DRIVING THE DAY …
ObamaCare isn’t going anywhere as a new Pew Research/USA Today poll reveals that half of the country disapprove of the law. About eight in 10 voters say a candidate’s stance on the law, colloquially known as Obamacare, will be important when they vote this November, according to a new Pew Research/USA Today poll released Thursday. That includes more than half — 54 percent — who say it will be “very important.” The group rating Obamacare as “very important” is comprised of many enthusiastic Republicans as well as Independent voters. By nearly a 2-1 margin, those who say the law will be “very important” in determining their vote disapprove of Obamacare. Republicans and people who oppose the law are more enthusiastic at this stage, a possibly crucial factor in a midterm election that depends heavily on turnout. … Americans still disapprove of the law by a 50-37 split, which has not moved since last month. Independent voters disapprove by a 20-point margin, and 45 percent of Independents say their views of the law will be “very important” in determining their vote.
After mocking the GOP’s budget proposal, The Hill reports that President Obama’s budget mustered only two votes in the House of Representatives. It was defeated 2-413, following a pattern seen in recent years in House votes to overwhelmingly reject Obama’s budget proposals. Today’s vote is just slightly better than the unanimous vote against Obama’s budget in 2012. The two “yes” votes came from Reps. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) and Jim Moran (D-Va.), who is retiring.
Meanwhile, Ruth Marcus at the Washington Post writes about the White House’s demagoguery on the Paycheck Fairness Act. As I said, I’d vote “yes” on the bill. But I can understand the concerns of those who worry about floods of litigation and business decisions second-guessed by federal judges. There is a difference between opposing the Paycheck Fairness Act and opposing paycheck fairness. Politicians who choose to confuse the two may score a cheap political point, but it’s not a fair one.”
Finally, the RNC’s Research Department released a document titled, “Another Obama Budget Bites The Dust,” which highlights that even liberal Democrats can’t get behind President Obama’s budget.
TO THE STATES …
In New Hampshire, Jeanne Shaheen’s hometown newspaper the Foster’s Daily Democrat writes that her healthcare law is a disaster. We don’t challenge that the Affordable Care Act was aimed at doing great good. But we do continue to take exception to how that good is being accomplished and at what cost. It seems that for every example of someone saving money under ObamaCare, there is someone hit with an increase in rates, at times more than double what they had been paying. Then there is the Affordable Care Act’s hypocrisy. U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, of New Hampshire, has bragged that under the Affordable Care Act women will not pay disproportionately for their health care coverage. What goes unsaid is that young people will pay in order to subsidize the rates of older, sicker Americans.
In Arkansas, the lies continue from Harry Reid’s Senate Majority PAC, as PolitiFact gave a false rating to their ad. “The Senate Majority PAC ad claimed, “Before Congress, Cotton got paid handsomely working for insurance companies and corporate interests.” Cotton’s never worked for an insurance company, nor has he served as a consultant for one. We rate the statement False.”
In Kentucky, the Washington Examiner reports that Alison Lundergan Grimes is under fire for keeping a donation from an alleged sexual harasser. At issue is Tuesday’s controversial Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission vote. Louisville’s WFPL News reported that the commission came one vote short of reprimanding former Democratic state Rep. John Arnold, who resigned last year over charges that he sexually harassed and assaulted three female staffers. Grimes said she was disappointed with the commission’s decision. But, per cn2′s Pure Politics, she hasn’t said if she will return the $250 donation that Arnold gave her campaign last year. There’s also no word on whether she will return the $5,200 given to her Senate campaign by Elmer George, the commission member who cast the deciding vote in Arnold’s favor.
In Michigan, a new ad is up reminding voters that Democrat Mark Schauer wants to tax water.
@Reince: .@MajorityPAC can’t tell the truth. http://gop.cm/60199OP7 It’s not about getting facts straight, it’s that they are lying.
@NRSC: New Ads hit Dems for #Obamacare hypocrisy http://wapo.st/Q5dSbn
@SeanSpicer: via @cnn RNC touts 1st Q fundraising haul: raises $10.2mm in March, $105.9mm for cycle, 1st fed cmte to pass $100mm http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/04/09/rnc-touts-first-quarter-fundraising-haul/ …