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Monday, April 23, 2018

In Red Arizona, Disdain For Trump May Elect Democratic Senator

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The latest poll of the Arizona Senate race is out, and it is very bad news for the GOP. The numbers suggest Trump is poisonous in the state — and taking Republican candidates down with him.

According to OH Predictive Insights/ABC15, Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema trounces all three major GOP competitors in the race to fill retiring Republican Jeff Flake’s Senate seat. She leads Rep. Martha McSally 48 to 42, former state Sen. Kelli Ward 50 to 40, and disgraced ex-Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio 59 to 33.

Sinema is a fascinating candidate in her own right: a bisexual former Ironman athlete who spent her early childhood living in an abandoned gas station in Florida, and grew up to be a social worker and defense attorney before going into politics.…

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McConnell Suspected Of Partisan Abuse Of Power (Again)

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is no longer confident he can keep his GOP majority this fall. It’s apparently so bad, he’s resorting a desperate Hail Mary tactic: keeping the Senate open so long that red-state Democrats will be trapped in Washington and unable to go home to campaign for re-election.

At least, that’s what sources tell the conservative Washington Examiner.

According to the new report, White House legislative liaison Marc Short told a private gathering of GOP donors that McConnell wants to extend the workweek so vulnerable Democratic senators in states Trump won are “tied up from campaigning.”

McConnell has not confirmed this is his motivation for the proposed longer workweek, and his spokespeople have claimed the longer weeks are intended to force through Trump’s nominees in a timely manner.…

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Quarterly Fundraising Adds Up To GOP Catastrophe

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With lots of Republican House incumbents getting buried by their opponents in fundraising, more and more Republican strategists are denouncing their party’s prospects for the upcoming midterms, and acknowledging they may be facing the worst possible outcomes.

“Thanks to a map that puts more Democratic than Republican seats at risk, our party will still cling to control of the Senate, but GOP House members lack insulation: They will crawl out from the smoking rubble of a 40- to 50-seat pounding to find they have lost their majority,” writes longtime GOP operative Alex Castellanos.

Democrats have to flip 24 seats to take control of the House next year.…

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