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11:52 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Poll: Alison Lundergan Grimes Leads Mitch McConnell 46-42 Among Kentucky Voters

Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 9:06 am

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's popularity is lower than President Barack Obama in Kentucky and less than one-third of registered voters across the state hold a favorable view of the Republican lawmaker.

That's according to a new Bluegrass Poll conducted by the Louisville Courier-Journal, WHAS-TV, Lexington Herald Leader and WKYT-TV in Lexington, which was released Thursday evening.

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3:13 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Raises $2.1 Million, Outpacing Fellow Democratic Senate Candidates

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 6:07 pm

Surpassing other top Democratic incumbents and contenders in contributions, Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes raised $2.1 million during the last three months of 2013.

Grimes's campaign announced the totals on Friday afternoon, which are down from the $2.5 million she raised in the previous quarter.

The first-term secretary of state has generated over $4.5 million from supporters to date, and has $3.5 million in cash-on-hand.

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Politics
2:24 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Kentucky Senate Candidate Ed Marksberry Offered Different Stories of Alleged Bribe from Democrats

Independent Ed Marksberry and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes are running for U.S. Senate in Kentucky

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 2:19 pm

Call it a tale of two Marksberrys.

The Democrat-turned-independent candidate for Kentucky’s U.S. Senate seat dropped a bombshell this week when he accused his former party—and by extension, likely Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes’ campaign—of offering him money and incentives to drop out of the race.

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2:38 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Report: History on Mitch McConnell's Side for Re-Election, But Senate Leaders Are More Vulnerable

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell

Originally published on Tue January 7, 2014 8:02 am

A new report shows defeating Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky in this year’s election would be a historical rarity given his status as minority leader.

An analysis of Senate elections over the past 90 years by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota finds sitting party leaders have won re-election 87 percent of the time.

In only one case has a minority leader—Democrat Tom Dashcle in 2004—lost a re-election bid.

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Politics
10:23 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Rep. John Yarmuth: Not Being Mitch McConnell Isn’t Enough for Alison Lundergan Grimes

Alison Lundergan Grimes (l) and John Yarmuth (r)

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 5:28 am

Kentucky's lone Democrat on Capitol Hill is urging U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes to open up more with voters going into next year.

One of the chief knocks against Grimes in the early stages of the race by reporters, Republicans and political observers is that she remains cagey on complicated issues.

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3:37 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Kentucky GOP Launches ‘Ask Alison’ to Press Grimes on Campaign Trail

The Republican Party of Kentucky launches 'Ask Alison'

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 7:37 am

Kentucky Republicans are launching a new initiative to force Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes to be more forthright on the campaign trail.

"Ask Alison" will feature a series of questions by the state GOP delivered weekly in an effort to get the first-term secretary of state to clarify her positions on the president's health care law and environmental regulations, among other issues.

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Politics
4:38 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Senator Mitch McConnell: Democrats Will Regret Detonating 'Nuclear Option' in 2014

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 2:20 pm

Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and his top aides are warning the detonation of the so-called "nuclear option" will backfire on Senate Democrats after the results of next year's election.

The vote gives the 2014 mid-term elections even higher stakes and puts more attention on Kentucky's Senate race, which could pit McConnell up against Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes next fall.

After months of debating the use of the 60-vote cloture maneuver to block President Obama's judicial nominees and other measures, Democratic Leader Harry Reid moved forward with changing the Senate rules.

By a 52-48 vote, it now takes just a simple majority vote to end debate and move ahead with presidential nominations other than Supreme Court justices.

"If you want to play games and set yet another precedent that you'll no doubt come to regret. I say to my friends on the other side of the aisle you'll regret this," said McConnell. "And you may regret it a lot sooner than you think."

Others in McConnell's camp, such as former chief of staff Josh Holmes, who is working on the senator's re-election bid, also derided the nuclear option. But he put the vote in even starker terms if the GOP captures the majority next fall.

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Politics
7:16 am
Wed November 20, 2013

NRSC Taking Action On Grimes Tweet

Credit ky.gov

The National Republican Senatorial Committee says disciplinary action has been taken against a junior staffer who tweeted an "extremely offensive" photo-shopped image of Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.

The image shows Grimes' face superimposed on the body of "Obama Girl," a model who made racy videos about her crush on then-Senator Barack Obama in 2007. 

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2:24 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Mitch McConnell Wants Kentucky Senate Race to Focus on Obamacare Woes

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.,

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 12:59 pm

Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell reiterated his call to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act and predicted Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes will run away from the law.

The GOP leader made the remarks at a press conference at his campaign headquarters on Tuesday, where McConnell made it clear that he wants Kentucky's 2014 Senate race to focus on the president's health care law.

For the past six weeks the Obamacare rollout has been plagued by a malfunctioning enrollment website and reports of canceled insurance plans.

Reports have found about 280,000 Kentuckians will lose their current coverage due to the law.

State officials say those people won't be dropped altogether, but rather will receive offers for alternative plans where their insurance costs could go down or increase depending on the individual case.

Its those sort of troubles that have put Democrats from more conservative states on their heels as GOP lawmakers are becoming re-energized thanks to its rocky implementation.

McConnell predicted Grimes will follow the line of Democratic incumbents in red states such as Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and run away from the president's law.

"The panic has set in and the troops are restless," he says. "And on a daily basis you will see some Democrat in some red state distance themselves from Obamacare. So I would say that my opponent is keep(ing) an eye on Mary Landrieu. And whatever Mary Landrieu does, you can expect my opponent to likely do either that day or the next day."

The senator also outlined what he called a more "scalpel" approach compared to the president's "meat ax," favoring reforms that would allow for more competition across state borders.

Asked about the over 7,000 individuals who have already signed up for new health care plans through the state's exchange program, McConnell said plainly lawmakers need to start over.

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4:58 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Kentucky Shootout: Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell Show Off Their Guns

McConnell campaign t-shirts at gun rights rally

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 11:07 pm

Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes are vying for top gun in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race.

The McConnell campaign launched its "Sportsmen for Team Mitch" coalition on Friday to coincide with deer hunting season and to flaunt his support of the Second Amendment.

Praised by hunting groups and gun rights advocates,  McConnell was also presented with a "Defender of Freedom" award by the National Rifle Association at the event.

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