan in swing states, including WisconsinPennsylvaniaMichiganNorth CarolinaFlorida, and Georgia, launched a digital ad buy in key states highlighting how the plan could raise taxes, and bracketed an event where Scott was promoting the plan. 

Here’s what they’re saying about the new ads:

National: Roll Call: New senior-focused ads from Democrats hit Scott’s plans for Medicare, Social Security

“Democrats are launching an ad campaign targeting seniors to highlight Republican Sen. Rick Scott’s push to have Congress to reauthorize legislation every five years. The proposal in the 11-point plan from Scott, a Florida Republican and chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, is the focus of Facebook ads funded by the Democratic National Committee aimed at seniors in Senate battleground states. The ads feature questions from a Fox News Channel anchor about whether Scott’s plan would ‘sunset’ Social Security and Medicare, or require Congress to vote periodically to keep the programs running.”

Wisconsin: Up North News: Not Letting It Go: National Democrats to Keep Hitting Ron Johnson on GOP Plan to Raise Taxes

“In a new ad that started running on Facebook Thursday morning, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) uses the words of Fox News Sunday anchor John Roberts as he interviews Sen. Rick Scott, the Florida head of the Senate Republicans’ campaign committee and author of the plan. Scott is seen as Roberts recites the plan back to him, but never heard.”

Florida: Florida Politics: Democrats bet seniors won’t like Rick Scott plan to ‘rescue America’

“‘Florida seniors depend on the Medicare and Social Security benefits they’ve been paying into for decades to access life-saving care and afford basic necessities — and Republicans are putting their right to these hard-earned benefits in jeopardy. Without these crucial programs, more than 4.6 million Floridians could stand to face higher costs, and Democrats are committed to spending every day between now and November making sure that voters know it,’ said DNC States Communications Director Brooke Goren.”

Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Capital-Star: New Dem ad in Pa. hits GOP plan to sunset Medicare, Social Security

“A new Democratic National Committee ad, launching today in Pennsylvania and seven other, key battleground states, keeps up that drumbeat of criticism, warning a critical audience — seniors on Facebook — that their ‘hard-earned benefits’ are under attack by the GOP.”

Georgia: Atlanta Journal Constitution: The Jolt

“The Democratic National Committee launched an ad buy Thursday that targets older Georgia residents with messages attacking Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott’s tax plan. The ad, which will run on Facebook, highlights concerns that the proposal would raise the federal income tax for about half of U.S. residents.”

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President Biden Draws Sharp Contrast, Slams MAGA Republicans

12 May

Republicans continue to show just how blatantly out of touch they are with the American people. Republicans sold out their party to defeated former president Donald Trump and now they’re pushing a dangerous MAGA agenda – and President Biden is making sure Americans know it.

Donald Trump is the leader of today’s Republican Party and President Biden is making it clear what’s at stake this November: 

Associated Press: “Biden calls Trump ‘MAGA king,’ vows to push GOP contrasts”

The Independent: “In a fiery speech, President Joe Biden assailed Donald Trump’s economic record and ridiculed him with a new moniker: ‘the great MAGA king.’”

Politico: “‘The great MAGA king’: Biden sharpens midterm attacks”

While Republicans have made it clear they are more concerned with playing political games than delivering for working families, President Biden has put forth a plan to lower costs for middle-class Americans.

White House: “President Biden has a plan to tackle inflation — by lowering costs that families face and lowering the federal deficit by asking the large corporations and the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share.”

White House: “The President understands that the Federal Reserve is the institution that plays a primary role in fighting inflation. The President has nominated highly qualified individuals to lead the Fed, and is urging the Senate to confirm all these individuals without delay. Beyond the Federal Reserve, President Biden is taking short-, medium-, and long-term actions to lower costs for families and lower the deficit.”

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New DNC Ads Kick Off Campaign to Highlight GOP Plan that Could Put Medicare and Social Security at Risk

12 May

New polling shows voters “overwhelmingly reject” the Republican plan that could sunset Medicare and Social Security

As new polling shows the GOP plan that could sunset Medicare and Social Security after 5 years is “universally unpopular,” the DNC is launching a new ad buy targeting seniors on Facebook to make sure they know that Republicans could put their hard-earned benefits at risk. The ads will run in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Wisconsin, Nevada, and Arizona.

The ads come as part of a push by the DNC to communicate directly with voters about Republicans’ plan that could raise taxes and sunset Medicare and Social Security. Since NRSC Chair Rick Scott announced the plan in March, the DNC and state Democratic parties have held events blasting the plan in swing states, including WisconsinPennsylvaniaMichiganNorth CarolinaFlorida, and Georgia, launched a digital ad buy in key states highlighting how the plan could raise taxes ahead of Tax Day, and bracketed an event where Scott was promoting the plan. 

See below for the ad:

“Seniors across America depend on the Medicare and Social Security benefits they’ve been paying into for decades to access life-saving care and cover everyday expenses – and Republicans are putting their right to these hard-earned benefits in jeopardy,” said DNC States Communications Director Brooke Goren. “Americans can’t afford the Republican agenda, and the DNC is committed to spending every day between now and November making sure that voters know it.

More than 61 million Americans depend on Medicare for their health coverage, and nearly 70 million Americans rely on their Social Security benefits for everything from groceries to rent – and without these programs they’d see their out-of-pocket costs on health care and daily expenses go up. While Republicans are threatening these hard-earned benefits, President Biden and Democrats have proposed measures to bolster Social Security and responsibly reduce the deficit without touching Medicare or Social Security by making billionaires pay their fair share in taxes – while also lowering costs for working families.

Ad transcript:

VO1: Florida Republican Senator Rick Scott just released an 11-point plan to “rescue America.”

VO2: So that would raise taxes on half of Americans and potentially sunset programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Why would you propose something like that in an election year?

VO2: It’s not a Democratic talking point, it’s in the plan. 

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IN THE STATES: Dems Blast GOP’s Ultra MAGA Anti-Choice Agenda

11 May

This week, Democratic state parties across the country held press events as part of a press day of action highlighting what’s at stake this November as Republicans continue pushing their radical, anti-choice agenda. These events came a week after reports of SCOTUS’ draft decision overturning Roe v. Wade, and days after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed a GOP majority could focus on a federal abortion ban. 

Here’s a look at some of the coverage of the events: 

National: 

In Florida: 

In North Carolina:

In Pennsylvania: 

In Georgia:

In Wisconsin: 

In New Hampshire:

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Republicans Are Pushing A Wildly Unpopular MAGA-Agenda on Abortion

11 May

With every day that passes, Republicans continue to show just how blatantly out of touch they are with the American people. Republicans aren’t stopping at Roe, now they are pushing to jail doctors, outlaw some contraceptives, and implement a nationwide ban on abortion.

What are Republicans planning for next in their post-Roe world? A national abortion ban and banning some contraceptives.

HuffPost: “A landmark 1965 Supreme Court case protected married couples’ right to use contraception. But Republicans are now increasingly vocal that they want it overturned.”

HuffPost: “But if Republicans get what they want ― an overturning of Griswold ― it would kick the issue back to the states and open the door to restrictions or bans on birth control methods, because there would be no federal guarantee of access.”

HuffPost: “There’s legislation in Louisiana right now that could test the Supreme Court’s commitment to Griswold. The bill would make abortion a homicide and charge women who undergo the procedure with murder. It could also criminalize certain forms of contraception ― such as IUDs and Plan B ― because it would change the state’s legal definition of a person to a fertilized egg. Some Republicans have long pushed for federal personhood legislation, which would classify fertilized eggs as persons under the U.S. Constitution, making abortion illegal. And it’s an issue that’s coming up on the campaign trail.”

While Republicans push for extreme and dangerous bans on abortion and some contraceptives, new polling shows their MAGA-agenda is extremely unpopular with voters. 

Politico: “On the midterms: Fifty-eight percent of voters said it is important for them to vote for a candidate in the midterms who supports abortion access. That includes 82% of Democratic voters, 57% of independents and more than 1 in 3 Republicans (35%).”

Politico: “As for what might happen with Roe gone, across the board, voters overwhelmingly oppose criminal penalties for women and doctors who obtain or perform abortions.”

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MAGA AGENDA: Rick Scott “Absolutely” Wants to Make Trump Tax Cuts Permanent

11 May

If it’s a day that ends in -y, then you can count on Senator Rick Scott to blow the door open on Republicans’ agenda. Just last night he not only confirmed he’s committed to his plan to raise taxes on half of Americans and sunset Medicare and Social Security, but he wants to permanently enshrine Trump’s tax giveaways to billionaires.

WATCH:

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Larry Kudlow: “I got one for you. How about making the Trump tax cuts permanent?”

Rick Scott: “Absolutely.” 

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Republicans Still Don’t Have A Plan to Tackle Inflation

11 May

While President Biden and Democrats are taking critical steps to combat inflation, Republicans still have no plan to tackle inflation.

Republicans continue to make it clear they have no plan to lower costs and would rather raise taxes on half of Americans, do nothing to lower prescription drug prices, and vote against capping insulin prices.

Politico: “Chuck Grassley made quite the admission about prescription drug pricing: Pass it now, because he isn’t sure a GOP-led Congress can get it done.”

Forbes: “Scott’s ‘Skin In The Game’ Plan Could Raise Taxes By $100 Billion In 2022, Mostly On Low- And Moderate-Income Households”

The Independent: “Most House Republicans vote against lowering the price of insulin”

Meanwhile, President Biden is taking action to tackle inflation and lower costs for the American people.

White House: “President Biden has a plan to tackle inflation — by lowering costs that families face and lowering the federal deficit by asking the large corporations and the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share.”

White House: “The President understands that the Federal Reserve is the institution that plays a primary role in fighting inflation. The President has nominated highly qualified individuals to lead the Fed, and is urging the Senate to confirm all these individuals without delay. Beyond the Federal Reserve, President Biden is taking short-, medium-, and long-term actions to lower costs for families and lower the deficit.”

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El DNC Anuncia el Lanzamiento de “Adelante”, su Programa de Iniciativas y Enlaces Diseñado para la Comunidad Latina y Lanza Campaña de Anuncios en Español a lo Largo y Ancho del País.

11 May

“Adelante” expandirá aún más los esfuerzos de movilización del DNC con miras a las elecciones de medio término 

El DNC anunció hoy el lanzamiento de Adelante, su programa de iniciativas y enlaces con la comunidad para llegar a los votantes latinos y que se basará en el esfuerzo intensivo de los Demócratas de cara a las próximas elecciones de mitad de período. La experta estratega política María Cardona, apoyará “Adelante” en sus esfuerzos de difusión y comunicación. La directora de Coaliciones Latinas del DNC, Michelle Villegas Tapia, dirigirá la programación de “Adelante” en todo el país, incluido el contacto directo con los votantes y eventos comunitarios.

Además del lanzamiento de “Adelante”, el DNC también anuncia parte de una inversión de siete cifras en medios pagados, que comenzará con una ronda de anuncios impresos y radiales en español. Los anuncios promocionan el progreso histórico logrado bajo el liderazgo del presidente Joe Biden y las mayorías demócratas en el Congreso.

“Los votantes latinos son fundamentales para el éxito de nuestro partido y los Demócratas estamos aumentando nuestras inversiones en organización y divulgación a través del lanzamiento de Adelante”, dijo el presidente del DNC, Jaime Harrison. “A través del liderazgo de los Demócratas, hemos dado paso a una recuperación económica histórica y estamos comprometidos a continuar brindando resultados para la comunidad latina y así avanzar juntos en la construcción de un mejor país”.

“Como latina e inmigrante de primera generación, aprovechar los esfuerzos de nuestro partido para conectar a los votantes latinos en cada comunidad es algo personal para mí”, dijo la Directora de Coaliciones Latinas del DNC, Michelle Villegas Tapia. “Ya sea para llegar a la gente virtualmente o en persona, nuestro programa“Adelante” está preparado para reunirse con los votantes latinos donde se encuentren y hablarles directamente sobre cómo los Demócratas estamos progresando en los temas que tocan nuestra vida diaria”.

Los anuncios se publicarán en Texas, Florida, Nevada, Wisconsin, Georgia, Arizona, Carolina del Norte, Michigan y Pensilvania.

El DNC ya está trabajando en asociación con sus comités hermanos para invertir en iniciativas de alcance a votantes latinos y la organización de campañas coordinadas específicas, incluso en Arizona, Nevada, Nuevo México, Florida, Texas, Wisconsin y Pensilvania.

“Adelante” reforzará el programa de contacto de votantes bilingüe y en español del DNC, a través del cual los voluntarios ayudan a proporcionar capacitación a equipos en los diferentes estados, dedicada exclusivamente a llegar a los votantes en español y enfocada en la formación de coaliciones, el registro de votantes y la movilización.

Vea al anuncio impreso aquí: 

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