Mitch McConnell

Politics
2:09 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Sen. Mitch McConnell's Political Life, Examined, In 'The Cynic'

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will take over as Senate majority leader in the new term in January.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 3:35 pm

When Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) first entered politics in the 1960s, he started out as moderate — pro-abortion rights, pro-union, in support of the civil rights movement. With time, McConnell shifted to the right as the Republican Party shifted.

"I was just really startled by this when I started looking into it," Alec MacGillis tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I knew that he had started out as somewhat more moderate — but I didn't realize just how moderate he really was."

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Politics
4:58 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Mitch McConnell's Mission: Making The Senate Work Again

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky walks to his office to meet with new GOP senators-elect at the Capitol on Wednesday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 4:46 pm

At 72, after 30 years in the U.S. Senate, Mitch McConnell has finally realized his life's ambition.

He never wanted to be president — he just wanted to be Senate majority leader. And when he ascends to that perch come January, McConnell will finally have a chance to shape the chamber he says he deeply loves. McConnell declared his first priority will be to make what's been called a paralyzed Senate function again. But the politician who became the face of obstruction over the past four years will have to persuade Democrats to cooperate.

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Environment
12:19 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

McConnell Criticizes China-U.S. Deal on Curbing Carbon Dioxide Pollution

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 11:35 am

The world’s two biggest emitters of carbon dioxide have reached an agreement on emissions reductions. The United States and China announced the deal yesterday, in a move that’s already being praised by environmental groups and panned by Congressional Republicans.

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Politics
1:12 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

McConnell Says 'Senate Needs To Be Fixed,' Discussing GOP Gains

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he sees issues where a Republican-led Congress can work with President Obama. McConnell won re-election Tuesday, as his party took control of the Senate.
Timothy D. Easley AP

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 1:52 pm

One day after GOP candidates gave their party control of both chambers of Congress, presumptive Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate "needs to be fixed" — and that he and his Republican colleagues are willing to work with President Obama on some issues.

We'll update this post with news from McConnell's appearance in Louisville, Ky.

Update at 2:25 p.m. ET: On Obama And The Veto Threat

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Politics
1:53 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Grimes and McConnell Enter Final Week Before Senate Election

Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell debated for the first and only time earlier this month.

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 3:06 pm

With only a week left until the election, U.S. Senate candidates Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell have each launched run-up strategies to mobilize voters.

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Politics
12:25 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

McConnell Campaign on Last Minute West KY Swing

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell
Credit senate.gov

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell continues his campaign swing through the Commonwealth prior to next week’s general election with a series of stops in western Kentucky.  McConnell appears this afternoon at Trigg County Hospital in Cadiz before his stop this evening at Furches Farm in Calloway County. 

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Politics
12:01 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Environmental Rules Likely Target Under Republican-Controlled Congress

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 11:27 am

Election Day is a week away, and Republicans are holding out hope that their party can gain control of the Senate and keep control of the House. If that happens, it will give Republicans like current Minority Leader Mitch McConnell more leverage to take action on the Obama Administration’s environmental policies. These policies include proposed limits on greenhouse gases from new and existing power plants, and many others that McConnell has railed against over the past six years.

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Politics
7:38 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Clinton Campaigns for Grimes in Paducah

Credit Lance Dennee

Former President Bill Clinton joined Allison Lundergan Grimes in Paducah Tuesday to help the Democrat campaign for the upcoming U.S. Senate election in Kentucky.

Grimes' father Jerry Lundergan lead Kentucky's Democratic Party when Clinton campaigned in the 90's and the families remain close. 

At the event, held at McCracken County High School, the former president criticized Grimes' opponent, Republican senate minority leader Mitch McConnell.

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Government
1:45 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Mitch McConnell to Visit Murray, Paducah Tomorrow

As the November 4th elections come ever closer, Senator Mitch McConnell (R) plans to stop by Murray and Paducah tomorrow.

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Government
8:03 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Judge Denies Patterson Request to KET Debate

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Federal Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove has denied a motion by Libertarian U.S. Senate Libertarian candidate David Patterson which would have required Kentucky Educational Television to include him on a televised debate with U.S. Senate candidates Monday night.

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