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Saturday, February 16, 2019

How Democrats Can Affordably Fix America’s Infrastructure

Reprinted with permission from The Washington Monthly.

Within an hour of winning the House, Democrats were talking about infrastructure. “We will deliver a transformational investment in America’s infrastructure to create good paying jobs,” Nancy Pelosi declared after victory was assured. By the next day, politicians on both sides of the aisle were hailing infrastructure as a good place for compromise. On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters that infrastructure was “the one issue” where “there could be a possible bipartisan agreement.” The incoming chairman of the House Transportation Committee, Peter DeFazio, praised President Trump, who has regularly talked about working with Democrats to fix America’s infrastructure.…

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A Devastating Midterm Message For Democrats

This article originally appeared on Creators.


While commentators chastise congressional Democrats for lacking a cogent message for midterm voters, does the opposition really need to say much more than “to hell with Trump”? If so, they can start hammering a theme that will unite the party base, attract wavering supporters and blister the hide off this president for a monumental broken promise.

The killer issue is perfectly obvious: infrastructure.

Everybody knows that the collapsing highway bridge in Genoa, Italy, a typically tragic and costly disaster, could have happened anywhere in the United States — indeed, it has, and it will again.…

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Equipment Firms Air Fox Ads Hitting Trump On Infrastructure

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.


Angered by Trump’s complete failure to pass the massive infrastructure spending bill he promised, companies that make construction equipment are targeting Trump directly — by buying ads on Fox News.

“The Association of Equipment Manufacturers is airing a 30-second ad starting Monday on ‘Fox and Friends’ and other programs Trump is known to watch,” Bloomberg reports. “It’s the cornerstone of a ‘Mission Not Accomplished’ campaign urging Washington to make upgrading public works a priority.”

By running ads on programs Trump is known to watch obsessively, manufacturers are making their message to Trump personal.…

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