Tax bill passed, Republicans now have to sell it to the public

Sunday, 14 Jan, 2018

Support for President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans in the all-important battleground state of Iowa is slipping, leaving the state's progressive leadership feeling confident entering the new year. But something new has been added to the mix in recent months, said Joe Trippi, the veteran Democratic consultant who served as media strategist for Doug Jones' upset Senate election this month in Alabama.

"There will be a push for a technical-corrections bill addressing issues arising from the GOP's tax-reform changes, but the effort will face an uphill climb, given Democratic opposition", said Isaac Boltansky, an analyst at the policy research firm Compass Point. The emergence of the #MeToo movement was fueled in part by allegations of sexual misconduct by Moore and Trump.

After finishing second in the Iowa caucus, presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives to address his supporters in West Des Moines on February 1, 2016.

What followed in the 2010 midterm elections were Democratic losses of 63 seats in the House and six Senate seats, enabling Republicans to block Obama's legislative agenda for the remainder of his presidency.

Will history repeat itself in 2018?

These were the same big-spending voices in the past who opposed the Kennedy tax cuts in the 1960s and the Reagan tax cuts in the 1980s, both of which strengthened the USA economy and improved the lives of ordinary Americans. So Hunter admits he voted for a tax bill harmful to his own state and his constituents.

With Republicans' U.S. Senate margin soon to be 51-49, Democrats nationally have more seats to defend in 2018 than Republicans.

The president wants the Mexican border wall he ran on as a candidate, but that hasn't advanced farther than prototypes in the southern California desert. In Brooklyn and Staten Island, relatively moderate Rep. Dan Donovan has found himself harried over the past year by groups like Fight Back Bay Ridge and Staten Island Women who March, who wanted to make sure he voted the right (or left) way on issues like health care and taxes. Similarly, Republicans cut taxes in 2017, not because the economy was hurting or our corporations sagging. "It's 2018 - only data-driven campaigns will deliver reliable wins #GetPrepared". This year ten Democrats are vying to take his seat in the House. Iowa fueled Republican victories in 2014 and 2016, and the state unemployment rate has dropped to 3 percent since Trump took office. Republicans need to deliver on promises to rein in the reach of the federal government in the hope of avoiding a wipeout in the November midterm elections.

Galvanized by the Women's March of a year ago and the #MeToo movement, the political strength of women will be tested. Other new provisions will also hurt the U.S. economy.

Still, MTSU's Syler said, the "thing you cannot not underestimate is this is a mid-term election with what could be a fairly unpopular president and those can create waves".

Former State Department employee Sara Jacobs didn't think she would won, but made a decision to join the race against Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA).

Finally, no one knows whether Trump's behavior will make matters better or worse for Republican candidates.

The president wants military options for dealing with North Korea.

Unknown is where the president stands on so-called entitlement reform. And it's certainly possible some members will change their behavior in an election year. Top Democrats say it is not true bipartisanship to devise a major program, make it public and then expect Democrats to be won over by seeking adjustments as opposed to bringing in both sides from the start. Meanwhile, Nunes' investigative zeal is directed elsewhere: Politico recently reported that Nunes is quietly leading a group of House Republicans in an effort to build a case that senior Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials improperly handled the explosive "Steele dossier", which describes links between Trump and Russian Federation. What legacy have we left for the generations to come? His work appears frequently on PennLive Opinion.