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  • McConnell Will Pay Wxpenses In Return For 'Enthusiasm' At Events

    10/21/2014 8:50:34 AM PDT · by e-gadfly · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2014-10-20 | Alexandra Jaffe
    The Kentucky Republican Party is offering volunteers all-expenses-paid trips to join Sen. Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) campaign bus tour and "contribute to an enthusiastic atmosphere" at his events. In an email sent earlier this month and obtained by The Hill, Taylor Bumgardner, a Kentucky Republican Party regional political director, offers volunteers the opportunity to join McConnell on his tour, which launched Monday. Meals, lodging and transportation are included in the trip. "Senator McConnell is seeking volunteers to join him on a 3-day campaign bus tour around the state on October 20-22 to show our support for Kentucky coal. You would join...
  • Grimes and her family's Hugh Jass Burgers

    10/20/2014 4:12:10 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | October 20, 2014 | Chris Frates and Scott Zamost
    (CNN) -- In her race to defeat Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, Alison Lundergan Grimes has barnstormed Kentucky, talking up her support for raising the minimum wage and criticizing the GOP's so-called war on women. But the restaurant owned by Grimes' family doesn't always practice what she preaches, and Kentucky Republicans have been happy to point that out. .... But minimum wage isn't the only issue dogging Grimes' family business. Hugh Jass Burgers -- say it out loud to get the joke -- has menu items like "Charlotte's Rack, sure to be voted biggest rack" named after Grimes' mom and...
  • Grimes radio ad claims McConnell is working to take away voting rights [race card]

    10/17/2014 12:49:43 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 30 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 10/17/2014 | Jacqueline Pitts
    The campaign of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is reaching out to different demographics, including the urban areas of the state with a radio ad claiming McConnell is not only implementing policies hurtful to the communities but also trying to take away their right to vote. Politico was first to report on the ad, which they say is running in Louisville and likely other areas of the state. In the ad, which can be heard below, a man tells listeners that Grimes is a “champion” for civil rights while also bashing McConnell for many things Grimes has hit...
  • Former President Bill Clinton to headline Grimes GOTV events in western Kentucky next week

    10/17/2014 12:26:50 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 17 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 10/17/2014 | Kevin Wheatley
    Less than a week after his wife rallied thousands of Democrats in Louisville, former President Bill Clinton will campaign for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes in western Kentucky. Clinton is scheduled to appear at get-out-the-vote events in Owensboro and Paducah Tuesday, Grimes’ campaign announced Friday. The Associated Press first reported Clinton’s stops next week. “The Clintons’ commitment to Alison’s candidacy is a testament to what a strong, independent leader she will be in the U.S. Senate,” Grimes campaign manager Jonathan Hurst said in a statement. “Kentucky is Clinton country, and we are honored to have both Hillary and...
  • Kentucky Senate: McConnell (R) 52%, Grimes (D) 44%

    10/17/2014 11:04:33 AM PDT · by sunmars · 98 replies
    Seventy-six percent (76%) of Kentucky voters say they have already made up their minds how they are going to vote, and McConnell leads 55% to 45% among these voters. Among the 24% who still could change their minds, the candidates are tied at 41% apiece, with 17% opting for a third-party candidate or undecided. Among the 84% of Kentucky voters who say they will definitely vote in this contest, McConnell leads 53% to 44%. Grimes has the support of 73% of Kentucky Democrats and 16% of the state’s Republicans. McConnell earns 83% backing from his fellow Republicans and 24% of...
  • Grimes campaign shows Democratic women of the U.S. Senate supporting her in new ad

    10/16/2014 7:28:46 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 30 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 10/16/2014 | Jacqueline Pitts
    Half of all the Democratic women in the U.S. Senate are featured in a new video voicing their support for Kentucky Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes. The video, released Thursday after first being shown at Grimes’ event with Hillary Clinton Wednesday evening, shows six women in the U.S. Senate saying “Shatter the glass. Break the ceiling. It’s time for Alison!” Of the twelve women in the Senate Democratic caucus, U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Patty Murray (D-WA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) are shown...
  • McConnell talks foreign policy, Dodd Frank and campaign at YPAL lunch

    10/16/2014 7:25:19 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 5 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 10/16/2014 | Kevin Wheatley
    Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell touched on myriad issues while adding a few campaign talking points Thursday during a luncheon of the Young Professionals Association of Louisville. McConnell, who is seeking a sixth term against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, joked about the location of his desk during his first term as a U.S. senator and lamented that he first thought, “None of these people are going to die, retire or be defeated.” “But alas, I have a pretty good seat now,” he said. McConnell explained how his possible ascension to Senate majority leader would impact President Barack Obama’s initiatives on...
  • McConnell wants to stop flights from nations with Ebola outbreaks, supports sending...

    10/16/2014 7:17:31 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 29 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 10/15/2014 | Ryan Alessi
    MURRAY — U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that concerns about the global spread of Ebola are great enough that the United States should halt flights from countries affected by the disease. “I’m not an expert on this, but it strikes me that it would be a good idea to discontinue flights from that part of the world,” he told Pure Politics on Wednesday before he attended a meeting with leaders at the Briggs & Stratton plant in downtown Murray. McConnell also said he agrees with President Barack Obama’s decision to send 3,000 troops to Africa to help fight the...
  • McConnell Says CDC Should Get Money Needed to Battle Ebola [Defers to CDC on travel ban!]

    10/16/2014 5:07:12 PM PDT · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 37 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 10/16/2014 | Niels Lesniewski
    If federal health agencies under President Barack Obama want more money to fight Ebola, they should get it, according to the Senate’s top Republican. “I think they should have anything they want. The president asked for $88 million a few weeks ago, we gave it to him,” Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky told MSNBC. “Whatever the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] thinks they need, we’ll give it to them.” The White House hasn’t yet requested more money, although some Democrats have blasted cuts to the CDC budget and other accounts from sequestration. MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt asked McConnell about...
  • Hillary Clinton to Kentucky: 'I'm back for one reason. That's because Ky. deserves a change in

    10/15/2014 10:16:28 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 25 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 10/15/2014 | Nick Storm
    Hillary Clinton to Kentucky: 'I'm back for one reason. That's because Ky. deserves a change in Washington' LOUISVILLE — Making her case as a “Clinton Democrat” who would spend more time in office under the next president “no matter whom he or she might be,” U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes rallied the Democratic base in downtown Louisville alongside former U.S. Sen. and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. A standing-room-only crowd of more than 4,500 people turned out to hear Grimes and Clinton speak at the Kentucky International Convention Center on Wednesday night. The duo delivered speeches promoting pocketbook...
  • Todd 'Sick To Stomach' McConnell Ad Used His Claim Grimes 'Disqualified Herself'

    10/14/2014 6:36:16 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 17 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    As we reported here on NewsBusters, during a recent Morning Joe appearance Chuck Todd twice said that Dem candidate for senator from Kentucky Alison Lundergan Grimes "disqualified herself" for refusing to say whether she voted for Barack Obama for president. On Chris Hayes' MSNBC show tonight, Todd said he was "sick to his stomach" when he saw that his comment had been used in an ad for Mitch McConnell. But interestingly, instead of blaming the McConnell campaign, Todd tagged Grimes, saying she had "invited this on herself" by her refusal to answer the simple question. View the video here.
  • MoveOn demands Grimes take down ‘offensive’ immigration ad

    10/15/2014 2:30:12 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | Ben Kamisar
    The liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org is demanding that Democratic Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes take down an ad that uses the term “illegal aliens.” “This latest TV ad from Alison Lundergan Grimes is deeply upsetting. Grimes seems to be forgetting that we are a nation of immigrants that has continually strived to honor all the hard-working people who aspire to the American Dream,” Ilya Sheyman, MoveOn.org’s executive director, said in a statement. “It’s deeply troubling that Grimes would stoop this low in order to try to defeat [Senate Minority Leader Mitch] McConnell, and she needs to take this offensive...
  • Senate Democrats surrender fight against McConnell

    10/14/2014 8:51:47 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | Oct 14, 2014 | Alex Bolton
    Senate Democrats announced Tuesday they won’t spend any more money on television in Kentucky, throwing in the towel on their fight to oust Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell. Most polls have shown the race slipping away from nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) for weeks in a contest long considered a top pickup opportunity for Democrats. But with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s (DSCC) decision, the party is shifting almost solely to defense in hopes of protecting its fragile six-seat majority.
  • DSCC Goes Dark in Kentucky

    10/14/2014 11:28:22 AM PDT · by sunmars · 63 replies
    The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has gone dark in Kentucky, where the party is targeting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. After a significant investment in support of Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, the DSCC had not reserved time for the final three weeks of the race and, as of today, is no longer on the air. “The DSCC has now spent more than 2 million in Kentucky and continues to make targeted investments in the ground game while monitoring the race for future investments, but is currently not on the air in the state,” a DSCC official told...
  • Video: McConnell “proudly” announces his presidential votes

    10/14/2014 6:40:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | October 14, 2014 | ED MORRISEY
    Mary Katharine already covered the first part of this exchange and noted the second, but it’s worth revisiting for Mitch McConnell’s brief rebuttal. The Republican incumbent scoffs at Alison Grimes’ invocation of a sacred right to avoid answering an obvious question, and demonstrates it by announcing he “proudly” voted against Barack Obama in the last two presidential elections: Mitch McConnell Proudly Voted For Mitt Romney There’s also no sacred right to not announce how we vote. I voted for Mitt Romney, proudly. I voted for John McCain. And by the way, 116 out of 120 Kentucky counties agreed with my...
  • Washington Post: 94% Chance Republicans Win Senate

    10/13/2014 10:32:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 13, 2014 | Wynton Hall
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)A spate of new Senate projections shows Republicans widening the electoral map and increasing their chances of a GOP takeover. On Monday, the The Washington Post's Election Lab forecast showed Republicans with a 94% chance of winning the Senate and a 99% chance of maintaining control of the House. The New York Times is similarly projecting a Republican takeover in the Senate. According to the Times' statistical forecast, the GOP currently holds a 64% chance of reclaiming the Senate....
  • New McConnell Ad Features Chuck Todd Saying Grimes 'Disqualified Herself'

    10/13/2014 7:17:51 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 10 replies
    TPM ^ | 10-13-2014 | Sahil Kapur
    A new ad by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) features NBC "Meet The Press" host Chuck Todd saying Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes "disqualified herself" by refusing to say in a recent interview if she voted for President Barack Obama. The stumble last week led to pushback for Grimes, who is polling neck and neck with the Senate Republican leader. The McConnell campaign said on Monday that the ad, called "Disqualified," will air on TV statewide. It can be watched below.
  • In Surprise, SurveyUSA Poll Shows Grimes With Edge Over McConnell in Kentucky

    10/12/2014 6:36:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 124 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 10/12/2014 | Rob Longley
    Is it a race after all?After trailing by as many as seven points in every major poll since June, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes now holds a slim lead over Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, according to a Bluegrass Poll survey released last week.Grimes, KentuckyÂ’s secretary of state, leads the five-term incumbent 46 percent to 44 percent among likely voters, according to the poll, conducted by SurveyUSA for LouisvilleÂ’s Courier-Journal and three other state media outlets. Libertarian candidate David Patterson had 3 percent support in the poll, while 7 percent said they were undecided.The poll follows an internal survey conducted a...
  • Hillary Clinton to stump for Grimes next week in Louisville

    10/11/2014 12:28:04 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 19 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 10/10/2014 | Kevin Wheatley
    More than two months after her husband campaigned with U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes in eastern Kentucky, Hillary Clinton is scheduled to appear in Louisville for the Democratic hopeful. Grimes’ campaign announced Friday that Clinton, a former secretary of state and U.S. Senator from New York who is mulling a presidential bid in 2016, will headline an event at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville 7 p.m. Wednesday. The event is open to the public with free tickets available at Democratic headquarters throughout the state. “Alison is honored to have Hillary Rodham Clinton on the campaign trail with...
  • Grimes blasted for dodging question on Obama votes

    10/11/2014 12:24:38 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 7 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 10/10/2014 | Nick Storm
    Hours after an interview with The Courier-Journal’s editorial board, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes was blasted by pundits for failing to answer questions about her previous support of Democratic President Barack Obama. With three weeks until Election Day, national pundits are casting Grimes’ non-answers as an unforced fumble that could change the election narrative in the final hours. NBC News’ political director Chuck Todd told a panel on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that Grimes “disqualified herself” with the “ridiculous” answer. The Washington Post called the 40 seconds of dodging the question “painful,” adding “there was no reason to do...
  • Wow! Chuck Todd Says Grimes 'Disqualified Herself' By Refusing to Say If She Voted for Obama

    10/10/2014 6:08:57 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 45 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Whatever liberal leanings he might have, sometimes the political animal in Chuck Todd just can't contain itself. Take today's Morning Joe, where Todd host absolutely annihilated Alison Lundergan Grimes, Dem candidate for senator from Kentucky, for her refusal to say whether she voted for Barack Obama for president. Todd ripped Grimes as "ridiculous," then twice declared that she had "disqualified herself." Ouch! Even Mika Brzezinski was embarrassed by Grimes' cringe-worthy performance, as you'll see in the screengrab. View the video here.
  • An attack ad so under the radar the sponsor won’t talk about it (Lundergan Grimes ad)

    10/09/2014 4:10:21 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 13 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/9/14 | Glenn Kessler
    Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), speaking: “Last week, President Bush concluded the North American Free Trade Agreement, which will stimulate our economy and create hundreds of thousands of jobs.” Voice-over: “Mitch McConnell has been tragically wrong about foreign trade deals. They have cost Americans over half a million jobs. Kentucky is still losing jobs, and McConnell is still voting to give companies tax deductions for outsourcing. Mitch said it is not his job to create jobs. The least he could do is stop sending them away.” – Senate Majority PAC ad running in Kentucky, where McConnell is being challenged by Ky....
  • AFL-CIO invests in ground game in Kentucky U.S. Senate race

    10/08/2014 4:32:47 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 17 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 10/08/2014 | Kevin Wheatley
    FRANKFORT — The AFL-CIO is banking on economic issues to drive voters to the polls in support of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, an official with the group said Wednesday. Liz Shuler, secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, wrapped up a two-day tour through central Kentucky, including stops in Lexington and Lawrenceburg Tuesday. She spent Wednesday afternoon in Frankfort for a ceremony at the Fallen Firefighters Memorial. The labor group has invested in Grimes’ campaign against Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, spending $129,926 for field work through its affiliate organization Working America, according to Federal Election Commission records. Kentucky isn’t...
  • For McConnell, it’s now or never (leadership challenge?)

    10/08/2014 6:49:41 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 107 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 10/8/14 | Alexander Bolton
    If Republicans fall short of expectations this fall, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) could face a leadership challenge. Republican senators say there is much riding on the Nov. 4 elections for McConnell, who is gunning to become majority leader while also attempting to defeat a well-funded Democratic opponent. “If we don’t win the majority then all bets are off,” one GOP senator told The Hill when asked whether McConnell could face a leadership race if Republicans remained in the minority in 2015. The senator, who requested anonymity, said some members of the Senate Republican Conference would call for a...
  • An Empty GOP Campaign vs. A Winning Conservative Campaign: Tillis in N Carolina and McConnell in KY

    10/01/2014 9:33:54 AM PDT · by xzins · 43 replies
    CHQ ^ | 10/1/2014 | CHQ Staff
    This may be one of the few times you see the Senate’s Republican Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, praised on the pages of CHQ – but right now he is running a tough and professional campaign against a strong challenger. And it appears McConnell is beginning to open a lead against this strong challenge not because he is outspending Alison Lundergan Grimes, but because he is campaigning on the issues that matter to conservatives. We contrast that with North Carolina Republican challenger Thom Tillis, who by rights should be running away with the race in his campaign to unseat...
  • McConnell campaign questions Grimes' attendance record as secretary of state in new ad

    09/30/2014 3:01:01 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 1 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 09/30/2014 | Kevin Wheatley
    Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign is hammering his Democratic opponent for skipping work as secretary of state in a new television ad released Tuesday. The spot, titled “Absences,” is scheduled to air statewide and further ingrains a common theme for McConnell by linking Alison Lundergan Grimes with Democratic President Barack Obama, a highly unpopular figure in Kentucky. The ad features video of Grimes telling The Courier-Journal’s editorial board in 2011 that she would serve her four-year term if elected secretary of state. “Sound familiar?” a narrator asks. The ad then switches to a clip of Obama on NBC’s “Meet...
  • Alison Grimes Cite Agreement With McCain, Graham As Proof She's Not Pro-Amnesty

    09/26/2014 2:20:10 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Sep. 25, 2014 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is trailing incumbent Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in the highly competitive Kentucky U.S. Senate race, is claiming in a new television ad that her support for the Gang of Eight "immigration reform" legislation, which McConnell voted against, is "not amnesty." And she's relying on the words of Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to drive that point home in the commercial. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7x_WSCRVXQ
  • Holder Resignation Puts Focus on Senate Confirmation (Lame Duck Confirmation)

    09/25/2014 11:35:31 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 56 replies
    NY Times ^ | 9/25/14 | Carl Hulse
    The announcement Thursday of the resignation of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. touched off questions about his replacement and the timing of any Senate confirmation, given the possibility of a Republican takeover of the Senate in January. Under changes in Senate rules, administration nominees need only a majority of votes to clear procedural hurdles, preventing Republicans from blocking an attorney general pick by denying the 60 votes usually needed to overcome a filibuster.
  • McConnell: Make me majority leader, I'll give you Keystone XL

    09/19/2014 7:51:37 AM PDT · by thackney · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/18/14 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Marking the sixth anniversary of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline's permit application, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) teased voters with a preview of what a GOP-controlled Senate would do. "If American people give us the opportunity to be in a majority next year, I'll be setting the agenda," McConnell said. "It's easier to score if you're on offense, and the majority leader is offensive coordinator." He added: "If we have a new majority next year, and a new majority leader, the Keystone pipeline will be voted on on the floor of the Senate, something the current majority has been avoiding...
  • Rove-affiliated group attacks Grimes for stance on immigration bill (that Rove endorsed)

    09/17/2014 6:17:21 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Glenn Kessler
    On Monday, Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic challenger to Sen. Mitch McConnell in the hard-fought Kentucky senate race, tried to distance herself from President Obama with an ad showing her shooting a gun. McConnell responded in kind. At the same time, an independent group with connections to Republican strategist Karl Rove began airing this ad blasting the “Obama-Grimes” plan to give “amnesty” to illegal immigrants. (SNIP) Crossroads GPS, another organization affiliated with Rove, during the 2013 debate actually ran ads calling for a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, “where they will pay a fine, prove employment and meet other...
  • Mitch McConnell responds to Alison Lundergan Grimes’ gun ad in devastating fashion

    09/16/2014 8:33:38 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 39 replies
    Washington Post Blog ^ | September 16, 2014 | Philip Bump
    Grimes consistently trails in the polling, in part because McConnell has effectively made the race about Obama. Grimes campaign manager Jonathan Hurst offered the Post a statement that addressed that, in part. "In a sign of weakness, Mitch McConnell’s campaign scurried to respond directly to our latest strong ad underscoring just how worried Mitch McConnell is seven weeks from Election Day," Hurst said. So,y eah, on the surface, this is a race about guns and gun use. But it's really about whether or not Grimes is an Obama clone, thanks to McConnell's very effective framing. Meaning that by releasing...
  • Alison Lundergan Grimes Not Truthful About Why She Won't Debate

    09/09/2014 5:52:03 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 5 replies
    WHAS via YouTube ^ | 9/4/14 | Joe Arnold
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  • Hollywood Dems Stage Last-Minute Fundraising Drive to Save Senate Majority

    09/08/2014 12:31:46 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 11 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 9/07/2014 | Tina Daunt
    Major fundraisers are planned in September for Alison Lundergan Grimes and Michelle Nunn to boost faltering campaigns With their control of the Senate hanging in precarious balance, Democrats are papering Hollywood with last-minute fundraising appeals, and three of the entertainment industry’s anointed political stars this season are coming west to make their 11th-hour midterm cases in person. One email invitation to the coming weeks' full calendar of events desperately urged the industry Democrats to open their wallets because “there’s so much at stake.” Two of the favored trio — Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky and Michelle Nunn in Georgia —...
  • Poll shows McConnell opening up clear lead over Grimes in Kentucky

    09/07/2014 10:27:42 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 57 replies
    A new poll released Sunday morning shows U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell opening up a clear lead over Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race. An NBC News/Marist poll shows McConnell’s strongest positioning yet. His 8-point lead among likely voters, 47 percent to 39 percent, is outside the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points. Libertarian candidate David Patterson pulled 8 percent. Chuck Todd, moderating his first episode of “Meet the Press” on Sunday, noted the success Grimes has had fundraising when he announced the new numbers. “In red-state Kentucky, Alison Grimes, a...
  • If the GOP takes the Senate in November, Jeff Sessions for Majority Leader

    09/02/2014 8:32:19 AM PDT · by xzins · 88 replies
    NNC ^ | August 2nd, 2014
    If the GOP takes the Senate in November, Jeff Sessions for Majority Leader Hear, hear!Sessions actually seems to know something about political tactics and strategy (and what commenter “eric” would call “the activist game”). Which is more than I can say for most of the GOP.And although I’m not all that familiar with Sessions, so far I’ve very much liked what he has to say about the illegal immigration/alien crisis.Sessions did something rather extraordinary yesterday. He helped to unite the warring Republicans behind a bill that actually seemed reasonable, and he did it in record time. But perhaps more...
  • Bluegrass Poll: Gaining momentum, McConnell holds 4-point advantage over Grimes

    08/31/2014 10:50:02 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 294 replies
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | August 30, 2014 | Sam Youngman
    The re-election campaign of U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has gained momentum in the last month, propelled by huge leads over Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in Western and Eastern Kentucky and among men, according to a new Bluegrass Poll. With less than 10 weeks until Election Day, the poll of 569 likely voters shows McConnell with a 4-point lead over Grimes, up from a 2 point margin a month ago. McConnell now leads Grimes 46 percent to 42 percent...
  • Mitch McConnell's campaign manager resigns after Iowa bribery scandal deepens

    08/29/2014 6:16:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | August 29, 2014 | Sam Youngman
    Jesse Benton, the campaign manager for U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, will resign his post as a bribery scandal from the 2012 presidential campaign threatens to envelop Benton and become a major distraction for McConnell's campaign. Benton told the Herald-Leader that he met with McConnell Friday afternoon and offered his resignation, which McConnell "reluctantly accepted." Benton said he offered his resignation, effective Saturday, with a "heavy heart." He maintained his innocence, faulting "inaccurate press accounts and unsubstantiated media rumors." "This decision breaks my heart, but I know it is the right thing for Mitch, for Kentucky and for the...
  • Tea party voters could dump Mitch McConnell just by staying home

    08/28/2014 6:22:15 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 145 replies
    latimes.com ^ | 8/28/14 | David Horsey
    he dilemma facing the true grass-roots tea party believers -- the dilemma they do not acknowledge -- is that their primary goal of whittling and whacking away at big government undercuts their secondary goal of saving the middle class from the greedy grip of big corporations.. If Democrats have a unifying philosophy, it is that government needs to be effective enough to curtail the economic and environmental abuses of unfettered capitalism. Republicans, on the other hand, preach the dogma that smaller government and unrestricted corporate power serves the best interests of the common man and woman. The tea party folks...
  • The Chatter: McConnell being hit by Democrats on secret recording plus Romney coming to Kentucky

    08/27/2014 7:37:24 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 15 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 8/27/2014 | Jacqueline Pitts
    A recording of Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell talking strategy and policy with a group of wealthy conservatives has Democrats claiming the remarks prove the senator is only looking out for millionaires and billionaires and not the needs of Kentucky families. In an article from http://www.thenation.com/article/181363/caught-tape-what-mitch-mcconnell-complained-about-roomful-billionaires-exclusive## , a recording of McConnell speaking at a conservative strategy conference hosted by the Koch Brothers on June 15 about issues like the minimum wage, unemployment insurance and other topics. According to the recording, McConnell tells the group about what he believes his chamber is doing wrong and how he would like to see...
  • McConnell and Grimes trade jabs between answers at Farm Bureau candidate forum

    08/20/2014 7:52:04 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 22 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 08/20/2014 | Jacqueline Pitts
    LOUISVILLE— In the first exchange of ideas between the two candidates in the Kentucky U.S. Senate race, Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes stuck to campaign messages during a discussion on agriculture issues. At the 2014 Farm Bureau “Measure the Candidates” forum, McConnell and Grimes were asked about issues ranging from agriculture policy to the Affordable Care Act Wednesday in Louisville. At the same time, the candidates each managed to stay on their messages of their campaigns while trading jabs over recent stories about the campaigns. To begin the forum, each candidate was able to give...
  • The Chatter: Grimes under fire for potential illegal contributions from father and...

    08/19/2014 5:31:06 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 3 replies
    cn|2 ^ | 8/19/2014 | Jacqueline Pitts
    Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is under fire with questions about services provided to her campaign by companies owned by her father, which could potentially be considered an illegal in-kind contribution. Politico reporter Manu Raju was first to report on the cost difference in what a normal campaign bus rental and what Grimes is paying for the rental of a 45-foot-long bus she is using to campaign around the state. The bus, featuring a large photo of Grimes on the side, was acquired by a company owned by her father—former Kentucky Democratic Party chair Jerry Lundergan—shortly after the...
  • U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes will debate in October

    08/19/2014 5:25:13 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 7 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 8/18/2014 | Nick Storm
    U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes will face off in a debate televised on Kentucky Educational Television in October. The agreement from the candidates comes after both campaigns have been slow to work with one another on a forum for a debate — both accepted separate debates early on with Grimes saying in June she would appear on KET. McConnell sent Grimes an invitation to debate the day after the primary election. He proposed that two debate three times before Labor Day and that the debates be conducted in the freewheeling Lincoln-Douglas style with no audience...
  • McConnell, Grimes to Debate (Vanity)

    08/19/2014 5:12:59 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 7 replies
    August 19, 2014 | Din Maker
    Just read in The Courier Journal (a KY newspaper) that Mitch McConnell and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes will debate one another on Kentucky Educational Television (KET) on October 13th. Dang, I'd pay to see that. Maybe C-SPAN will carry it. But, I have a question: Is this young lady sharp enough to debate a crusty, old fart who has been in the Senate ever since the day God said: "Let there be light"? Ol' Mitch must be "feeling his oats" if he consented to debate. That's more than Pat Roberts and Thad Cochran will do. Just wondering if...
  • Libertarian on Kentucky Senate Ballot, could hurt McConnell

    08/15/2014 6:45:04 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 53 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 11,2012 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Libertarian Party candidate David Patterson, a 42-year-old police officer, announced Monday that he has obtained more than the 5,000 signatures required to be placed on the ballot in this November's general election for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky. Patterson's candidacy is a wild card in Minority Leader McConnell's effort to take over the reins as Majority Leader of the Senate in January 2015, should Republicans regain the majority there. A recent Bluegrass Poll of the Kentucky U.S. Senate race found McConnell ahead of Democrat Grimes in a two-way race with a 47%-to-45% lead, albeit within the poll's margin of error,...
  • Mitch McConnell's wife sits on the board of a group working to kill the coal industry

    08/10/2014 10:56:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 8, 2014 | Chris Moody
    For the pro-coal senator, the "war on coal" begins at home. ... while McConnell presents himself as a defender of Kentucky coal mining, a member of his own family who serves as a key campaign surrogate is taking a role in an organization that funds one of the most aggressive anti-coal campaigns in the country. McConnell’s wife, former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, sits on the board of directors of Bloomberg Philanthropies, which has plunged $50 million into the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal initiative, an advocacy effort with the expressed goal of killing the coal industry. In 2011, Bloomberg Philanthropies...
  • Democratic strategist erases Twitter account after remarks about McConnell's wife

    08/07/2014 10:15:25 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/4/2014
    WASHINGTON – A Democratic operative deleted her Twitter account Monday following a series of what some called racist remarks about Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao. Chao, former U.S. Labor Secretary under President George W. Bush, is Asian. Kathy Groob, who describes herself as an “advocate for women in politics,” sent a series of tweets related to Chao at a political event Saturday. According to WKMS, Groob sent the tweets in response to comments McConnell made at the event, in which he referred to his wife as "the only Kentucky woman who served in a president’s cabinet." In...
  • New McConnell ad stars wife Elaine Chao and seeks to grab attention of women voters

    08/07/2014 10:03:12 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 15 replies
    cn|2 ^ | 8/5/2014 | Jacqueline Pitts
    As the Kentucky U.S. Senate race remains in a dead heat, courting the vote of Kentucky women is becoming a main objective of both campaigns. And Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell has enlisted the help of his wife, former U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao. In a new ad released by the McConnell campaign Tuesday, Chao looks into the camera and criticizes the approach Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes takes with women voters. “Have you ever noticed how some liberals feel entitled to speak on behalf of all women?” Chao asks before saying that Grimes gender-based attacks are “desperate and false.”...
  • McConnell kicks off coal country tour poking fun at Clinton visit and talking coal jobs

    08/07/2014 8:34:35 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 13 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 8/07/2014 | Don Weber
    CORBIN – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell began his two-day, 10 county, Team Mitch Coal Country Bus Tour on Thursday morning in Corbin with a message of influence being at Kentucky’s aide when it comes to the coal industry. McConnell chose to poke fun at former President Bill Clinton, who campaigned with Grimes Wednesday in Hazard, Kentucky. The senator, who has been in Washington nearly 30 years, told the crowd he has a long history with the Clintons and of beating the candidates they come to Kentucky to campaign for. “You know, the Clintons, they go on just keep coming...
  • Campaigning with Clinton in Lexington, Grimes declares herself the "pro-coal candidate in this race"

    08/07/2014 8:29:50 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 15 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 8/06/2014 | Nick Storm
    In a joint appearance with former President Bill Clinton at the Carrick House in Lexington, Alison Lundergan Grimes declared her support for the coal industry — attacking U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell on the loss of coal jobs under his watch. Mentioning the line of attack leveled against Grimes that she would work in lock step with President Barack Obama, Clinton said, that McConnell must think Kentucky “has stopped teaching arithmetic.” His point, Obama will only be in office until the end of 2016, and the position of U.S. Senator is a six-year term, meaning a different president will be in...
  • Despite a modern selfie, old-time politics rules in biggest Fancy Farm ever

    08/02/2014 7:13:46 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 4 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 8/2/2014 | Ryan Alessi
    FANCY FARM – While this year’s political speaking at St. Jerome Parish began with a selfie, it quickly returned to its 19th century roots of zingers and criticism between the U.S. Senate candidates, their allies and a record-breaking crowd. ............ But it was the supporting cast who got in the memorable lines – and even a quick rule-bending gimmick by the governor. ............ McConnell also found a way to weave together his two favorite arguments against Grimes: that’s she’s inexperienced and she’s tied to President Barack Obama. “By any standard Barack Obama has been a disaster for our country. If...