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In Missouri, candidates are echoing the talking points in federal races elsewhere. St. Louis Beacon: "The GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate, U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Stafford, says he will work to repeal it if he wins the election. His Democratic counterpart, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, says she wants to improve it should she win. Just as Blunt has embraced his party's repeal and replace slogan, Carnahan has talked about the issue on the campaign trail in the context of her battle against breast cancer. ?? Still, questions remain about about how much attention both parties are really paying. While the GOP advocates 'repeal and replace,' there's little detailed discussion about the specific provisions the Republicans would introduce. And in general, the Democrats have tended to be more defensive about health care than celebratory. In fact, one political scientist says the candidates aren't giving the issue nearly as much attention as he expected" (Joiner, 10/4).

Finally, The Center for Public Integrity reports on the fundraising gold rush since a January ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court allowing corporations and unions to spend unlimited amounts of money on advertisements to influence elections. "Sensing a possible takeover on Capitol Hill, [the GOP has] aggressively tapped a network of angry corporate and conservative donors, a task made easier by the Supreme Court's famously controversial January ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. ?? And now Democratic constituencies are responding. Jittery about a potential avalanche of corporate money flowing to GOP allies, several unions, led by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the AFL-CIO, and the Service Employees International Union, have begun plotting a counter-strategy ?? hiking their budgets, polishing their famous 'ground game' tactics, and expanding cooperative efforts of their own to avoid a debacle in November" (Stone, 10/4).

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