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CO-, IA-Sen: Freedom Partners, the shadowy conservative puppet-master Politico unmasked last year as "the Koch brothers' secret bank," is typically accustomed to quietly doling out money to other right-wing organizations. (In 2012, they laid out an extraordinary $236,000,000.) Now, though, they're emerging from the darkness to start running ads themselves, attacking Democrats in two Senate races.

In Iowa, they're going after Rep. Bruce Braley with a dizzying charge that he supported Obamacare because he's a shill for the insurance industry—and "health insurance companies stand to make billions" off the law.

That's some chutzpah! This argument comes straight from the populist left. Would Freedom Partners prefer single payer? The spot targeting Colorado Sen. Mark Udall is very similar, and the combined buy is reportedly $1.1 million.

1Q Fundraising:

AK-Sen: Mark Begich (D-inc): $1 million raised, $2.8 million cash-on-hand

MI-Sen: Terri Lynn Land (R): $1.4 million (plus $100,000 in self-funding)

MT-Sen: John Walsh (D-inc): $946,000 raised, $700,000 cash-on-hand

NC-Sen: Greg Brannon (R): $500,000 raised

OK-Sen-B: James Lankford (R): $800,000 raised, $1 million cash-on-hand

SC-Sen-A: Det Bowers (R): $417,000 raised (in two months)

PA-Gov:

Tom Corbett (R-inc): $1.4 million raised, $5.9 million cash-on-hand

Tom Wolf (D): $611,000 raised, $7 million cash-on-hand

Allyson Schwartz (D): $1.5 million raised, $5.1 million cash-on-hand

Rob McCord (D): $568,000 raised, $3.6 million cash-on-hand

Katie McGinty (D): $1.1 million raised, $3.5 million cash-on-hand

IA-04: Jim Mowrer (D): $351,000 raised, $450,000 cash-on-hand

IL-11: Bill Foster (D-inc): $460,000 raised, $1.1 million cash-on-hand

NM-02: Rocky Lara (D): $300,000 raised, $440,000 cash-on-hand

VA-08: Bill Euille (D): $213,000 raised, $174,000 cash-on-hand

NRSC (R): $6.35 million raised (in March), $15.9 million cash-on-hand

House Majority PAC (D): $5.2 million raised

Senate:

AR-Sen: The new Talk Business-Hendrix College poll also has some numbers on Arkansas' Senate race, and they're the best that Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor's seen in a while. Pryor has a 45.5 to 42.5 edge on GOP Rep. Tom Cotton, and while I don't typically like to report numbers to the tenths place, it seems like Hendrix is only incrementing by half a point, given that all of their other percentages are in whole numbers (including the 2 percent apiece for the Libertarian and Green, and the 8 percent undecided). That seems reasonable, since you could wind up calling this a 2- or 4-point race if you round.

No matter what, though, it's close—but it's also a slight improvement from October, when Pryor was ahead just 42-41. And what's more, it's the first independent poll we've seen in a very long time. Almost all the data we've gotten on this race to date has come from partisan internal polls, mostly from Republicans. None of this is to say that Pryor doesn't face an incredibly difficult re-election campaign—of course he does. But this is just something to be aware of.

MI-Sen, -Gov: Finally, a Michigan poll from a decent pollster. PPP's new survey finds Democratic Rep. Gary Peters retaking the lead from Republican former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land: He's now up 41-36, after trailing 42-40 in December. Remarkably, despite all that heavy ad spending by Americans for Prosperity, Peters' favorables have barely budged, from 21-22 late last year to 26-27 now. Ironically, it's Land, whose faced far fewer negative ads, whose seen her favorability plummet, from 34-23 to 28-31. Good job, Koch boys!

The governor's race, meanwhile, is all but unchanged. GOP Gov. Rick Snyder leads Democratic ex-Rep. Mark Schauer 43-39, compared to 44-40 in December. Snyder's job approval score remains underwater at 40-48, little different from last time, and Schauer, like Peters, is barely known, with favorables of 22-23. As we always say, no incumbent ever wants to find himself in the low 40s, and all that money Snyder's spent on weird ads trying to boost his image evidently hasn't had much of an impact.

Finally, PPP's generic legislative ballot question shows Democrats with a healthy 46-36 lead on Republicans. Since the median seat in both the state House and Senate is about 10 points to the right of the state as a whole (thanks to GOP gerrymandering), an edge like this could be enough for Democrats to take back either chamber.

But getting back to Land for a second—whoa. Get a load of this:

"Well we all like to be paid more and that's great but the reality is that women have a different lifestyle," Land said in the speech. "They have kids, they have to take them to get dentist appointments, doctors appointments all those kinds of things and they're more interested in flexibility in a job than pay."
I'm not even going to count the ways this is absurd, wrong, and offensive. There's video of Land's remarks (originally delivered in 2010), so we'll see if this footage makes it into any campaign ads.

GA-Sen: In the previous Digest, we took note of an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report that said Ending Spending, the conservative PAC founded by billionaire Pete Ricketts, had actually spent nine times as much on Georgia's Senate race as previously thought. It turns out that the group isn't just attacking Democrat Michelle Nunn—they're also going after GOP Rep. Phil Gingrey on TV, too. The Gingrey spot hits him for requesting earmarks and also lambastes him for an infamous remark last year when he whined, "I'm stuck here making $172,000 a year." (It wasn't caught on tape, though.)

It's not clear how Ending Spending is dividing up its $1.3 million buy between Nunn and Gingrey. It's also not clear why Gingrey is the target of their ire. Whom are they hoping to help in the GOP primary? Could they be crazy enough to prefer Paul Broun? Hopefully we'll find out soon.

MS-Sen: With the GOP primary two months away, a new poll from Republican outfit Harper Polling finds state Sen. Chris McDaniel narrowing the gap a bit with Sen. Thad Cochran. Cochran still has a 52-35 lead, but that's down from a 54-31 advantage in December. Several other pollsters have found a much closer race.

NC-Sen: As per usual, there's not much change in PPP's latest North Carolina poll for Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan, who trails most of her GOP opponents by anywhere from 1 to 4 points. She does have a small 43-41 edge on state House Speaker Thom Tillis, who's recaptured a very narrow lead in the GOP primary. Tillis now takes 18 percent while physician Greg Brannon is at 15 and pastor Mark Harris 11; a month ago, Tillis and Brannon were tied at 14.

It's sort of a remarkable place for Tillis to be, given that he has twice the name recognition of any of his rivals. The primary is now just four weeks away, though, so expect ad spending to seriously ramp up. But even if Tillis goes all out, there's still a very good chance he'll fail to clear 40 percent and thus have to deal with a July 15 runoff.

NH-Sen: So the RGA is claiming they've got a poll showing Scott Brown leading Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen 49-44, which would contradict every other poll ever. Amusingly, they aren't even sharing the pollster's name (someone's embarrassed?), and what's more, note that this is coming from the Republican Governors Association, not the NRSC. Yet somehow, the RGA isn't bothering to release an numbers on New Hampshire's gubernatorial race. Funny, that.

Gubernatorial:

MD-Gov: Big Dog Alert! Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown says that Bill Clinton is coming to Maryland next month to do an event in support of Brown's campaign for governor. Brown faces Attorney General Doug Gansler and state Del. Heather Mizeur in the Democratic primary.

PA-Gov: PoliticsPA got its hands on an internal paid for by businessman Tom Wolf, but, writes Brittany Foster, the poll "was not released by the campaign, nor did they intend to make it public." It's hard to see why they'd want to keep it a secret, though. The survey, from Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, finds Wolf with a huge 52-14 advantage over state Treasurer Rob McCord, with Rep. Allyson Schwartz at 12 and former state environmental chief Katie McGinty at 5. As Foster alludes, it's the first time since Wolf surged into the lead earlier this year that McCord's outpaced Schwartz, but there are no prizes for second place here.

In the hopes of catching up, McCord's released another new ad, this one focused on his plan to "put a 10 percent tax on drilling in Pennsylvania" and devote the money to education and environmental protection.

House:

FL-19: Another mystery super PAC is showing up in Florida's 19th to help ex-state Rep. Paige Kreegel in the GOP primary, but they're keeping a low profile and don't seem to have put their ad online. (The group is called "A Bright Future"—good luck Googling.) It's the third such organization in the race. Another PAC called Values Are Vital has already spent heavily on Kreegel's behalf, while the Liberty and Leadership Fund has been boosting state Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, mostly by slamming businessman Curt Clawson. (Here's an incendiary example.) The special primary is on April 22.

ID-02: Attorney Bryan Smith is up with his first ad, featuring a video clip of his GOP primary opponent, Rep. Mike Simpson, saying he's "always been a supporter of earmarks." The deep-voiced narrator then chimes in: "Yeah, Mike, we know. You've supported billions in wasteful spending," as one of those lists of supposedly awful pork barrel projects scrolls by. Most are of the goofy, McCain-esque variety (GRAPE GENETICS RESEARCH ZOMG), but does Smith really want to say that $39 million for the National Drug Intelligence Center counts as "wasteful"? The size of the buy is just $25,000.

LA-05: So to recap the last day or so in Vance McAllister's life:

The married Republican congressman was caught on video making out with an aide in his office

The aide, Melissa Peacock, turned out to be a close family friend whose husband he'd worked with for years

So of course McAllister fired her

He also released a statement apologizing for his behavior

Except, says Peacock's husband Heath, McAllister hasn't apologized to him

And oh yeah, McAllister says he'll run for re-election

Even if McAllister is serious about seeking another term, though, there are plenty of other Republicans who might challenge him. Indeed, the man McAllister upset in last year's special election runoff, state Sen. Neil Riser, would only say that now's not the time to talk about a potential bid—which just means there will be plenty more to discuss later.

MI-08: Bad news for Democrats: The party's top option for Michigan's open 8th Congressional District, Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum, has decided not to run, despite an aggressive courtship by the DCCC and EMILY's List. One alternative is Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing, who had previously said he'd consider the race if Byrum took a pass.

NC-07: In his latest ad, New Hanover County Commissioner Woody White attacks the "out of control" federal government for "trampling our constitutional right" and promises to repeal Obamacare and oppose amnesty.

NJ-03: Steve Lonegan is never going to take the subtle approach, that's for sure. In a new TV ad, Lonegan sandblasts his GOP primary rival, fellow carpetbagger Tom MacArthur, as a "liberal" who "raised property taxes every year" when he served as mayor of Randolph. Pretty standard fare, but then the code words come on strong: MacArthur "even raised taxes to build low-income housing"—and we all know what that means! It gets worse: "Like Barack Obama, he did it to promote 'diversity' and 'social engineering.' "

Both of those phrases are slurs, of course, in conservative politics, yet they appear in quotation marks on screen. So when did MacArthur say any of this? Lonegan actually provides a citation to a speech MacArthur gave as mayor last year. MacArthur did indeed speak about strengthening his community's diversity through affordable housing, particularly for seniors. However, the only appearance of the word "engineering" involves actual engineering-engineering—you know, levels, blueprints, that sort of thing. "Social" doesn't show up at all. But it's no surprise Lonegan's confused.

NY-13: Rep. Charlie Rangel has mostly gotten the cold shoulder from the Democratic establishment, but he did manage to earn Sen. Chuck Schumer's endorsement for re-election. But is Schumer actually going to expend any effort raising money for Rangel (especially with his Senate majority on the line), or is his support going to be confined to this press release? The latter seems more likely.

PA-13: Physician Valerie Arkoosh is getting some big-time outside help in the Democratic primary: The American Society of Anesthesiologists is spending $187,000 on radio ads to boost her in the Democratic primary. And what kind of doctor is Arkoosh? An obstetric anesthesiologist, of course. The spots don't appear to be available online, though.

VA-10: A new survey from The Polling Company for Citizens United finds Del. Barbara Comstock (whom they've endorsed) leading fellow Del. Bob Marshall 44-10 in the GOP's April 26 firehouse primary.

WV-03: House Majority PAC slams Republican Evan Jenkins in yet another new ad, this time tying him to the infamous Elk River chemical spill earlier this year. The narrator attacks Jenkins of trying "to delay a water safety bill to prevent another spill at Freedom Industries—a corporate partner of the Koch brothers" (whose faces appear on screen). The ad goes on to accuse the Kochs of trying to buy Jenkins with their "dirty money."

Other Races:

Charlotte Mayor: On Monday, the Charlotte City Council selected state Sen. Dan Clodfelter to replace disgraced former Mayor Patrick Cannon. Clodfelter, who like Cannon is a Democrat, will serve as mayor until the term expires in December of next year. As to whether he runs in 2015 for a full two-year term, Clodfelter said, "I don't have long-term plans to do this," so not exactly a no. As for the Senate seat Clodfelter leaves behind, SD-37 is safely Democratic at 66-33 Obama. (Jeff Singer)

NY State Senate: Jon Lentz at City & State has put together an initial set of race ratings for the rather complicated New York state Senate, using a twist on the familiar tossup/lean/likely rubric. As you know, Republicans hold a minority of seats but currently control the chamber thanks to a band of renegade Democrats known as the IDC. Because of this, Lentz describes each competitive seat as either favoring the mainstream Democrats or the GOP/IDC, which means that some of the districts he talks about are safely blue but may see fights between the Dems and the IDC in the primary. Click through to see his assessments.

Grab Bag:

MoveOn: The progressive activist group MoveOn just released seven new polls, all conducted by PPP, of competitive Senate and gubernatorial races. The main thrust of the surveys is a trio of questions about Medicaid expansion (it's popular across the board), but all of them lead off with horserace questions. Here's how they break down, with trendlines where available in parentheses:

KY-Sen: Alison Grimes (D): 45, Mitch McConnell (R-inc): 44 (Jan.: 45-44 McConnell)

VA-Sen: Mark Warner (D-inc): 49, Ed Gillespie (R): 35

FL-Gov: Charlie Crist (D): 49, Rick Scott (R-inc): 42 (Jan.: 43-41 Crist)

GA-Gov: Jason Carter (D): 43, Nathan Deal (R-inc): 42 (Feb.: 45-42 Deal)

KS-Gov: Paul Davis (D): 45, Sam Brownback (R-inc): 41 (Feb.: 42-40 Davis)

ME-Gov: Mike Michaud (D): 44, Paul LePage (R-inc): 37, Eliot Cutler (I): 14 (Nov.: 38-36-15 Michaud-LePage-Cutler)

PA-Gov: "Democratic candidate": 56, Tom Corbett (R-inc): 34

Obviously all of these results are positive for Democrats, though it's not too hard to pick states ahead of time where you can reasonably expect to find good polling numbers. Put another way, there are no real surprises here, as the earlier polls all illustrate. The most optimistic bit of news comes out of Florida, where Crist has rebounded after what seemed like an outlier-ish January survey that had some strangeness in its sample composition. And the Kansas numbers show that PPP's earlier poll was no fluke. Like we've been saying all cycle, keep watching that one.

North Dakota: Filing closed in North Dakota on Monday, and the state has a list of candidates here.

The primary will be on June 10, but there's not much to see. Republican incumbents are running without opposition for each statewide office, and there are no primaries on the Democratic side. In the race for the state's lone House seat, freshman Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer will face Democratic state Sen. George Sinner, the son of a former governor with the same name. Daily Kos Elections rates the general as Safe Republican, but we'll be keeping an eye on this race to see if Sinner gains any traction. (Jeff Singer)

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 05:00 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  CO-Sen Koch$ targeting Mark Udall no surprise in (14+ / 0-)

    view of his central and possible indispensable role in publicizing the CIA efforts to intimidate the Senate Intelligence Committee.

    Feinstein took it further and Reid even further, but who knows what they would have done if Udall had not gotten out in front.

    This recent history makes Udall's re-election even more important than it would already be in purple Colorado.

  •  PA-Gov: Much cash on hand but little time left... (4+ / 0-)

    can we dream that one or two of these candidates
    •    withdraws,
    •    uses the cash to help Dems win other races, and
    •    thereby becomes popular enough to avoid a crowded primary for the next office that becomes available?

  •  Moguls spending money on political propaganda (8+ / 0-)

    is much preferable to them sitting on the cash or stashing it in off-shore accounts. These dollars keep our media outfits running in the black, not to mention that a host of creative people can take a paycheck to the bank.

    That democrats are being attacked on their strengths should no longer surprise us. The object of the attack is twofold: it aims to hide the attacker's weak spot and to throw the target off his stride by intimidating him into backing away from his strengths. John Kerry's run in 2004 should have wised us up to that for good.

    The Cons really do believe "the best defense is a good offense." Since they are always defensive and insecure, they have to be offensive. It doesn't actually get them to the goal. But, that doesn't matter. Being offensive has become such a habit that it feels good.

    http://hannah.smith-family.com

    by hannah on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 05:37:24 AM PDT

    •  I am reading this and thinking what an (0+ / 0-)

      original  group of insights and how useful they are and then I see the author of the comment and I think, well that explains it.  Thanks for you remarkable perspective, once again.

    •  Moguls (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Amber6541, Cadillac64

      Moguls from the Right and Left spending enormous amounts of money in political campaigns is one thing, however moguls from the Right and Left spending enormous amounts of money to own politicians in office is quite another.
      Money pollutes the political process and produces the best government that money can buy.

      •  Don't blame the tool. (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        scott5js, Cadillac64

        Politicians who can be owned by a mogul need to be retired. Of course, one never knows the first time around. But, that's why we have elections every two years.

        http://hannah.smith-family.com

        by hannah on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 07:39:17 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Clowns (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Cadillac64

        They're to the left of me.

        Jokers are to the right.

        It stinks, and it always has stunk. The difference now is that we can see it clearly thanks to the Inter-tubez.

        Everyone asks for money; it their actions that count when they get in office.  And on that front, Democrats with money are a whole league better for the people than Republicans with money.

        "People should not be afraid of their government; governments should be afraid of their people." --V

        by MikeTheLiberal on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 07:41:52 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Looks like Obamacare has reached the same (4+ / 0-)

    status as ending all abortions -- safe to be against because it will never happen.

    That courting failure isn't just a hedge, but a desideratum is probably difficult for doers to understand. Doers aim for achievement and success; dreamers are content to just imagine what could have been. Success is a matter of luck or magic. Just listen to Donald Rumsfeld talk about his marriage.

    https://www.youtube.com/...

    http://hannah.smith-family.com

    by hannah on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 05:49:24 AM PDT

  •  So they're doing what we should be doing? (0+ / 0-)
    •  "Pointing out that O-RomneyCare Sux ??" (0+ / 0-)

      "There's lots of good things in there, if you really look hard"

      It's going to pave the way for Single Payer, -- someday -- donchaknow?

      And it's a whole lot better than what we had before --   mostly.

      But that's Our Guy's Legacy now

      And  it's OUR job to stick up for it.

      Clap harder !

      •  I should have put a jokey thing after the (0+ / 0-)

        question mark.

        For the record though I don't believe in "our guy" versus "their guy".

        I support the ACA because of the good it does.

        I'm not going to clap for people because they're in some party, however.

  •  Sierra club (2+ / 0-)
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    Amber6541, fenway49

    I have been a member of the Sierra club for a long time and very disheartened they are backing the Keystone pipeline advocate Susan Collins vs. a true progressive! I will be quitting and not donating anymore to them!

  •  Does anyone else find it ironic that (9+ / 0-)

    a group called Ending Spending is spending $1.3 million on the GA Senate race?

    I’ve said before, I will always work with anyone who is willing to make this law work even better. But the debate over repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay. -- President Barack Obama

    by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 06:35:44 AM PDT

  •  Kochs find common ground with Kossacks (0+ / 0-)

    Kind of funny.

  •  I've yet to hear an argument against Obamacare (9+ / 0-)

    from the right or the left that isn't really just an argument for single payer, from my perspective.  Except for 'let him die', which is an argument I wholly reject.

    In every deliberation we must consider the impact on the seventh generation... even if it requires having skin as thick as the bark of a pine. -The Great Law of the Iroquois

    by BrianCricketRakita on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 06:50:33 AM PDT

  •  My head might explode (5+ / 0-)

    trying to figure out how Pubbies figure insurance companies making money on Obamacare is a BAD thing.  Only yesterday is seemed like Obamacare was going to bankrupt the United States and now insurance companies are going to make massive profits from it.

  •  Do they say anything else that causes you to (0+ / 0-)

    characterize them as attacking from the left?

    "shills of the insurance companies" does not sound left or right to me -- just anti.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 07:09:39 AM PDT

  •  The Koch family has been trying to gain control (6+ / 0-)

    of the country since Fred Koch came back to this country in 1956 after the Soviet Union did not renew his contract that year. He had been Joseph Stalin's go to guy for building oil refineries since 1928 and only became offended by Stalin's methods when the Soviet Union had no further use for him. The Koch fortune started with half a billion Fred brought back from Russia right at the start of the Depression when stock was selling for pennies on the dollar.  As a founder of the John Birch Society he was responsible for all the Impeach Earl Warren and Eisenhower was a communist billboards of that era. The sons have bought the GOP since it was for sale. The goal of the GOP is to give the Koch brothers everything they want. They have spent a long time planning and propagandizing and building a base of supporters that Stalin referred to as "Useful idiots" aka the tea party.

    They learned the big lie from Stalin and every Koch ad is simply self interest  propaganda. Their name and methods must be made poisonous to all Americans. Harry Reid has been doing a great service for all of us in attacking them directly.

    Never promote men who seek after a state-established religion; it is spiritual tyranny--the worst of despotism. It is turnpiking the way to heaven by human law, in order to establish ministerial gates to collect toll. John Leland

    by J Edward on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 07:33:00 AM PDT

  •  Intellectual dishonesty it not the point (0+ / 0-)

    The skill, the  - forgive me - genius if right wing propaganda is to take a kernel of truth and use it to make a mountain of lies believable. The ACA was written by the insurance companies because they believed the system was about to collapse and they were afraid that demands for single payer were close to a tipping point.
    The only  - and I am willing to accept only - problem with the ACA is that it does not save enough money. The US wastes $1.4 trillion a year on health care; the ACA reduces that (according to the CBO) to "only" $1.2 trillion. But it also hides much of the waste. The "savings" - real but inadequate - and the fact that it transforms (visible) premiums into (invisible) tax subsidies. In other words, the better the benefits and the higher the subsidies the ACA provides the harder it will be for the public to see the need for single payer.
    A knee-jerk conservative can see that, without believing the benefits - he will ignore the contradictions. The problem is that there are a lot of knee-jerk conservatives.

  •  Are there Iowa Kossacks? (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    MikeTheLiberal, Cadillac64

    A really organized Iowa Kossack group would play an important part in selecting the Democratic nominee. Maybe field its own candidate.
    Is Braley correct that Grassley did not go to law school? I do not find a law school listed in the Wikipedia article. If it is a fact Braley needs to hammer it in:  "This is a fact."

    Censorship is rogue government.

    by scott5js on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 07:51:48 AM PDT

  •  Not surprising (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Cadillac64

    They hammered Democrats for the Wall Street bailouts too, even though the GOP is even more friendly to Wall Street. Even though Bush was still in office at the time, his Treasury Secretary designed it, and as many liberal Democrats voted against TARP in the House as hard-right types.

    “Republicans...think American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people... And they admire of Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.” Harry S. Truman

    by fenway49 on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 08:06:04 AM PDT

  •  Shut "It" All Off (0+ / 0-)

    and deny them any ROI for their ad investments.

    Think independently---vet them yourself -review voting records and other public service accomplishments.

  •  Since we hate Dems validating Repug memes, shdn't (0+ / 0-)

    we welcome Kochs validating Dem memes?

    especially when it suggests that they realize their own memes are losing traction?

    Would love to see Dems respond with this:

    Let's split those insurance company profits between
    1. taxpayers,
    2. patients, &
    3. doctors, nurses & paramedics,

    by lowering the eligibility age for medicare.

    This is necessary because
    the Kochs' oil spills and other pollutants are making more people sicker at ever-younger ages.
    Availability of Medicare-for-all as part of the ACA was blocked in 2008 mainly [let's leave Baucus & Obama out of it for purposes of this response] by Republicans, and by the
    teasing of aisle-straddle-fetishists:
    •    Joe Lieberman (now out of Senate),
    •    Olympia Snowe (now out of Senate), and
    •    Susan Collins (still in Senate and arguing against the ACA including its Medicaid expansion).
    Colorado, Iowa and other states can and should offer a state-level "Medicare-for-All" in the form of a state-sponsored Public Option (as Vermont is working towards).

    Maybe the Kochs' attempt at appropriating the Leftist critique of the ACA can catalyze Dems to move more quickly and visibly towards a Public Option in those states where they have a governing majority.

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