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July 24, 2017

7-24-2017 POLITICO’S Morning Score Election Info for 2018….

DSCC tops NRSC in June fundraising: “The NRSC raised $4.8 million in June, according to its FEC filing, and finished the month with $16.2 million on hand. That trails the DSCC, which announced today it raised $5 million in June and had $17.2 million in the bank.” Full story.

“Blue Dogs eye comeback in 2018,” by POLITICO’s Heather Caygle: “The Blue Dog Coalition, a fading wing of the Democratic Caucus in recent years, is leaning on a controversial ally as it tries to gain a toehold of power back to regain a toehold on power in the House: President Donald Trump. The group of moderate and conservative Democrats, which was all but wiped out when Republicans swept the House in 2010, has been slowly rebuilding its membership. And with Democrats eager to woo the white working-class voters who flocked to Trump, the coalition is prodding party leaders to support Blue Dog-backed candidates, saying that’s the key to taking back the House in 2018. It’s a push that is quickly running into conflict with the party’s energized left flank.” Full story.

DCCC pops jobs, economy polling memo: Voters are “not looking for our sympathy,” but candidates should share what they will “do about it,” Democratic pollsters Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research wrote in a recent memo for the DCCC, as Democrats prepared to roll out their new economic message. The memo provides a data-driven messaging guidance for “A Better Deal,” which consultants have been briefed on in recent weeks. A survey of Democratic base and swing voters are “deeply dissatisfied with the economy and their place in it,” per the memo, and it cautions that Democrats are “at risk of being seen as prioritizing issues other than jobs and economic growth.” The memo urges candidates to “pivot quickly to a realistic, positive approach that helps small businesses grow and workers get better jobs, wages, and skills.” And in a preview of potential 2018 bogeymen: Democrats should “aggressively contrast” to include “Congress, big businesses that send jobs overseas, and Wall Street for a weak economy.”

“Schumer: Democrats were ‘namby-pamby,” via Campaign Pro’s Kevin Robillard: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Sunday promised a bolder economic message for the Democratic Party, including the potential for single-payer health care. ‘We were too cautious, we were too namby-pamby,’ Schumer said on ABC’s ‘This Week.’ ‘This is sharp, bold and will appeal to both the old Obama coalition, let’s say the young lady who’s just getting out of college, and the Democratic voters who deserted us for Trump, the blue-collar worker. Economics is our strength, and we are going to get at it.'” Full story.

Congressional Leadership Fund launches digital ads in Trump-Democrat districts: The 30-second ads link Democrats to the most radical elements of the so-called resistance to Trump and to unpopular House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. “The Democrats are the party of the resistance,” a male narrator says in the spot, which includes images of Kathy Griffin holding Trump’s severed head and of violent protests on the day of Trump’s inauguration. “Radical extremists who destroy buildings, burn cars and divide America. Hollywood celebrities who are blinded by their hatred of the president. Nancy Pelosi and the Washington Democrats answer to them.” The ads will run in Pelosi’s district, as well as the districts of Minnesota Reps. Collin Peterson, Rick Nolan and Tim Walz, Pennsylvania Rep. Matt Cartwright, Wisconsin Rep. Ron Kind, Iowa Rep. Dave Loebsack, New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, New Hampshire Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer, Arizona Rep. Tom O’Halleran and Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos. Watch the ad here.

McCaskill plays watchdog ahead of tough 2018 race,” by POLITICO’s Elana Schor in Monroe City, Mo.: Claire McCaskill has sought to cultivate a familiar brand during her decade in the Senate: the dogged investigator, eager to ferret out waste, fraud and abuse. And the Missouri Democrat has found her next target in the pharmaceutical industry. …As the top Democrat on the Senate’s governmental affairs committee, McCaskill is using her oversight authority to probe the opioid industry’s marketing, trying to decipher how the highly addictive drugs sparked a wave of overdoses across the country. Her scrutiny of the opioid epidemic, which has raged across her Midwestern state, also offers McCaskill a chance to burnish her credentials on an issue of bipartisan concern.” Full story.

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