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IA-Sen: Democrats have largely been ignoring some of Republican Joni Ernst's more extreme or utterly insane ideas, or have just danced around them a bit. But this is a very good spot from the DSCC that goes after Ernst on one of her biggest potential vulnerabilities: Medicare.

The spot stars an Iowa senior accusing Ernst of wanting to cut Medicare and ending its guarantee. Ernst recently ran a spot where she promised to protect Social Security and Medicare for seniors, so she evidently saw this coming. We'll find out soon enough if Democrats are willing to keep zeroing in on her long list of insane ideas.

Senate:

KY-Sen: Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes stresses her accomplishments as secretary of state and as a volunteer lawyer for victims of domestic violence. It seems like it's part of a pushback against a recent spot from Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, where he argued that she had no accomplishments.

Senate Majority PAC is up with another negative spot against McConnell. There's no narration, just text attacking McConnell on outsourcing as sad music plays. The message is fine but these "no narration spots" are often hard to pull off: Viewers are often barely paying attention while commercials are playing, and it's a lot to ask for them to sit and read along. The pro-GOP Kentucky Opportunity Coalition also drops another $118,000 here.

LA-Sen: The DSCC hits Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy for "putting millionaires before Medicare." The NRA also throws $131,000 against Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu.

MI-Sen: Senate Majority PAC is spending another $635,000 against Republican Terri Lynn Land.

MN-Sen: Republican Mike McFadden's adult son describes how cheap the candidate is. The younger McFadden tells how when he needed his stitches taken out, his father was so horrified by the cost that he took scissors and did it himself. Apparently, that story is supposed to make McFadden more likable.

NH-Sen: Ending Spending's recent ad against Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen was recently pulled from a Boston TV station for being ... not exactly true. The spot cost the group $532,000. Mayday PAC also continues to throw money into the incinerator supporting long-shot GOP primary candidate Jim Rubens, laying down another $547,000 (here and here).

DSCC: We have independent expenditure reports for a number of key races (here and here).

Gubernatorial:

HI-Gov: Republican Duke Aiona goes positive.

MA-Gov: Don Berwick has largely been an afterthought in the expensive Democratic primary between frontrunner Martha Coakley and Steve Grossman. Berwick tries to change that by positioning himself above the fray in his new spot.

WI-Gov: Democrat Mary Burke has a positive spot highlighting a program she started to train young people for college.

House:

AR-02: Democrat Patrick Henry Hayes describes how he helped streamline government as mayor of North Little Rock.

AZ-01, 02: The NRCC is spending $145,000 against Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, and $161,000 against Democratic Rep. Ron Barber.

FL-02: Republican Rep. Steve Southerland's spot features a mother praising him for standing up for female victims of violence. The NRCC also throws another $102,000 down here.

IN-02: Democrat Joe Bock once again portrays himself as someone who can stop the crisis going on in Washington.

NY-24: Republicans acknowledge that they'll have a hard time beating Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei in this 57 percent Obama district, but Team Red has been encouraged by former federal prosecutor John Katko's fundraising. Katko just aired his first ad highlighting his background.

One less savory part of Katko's career is a 2000 incident where his gun was stolen from his car and later used in a crime that left two people dead. Katko didn't break any laws, but a Justice Department review found that he had likely failed to store his gun safely, in possible violation of federal policies. For his part Katko is saying he has no regrets about his role in the matter. In any case, this is probably not the type of story Republicans want in a race where they need everything to go right to win.

WV-02: Democrat Nick Casey highlights how he's helped his community.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 01:42 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    Senior Elections Writer, Daily Kos. 24, male, CA-18 (home and voting there), LA-02 (resident). Formerly known as Darth Jeff.

    by Jeff Singer on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 01:42:25 PM PDT

  •  Shorter McConnell: (3+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude, Australian2, Creosote

    "Ms. Grimes has accomplished little more in 2 years than I have in 30."

    Oh, wait....

    Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 02:25:55 PM PDT

  •  So what is the DSCC proposing to protect Medicare? (1+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude

    It was announced today that Obama's HHS approved a horrendous Medicaid expansion for PA that rips off uninsured poor people and shifts billions of Medicaid funds to private insurance companies. Is that the alternative DC Dems are offering?

    If so, Iowans are screwed regardless of which candidate they choose.

    More health care kabuki on the road to hell.

    Money is property, not speech. Overturn Citizens United.

    by Betty Pinson on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 06:09:08 PM PDT

    •  Medicaid is separate from Medicare. (4+ / 0-)
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      Stude Dude, James Allen, askew, sulthernao

      “The universe is big. It’s vast and complicated and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles.” -The Doctor

      by KingofSpades on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 06:27:47 PM PDT

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      •  As Medicaid goes, Medicare will follow (0+ / 0-)

        Pardon, but I didnt think I needed to point that out. Apparently I did.

        So now that we've gotten that out of the way, what, exactly, is DSCC's plan for the future of Medicare?

        We don't know, do we? Right now, it's not looking good. Perhaps msrginally better than the GOPs, but likely not much, especially since the same corporate backers are writing the plan for both parties.

        Sorry, but I have pretty high standards for health care reform and I stick to them.

        Money is property, not speech. Overturn Citizens United.

        by Betty Pinson on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 06:44:03 PM PDT

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        •  I don't think the DSCC has a plan for Medicare (1+ / 0-)
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          I think the only thing the DSCC tries to do is win US Senate seats for Democrats. They don't do policy.

          We no longer ask if a man has integrity, but if he has talent. - Rousseau, Discourse on the arts and sciences

          by James Allen on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 07:18:19 PM PDT

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          •  Then they had better develop one (1+ / 0-)
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            Justus

            I'm so old, I can remember when Democrsts who ran for the senate had more than talking points, but actual well developed policy positions on important issues.

            If the want to send Medicare down the same path as the new Medicaid "plans" they had better say so. If not, they need to offer the details on how they plan to prevent it.

            And lets not be naive. When DSCC is buying these ads, they're calling the shots on what that senator will vote for if elected.

            Money is property, not speech. Overturn Citizens United.

            by Betty Pinson on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 07:48:54 PM PDT

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            •  why be so cynical? (0+ / 0-)

              And if you are, why pay attention to this stuff at all?

              We no longer ask if a man has integrity, but if he has talent. - Rousseau, Discourse on the arts and sciences

              by James Allen on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 08:26:20 PM PDT

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              •  I'm a cancer survivor and activist (0+ / 0-)

                Ive been working with a number of groups on health care reform since around 2001. It's an issue I've been following very closely for a long time, attending national conferences, presenting talks, doing research, etc.

                Money is property, not speech. Overturn Citizens United.

                by Betty Pinson on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 08:38:15 PM PDT

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                •  And I lobby Congress every year, WH too (0+ / 0-)

                  Its my thing. Its always been integrated into election year politics, thats how we finally got ACA passed. Grilling candidates,  holding them accountable when they're elected.

                  Money is property, not speech. Overturn Citizens United.

                  by Betty Pinson on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 08:42:00 PM PDT

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    •  Explain... Explain about how it is so bad.. Exp... (1+ / 0-)
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      Explain... Explain about how it is so bad.. Expansions mean more coverage and more people getting covered how is that bad?

      •  This isn't garden variety expansion (0+ / 0-)

        Its taking the federal Medicaid money the state gets and giving it to a third party, private insurance companies, to purchase insurance plans for poor people. Those poor people will then be required to use their own meager funds to pay part of the insurance premium, as well as the usual co pays.

        Its taking a very large pot of money and, indtead of paying it directly to health care providers to treat low income people, it gives it to a new level of private sector bureacrats who then charge the patient additional fees and provide give health care providers smaller fees for the services they provide.

        And if poor people can't afford their portion of the Medicaid premium, they remain uninsured.

        Yeah, its really bad, but apparently someone in the WH thought it was politically savvy. But hey, its ok to throw poor people overboard as long as you don't have to hear the splash.

        Money is property, not speech. Overturn Citizens United.

        by Betty Pinson on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 08:03:01 PM PDT

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    •  Um...this is not right at all. (0+ / 0-)

      States have always have long had the option to institute managed care style Medicaid with oversight from private companies, and 2/3 of all Medicaid enrollees are currently in managed care plans.

      In fact Pennsylvania's current Medicaid program is almost exactly the same as the proposed expansion for most patients. Pennsylvania's Medicaid expansion is NOT like Arkansas's private option. State's do not need special waivers to have managed care contracts for Medicaid.

      Joan Alker, executive director of the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, said Pennsylvania’s plan was different from Arkansas’s and Iowa’s because the newly eligible Medicaid population would not choose private plans through the new online insurance marketplace. Instead, Ms. Alker said, they will enroll in managed-care plans offered by private insurance companies outside the exchange.

      “To me it’s a lot of rhetoric,” she said. “The majority of Medicaid beneficiaries in Pennsylvania already get their services through managed care, from private insurance companies that the Medicaid program contracts with. So he’s really just adding a layer of complexity here.” [Emphasis added]

      Link

      Of course despite this fact, the media has been harping the Republican rhetoric as if this is a dramatic change to Medicaid. It is not. Don't be fooled. This is just a way for Republicans to save face on Medicaid expansion.

  •  A pretty good couple of days ad-wise. (0+ / 0-)

    “The universe is big. It’s vast and complicated and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles.” -The Doctor

    by KingofSpades on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 06:44:04 PM PDT

  •  So the hard left Progressives have on this site... (1+ / 0-)
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    anshmishra

    So the hard left Progressives have on this site already made up their minds on November it's too sit here and not vote... Well screw all of you, I'm voting and you people who sit here talking like Cliven Bundy about how it's all evil on both sides... GTFO.. Ether you help the party vote, or volunteer or stop posting BS bashing comments here..

  •  So Democrats are running on healthcare, the eco... (1+ / 0-)
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    anshmishra

    So Democrats are running on healthcare, the economy, ACA, and even Helping the poor and minorities, yet Democrats here have already said it's not enough, 22 candidates running on this stuff is not enough? You people are not voting, and you already made up your minds.. Cowards get up and help or get out, sitting here and crying won't fix the problem..

  •  How About Taking On SS Privatization? (3+ / 0-)

    A better writer than me could expand on the idea:

    Social Security is over 75 years old.  SS Administration has not missed a payment, ever.

    Joni Ernst wants to turn Social Security over to the Wall Street Banksters who crashed the economy a few years ago.

    Do you want to trust those same bankers with your retirement?  Joni Ernst does.

    Ideology: A set of assumptions so appealing that one looks at their abstract logic rather than at how the world actually works. -Michael Hudson

    by Justus on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 08:01:18 PM PDT

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