BATTLE FOR THE SENATE | ND-sen | WV-sen | IN-sen

America First, One Nation SCOTUS Ads Target Heitkamp, Donnelly, Manchin

Marijuana legalization could be a defining issue in Senate races.

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Zach C. Cohen
July 12, 2018, 10:52 a.m.

America First Policies launched TV ads Wednesday in the home states of” Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Joe Donnelly (D-IN) urging them to vote to confirm Kavanaugh. “The ads … cost approximately $150,000 each.” (TIME)

One Nation is “going up with $4.7 million in ads across” Arizona, Indiana, Nevada, North Dakota, and West Virginia. The group “didn't provide details on content of the ads. But Steven Law said Monday they are ‘committed to doing our part’ on supporting” Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. (Politico)

“Manchin called Kavanaugh ‘a very fine person of high moral standards’ with a lot of career judicial opinions to review.” But “he is not leaning either way yet on the nomination.” Manchin: “He has the all the right qualities. He’s well-educated and, with that, we have to just look at making sure that the rule of law and the Constitution is going to be followed and that’s going to basically preempt anything else he does.” (WVMetroNews)

THAT’S LIT. When Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) “came out squarely in favor of Floridians’ right to smoke medical marijuana, it surprised many political observers in the Sunshine State. … That’s a calculation that is playing out in a handful of tight Senate races this year, where an issue that has 68 percent support (for full legalization; 91 percent for medical marijuana) offers a way for cautious moderates in red states,” Sens. Heitkamp and Claire McCaskill (D-MO), “for example, both of whom could share the ballot with marijuana initiatives in November—to shore up support from the liberal wing of their party. In states like Nevada, where marijuana is already fully legal, it gives Democratic challengers like” Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) “a ready coalition of bipartisan supporters.”

“Facing a stern challenge from state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R), Manchin has been wary of creating unnecessary separation from the policies of the Trump administration despite his state’s legislature passing a medical marijuana bill in 2017.” (Politico)

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