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GOP Rep. Rod Blum. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

The progressive group Not One Penny is launching a $5 million campaign against the GOP tax cuts that will run across the country. The first two ads, out today, target Iowa Republican Reps. Rod Blum (IA-01) and David Young (IA-03).

Why it matters: After the special election in Pennsylvania's 18th district, in which Republicans ditched their pro-tax plan ads, progressives are going on the offensive. Expect other left-leaning groups to try to use the GOP tax bill against Republicans in 2018, recognizing it might not be as great a selling point for them as they'd hoped.

What they're saying: "Reps. Blum and Young know that Iowans overwhelmingly oppose taxpayer-funded giveaways to millionaires and billionaires, and they will be held accountable for their actions," said Tim Hogan, Spokesperson for Not One Penny.

But, but, but: New peril for moderate Dems in red states — many Americans are happy with Trump's economy.

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Why it matters: Abbott has won conservative accolades for his abortion, mask and vaccine bans. Axios reported Sunday that former Rep. Beto O’Rourke is preparing to announce a gubernatorial challenge — but a recent poll shows he’s not even the most popular Democrat in the state.

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