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Accountability | Maine

Collins Voted Eight Times For Republican Plans To Gut Medicare

By Cole Driver on October 25, 2019.

Despite hailing herself a champion of Maine seniors, Sen. Susan Collins has repeatedly voted for Republican legislation that would have slashed funding for Medicare benefits and against multiple proposals to protect or expand Social Security funding.

According to a review by American Ledger, between 1997 and 2017 Collins voted at least eight separate times for GOP budgets that attempted to slash funding for Medicare.

Accountability | West Virginia

Billionaire Jim Justice Collected $125,000 In Taxpayer-Funded Ag Bailouts While Evading Taxes

By Cole Driver on October 21, 2019.

Earlier this year, billionaire West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s family farm accepted $125,000 in federally funded agriculture bailouts around the same time he attempted to evade paying millions in delinquent taxes on his multiple properties and business enterprises.

Accountability | Louisiana

After Jindal’s Appointment, Rispone Used Board Power To Stiff Louisiana Workers

By Cole Driver on October 17, 2019.

After being personally appointed chairman of the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council (WIC) by then-Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal in 2008, Eddie Rispone used the power of his position to usher in an apprenticeship program designed to replace trained Louisiana workers with young and unskilled labor in order to yield higher corporate profit margins.

Between 2011 and 2015, Rispone -- a wealthy businessman himself -- advocated for and passed the Louisiana Apprenticeship tax credit, which would award tax incentives for businesses that institute apprenticeship programs designed to skirt regulations preventing them from hiring cheap labor.

Accountability | Louisiana

Abraham Repeatedly Touts Support From Racists

By Cole Driver on October 7, 2019.

Louisiana Gov. Candidate and incumbent Congressman Ralph Abraham has failed to disavow support from local leaders with troubling patterns of racism, suggesting the lawmaker believes that stoking the flames of racism will benefit his politics during the final stretch of the campaign.

As recently as last week, Abraham touted support from Sabine Parish District Attorney Don Burkett, who is alleged to have intentionally dismissed African American jurors in a trial where a black man was accused of murder. According to reporting by the Sabine Index, in a January 2019 trial the defendant’s legal team alleged that Burkett stacked the deck against the defendant: only objecting to 4.35% of white jurors while striking 50% of black jurors.

Accountability | North Carolina

Alleged Military Champion Dan Forest Still Supports Border Wall Ransacking Military Families

By Cole Driver on October 1, 2019.

On Sept 25, 2019 -- the same day a bipartisan majority in the U.S. Senate blocked President Trump’s emergency declaration to allocate military funding towards a border wall -- North Carolina gubernatorial candidate Dan Forest emphatically attempted to portray himself as a champion of military families, stating “under a Forest administration, North Carolina won’t just talk about being military friendly. We’re going to prove it.”

But to date, Forest still has not stood up for North Carolina’s military families slated to lose funding to Trump’s border wall, which critics argue is likely to do little to nothing to solve the humanitarian crisis at the Southern border. Forest has previously called a border wall a “top priority” of his campaign.

Accountability | Iowa

Ernst Has Long History of Supporting Privatization, Gambling Social Security on Wall Street

By Cole Driver on October 1, 2019.

Recent comments by Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst appear to show that she is still intent on quietly slashing U.S. Social Security, bringing to light her long record of stated intent to gut the program. Just this past month, Ernst was quoted stating she wanted to negotiate Social Security changes “behind closed doors.”

Previously, in video footage captured at Wesley Acres retirement home in Sept. 2014, Ernst was caught on record stating “yes, I have talked about privatizing Social Security as an option,” breaking a key campaign promise Ernst had made to protect Social Security.

Accountability | Virginia

Amanda Chase’s Record Undermines Claims to Prioritize Education Funding

By Cole Driver on September 27, 2019.

This month, Virginia State Sen. Amanda Chase uploaded flyers to her Facebook site touting the lawmaker as “Our Education Senator” in an obvious attempt to whitewash her lengthy anti-education record. Chase has a history of supporting funding cuts for public education and even once bragged about opposing pay raises for Virginia teachers.

In 2016, Chase was the only Virginia state senator to vote against a budget measure that funded a 2% increase in base pay for Virginia teachers. Chase later bragged about her vote, stating “we made all these promises to state workers and teachers to get a raise and...I voted no (laughs) against the budget. I was the one no vote in the Senate on this.”

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