This Week On The Trail
Last week, the Republican-led Senate added to a growing list of accomplishments for the American people by passing...
Last week, the Republican-led Senate added to a growing list of accomplishments for the American people by passing the historic Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act – "Congress’s first-ever attempt to address the rapidly escalating public health crisis," and a pro-security FAA extension bill to close airport security gaps – "the most significant airport security bill to pass Congress in a decade."
This week, our candidates were just as busy on the campaign trail. From Senator Rob Portman’s volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity to Senator Rand Paul’s 38th pro-bono eye surgery, check out some highlights from the past week:
Senator John McCain announced his Fire and Water Action Plan and the endorsements of four mayors in the East Valley during a tour of northern Arizona.
Arizona Daily Sun: "…campaigning in northern Arizona…he aimed to distinguish himself as the candidate best poised to uphold and prioritize national security…McCain also spoke to local issues during a campaign event hosted by the Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce’s political action committee as well as a meeting with the Daily Sun editorial board on Tuesday."
East Valley Tribune: "East Valley mayors endorse re-election of Sen. McCain"
The Kingman Daily Miner: "McCain Campaign Rolls Into Kingman"
KJZZ: "John McCain’s Plan Looks To Safeguard Arizona’s Water Future"
Roll Call: "Speaking at a local chamber of commerce luncheon in Flagstaff…McCain outlined his basic message: that his seniority allows him to deliver for Arizonans…Julie Pastrick, the president of the local Chamber of Commerce in the Flagstaff area, said during a panel discussion Tuesday that McCain has ‘just done an unbelievable job of bringing to our state the resources needed,’ when it comes to defense issues."
- Today’s News Herald: "Sen. McCain tours Havasu National Wildlife Refuge"
Senator Marco Rubio kicked off his swing across the state to discuss the ongoing algae and water quality crisis in Southwest Florida. Senator Rubio also visited with Orlando business owners regarding the financial impact of last month’s terrorist attack and discussed his efforts to secure mitigation funding after he toured the U.S. District courthouse in Pensacola. Yesterday, Senator Rubio met with veterans in Panama City Beach to discuss VA reform and toured a citrus grove to urge action on his bill aimed at providing relief for growers. Tomorrow, Senator Rubio will head to Jacksonville for a town hall.
Florida Politics: "Marco Rubio talks water quality during stop in Fort Myers"
Florida Politics: "…Marco Rubio feels the love in Tampa"
The Ledger: "Rubio, Putnam visit stricken Auburndale citrus grove"
The Palm Beach Post: "U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio kick[ed] off a week-long swing across Florida with a couple of algae-fouled water-related meetings…in Fort Myers and Stuart."
The Palm Beach Post: "Rubio, on a weeklong state swing in support of his re-election bid, told several dozen veterans in Panama City Beach that increased defense spending is needed now more than ever, given the threats posed by ISIS."
Pensacola News Journal: "Rubio says he’ll fight for courthouse money"
TCPalm: "Marco Rubio pays second visit to Stuart to talk about algae in St. Lucie River, Indian River Lagoon"
USA Today: "…Florida’s junior senator on Monday visited Fort Myers to discuss water pollution and Stuart to discuss algae blooms. On Tuesday, he met with Orlando business owners about the financial impact of last month’s massacre at Pulse nightclub. And Wednesday, [he toured[ a federal courthouse in Pensacola to discuss mold issues, before visiting nearby Eglin Air Force Base."
WFTX‑TV: "Marco Rubio addresses water issues in Southwest Florida"
WGCU: "U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-FL, was in Fort Myers on Monday discussing solutions for the Lake Okeechobee water crisis."
WMBB-TV: "U.S. Senator Marco Rubio makes his way to Bay County to meet with local supporters and veterans"
- WUWF: "Rubio Pledges Help Seeking Mitigation Funding For Federal Courthouse"
Senator Mark Kirk joined his "Kirk Captains" in Chicago this week to celebrate more than 100,000 doors knocked and more than 1,000,000 voter contacts made via phone.
- Politico‘s Morning Score: "GOP Sen. Mark Kirk’s campaign has knocked on 100,000 doors and contacted more than a million voters via phone, according to the campaign."
Todd Young visited with RecycleForce and Goodwill to discuss his bipartisan legislation aimed at strengthening social programs by utilizing public-private partnerships. Tomorrow, 200 grassroots volunteers across the state will participate in Young’s Super Saturday.
- The Statehouse File: "Republican U.S. Rep. Todd Young met with Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana executives Tuesday to promote a bill he said will save taxpayer money and deliver aid to America’s most vulnerable citizens."
Senator Chuck Grassley and Senator Tim Scott joined faith and law enforcement leaders in Des Moines to discuss their bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act.
The Des Moines Register: "U.S. Sens. Grassley, Scott optimistic on sentencing reform"
- Lee Newspapers: "Grassley, a Republican senator from Iowa held a news conference Wednesday at the Des Moines International Airport with Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., to discuss the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act."
Senator Rand Paul held town hall meetings in five Western Kentucky counties this week and performed his 38th pro-bono surgery in Paducah.
The Paducah Sun: "Paul performs eye surgeries"
The Paducah Sun: "Paul holds town halls across region"
- West Kentucky Star: "Rand Paul Performs Free Eye Surgeries in Paducah"
Senator Roy Blunt traveled across Missouri to discuss opioid drug abuse and met with Missouri Southern State University students regarding his efforts to fund year-round Pell Grants.
Associated Press: "U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt [filled] his schedule with events around Missouri this week…Blunt planned a Joplin event Monday to highlight his efforts to fund year-round federal grants for college students. On Tuesday, he [was] in Kansas City and Kirksville to discuss opioid drug abuse."
- KZRG: "Missouri US Senator Roy Blunt spoke with Missouri Southern faculty and students Monday (7/18) about making Pell Grants available year round…Blunt says the bill that passed will provide about one million students an extra $1650 on average to help pay for college."
Dr. Joe Heck spoke at the grand opening of the Latin Chamber of Commerce’s new charter school in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, on his multi-city tour across Nevada, Dr. Heck also shared with voters how his background as business owner, doctor, soldier, and legislator has prepared him for the United State Senate.
Desert Valley Times: "Republican Senate candidate Joe Heck visited with Mesquite voters on Saturday to speak about his campaign to replace longtime Nevada Sen. Harry Reid…Heck was in Mesquite as part of a Saturday tour of Nevada that also included stops in Caliente and Pioche. In speaking to voters, Heck said, recurring concerns were voiced over the state’s economy and the job market, national security, healthcare, and education…Heck highlighted his experience in all those areas—as a business owner, a doctor, a soldier, as well as his work on education committees in both the State Senate and House of Representatives—as qualifying him for the job."
- Las Vegas Review Journal: "The Latin Chamber of Commerce, along with the Nevada State High School, on Monday announced the opening of a charter school that will offer high school students the chance to earn free college credits…Mayor Carolyn Goodman, U.S. Rep. Joe Heck and City Councilman Ricki Barlow also commended the addition of the charter school, which has locations in Henderson and Summerlin."
Senator Kelly Ayotte helped cut the ribbon this week at the opening of a new addiction recovery center in Claremont. Senator Ayotte also held a roundtable discussion with employees of Orion Entrance Control Inc. in Laconia and discussed her efforts to repeal ObamaCare’s medical device tax during her tour of Novocure in Portsmouth.
The Laconia Daily Sun: "U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte visited Orion Entrance Control Inc. in Laconia…Ayotte, who is running for re-election, participated in a round-table discussion with employees and learned about Orion’s process for making security turnstiles for building entrances."
- New Hampshire Public Radio: "Ayotte was here in Portsmouth, touring a company that makes devices to treat cancer tumors with electrical fields. Ayotte heard from the company’s executives about the regulatory challenges they say they are facing. When she spoke to a gathering of employees, Ayotte highlighted her efforts to repeal the medical device tax, a feature of the Affordable Care Act."
Senator Rob Portman kicked off the week with a grassroots rally featuring Speaker Newt Gingrich, Senator Joni Ernst, and hundreds of campaign volunteers. Senator Portman also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in Cleveland and helped raise money for wounded veterans during a Team River Runner kayaking race fundraiser.
The Cincinnati Enquirer: "Portman entered the week with a full slate of activities planned: Build homes for Habitat for Humanity, rally his young volunteers, kayak with veterans and rub shoulders with Ohio Republicans. It’s almost like he is hosting his own convention: The Portman Convention."
Cleveland.com: "A few hundred volunteers and supporters packed into an auditorium on the Tri-C campus Monday afternoon to celebrate volunteer accomplishments and rally for the candidate…Portman spent Monday morning working on a Habitat for Humanity house on Cleveland’s east side. Portman said the crew will rebuild two houses and repair to 15 other houses this week."
Morning Consult: "…there were hundreds of young volunteers cheering on their state’s junior senator in the auditorium of a community college."
WKYC: "[Portman] is spending a couple mornings repairing rundown houses in Cleveland’s Buckeye neighborhood, joining with Habitat For Humanity. On Tuesday, he will be kayaking on the Cuyahoga River raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project."
The Wall Street Journal: "Monday, he worked on a Habitat for Humanity project in the morning and had a pep rally in the afternoon with hundreds of volunteers working on his Senate campaign. Tuesday, he was participating in a kayak race for a charity benefiting wounded veterans."
- The Washington Free Beacon: "Portman kayaks with wounded veterans…Senator raises money to rehabilitate disabled service members"
Senator Pat Toomey embarked on a 13-county swing across Pennsylvania, during which he highlighted the stark national security contrast between himself and Katie McGinty. Senator Toomey also previewed his forthcoming legislation to stop the flow of fentanyl from China.
The Butler Eagle: "U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., sought to shore up support Monday from Butler County Republicans, panning his Democratic challenger as a full-throated supporter of damaging liberal policies…In remarks that lambasted so-called sanctuary cities like Philadelphia as “terrible policy,” praised Guantanamo Bay as a keystone of the country’s antiterrorism effort, and the Iranian nuclear agreement as “the worst agreement I could ever think of,” Toomey called out liberal lawmakers for what he said was irresponsible behavior in Washington"
Ellwood City Ledger: "Toomey draws contrasts with Clinton, McGinty in Lawrence County stop"
Indiana Gazette: "Toomey makes swing through Indiana County"
Lebanon Daily News: "U.S. Senator Pat Toomey was in Lebanon County Wednesday as part of a 13-county swing in an attempt to rally Pennsylvania Republicans to support him in his race against Democrat Katie McGinty."
The Punxsutawney Spirit: "As part of his reelection campaign tour, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey visited Jefferson County on Tuesday and toured notable locations on Main Street Brookville, accompanied by guest Tim Scott, a Republican senator from South Carolina."
- York Dispatch: "Toomey hits economy, security in York stop…Republican Sen. Pat Toomey stopped Wednesday afternoon in Springettsbury Township to speak to supporters, focusing on economic and national-security issues in a short address."
Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson delivered a prime-time address at the 2016 Republican National Convention, met with the Lake States Lumber Association in Door County, and joined his Badger Brigade grassroots army to knock doors in Appleton. Chairman Johnson also stopped by the Waukesha County Fair yesterday to talk job creation and his efforts to keep Wisconsin communities safe.
Associated Press: "Johnson criticizes Russ Feingold on national security at RNC"
Breitbart: "Ron Johnson Hammers Hillary on ‘What Difference Does It Make?’"
The Capital Times: "Ron Johnson goes after Russ Feingold, Hillary Clinton in RNC speech"
Washington Examiner: "Sen. Johnson finally answers Clinton’s infamous question: ‘What difference, at this point, does it make?’"
Wisconsin Radio Network: "Johnson goes after Feingold in RNC speech"
WISN-TV: "U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson targets Feingold, Clinton in RNC speech"
- WLUK TV: "On RNC stage, Johnson criticizes Feingold, Clinton, Obama"
NRSC Executive Director Ward Baker made the following statement on the Louisiana Senate race:
With the reality of Hillary Clinton’s toxicity setting in, Ann Kirkpatrick is attempting to put some distance between herself and her…