American Bridge Calls On Ed Gillespie To Apologize For Lying About His Cynical Political Attacks on Virginia’s Bipartisan Transportation Bill

Ed Gillespie got caught attacking Virginia’s historic, bipartisan transportation bill – and now he’s lying about it. First, Gillespie criticized his opponent for supporting the transportation bill, which provided critical funding for Virginia’s transportation system and was signed by Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell, whose campaign Gillespie once chaired.

After facing sharp criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike, Gillespie denied ever launching the attack – turning a dishonest talking point into a flat-out lie.

“Partisan Hack Ed Gillespie got caught being himself – a political opportunist who will say or do anything to advance his own career – and now he’s lying about it,” said American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price. “Virginians deserve better, and Gillespie owes them an apology.”

Gillespie Attacked Northam For Supporting Bipartisan Transportation Bill. According to Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Gillespie wants you to know that Democrat Ralph S. Northam voted for ‘the largest tax increase in Virginia history.’ But Gillespie is conveniently leaving out a big […]

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American Bridge Response to Trump’s Unhinged ACA Remarks 

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah responded to Donald Trump’s remarks about the Affordable Care Act and Trumpcare today with the following statement:

​”Donald Trump​’s​ unhinged ravings demonstrate he knows nothing about the Affordable Care Act – including the year it was passed – which the overwhelming majority of the American people want him to work across party lines to improve.  What’s worse, nearly everything he said about Trumpcare is a blatant lie, and it flies in the face of warnings from America’s doctors, hospitals, and patient advocacy organizations like the American Cancer Society. Trump’s lies can’t hide the truth: any Senator who votes yes tomorrow will be choosing tax cuts for the wealthy over the well-being of tens of millions of Americans.”

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Republicans are trying to gut the nonpartisan CBO after a sobering ACA repeal score

“Republicans wrote a terrible healthcare bill and now they’re trying to silence the truth about their plan’s consequences.  The Congressional Budget Office – led by a Republican – revealed the bill would cost 32 million people their health care​.​ B​ut rather than creating a better bill, Republicans want to scrap the agency that exposed the recklessness of their own plan.  That says all we need to know ​regarding ​how much the GOP cares about families struggling to afford health insurance. Here’s a novel idea: instead of writing a terrible bill and trying to hide its consequences, why not work with Democrats on a better plan?” said Andrew Bates, spokesman for American Bridge 21st Century.

The Hill: Meadows: CBO should downsize, aggregate think tank reports
BY NIV ELIS – 07/24/17 02:20 PM EDT

Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.), a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, plans on offering an amendment to spending legislation this […]

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Bruce Rauner’s Shift to the Far Right

Bruce Rauner tries to paint himself as a moderate, but his recent staff shakeup reveals his true colors. He’s replaced key leadership staff with people from the far-right Illinois Policy Institute, a group that advocates for the repeal of the state income tax, which would gut essential public services and put lives at risk.

Illinois voters see through Gov. Rauner’s charades. He can’t claim to be a moderate if he surrounds himself with extremists who are out to hurt Illinois’ families.


Politico: New hires create minefield for Illinois governor

POLITICO: Rauner fires staffer with history of homophobic tweets

Chicago Sun-Times: Rauner staffers ‘dropping like flies’ in wave of firings, resignations

Crain’s Chicago Business: Rauner loses top political aide, capping a week of chaos

Crain’s Chicago Business: Has Bruce Rauner lost it?

Politico: Illinois governor cleans house after budget showdown

Chicago Sun-Times: Rauner interviews ‘body man’ Friday, fires him Monday

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Zero Credibility: Jared Keeps Getting Caught Lying

In his prepared remarks for the Senate Intelligence Committee, Jared Kushner claims, “I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government. I had no improper contacts.”

But that is in itself demonstrably false. For starters: Kushner knew Don Jr. was looking for Kremlin-proffered dirt on Hillary Clinton, and he eagerly joined Junior and Paul Manafort when they took the meeting with the Russians, knowing, thanks to the email correspondence he was forwarded, that Putin and the Kremlin were pulling for Trump.

The reality is that Jared Kushner has repeatedly lied on his security clearance forms and personal financial disclosure filings — to the extent that nothing that Kushner says can be trusted or taken at face value:

Kushner “inadvertently omitted” upwards of $10 million in assets from his financial disclosures;
Kushner hid […]

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New Analysis Shows Medicaid Costs for Nevadans Would Skyrocket Under Trumpcare

A new analysis of the Senate GOP’s Trumpcare bill shows that annual out-of-pocket costs will skyrocket for Nevadans under the newest draft of the Senate GOP’s Trumpcare plan.

A single, 60-year-old Nevadan earning $12,360 who currently pays $0 under the Affordable Care Act would pay $7,650 in premiums and deductibles next year, according to a new study by the non-partisan Urban Institute.

“It’s more clear than ever that Trumpcare would sentence tens of thousands of Nevadans — and millions of Americans — to insurance with out-of-pocket costs so high it effectively leaves them uninsured. With every new study, the truth becomes clearer: Trumpcare would strip millions of their insurance and raise costs on millions more, and that’s why Nevadans are demanding Sen. Dean Heller stand up for them — for once,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

Take a look at the horrifying numbers:

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First Cornyn, now Cruz admit that they are playing politics with the American people’s healthcare

“The second Republican Senator in as many days just admitted the truth: they and Donald Trump are endangering the healthcare of the American people in order to practice the most cynical form of partisan politics imaginable,” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates. “Yesterday John Cornyn said it would be a ‘luxury’ to know if the Senate would vote to take coverage from 22 or 32 million Americans, and now Ted Cruz is urging Republicans to put the next year’s elections ahead of the well-being of American families.”

Washington Examiner: Ted Cruz warns: Failure to act on Obamacare will hurt GOP in 2018
by Anna Giaritelli

Sen Ted Cruz, R-Texas, lashed out at Senate Republicans on Friday for their inaction in healthcare reform legislation, and said it could result in real problems for the GOP in the mid-term elections.

Fox News co-host Ainsley Earhardt asked Cruz on Friday if senators are worried […]

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