THE AR INTEL WEEK AHEAD: 09-17-18
With only 50 days remaining until America votes in this year’s midterm elections, President Trump continues to focus on helping Republicans hold the House and Senate in November. The president is set to travel to Nevada and Missouri later this week to campaign for Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) and Republican State Attorney General Josh Hawley, who is challenging Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) for her Senate seat.
Meanwhile, senators will vote on a bipartisan bill to combat the opioid epidemic, as well as a minibus containing funding for Defense, Labor and Health and Human Services departments. House lawmakers are in their districts this week to observe Yom Kippur.
Two New Polls in West Virginia and Missouri Reflect Tight Senate Races
Incumbent Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) are fighting for their political lives, according to polls release this week. Both Democrats are up for re-election in hard-fought contests in West Virginia and Missouri – both states won by President Donald Trump in 2016 by vast double-digit margins.
Each Democrat faces their state’s attorney general – for Manchin, he is running against Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, and for McCaskill, she is facing Attorney General Josh Hawley.
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THE AR INTEL WEEK AHEAD: 08-27-18
Washington, D.C. is mourning the passing of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) this week. McCain, a husband, father of seven, Vietnam veteran, Republican congressman and senator from Arizona, and a two-time contender for the presidency, passed away on Saturday at the age of 81 after battling a malignant brain tumor since 2017.
Tributes from around the world have poured in for the late senator, hailing McCain as the ultimate American hero, patriot, and statesman. Politicians, both Republicans and Democrats alike, praised the man they knew as the ‘Maverick’ as a faithful servant of democracy, and one who lived his life true to his principles, unafraid to go his own way.
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The Top 10 Red State Democrats in Online Fundraising This July
Every dollar counts in a political campaign, and that’s never truer than in the final months of a campaign. Red state Democrats are doing everything they can to raise money to preserve their seats in Congress, and FEC data filed by ActBlue, the Democrats’ online fundraising platform, shows us exactly how much they raised in the month of July.
Whereas voters would normally not get an opportunity to see how online fundraising is doing among these senators, ActBlue’s filings give us a sneak peek on how Q3 fundraising is going for these Democrats.
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THE AR INTEL WEEK AHEAD: 08-20-18
Senators fly back to Washington, D.C. on Monday and are set to begin working on two new spending bills. They’ll also be preoccupied with Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, as he continues his meetings on Capitol Hill this week. He’ll sit down on Monday with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, followed by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and vulnerable red-state Democrat Sen. Clarie McCaskill (D-MO) on Tuesday. Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing is set to begin on September 4.
Meanwhile at the White House, President Trump is holding an event on Monday afternoon to honor the heroes of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Gov. Doug Ducey (R-AZ), Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) and members of the National Sheriffs’ Association will be in attendance. President Trump will also hit the campaign trail this week, flying to West Virginia on Tuesday to hold a roundtable and campaign rally with supporters.
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VIDEO: Concerned Women for America Explain Why They Support Kavanaugh
Penny Young Nance, the president and CEO of Concerned Women for America (CWA), spoke exclusively to AR Intel during a bus tour stop at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia on Wednesday to explain why her organization is strongly supporting President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
CWA is hitting the road this month to get the word out about Kavanaugh and listen to voters’ top priorities. To watch two exclusive videos featuring Nance and CWA’s national field director, sign up for a free 7-day trial of AR Intel by clicking here!
GOP Wins in Ohio, Socialists Lose Across the Map in August 7 Primaries
The results of Tuesday’s special and primary elections produced interesting results for commentators to break down. Democrats failed in a bid to take a heavily-Republican district in Ohio, when Republican candidate Troy Balderson defeated Democrat Danny O’Connor in the OH-12 special election.
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KC Star: Josh Hawley is the clear choice for Missouri Republicans in U.S. Senate primary
Republican voters in Missouri have four options in the primary for U.S. Senate. While each candidate hews strongly to the state’s deep-red GOP convictions, Attorney General Josh Hawley is the clear choice to advance to the general election.
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THE AR INTEL WEEK AHEAD: 07-23-18
Made in America is the theme of the week at the White House. President Trump will showcase a range of American made products, including fighter jets, beef jerky, jeans and snowboards, at the White House on Monday. He’ll promote American manufacturing and jobs during his speech to Cabinet Secretaries, business owners and workers at 3pm ET.
Over on the Hill this week, the Senate will confirm Robert Wilkie as the President’s new Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary while the House will consider a series of health care bills.
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Senate Democrats’ Q2 Fundraising Numbers
Red state Democrats will need all the help they can get in the final months leading up to the midterm elections this November. AR Intel has been consistently tracking the fundraising totals of Senate Democrats running in states won by President Trump in the 2016 election.
Many of these incumbents are running for their third or fourth term, but few have faced an environment as challenging as this one. Trump won several of the states that these Democrats represent by larger than 20-point margins.
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