2014 senate race http://wkms.org en McConnell Discusses Issues and Agendas at Murray Town Meeting http://wkms.org/post/mcconnell-discusses-issues-and-agendas-murray-town-meeting <p>U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell offered insights during a visit to Murray this morning into what he would do if he becomes majority leader in a Republican Senate in 2015. &nbsp;McConnell told attendees at the Robert O. Miller Conference Center what he’d need to get done first.&nbsp; "Repair the institution," he said, "there's been a lot of institutional damage done to the Senate in the last few years.&nbsp; And that's in the best interest, in my view, of both parties, and the country." Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:23:50 +0000 Todd Hatton 41696 at http://wkms.org McConnell Discusses Issues and Agendas at Murray Town Meeting Mitch McConnell's Campaign Receives Cease and Desist Letter for Using Kentucky Player's Image http://wkms.org/post/mitch-mcconnells-campaign-receives-cease-and-desist-letter-using-kentucky-players-image <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="University of Kentucky star Julius Randle in a McConnell campaign ad" data-attribution="Credit HuffingtonPost.com" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfpl/files/styles/card_280/public/201403/r-RANDLE-large570.jpg" alt="" /><p>The University of Kentucky's athletics department sent Republican Sen. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:08:39 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 39481 at http://wkms.org Mitch McConnell's Campaign Receives Cease and Desist Letter for Using Kentucky Player's Image Tea Party Nation Reconsidering Endorsement of McConnell Over Cruz's Anti-Obamacare Plan http://wkms.org/post/tea-party-nation-reconsidering-endorsement-mitch-mcconnell-over-ted-cruzs-anti-obamacare-plan In the midst of Republican Sen. Ted <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/24/ted-cruz-obamacare-speech_n_3983954.html">Cruz's lengthy floor speech against the president's health care law</a>, a tea party group is having second thoughts about endorsing GOP Leader Mitch McConnell for re-election next year.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Republican U.s. Sen. Mitch McConnell at a tea party rally in Kentucky." typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfpl/files/styles/card_280/public/201208/_IMG_5084_0.JPG" alt="" /><p>Earlier today, <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/urging-senate-democrats-join-defund-obamacare-fight-mitch-mcconnell-rejects-ted-cruzs-plan">McConnell rejected Cruz's plan </a>to filibuster the House spending bill which funds the government past Oct. 1 but does not pay for Obamacare.<p>"We'd all be hard pressed to explain how we're against a bill we're all in favor of," McConnell told reporters.<p>But as a number of high-profiled conservatives—such as former Alaska Gov. Sarah <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/24/sarah-palin-ted-cruz_n_3984185.html?utm_hp_ref=politics">Palin</a>, U.S. Sen. Rand <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2yu-Mo1ogo">Paul</a> and RNC Chairman Reince <a href="http://www.theblaze.com/blog/2013/09/24/i-stand-with-ted-rnc-chairman-offers-support-for-cruz/">Priebus</a>—have come out to support Cruz's floor speech, the <a href="http://atr.rollcall.com/national-tea-party-group-defends-endorsement-of-mitch-mcconnell/">Tea Party Nation that backed McConnell in July</a> is publicly reconsidering that decision. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 13:08:36 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 35171 at http://wkms.org Tea Party Nation Reconsidering Endorsement of McConnell Over Cruz's Anti-Obamacare Plan McConnell Campaign Raises $2.2 Million in Second Quarter http://wkms.org/post/mcconnell-campaign-raises-22-million-second-quarter <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://wfpl.org/sites/wfpl/files/styles/card_280/public/201307/twitter_profile.jpg" alt="" /><p>Flexing its financial muscle the campaign to re-elect Republican Sen. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 21:03:52 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 32994 at http://wkms.org Businesses Tied to Alison Lundergan Grimes Miss State Reporting Deadline http://wkms.org/post/businesses-tied-alison-lundergan-grimes-miss-state-reporting-deadline <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfpl/files/styles/card_280/public/201307/Alison_Lundergan_Grimes_2011.jpg" alt="" /><p>A pair of Kentucky businesses linked to Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes failed to file their annual reports required by her office.<p>Earlier this week, Grimes's office announced over 156,000 companies complied with the July 1 deadline, but about 41,000—including two run by her father—had not.<p>From <a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2013/07/09/2709254/two-companies-linked-to-grimes.html"><em>The Lexington Herald-Leader</em></a>:<blockquote><p>Grimes organized both businesses and has an ownership interest in one of them, but her father, former state Democratic Party Chairman Jerry Lundergan, took the blame Tuesday for missing the filing deadline.<p>Lundergan is listed as the sole officer for both businesses — Glenncase and GCL Properties — in filings with the secretary of state's office. Glenncase, in which Grimes has an ownership interest, involves 11-plus acres on New Circle Road. GCL Properties owns the Carriage House on Limestone Street.</blockquote><p>Grimes, a Democrat, is seeking to run against Republican Mitch McConnell for U.S. Senate next year and the GOP is pouncing on this latest story. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:17:04 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 32943 at http://wkms.org Trey Grayson Weighs-in on Tea Party Finding Viable Challenger to Mitch McConnell http://wkms.org/post/trey-grayson-weighs-tea-party-finding-viable-challenger-mitch-mcconnell <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfpl/files/styles/card_280/public/201305/TreyGrayson.jpg" alt="" /><p>Former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson says Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell will likely have a primary battle, but questions if that candidate will provide a viable challenge.<p>In <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/mitch-mcconnell-harry-reid-different-sides-of-same-coin-92467.html#ixzz2VpnuEBld">an interview with Politico this week</a>, McConnell acknowledged he might have a GOP opponent but boasted "there is not any chance" he could lose such a race.<p>Tea Party leaders in the state have promised a challenger is forthcoming who will take on McConnell's positions from a more conservative viewpoint, but no one has stepped up at this time.<p>Grayson was a McConnell <span class="st">protégé</span> who lost to Rand Paul in the 2010 Republican primary.<p>He says McConnell has done a good job of keeping the state GOP unified and made solid partnerships with libertarian and tea party leaning lawmakers.<p>"I think the question is there going to be somebody out there who can give him a real run for the money, and it doesn’t look like it. There’s certainly a group of folks—some tea party leaders and others, David Adams for example—who are trying to find a candidate who can take him on. And everyday that candidate’s not in the race it becomes that much harder of a proposition," he says.<p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 21:11:57 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 31962 at http://wkms.org Pros and Cons for Potential 2014 Mitch McConnell Challengers Judd, Grimes and Bevin http://wkms.org/post/pros-and-cons-potential-2014-mitch-mcconnell-challengers-judd-grimes-and-bevin <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Kentuckians&nbsp;have 590 days-plus before the 2014 general election, but already the political chatter is centered on potential challengers to U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell—chiefly actress&nbsp;<font color="#0c4ca2">Ashley Judd</font><font color="#0c4ca2">&nbsp;</font>and her potential candidacy's supposed strengths and weaknesses.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">But Judd isn't the only possible candidate.</p><p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 17:53:13 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 29536 at http://wkms.org Pros and Cons for Potential 2014 Mitch McConnell Challengers Judd, Grimes and Bevin