Adam Gray skips vote on his own bill to suspend gas tax

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May 25, 2022


Adam Gray failed to vote today on his OWN bill to suspend the gas tax. 

When Gray held a press conference to introduce the bill, he said:“Talk doesn’t reduce prices, actions do.” 

Now, Gray’s words and actions are now coming back to haunt him. 

California’s gas tax is set to rise by about 3 cents on July 1st to 54 cents a gallon. 

NRCC COMMENT: “Californians deserve a Congressman who will actually work to lower gas prices, not just talk about it.” — NRCC Spokeswoman Torunn Sinclair 


Rudy Salas skips ANOTHER vote to suspend gas tax

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May 25, 2022


Rudy Salas once again failed to vote today on a measure to suspend the gas tax even though he was present at the California Legislature.

This is the fourth vote (see the other three HERE) to suspend the gas tax Salas has skipped. 

California’s gas tax is set to rise by about 3 cents on July 1st to 54 cents a gallon. 

NRCC COMMENT: “Californians pay the highest gas prices in the country, but Rudy Salas is too cowardly to buck his partyand provide his constituents relief at the pump.” — NRCC Spokeswoman Torunn Sinclair 


ICYMI: Eric Lynn Wants Taxpayers To Cover His $10K in Student Debt

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May 25, 2022


The Free Beacon reports Eric Lynn, “thinks the Biden administration has found the perfect amount of student debt to cancel—$10,000, which happens to be how much student debt he holds.”

Hardworking Floridians are suffering from the Democrats’ inflation crisis and now Eric Lynn wants them to foot the bill for his student loans.

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This Florida Dem Wants Taxpayers To Cover His $10K in Student Debt

Washington Free Beacon

Collin Anderson

May 25, 2022

https://freebeacon.com/democrats/this-florida-dem-wants-taxpayers-to-cover-his-10k-in-student-debt/

A Democrat running for Congress in Florida thinks the Biden administration has found the perfect amount of student debt to cancel—$10,000, which happens to be how much student debt he holds.

In August, former Obama campaign adviser Eric Lynn said he “stand[s] with President Biden’s plan to forgive up to $10,000 per student” as “student debt loan forgiveness is the right thing to do.” Ten months later, the Democrat filed a financial disclosure that shows he would personally benefit from the policy. According to the disclosure, Lynn holds between $10,000 and $15,000 in unpaid federal student loans from his time at Georgetown Law School.

Lynn’s call to have taxpayers cover his student loan debt could backfire in his race to succeed Democratic congressman Charlie Crist in Florida’s 13th Congressional District. According to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, canceling up to $10,000 in student loan debt per borrower would cost the government $245 billion, a bill the American public would eventually foot. Top Florida Republicans are already running against the proposal—Governor Ron DeSantis in April called it “wrong” to “make a truck driver or a waitress or a construction worker” help pay off postgraduate student debt such as Lynn’s.

Lynn did not return a request for comment.

As a presidential candidate, Biden promised to cancel all undergraduate student debt for those who went to a public college or university and earn less than $125,000. After his inauguration, however, the Biden administration pushed Congress to cancel $10,000 in student debt for all borrowers. According to federal data reviewed by the Brookings Institution, 56 percent of outstanding student debt “is owed by households that hold graduate degrees.”

Following his time at Georgetown Law, Lynn served as a national security adviser on former president Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign. According to his financial disclosure, Lynn now runs a strategic consulting business, Lynn Strategies LLC. The Democrat appears to be more than able to pay off his law school debt without the federal government’s help—his disclosure lists hundreds of thousands of dollars in financial holdings, as well as a Washington, D.C., condo worth up to $1,000,000. Should Biden limit student debt relief to those earning less than $125,000, Lynn could still be eligible. The Democrat reported earning $120,000 in 2021.

Lynn will almost certainly be the Democratic nominee to replace Crist, as two of his top primary opponents left the race last week. Florida’s new redistricting maps, however, will make Lynn’s general election campaign a difficult one. Those maps split St. Petersburg in a way that makes Crist’s 13th district more solidly red.

This is not Lynn’s first congressional bid. The Democrat ran against Crist in a 2016 primary but dropped out in favor of a state House campaign, which also saw him fail to progress to the general election.


NRCC Chairman Tom Emmer Statement on the TX-28 Runoff

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May 25, 2022


NRCC Chairman Tom Emmer released the following statement regarding the results of the TX-28 runoff:

“Congratulations to Cassy Garcia on her win. Cassy has the message and experience needed to flip this seat red in November, and I look forward to her giving Texas voters the conservative representation they deserve in Washington.”


Fox News: Democrat Liz Mathis used official position to help husband’s clients

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May 24, 2022


Fox News reports “Liz Mathis, an Iowa state senator and a top House Democratic candidate backed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has used her state government position to help multiple clients of a marketing firm that her husband co-owned up until December 2021, months after she announced she was running for the U.S. House of Representatives.”

NRCC Comment: “Liz Mathis has engaged in a pattern of abusing her office to help her husband’s clients. Liz Mathis is just another liberal, corrupt Democrat.” – NRCC Spokesman Mike Berg

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Iowa Dem used official position to help clients of husband’s marketing firm

Houston Keene, Cameron Cawthorne

Fox News

May 24, 2022

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/iowa-dem-help-clients-husbands-marketing-firm

Liz Mathis, an Iowa state senator and a top House Democratic candidate backed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has used her state government position to help multiple clients of a marketing firm that her husband co-owned up until December 2021, months after she announced she was running for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Mathis claimed for a decade to co-own AMPERAGE Marketing & Fundraising, which she called a “family business,” but the company disputed the state senator’s claim that she was ever a co-owner or owner of the “family business” in an email to Fox News Digital earlier this month. However, Mathis’ husband has been a co-owner of AMPERAGE since it formed from a 2014 merger, and he was the co-founder of ME&V, one of the firms in the merger dating back to 1996.

As a state senator, Mathis has been involved with several clients of AMPERAGE Marketing & Fundraising and ME&V, including Connect CR, Mercy Medical Center, and Prospect Meadows.

In 2019, Mathis met with the city leadership of Cedar Rapids, Iowa to discuss “how the state can help partner on local projects” singling out Connect CR, a project aimed at revitalizing “the urban Cedar Lake and build a pedestrian/trail bridge over the Cedar River.”

Between fiscal years 2018 and 2019, Connect CR paid AMPERAGE a total $159,820 for production support and fundraising counsel to meet their $7 million goal, which Connect CR surpassed.

A spokesperson for Connect CR told Fox News Digital that none of the money from Connect CR to AMPERAGE came from state funds and claimed the project’s connection to Mathis did not influence the direction of the funds.

The project provided a timeline of its work with AMPERAGE and said “Ms Mathis was never involved in any of Connect CR’s conversations or dealings with AMPERAGE or in our efforts with AMPERAGE to raise private funds.”

“Furthermore, the decision to seek state (public) funds was made independently from AMPERAGE,” the spokesperson said. “They were not involved or counseled in that grant application or the grant interview process. By that point in time, their work with ConnectCR was done, since they were only contracted to help with private donor fundraising.”

Mathis’s campaign manager Anna Brichacek told Fox News Digital that Mathis will “never apologize for fighting for local projects such as Connect CR, which sought to improve Cedar Rapids’ parks and outdoor space to make our city an even better place to live.”

“This is nothing but a desperate partisan attack by Ashley Hinson’s team attempting to mislead Iowa voters about Senator Mathis’ record and deflect from Hinson’s recent admission that she is part of secret talks with Washington Republicans considering cuts to Social Security,” Brichacek continued.

The Mathis campaign’s defense of the Iowa Democrat echoes what they said last summer in response to a Fox News Digital report that showed Mathis rallied support for $2.5 million in tax breaks for Prospect Meadows, an Iowa-based nonprofit that paid her husband’s marketing firm almost $150,000 for consulting services.

While repeatedly touting Prospect Meadows as a state senator, it does not appear that Mathis disclosed to the public that Prospect Meadows was a client of the marketing firm her husband co-owned at the time.

As a member of the Health Care Policy Legislative Oversight Committee, Mathis also helped lead the fight in 2015 against Medicaid privatization and was one of three Democratic state senators urging federal officials to “reject or delay” Medicaid privatization efforts. Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, among other healthcare groups, was also vocal about opposition to privatizing Medicaid. 

Between July 2015 and June 2016, Mercy Medical Center paid AMPERAGE $875,660 for “marketing consultation” according to their 2016 fiscal year tax documents.

“As an independent, non-profit hospital, none of the funds were state dollars,” a spokesperson for Mercy Medical Center said in response to Fox News Digital’s questions. “Mercy has no unique connection to Mrs. Mathis other than her being the area’s State Senate representative, so no, there was no connection or influence related to Mrs. Mathis and these funds.”

“Mercy’s current ad agency of record is Amperage. However, before this, for over 20 years Mercy was a client of Henry Russel Bruce (HRB), another local ad agency,” the spokesperson continued. “HRB merged with ME&V to become Amperage in 2014. Mercy’s account simply moved over as part of the transition and is not related to any effort by or relationship with Liz Mathis.”

The Mathis campaign defended her push against privatizing Medicaid in 2015, calling her a “watchdog.”

“In this instance, Liz was proudly doing what she has become known for: serving as a watchdog to protect Iowa’s Medicaid system – raising concerns shared by independent federal regulators,” the Mathis campaign said in an email to Fox News Digital. “She’ll do that same job in Congress, working to hold Democratic or Republican administrations accountable.”

“In addition, the majority of the funds going to Amperage are simply pass-through costs, which are then paid to various media outlets since Amperage coordinates our advertising placements,” the Mercy spokesperson said.

“It would be a misrepresentation to imply those dollars just went to and benefited Amperage,” the spokesperson continued.

AMPERAGE’s President and CEO Bryan Earnest, who has donated at least $1,000 to Mathis’s House campaign through ActBlue, told Fox News Digital in a Monday email that “Our employees and our history of deliver[ing] outstanding results for our clients are how we’ve secured contracts.”

“As we’ve previously said, Liz was not an owner and did not play a role in our work or official business,” Earnest added.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) announced in March that Mathis as was one of their top-tier “Red to Blue” program candidates. In addition to support from the DCCC, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., leadership PAC donated $5,000 to Mathis’s campaign in March. She also has received endorsements from many statewide candidates and lawmakers across Iowa.

Mathis is a former Iowa news anchor and served as a “project coordinator” between 2008 and 2021 for Four Oaks, which Mathis describes as “one of the state’s largest child welfare agencies” on her Linkedin profile. Mathis announced last summer that she was challenging freshman GOP Rep. Ashley Hinson, in Iowa’s Second Congressional District. During the first quarter of 2022, her campaign reported more than $715,000 in campaign contributions and nearly $2 million during the 2022 election cycle.

After falsely claiming for a decade that she was a “co-owner” and “owner” of a “family business,” Mathis has been in defense mode telling local media outlets that “Like many Iowans, my husband ran a small family business; and like many spouses, I experienced the stress and responsibility that comes with it.”


CO Dems bracing for tough November

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May 24, 2022


Senator Michael Bennet is warning fellow Colorado Democrats to brace for a tough election this November, insisting that “Colorado remains a swing state.”

That’s bad news for Congressional Candidates Brittany Pettersen and Yadira Caraveo.

NRCC Comment: “Democrats Brittany Pettersen and Yadira Caraveo are facing an uphill battle. Democrats’ policies have left Coloradans dealing with higher prices, soaring crime, and fallout from their border crisis.” – NRCC Spokeswoman Courtney Parella


Sharice Davids has filed to lose in November

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May 24, 2022


This morning, Sharice Davids filed for re-election.

This comes as:

  • Kansas reaches its highest average gas price today ($4.06.)
  • 56% of voters say their financial situation is “getting worse.”
  • Democrats’ socialist agenda is stalling due to infighting. 

NRCC Comment: “Sharice Davids has made the decision to lose in November, instead of retiring like 33 other Democrats.” — NRCC spokeswoman Maggie Abboud


Still no comment from Rose

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May 24, 2022


Max Rose has been radio silent about remaining in the race for NY-11 now that it’s a Trump +8 seat.

The Brooklyn Eagle reports that as recently as yesterday, Rose was still refusing to comment.

NRCC Comment: “Max Rose is just delaying the inevitable result of him not being elected to Congress.” – NRCC Spokeswoman Samantha Bullock


Cartwright has a gas problem

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May 24, 2022


Matt Cartwright is sweating about record-high gas prices as he pushes a green energy agenda.

Cartwright went on Fox News this weekend, blaming surging gas prices on the pandemic, price gouging, and Vladimir Putin, saying Americans “agreed…to suck it up” to pay more at the pump in defense of Ukraine.

But Cartwright voted against the Keystone Pipeline four times since 2013, is “all on board” with progressives’ Green New Deal, and co-sponsored a federal carbon tax and dividend bill that would raise gas prices and destroy Pennsylvania’s coal industry.

NRCC Comment: “The record-high gas prices Pennsylvanians are paying at the pump are a direct result of the anti-energy policies Matt Cartwright has supported.” – NRCC Spokeswoman Samantha Bullock


pig brain mist

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May 24, 2022


The Daily Beast is out with a profile of Democrats’ likely nominee in MN-01, Jeffrey Ettinger.  

One gross detail: Under Ettinger’s leadership at Hormel, workers developed a neurological disease because “a compressed-air device known as ‘the brain machine’ that was used to liquify hog brains to sell in South Korea and China—was spraying workers with what The New York Times described as a ‘mist of pig brain tissue.’” 

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He Was the King of SPAM. Now He Wants to Be a Congressman. There’s Just One Catch. 

Roger Sollenberger 

The Daily Beast 

May 24, 2022 

https://www.thedailybeast.com/jeff-ettinger-was-the-king-of-spam-now-he-wants-to-be-a-congressman-theres-just-one-catch?ref=scroll

Minnesota Democratic congressional candidate Jeff Ettinger—the former president, CEO, and chair of Hormel Foods—boasts on his campaign website that he was named “Most Responsible CEO of the year.” But it’s unclear what he’s taking responsibility for, because Ettinger’s tenure at Hormel wasn’t all gravy. 

Ettinger, who was hired at the multinational meat processing giant in 1989 and appointed CEO in 2004, oversaw a number of violations against his company and its suppliers, including environmental citationssafety violations, and six-figure settlements for back wages and employment discrimination against women, records show. 

Hormel, a Minnesota-based Fortune 500 company that makes Dinty Moore stew and SPAM—among a buffet of other products—is also still mired with other pork processors in a class action lawsuit that retailers first brought in 2018. The lawsuit has grown to include nearly 30 separate complainants, all of them alleging that Hormel took part in a conspiracy stretching back to at least 2009. 

Today, however, Ettinger appears to be the favorite in his Democratic primary, where he faces off against former White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter. 

But over the last decade, before Ettinger became someone lobbying for Democratic votes in a primary, he was someone who gave to both sides of the aisle. Most notably, Ettinger maxed out his contributions to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, while not giving a dollar to President Barack Obama that year, or in 2008. In 2016, with Donald Trump on the ballot, Ettinger also gave $5,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee—the arm of the GOP dedicated to re-electing Senate Republicans. 

And last year, Ettinger gave Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) $1,000. 

Ettinger campaign spokesperson Charlie Rybak declined comment. 

Ettinger worked at Hormel for three decades, where he rose from in-house counsel to the company’s top executive. He stepped down as president and CEO in 2016, while collecting $35 million in compensation; the next year, he resigned his chairmanship. 

In his time, Ettinger expanded Hormel’s product line, adding new companies to its stable of brands, and establishing major operations in overseas markets, most notably in China. 

But that explosive growth appears to have come at a steep cost. As Ettinger increased Hormel’s footprint and production, the company and its suppliers began to see increased violations and fines, along with a host of scathing news reportswhistleblower complaints, and video stings from animal safety advocates. 

Perhaps the most notorious issue was the appearance of a mysterious neurological disease that struck more than 20 workers at Hormel partner Quality Pork Processing between 2006 and 2008.  

Those illnesses were the focus of a 2012 longform Hormel exposé in Mother Jones. QPP was at the time an exclusive Hormel supplier, buying hogs from Hormel, processing them at an adjacent facility with Hormel equipment, then selling them back. Hormel and QPP are so close that Hormel built a wall between the two entities. But Mother Jones reported that it was mostly a distinction without a difference, citing—among other things—a class-action lawsuit against QPP where a judge added Hormel as a “joint employer” and defendant, citing among other things the company’s “control over QPP.” 

At the plant, one piece of equipment—a compressed-air device known as “the brain machine” that was used to liquify hog brains to sell in South Korea and China—was spraying workers with what The New York Times described as a “mist of pig brain tissue.” 

In 2006, the year Ettinger took the top spot, demand for cheap meat surged. In response, Hormel jacked up production to what The Guardian described as “breakneck speeds.” In turn, Hormel saw a spike in injuries. “Within weeks” of the 2006 acceleration, a disease appeared—a severe neurological illness that triggered a self-destructive autoimmune response and debilitated workers’ limbs. It recurred for years, affecting more than 20 employees workers, before the plant discontinued its compressed-air technique. 

Under Ettinger’s watch, Hormel continued to source meat from suppliers riddled with allegations of animal abuse and neglect. And Ettinger paid to discredit activist groups who sought to expose those practices. 

In 2005, when Ettinger was president and officially appointed CEO, Hormel paid $50,000 to fund a documentary film designed to undermine animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The check was signed personally by Ettinger, according to “The Chain” author Ted Genoways, who also reported Ettinger backed a second anti-PETA film, “Your Mommy Kills Animals.” 

Two years later, a PETA investigation of a Hormel supplier landed 22 charges of animal abuse and neglect. The organization, which bought shares in Hormel to gain a voice in corporate decisions, demanded the company cut ties with suppliers who had been exposed for cruelty violations. The group cited a number of incidents, including physical beatings, kicking, and prodding, which generated “considerable media attention,” according to a 2010 Securities and Exchange Commission filing. Hormel declined to take action. 

Two years later, however, after more video emerged, Hormel acquiesced to one of those demands—to stop using gestation crates, which were so small that pregnant pigs often could not move. 

In 2015, more undercover footage, this time at QPP, triggered a Department of Agriculture investigation. One internal USDA whistleblower described a “food safety nightmare” at QPP, and laid the blame on production demand. 

“In my opinion, the only standards they were concerned about meeting were the standards that the company had for production,” this whistleblower told Food Safety News in 2015. 

Hormel condemned the practices. In 2016, more disturbing video led Hormel to suspend its contract with a Nebraska pork supplier. The next year, Hormel launched a separate investigation into the same supplier, this time at an Oklahoma facility. 

Also in 2016, the Department of Labor ordered Hormel to pay $550,000 in back wages to 403 female job applicants at a Nebraska hog processing facility, after finding gender discrimination in the company’s hiring practices. Hormel, without admitting liability, also agreed to hire 37 women with “retroactive seniority” as part of the terms. That same year, Hormel struck a separate gender discrimination agreement with the DOL, in which the company agreed to pay $491,861 in back wages to 339 women denied entry-level jobs at a Jennie-O turkey plant. 

The treatment of its workers has also had legal consequences. 

In 2016, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that Hormel had stolen worker pay, ordering the company to dole out $195,000 in back wages to “hundreds of workers” for time spent donning and removing equipment and required clothing. 

A 2013 Harper’s Magazine report revealed that Hormel plants are “occupied largely by undocumented immigrants willing to work twice as fast for lower pay.” 

But in 2007, Ettinger claimed it was “next to impossible” to tell whether its foreign workers were in the country legally. That year, about 50 Latinos were arrested in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid in Willmar, Minnesota. According to an Minnesota Public Radio report of the event, a large section of the immigrant population worked at the nearby Hormel plant. In 2014, another ICE raid netted six people at Hormel’s Nebraska facility. 

Ettinger officially cut ties with the company in 2017, when he resigned as chairman of the board. But the company’s legal woes from his tenure have continued. 

The year before Ettinger resigned, the Animal Legal Defense Fund sued Hormel for deceptive advertising, alleging its “100% natural” and “clean ingredients” promises were false. That suit was dismissed in 2019, but last year, an appeals court reversed that decision, bringing the case to trial. 

But a larger ongoing lawsuit from corporate activity during the Ettinger years could carry larger ramifications. The year after Ettinger resigned, in 2018, the company was hit with the first in what would become a series of allegations of a years-long price-fixing conspiracy, reaching back to 2009. 

In the lawsuit, 13 Minnesota consumers accused Hormel and its competitors, including Tyson Foods, JBS USA, and Smithfield, of colluding to inflate pork prices. The companies had allegedly illegally shared internal market data since 2009, and coordinated production “with the intent and expected result of increasing pork prices in the United States.” 

Hormel decried the suit as “completely without merit.” 

Over the years, the plaintiffs multiplied. In 2021, Sysco and Subway filed lawsuits against the group of companies. Restaurants including Jimmy Johns, Buffalo Wild Wings, filed their own complaint later that year. And in December, grocers got involved, with a class action from retailers including Kroger and Hy-Vee. 

In all, nearly 30 separate complainants have accused the meat companies of participating in the conspiracyTwo have settled—Smithfield and JBS. As part of the terms, JBS agreed to cooperate with the plaintiffs against the remaining defendants, including Hormel. 

Voters will hit the polls on Tuesday in the special primary election, where a crowded field is vying to serve out the remainder of the late GOP Rep. Jim Hagedorn’s term, after Hagedorn died earlier this year. If Ettinger takes the Democratic primary, he moves on to the general election in August, where he’ll face a Republican opponent—possibly Hagedorn’s widow