June 5, 2017

6-05-2017 POLITICO’S Morning Score Info….

* Ossoff releases second attack ad on Planned Parenthood: The ad features four breast cancer survivors praising Planned Parenthood’s cancer screenings and criticizing Republican Karen Handel for stopping funding for Planned Parenthood while she was an executive at Susan G. Komen. Watch the ad here.

“Senate Democrats try to spark rural comeback in 2018,” by Campaign Pro’s Maggie Severns: “Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) has declared war on almond milk as she prepares to run for reelection in 2018. Though not a cause célèbre driving political talk on cable news, plant-based beverages called milk are a major sore spot for dairy farmers in Wisconsin, where President Donald Trump swept up to 71 percent of the vote in rural counties last November. … While many voters in rural areas complained that Democrats forgot them in 2016, and party strategists rush this year to find a new message to bring them back in the fold, Democratic senators up for reelection in 2018 have little time to spare to fix their party’s issues. … And they are focused this year on winning back voters their party has failed to connect with since the last time they appeared on the ballot.”

– ” … While Republicans concede that Democrats’ emphasis on local issues is smart politics..‘The reason they’re having to localize these things is because they have so badly failed at making their national message anything recognizable to people who used to be Democrats in rural America,’ Full story.

“Georgia Democrat aims to be nation’s first female African American governor,” by the Washington Post’s Vanessa Williams in Albany, Ga.: “Stacey Abrams, a Georgia politician who embodies what many progressives argue is the future of the Democratic Party, launched what she hopes will be a history-making campaign Saturday when she officially announced her candidacy for governor of the Peach State. The 43-year-old Democratic leader of the Georgia State House, who enters as the front-runner for her party’s nomination, is aiming to become the first African American woman to be elected governor in U.S. history. … [J]ust 11 black women have ever been elected to statewide positions nationwide.” Full story.

– “Pro-Trump loyalist Michael Williams enters governor race,” by the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Greg Bluestein: “Republican Michael Williams entered the race for governor on Thursday, pinning his campaign on his outspoken support for Donald Trump as he hopes the same anti-establishment wave that elected the president propels him to Georgia’s highest office. … he has already attacked GOP rivals he deems not sufficiently pro-Trump as ‘disingenuous.’ … A businessman who once owned a chain of Sport Clips barber shops, Williams indicated last year he would run for secretary of state. But energized by Trump’s victory, he hinted repeatedly that he would aim for the state’s highest job instead.” Full story.
VIRGINIA FUNDRAISING – Perriello raises $1.8 million, has $734K on hand: Former Rep. Tom Perriello raised $1.8 million in the last fundraising period before the Virginia Democratic gubernatorial primary, his campaign announced, and has just under $734,000 on hand.

– And he’s ruling out oil and gas money: Perriello, who has made his refusal to take money from Dominion Power a key talking point in the primary, on Thursday signed a pledge not to take any money from the oil, gas or coal industries. He’s the first gubernatorial candidate to sign a pledge sponsored by Action, Climate Hawks Vote, 350 Action and other groups. The sponsors plan to push Democrats throughout the country to sign the pledge in 2018. The pledge is here.

ONLINE MONEY MILESTONE – ActBlue announced on Friday that it crossed $200 million raised in 2017, across 4,404 organizations. That’s more money than passed through the Democratic online fundraising platform in all of 2015, the previous electoral off-year.

TRUMP ON THE TRAIL – “President Donald Trump to headline fundraiser for Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin,” by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Bill Glauber and Daniel Bice: “President Donald Trump will come to southeastern Wisconsin later this month to headline a fundraiser for Gov. Scott Walker. The event will be held June 13 in the evening, but the location hasn’t been set. Full story.

– “Trump to host fund-raiser for South Jersey Rep. Tom MacArthur,” by the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jonathan Tamari: “President Trump will host a fund-raiser June 11 for South Jersey Congressman Tom MacArthur, using his New Jersey golf club to help a lawmaker facing intense criticism after playing a key role in pushing the GOP’s Affordable Care Act rollback through the House. Full story .

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