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It gets worse -- for Mitch McConnell

Note: This is from Jay Henderson, field deputy

Thanks to you and all of us at DFA, Senator Mitch McConnell had a very bad week.

After we released polling showing McConnell losing his bid for reelection, their campaign spent the rest of the week on defense fending off question after question from the local Louisville Courier-Journal to the national U.S. News and World Report.

The Huffington Post, Politico, The Hill, Talking Points Memo, The Atlantic, Washington Times... if you name a major media outlet, they probably covered it. McConnell's defense? "They have concocted another fictitious poll that has no basis in reality."

Keep dreaming Mitch. As members of the media pointed out, our polling firm was "lauded for its accuracy during the 2012 election cycle."

Contribute right now to keep the pressure on and send Mitch McConnell packing. 

Oh, but it gets worse -- for Mitch McConnell.

On the heels of our polling, a second poll was released showing the same results. Suddenly the campaign isn't being quite so bullish to claim fraud and even the Cook Political Report, a prominent nonpartisan outlet that analyzes elections and is followed closely by the Washington establishment, moved the race into the "Toss Up" category.

The fact is five-term incumbent, Senate Minority Leader, king of the filibuster, and chief architect of Republican gridlock Mitch McConnell is losing his race for reelection in Kentucky.

This is a huge opportunity. If we can keep Republicans on defense, even in a red state, their path to winning control of the Senate gets that much harder.

Help us send Mitch packing with a contribution of $15.

This was a bad week for Mitch McConnell. Let's make sure the rest of the year only gets worse.

Jay

Jay Henderson, Field Deputy
Democracy For America
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There's Even More Troubling News for Mitch McConnell in the New Polls Released Today. MORE HERE:

You probably saw this shocker of a headline today: 

Well there's more troubling numbers for Mitch McConnell, and and we've got the full report here. As you see, he's not only wildly unpopular, but his stance on Social Security is wildly out of touch with his constituents. Give a read and let us know what your analysis is in the comments. 

Kentucky Senate Race Questions

If the general election for U.S. Senate were held today, and the choices were Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, for whom would you vote?

Mitch McConnell ........................................................... 44%

Alison Lundergan Grimes ............................................. 45%

Undecided .................................................................... 11%

(Asked of 1,210 Kentucky voters MOE 2.8%)

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Republican Mitch McConnell is handling his job as U.S. Senator?

Approve ................................................................ 40%

Disapprove ........................................................... 51%

No opinion .............................................................. 9%

(Asked of 1,210 Kentucky voters MOE 2.8%)

After 30 years in the U.S. Senate, do you believe Republican Mitch McConnell deserves re-election, or not?

Believe he does  ................................................................  38%

Believe he does not ...........................................................  54%

Not sure ..............................................................................  8%

(Asked of 625 Kentucky voters MOE 3.9%)

If Republican Mitch McConnell supported any cuts to Social Security or Medicare benefits, including raising the retirement age or reducing cost-of-living adjustments, would you be more or less likely to support his candidacy for U.S. Senate, or would it not make a difference?

More likely....................................................... 15%

Less likely ....................................................... 52%

Wouldn't make a difference............................. 33%

(Asked of 585 Kentucky voters - MOE 4.1%)



Social Security Questions

A proposal in Congress would increase Social Security benefits, resulting in a worker at age 75 receiving $452 more in benefits per year and a worker at age 85 receiving $807 more per year. Do you support or oppose this proposal?

Support ...........................................................  51%

Oppose ...........................................................  24%

Not sure ..........................................................  24%

(Asked of 585 Kentucky voters - MOE 4.1%)

Right now, wealthy Americans only pay Social Security taxes on the first $113,000 of their income. In order to strengthen Social Security, do you support or oppose scrapping this cap so that wealthy Americans pay the same rate on their income as ordinary Americans?

Support  ................................. 62%

Oppose  ................................. 20%

Not Sure ................................. 18%

(Asked of 625 Kentucky voters - MOE 3.9%)

In order to reduce the national debt, would you support or oppose cutting spending on Social Security benefits, which is the government retirement program for the elderly?

Support ........................................................... 11%

Oppose ........................................................... 79%

Not sure.......................................................... 9%

(Asked of 1,210 Kentucky voters MOE 2.8%)

Do you support or oppose the recent White House proposal to cut the cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security benefits, resulting in a worker at age 75 receiving $658 less in benefits per year?

Support ........................................................... 13%

Oppose ........................................................... 74%

Not sure .......................................................... 13%

(Asked of 625 Kentucky voters MOE 3.9%)

Poll conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP) on behalf of Democracy For America (DFA) and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) on July 19-21, 2013. PPP was#1 most accurate pollster of 2012.

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Gomez is the Same Republican We Already Know

Rep. Ed Markey and Gabriel Gomez squared off in the first of their four debates, and the results show what we know all along. 

Markey is the progressive candidate that the country needs. His opponent, Gomez, spent much of the debate putting himself right in line with the same values that conservatives always trot out. And despite how much Gomez may try to separate himself from the national party with a line like this...

“I’m an absolutely new kind of Republican. You know it and the people of Massachusetts know it.”

...he isn't going to get very far when his views on abortion draw condemnation from Planned Parenthood. He insisted that he would not change any laws, but went on to say that he thought waiting 24 hours for an abortion was fine. This creates a character problem, because he would not fight Roe V. Wade, but he would morally support anti-choice legislation as well as confirm an activist judge to the Supreme Court. How does this make sense for a Massachusetts Senator? Here's Planned Parenthood's reaction to Gomez' remarks:

"It’s ignorant and dangerous to think that delaying a woman’s access to timely medical care by forcing her to wait 24 hours before having an abortion is ‘not asking a lot.’ Passing restrictions on safe, legal abortion such as unnecessary, onerous waiting periods or approving the nomination of a Supreme Court Justice who opposes Roe v Wade is changing the law – and not for the better.” -Tricia Wajda, director of public affairs for the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts

On Markey's part, he said an abortion should be a decision between a woman and her physician. 

For someone who claims to be a new kind of Republican, Gomez' stance on women's reproductive health and contraception are in line with mainstream conservative values

Take a look at his habit of dodging questions on contraception.

And while Markey claimed he would not vote for any Supreme Court nominee that would overeturn Roe V. Wade, Markey claimed that he would have no litmus test. This differentiates him not only for Markey, but with Senator Kennedy, Senator Kerry, and Senator Warren. His near refusal to clarify his position on reproductive rights might be a sign that he would be yet another anti-choice Republican. This, of course, all happening in a state where 51% of people held the right to choose as a significant reason they voted Democratic. 

If nothing else, this debate serves as proof that Gabriel Gomez is just another Republican willing to wage war on women. He can say he believes in equality all he wants, but when he follows up by dodging questions on women's reproductive rights and says his anti-choice position really doesn't matter, it's worrying. 

Stand with Ed Markey on June 25th, and don't let another anti-woman Republican go to Washington. 

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5 Signs GOP Re-brand Isn't Going So Well

5 Signs GOP Re-brand Isn’t Going So Well

1. So you lost your Hispanic Outreach director....

Pablo Pantoja, the Director of Hispanic Outreach officially left the Republican party and became a Democrat.

He wrote in an email: “It doesn’t take much to see the culture of intolerance surrounding the Republican Party today. I have wondered before about the seemingly harsh undertones about immigrants and others. Look no further; a well-known organization recently confirms the intolerance of that which seems different or strange to them.”

2. They turn away candidate for GOP Chair in IL because he actually supports gay marriage...

State Rep. Ron Sandack supported bill for marriage equality in Illinois and subsequently, was no longer a viable candidate for taking on the chair position. Which brings the question: If the party was actually looking to change, wouldn't they accept someone who the majority of American's agree with? Someone who you know, stand for equal rights!!?!?! Read full story here.

3.  Remember when Rand Paul spoke at Howard University?

Looking to court young African American voters, Rand Paul gave a speech at Howard University back in April. He did try to make some claims, such as never once wavering in supporting the Civil Rights Act, despite his stance that it was overly protective of black people in the workplace expressed in a 2010 interview with Rachel Maddow.

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4. And this would be their smooth attempt at appealing to women...

...restricting contraception, cutting Planned Parenthood, mandating medically unnecessary transvaginal ultrasounds, forcing physicians to lie that abortion and breast cancer are linked, defeating VAWA, voting against equal-pay laws, and the occasional ‘rape’ blunder...

However, they assume somehow, they can gain support from “mommy blogs” -  See USA Today.

5. Most recently, the Heritage Foundation believes amnesty would cost the US $6.3 trillion...

The study shows that an amnesty program would bring in $3 trillion into the US economy, but would be offset by a $9.4 trillion drain. Co-author of the report, Jason Richwine has been in the news before for his 2009 doctoral dissertation at Harvard entitled, “IQ and Immigration Policy,” and has made the claim that non-white immigrants, especially Latinos, have a genetically deficient IQ. When in fact, "the best study we have on the fiscal effects of immigration reform, from the CBO, finds the impact to be minimal or positive."

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WATCH: The Lost GOP and Their Worst Ad Yet

Howard Dean was on MSNBC last night and had some choice quotes about the state of the GOP, including "the RNC is doing everything they can to make sure Democrats win the House in 2014." Do you agree? Tell us in the comments. 

Also, worth pointing out that in RNC ad featured in the clip, the GOP also used an image of the president consoling a victim of the Newtown shooting. Just continuing to show their poor taste and how out of touch they are. 


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