The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

Roll Call reported Wednesday morning that the National Rifle Association will be targeting mostly Democratic senators running for re-election in 2014 with a print advertising campaign.

The campaign will cost more than $375,000 and feature full-page ads in local newspapers and regional editions of USA Today, along with supplemental digital advertising. The NRA hopes to reverse its dismal election results of 2012, when the group received less than one percent return on investment out of more than $10.5 million spent.

The ads will appear in 15 states. Incumbent Democratic senators to be singled out by the campaign include Mark Pryor of Arkansas, rated a C- by the NRA, Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana with a C and Kay Hagan of North Carolina, who gets an F. Maine, where GOP senator Susan Collins is up for re-election, will also be targeted, as she earned a C+ grade. The ads will also run in West Virginia, where Sen. Jay Rockefeller is retiring.

Pryor, Landrieu, Hagan and other potentially vulnerable Senate Democrats have already been taking a cautious approach on articulating whether they support President Obama’s gun safety measures.

However, in the aftermath of the Newtown mass shooting and President Obama’s call for common-sense gun laws — all of which the majority of  Americans support — groups such as the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Mayors Against Illegal Guns (backed by NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg), and Tuscon shooting survivor Gabrielle Giffords’ new SuperPAC Americans for Responsible Solutions, plan to challenge the NRA in 2014.

Giffords’ group aims to raise $20 million by the midterm elections. And Bloomberg’s own SuperPAC, Independence USA, has spent $2.1 million running attack ads in Illinois against NRA A+ rated Debbie Halvorson, who is a candidate in a special election for ex-Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s seat in Congress. Independence USA is also supporting Robin Kelly, who is devoting her campaign to fighting gun violence.

AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Advertising

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Dr. Mehmet Oz and Sean Hannity

Youtube Screenshot

Fox News prime-time host Sean Hannity is priming his audience to see election fraud in any defeat for Dr. Mehmet Oz, his favored candidate who currently leads the GOP primary for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania with two percent of votes outstanding. If the fast-closing hedge funder Dave McCormick takes the lead and the Oz camp claims the election has been stolen, it could set up a potentially explosive proxy war with Hannity’s colleague Laura Ingraham, whose Fox program favors McCormick and has suggested he is likely to prevail when all the votes are counted.

The GOP primary was a chaotic slugfest that split Fox’s slate of pro-GOP hosts in an unusually public way. Hannity was Oz’s most prominent supporter, reportedly securing the support of former President Donald Trump and using his program to endorse the TV personality, give him a regular platform, and target the challenge from right-wing commentator and Fox & Friends regular Kathy Barnette. Ingraham, meanwhile, used her Fox program (which airs in the hour following Hannity’s) to promote McCormick, criticize Oz, and defend Barnette.

Keep reading... Show less
Youtube Screenshot

Overturning Roe v. Wade is very unpopular, yet another poll confirms. Nearly two out of three people, or 64 percent, told the NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist poll that Roe should not be overturned, including 62 percent of independents. The poll also includes some good news for Democrats.

According to the poll, the prospect of the Supreme Court striking down Roe in the most extreme way is motivating Democratic voters more than Republicans: Sixty-six percent of Democrats say it makes them more likely to vote in November compared with 40 percent of Republicans. That echoes a recent NBC poll finding a larger rise in enthusiasm about voting among Democrats than Republicans.

Keep reading... Show less
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}