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News Monday, Jun 25 2018

Senate Brief: Republican Senate Candidates Lock In Historically Unpopular Midterm Platform

Jun 25, 2018

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:

  • Family separations: 68% of independents — and 66% of all voters — oppose the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents at the border.
  • Tax law: Approval of the Republican tax law slid to 34% this month, the fourth straight declinein Monmouth University’s polling this year.
  • Pre-existing conditions: 72% of independent voters — and two-thirds of all voters — oppose the Trump Administration’s position on pre-existing conditions in a legal case that could gut coverage for millions. A Kaiser Health poll last summer found 70% of Americans favored keeping protections for pre-existing conditions.
  • Repealing the Affordable Care Act: Driven by a rise in popularity among independents, the ACA is at a record high in popularity, with 55% of independent voters now approving of the law.

This is extremely unfriendly turf for Republicans heading into November. Republicans who claim otherwise are either engaging in wishful thinking or lying.


  • 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.
  • 51Days, 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)

AND HAPPY MONDAY from American Bridge. Follow us at @JoshuaKarp @AmeliaPenniman@EmmaBeckerman1

Published: Jun 25, 2018

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