The National Republican Congressional Committee today begin airing radio ads attacking House Democrats in swing districts, including U.S. Reps. Rick Nolan and Tim Walz, for refusing to defund the Affordable Care Act
Republicans aim to frame the federal government shutdown around President Obama's health care reform law, also known as Obamacare.
And Walz, Nolan and eight other Democrats are among the targets. The NRCC did not indicate the size of the ad buy or how often they’ll run.
“How out-of-touch is Tim Walz with Minnesota families? So out-of-touch that she voted to shut down the government in order to protect Congress’ taxpayer funded healthcare!” the start of the script for the Walz ad reads.
An identical script will run on ads criticizing Nolan.
Despite the shutdown, the online insurance marketplaces for the Affordable Care Act debuted Tuesday, albeit with glitches.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee also went on the offensive this week, running automated telephone calls targeting 63 House Republicans over the budget crisis, including Reps. John Kline and Erik Paulsen.
The script from the Kline’s call reads:
“While you were sleeping Congressman John Kline shut down the government. You heard that right. But even worse – Congressman Kline is still getting paid – and he’s not listening to our frustration. All because of his demand to take away your benefits and protect insurance company profits.”
The script reads the same for Paulsen, but technically he and Kline are not getting paid during the shutdown. They've requested that their pay be withheld until it ends.
With a median age of 42 years old, the people Minnesota's northern Eighth Congressional District boasts the most seasoned population in the state.
By contrast, Minneapolis' Fifth Congressional District has the youngest population -- the median age is just 34 years old.
The figures are contained in a new look-up tool available from the U.S. Census Bureau, which allows quick display of all sorts data about each congressional district.
Use the tool (below) to see that the Fifth District, represented by U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, had a 9.5 percent unemployment rate when the Census Bureau collected its data while U.S. Rep. Tim Walz's southern Minnesota First Congressional District had a 6.1 percent unemployment rate.
Interested in education, housing, marital status or other data? That's all in the tool as well. You can pick which district to look at by clicking 'select a district' in the widget below.
Let us know what nuggets you find most interesting in the comments or on Twitter by replying to @Rachelsb.
Late last year, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann filed a 2014 campaign committee.
The existence of the committee doesn't necessarily lock the Republican into vying again for the Sixth Congressional District. It will allow her to raise campaign cash and do other campaign activities.
Bachmann won her last election by about 4,000 votes, just over 1 percentage point. Just a few weeks later, she filed the 2014 committee.
She is one of five sitting U.S. House members from Minnesota who has filed a statement of candidacy for 2014.
Democratic U.S. Reps. Tim Walz, Keith Ellison, Rick Nolan and Collin Peterson have also filed committees for the next election cycle, and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat, has filed a committee for 2018, the next year she would be up for re-election. U.S. Sen. Al Franken, also a Democrat, has had a 2014 campaign committee on record since early last year.
U.S. Reps. John Kline and Erik Paulsen, both Republicans, and U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, a Democrat, have not yet filed re-election committees, according to Federal Election Commission filings.
The non-filing does not mean they will not run again, just as the filings do not guarantee a run.
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