Week of Monday, June 25, 2018
IN BRIEF: Less than 140 days before Election Day, Republicans have locked in a historically unpopular campaign platform: brutal treatment of migrant children, their tax bill that overwhelmingly benefits the wealthy and big corporations, ending protections for pre-existing conditions, and repealing the Affordable Care Act.
This platform is catastrophically unpopular with voters across the country — and voters’ dislike for Republican policies cuts across political lines:
This is extremely unfriendly turf for Republicans heading into November. Republicans who claim otherwise are either engaging in wishful thinking or lying.
THREE TO WATCH:
- Josh Hawley, who has “embraced Trump’s abrasive tactics,” has also fallen in line on his reckless trade policies. Last week, MissouriNet reported a Missouri-based nail manufacturer is facing closure because of the president’s steel tariffs. On Sunday, the St. Louis Post Dispatchreported Hawley’s blind loyalty to the president could put his campaign in a tricky position.
- Dean Heller personally lobbied the U.S. Treasury to change one Nevada district’s tax designation to an “Opportunity Zone,” pushed by a major local GOP donor and brothel owner. The adjustment could result in “billions of dollars in federal benefits.” We’re guessing this kind of constituent service isn’t available for every Nevadan.
- Martha McSally bet her political future on a stunning immigration flip-flop, includingscrubbing her name from a moderate bill in favor of a more conservative one, then scrubbing her past support for Dreamers from her website. Late last week it all went down in flames: the bill McSally bragged about helping craft failed in the House thanks to 41 Republican defectors.
- 2,342: Children separated from their parents between May 5 and June 9.
- 51: Days, on average, separated migrant children spend in Office of Refugee Resettlement shelters.
- 3: Age, in months, of the youngest detained and separated child received by authorities in Michigan.
ONE FOR THE ROAD: “I’m Goin’ Down” by Bruce Springsteen (1985)
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Published: Jun 25, 2018