Dems Have a Plan


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  • Charles and David Koch, “the billionaire brothers who are perhaps the best-known patrons of conservative Republican politics, are bespectacled and in their 70s. They look genial enough. But Democrats are embarking on a broad effort that aims to unmask the press-shy siblings and portray them, instead, as a pair of villains bent on wrecking progressive politics. On Thursday, the” DSCC “is starting a digital campaign that will use Internet ads and videos, as well as social media, to tie Republican Senate candidates to the policies and actions of the Koch brothers. Its slogan: ‘The G.O.P. is addicted to Koch.'” (New York Times)

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PEOPLE ARE TALKING . . .


CBO MINIMUM WAGE REPORT IS WHAT WASHINGTON IS SQUABBLING ABOUT TODAY – Which, to be fair, is a real step up for Washington. We woke up this morning expecting to explain whether some political action committee called someone a cat murderer or merely compared that person’s stance on farm subsidies to cat murder. Dave Jamieson: “The Congressional Budget Office released a report Tuesday concluding that the Democrats’ proposal to raise the minimum wage would reduce poverty but also cost the economy jobs, providing fodder to both sides of the aisle. By hiking the minimum wage from its current level of $7.25 to more than $10, and pegging the minimum pay to inflation, the proposal would raise the country’s collective wages by $31 billion and lift perhaps 900,000 people out of poverty, according to the CBO study. But the authors found that the measure would also likely eliminate an unknown number of jobs, ranging from a ‘very slight decrease’ in employment to up to 1 million positions…Over the years, economists have produced reams of studies with data that either supports or disputes the wisdom of a minimum wage hike — and often does both — and the debate tends to fall along predictable political lines. The CBO report merely adds to an already large body of research, but its forecast of job loss may make it more advantageous to Republicans than Democrats in the ongoing discussion.” [HuffPost]