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  • 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...
  • Is this a valid point of view?

    07/28/2014 3:06:40 PM PDT · by ifinnegan · 104 replies
    Vanity ^ | 7/28/14 | Vanity
    I don't care if a pro-Abortion Socialist takes a Senate seat in a normally conservative state. I don't care that with Alison Grimes in the Senate there could be millions of more abortions around the world and nation wide than if she hadn't won I don't care because Mitch McConnell is such a nasty guy who insulted me Mitch must learn a lesson. Let the babies die. This thread on the KY Senate race inspired this question. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3186098/posts
  • Round 2: Former President Bill Clinton coming back to Ky. to campaign for Grimes

    07/27/2014 11:49:34 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 16 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 7/27/2014 | Nick Storm
    Former President Bill Clinton will return to Kentucky on Wednesday, August 6, for a campaign rally with Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes in Eastern Kentucky. This is Clinton’s second planned trip to campaign for Grimes in the 2014 U.S. Senate race against Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. Clinton’s first trip for Grimes came in February at a Louisville fundraiser at the Galt House which drew nearly 1,200 people. “We are humbled by President Clinton’s continued commitment to our campaign and the hardworking people of Kentucky,” Grimes campaign manager Jonathan Hurst said Saturday. “The President shares Alison’s vision for...
  • Democrats rally around Grimes and keeping control of the state House

    07/27/2014 11:46:13 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 8 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 7/25/2014 | Nick Storm
    LOUISVILLE — High profile Democrats from across the state came together in Louisville Thursday night at the annual Wendell Ford Dinner to rally around Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes and roast Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. To the chant of “amen” Grimes rallied 700 Democrats in a showing of solidarity in her campaign against the most powerful Republican in the United States. With just months left to go Grimes and McConnell remain in a virtual dead heat in the polls, and the Democratic Secretary of State told the crowd she’s primed to go all the way. Grimes told...
  • Cornyn No Lock for Leader if McConnell Goes Down

    07/23/2014 5:22:49 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/22/14 | Dan Riehl
    While Republicans are reluctant to speculate about the possibility of a Mitch McConnell loss to Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky this November, when asked if his number two, Texas Republican John Cornyn, was a lock for Leader if he does lose, it appears Cornyn may have good reason to look over his shoulder in the event that scenario plays out. Given that a McConnell loss would likely mean the GOP would have failed in winning a Senate Majority, it would seem a change in leadership might be in order. Some Senators also seemed to express concern that Cornyn would be...
  • What if Mitch McConnell loses?

    07/23/2014 5:45:08 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies
    politico.com ^ | 7/23/14 | Manu Raju and John Bresnehan
    It’s a taboo subject among Senate Republicans but one that’s on many senators’ minds: What if Mitch McConnell loses his reelection bid? There appears to be no clear answer to that question, at least not right now. In interviews and private conversations with more than half of the 45-member Senate Republican Conference, there is a split over a potential McConnell successor. His top deputy, John Cornyn of Texas, is favored to succeed him, several GOP senators said. But others ranging from John Thune of South Dakota to Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander — or a dark horse — are among those who...
  • Fancy Farm Update: Big names, new rules and an updated stage for the annual political picnic

    07/17/2014 6:37:15 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 7/17/2014 | Nick Storm
    Event organizers of the 134th Fancy Farm Picnic are firming up the last of their speaking roster for this year’s event as the main attraction of Grimes versus McConnell has staff updating the venue, and guests are being warned to be respectful as a national TV audience descends upon the village of Fancy Farm. Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s staff confirmed that the senior Senator for the state will be at the event. McConnell’s Democratic challenger Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes will share the stage with McConnell in a repeat of last year’s showdown. Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator Republican...
  • Gender issues remains at center of U.S. Senate race with debate over women's health care

    07/15/2014 6:34:45 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 9 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 07/15/2014 | Jacqueline Pitts
    The issues of gender equality and women’s rights are being used by Democrats in the Kentucky U.S. Senate race to illustrate the disconnect between Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and women voters as a pro-choice group begins to run ads in the state and a big name McConnell foe criticizes his stances. NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC, a group which has endorsed Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes and called her a “pro-choice champion”, released an ad Tuesday to run statewide in Kentucky for a week. The group says the 30-second ad, titled “Mitch McConnell Will Never Do the Right Thing for...
  • The Chatter: Kentucky U.S. Senators on the offensive against claims on their stances

    07/15/2014 6:27:23 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 11 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 7/14/2014 | Jacqueline Pitts
    The Medicare claims from a budget plan proposed in 2011 are again at the center of the Kentucky U.S. Senate race as the campaign of Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell released another ad on the topic Monday defending his record. The McConnell campaign released a new web ad Monday morning hitting Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes on her campaign’s first negative TV ad , which caused controversy because of claims made by Grimes. The ad, titled “Asked and Answered”, uses clips of news programs questioning the claims in the Grimes ad where a retired coal miner asks Senator McConnell why...
  • The U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Is Saving the GOP Establishment at Ballot Box

    07/14/2014 7:52:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | July 14, 2014 | Alex Altman
    Business group has been major force in 2014 races.On the day after New Jersey and Virginia’s gubernatorial elections last fall, Mitch McConnell showed up at a board meeting of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with another race on his mind. He announced that the day’s most consequential contest had been neither Chris Christie’s victory nor Ken Cuccinelli’s defeat. Instead, the Senate minority leader explained, it had been a GOP primary in South Alabama. The Chamber had shelled out about $200,000 in the sleepy district on the Mississippi border to rescue a mainstream candidate who was struggling to fend off a...
  • Grimes stands by new ad hitting McConnell on Medicare but does not offer own plan

    07/10/2014 9:39:40 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 8 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 7/08/2014 | Jacqueline Pitts
    Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes says Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell has taken votes to hurt the state’s seniors but bypassed a question Tuesday about what she would do differently. After addressing the International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers (IBEW) District 4 Progress Meeting in Louisville Tuesday, Grimes took questions from reporters on her new ad released prior to the event. When asked about the validity of the $6,000 out-of-pocket increase figure used in the ad, Grimes responded by saying McConnell will have to answer to his vote on the Paul Ryan budget. According to a fact check of...
  • Let the Ex-Im Bank Expire

    07/10/2014 7:05:48 AM PDT · by SharpRightTurn · 2 replies
    Senate Conservatives Fund ^ | 7/10/2014 | Ken Cuccinelli II
    Fellow Conservatives: Senate Democrats plan to bring up legislation later this month that will give new life to a corporate welfare program called the Export-Import Bank. The Ex-Im Bank is a loan guarantee program that forces American taxpayers to subsidize foreign companies. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reports the bank will cost taxpayers $2 billion. That’s two BILLION dollars of your money being spent to pick winners and losers. It's cronyism at its worst. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Ex-Im Bank "removed four officials in recent months amid investigations into allegations of gifts and kickbacks, as well as...
  • Mitch McConnell: It’s Clear Thad Cochran Won Mississippi Runoff

    07/09/2014 1:19:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Roll Call's At The Races blog ^ | July 8, 2014 | Humberto Sanchez
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky dismissed allegations from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, of impropriety in the Mississippi Republican primary — but noted it’s an issue for state officials to decide. “I assume the people in Mississippi will look at what ever complaints are filed,” McConnell told reporters Tuesday when asked to comment on Cruz’s call for an investigation in to voter fraud. “That is what typically happens in a post election situation if there are complaints filed they are dealt with at the state level.” “I think it’s pretty clear who won. Sen. [Thad Cochran, R-Miss.,] ran a...
  • How Mitch McConnell Crushed Barack Obama At The Supreme Court (Mitch the Lion)

    06/28/2014 9:57:41 PM PDT · by sickoflibs · 37 replies
    yahoo finance ^ | 6/28/2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell began plotting his counter-attack just a few days after President Barack Obama made an end-run around Senate Republicans and unilaterally moved to fill slots on the National Labor Relations Board in January 2012. One night that month, McConnell called a small group of his top advisers into his conference room, a red-painted chamber that faces the National Mall and is lined with oil paintings of famous Republican statesmen. With the smell of a wood-burning fireplace wafting in from a nearby room, McConnell and his advisers talked about how to challenge what they viewed as an...
  • Kentucky Getting Ready to Ditch Mitch As Democrat Grimes Leads McConnell 48%-46%

    06/26/2014 8:30:20 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 135 replies
    politicsusa.com ^ | 6/26/14 | Sarah Jones
    What looked like it could be an anomaly is beginning to look like a real thing in Kentucky. The Democratic challenger to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Alison Lundergan Grimes, is leading in a new poll from Public Policy Polling (PPP) by 2 points, on the heels of McConnell’s primary win. That’s right — if this is McConnell’s post-primary bump, he’s in trouble. The poll contains a flood of bad news for McConnell. Eighty-nine percent of respondents are more likely to vote for a candidate who will pass legislation to create jobs. By an 80%-14% margin, voters (including 70%...
  • Freepers Openly Supporting Liberal Democrats - Alison Lundergan Grimes

    06/26/2014 10:01:59 AM PDT · by ifinnegan · 269 replies
    Free Republic ^ | June 26, 2014 | Salf/Vanity
    I never thought I would see the day when there were participants in this forum openly advocating voting for a liberal Democrat. Yet that is what many are doing in advocating Kentuckians vote for Alison Lundergan Grimes. This makes no sense unless one is a liberal or leftist anti-American or are unable to move beyond emotion and irrationality or a nihilist mind set that lets anger, fear, lack of faith and hatred dominate one's logical faculties. Alison Lundergan Grimes was born in 1978. That's the year I graduated High school. Many here are older than I, and in politics, at...
  • Grimes campaign holding contest for supporters to attend brunch fundraiser with Elizabeth Warren

    06/23/2014 6:21:58 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 39 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 6/23/2014 | Jacqueline Pitts
    The campaign of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is holding a contest for supporters to win an invitation to a fundraiser the candidate is having with Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren in Louisville. In an email to supporters, the Grimes campaign told recipients that by contributing to the campaign they are automatically entered into the running to get an invite for that person and a guest to attend a brunch fundraiser with Grimes and Warren in Louisville on Sunday, June 29. The Grimes campaign had previously announced that Warren would be making campaign stops with the candidate during...
  • Amnesty Lite Is Still Amnesty

    Not since a 42-to-1 underdog named Buster Douglas knocked out undefeated heavyweight champion Mike Tyson in 1990 has there been an upset like economics professor Dave Brat defeating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Republican primary in Virginia. (SNIP) Immigration laws are the only laws that are discussed almost entirely in terms of what can be done to help those who have broken the law. Some want to help a little and some want to help a lot. But amnesty lite is still amnesty. Some people seem to think that amnesty is not amnesty if you throw in requirements...
  • Paul calls for immigration reform; Grimes hammers on student debt; McConnell supporters talk coal

    06/11/2014 8:25:09 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 17 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 6/11/2014 | Jacqueline Pitts
    Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul said the lines of communication should remain open on the issue of immigration reform Wednesday after the loss of a member of U.S. House leadership spooked some reform advocates. Paul joined Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist Wednesday for an immigration teleconference hosted by The Partnership for a New American Economy to outline why reform was needed. The call was announced Tuesday and then held Wednesday, less than 24 hours after U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his Republican primary in Virginia. Immediately, reports claimed that Cantor’s loss meant sure defeat for immigration...
  • Fundraiser attendees dispute Grimes' claim of talking coal with Reid

    06/09/2014 7:47:46 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 4 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 6/9/2014 | Jacqueline Pitts
    After assuring Kentuckians that she would use a fundraiser with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to press the issue of coal, attendees at the event say Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes did not bring the issue up once. The Grimes campaign told The Hill that the Democratic senate candidate had “strong words” for the Senate Majority leader, who the Republicans have worked to tie Grimes to throughout the campaign. “She offered real stories of Kentuckians struggling to make ends meet and stressed that we need a comprehensive, balanced approach that reigns in the EPA, invests in clean coal...
  • Mitch McConnell just took sides in this Republican primary

    06/06/2014 11:36:49 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 90 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 6, 2014 | 2:15 pm | Rebecca Berg
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is taking sides in the Mississippi Senate primary run-off, stepping out to help raise money for Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., against his Tea Party challenger, Chris McDaniel. McConnell will host a "run-off reception" benefiting Cochran, a six-term incumbent, on the evening of June 10 at the National Republican Senatorial Committee in Washington. In an email to party donors Friday, obtained by the Washington Examiner, McConnell warned that the outcome of the contest "will have a very real impact on our fight for the Majority," even though Mississippi is considered a Republican stronghold. "Our friend Thad...
  • Harry Reid knew of Bowe Bergdahl deal before release

    06/03/2014 10:13:55 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 35 replies
    politico.com ^ | 6/3/14 | Burgess Everett
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid received a heads-up on the deal to transfer Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for the five Taliban officials detained in Guantanamo Bay — but it’s not clear who else did. In a brief interview, Reid said the White House contacted him ahead of the swap — but not by much. “It must have been either the day before or the day of. I don’t remember for sure,” Reid said. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) declined to comment when asked about White House outreach with regards to Bergdahl. Reid’s remarks underscore a growing divide on...
  • McConnell suggests ObamaCare exchange could survive repeal

    05/27/2014 2:23:44 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 45 replies
    thehill.com ^ | may 27, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is suggesting that Kentucky's health insurance exchange could survive repeal of ObamaCare, the law that created the marketplace.  In a statement, McConnell campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore said Kentucky should "decide for itself whether to keep" the exchange "or set up a different marketplace" if the healthcare law is repealed. The comment follows criticism of McConnell last week for arguing that Kentucky's exchange, known as Kynect, is not connected to the Affordable Care Act.  The healthcare law created a system of exchanges, including Kynect, where consumers in each state can purchase coverage, often while receiving assistance...
  • Mitch McConnell: I’d prefer to leave the filibuster intact for Democrats next year...(Abridged)

    05/26/2014 10:27:48 AM PDT · by Bratch · 27 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 22, 2014 | BY ALLAHPUNDIT
    ...if we take back the Senate Before you shake your fist, consider the strategy at work here. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Thursday that if he were to emerge as majority leader following this fall’s elections, he’d prefer to keep in place the minority party’s ability to filibuster legislation…While he said he thought Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had done a “lot of damage” by using parliamentary procedure to enable some judicial and executive nominees to move through the chamber with 50 votes, he suggested that he had no plans to try to undo that change. He...
  • McConnell: Ky. Exchange Unconnected To Health Law

    05/25/2014 10:10:18 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 26 replies
    NewsChannel5.com ^ | May 23, 2014 6:33 PM PDT
    <p>LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but he would not say Friday what that would mean for the 413,000 Kentuckians who have health insurance through the state's health care exchange.</p>
  • McConnell vows ‘free-wheeling’ Senate under his leadership

    05/22/2014 6:52:28 PM PDT · by Mariner · 113 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | May 22, 2014 | By William Douglas
    Fresh off his resounding Republican primary victory Tuesday night, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Thursday laid out a broad vision of what the Senate would look like under his control. Bottom line, McConnell, wouldn’t run the way Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., runs it now, the Kentucky Republican told the center-right American Enterprise Institute. ‘A Senate majority under my leadership would break sharply from the practices of the Reid era in favor of a more free-wheeling approach to problem solving,’ McConnell said in a speech. ‘I would work to restore (the Senate’s) traditional role as a place where good...
  • Cruz sounds tepid on McConnell; Cornyn calls for party unity

    05/22/2014 3:00:13 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 28 replies
    Dallas News ^ | Todd J. Gillman
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had vowed to crush the tea party in this spring’s primaries. His decisive win on Tuesday over a tea party challenger in Kentucky’s GOP primary has fueled plenty of establishment-over-tea party stories. Let’s just say the war ain’t over. “After the primary is over, it’s really the responsibility of everyone who wants to see a change in Washington, D.C., come November to support our candidates,” said Texas Sen. John Cornyn, McConnell’s deputy GOP Senate leader, who survived a much more tepid tea party onslaught in his own primary in early March. Cornyn singled out Kentucky’s...
  • Mitch McConnell Embraces Old Enemies as Friends

    05/21/2014 2:56:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 58 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 21, 2014 | By Jeff Zeleny
    Sen. Mitch McConnell was all smiles today: Not only because of his Republican primary victory in Kentucky, but because of a string of about-face endorsements from conservative groups intent on destroying him. “I’m happy to have them on board,” McConnell said dryly, standing just off the floor of the Senate, where he hopes to become majority leader in November if Republicans pick up six seats and control of the Senate. “Collectively, this group spent about $1 million against me in the primary,” McConnell said. “But they all got on board last night.” Not only did they get on board, they...
  • How Mitch McConnell crushed the tea party

    05/21/2014 9:05:39 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 134 replies
    CNN ^ | 05-21-2014 | Peter Hamby
    Matt Bevin reaches into the breast pocket of his jacket and extracts a wrinkled, yellow piece of paper. "Fraud Alert," it reads, in alarming, official-seeming font. "Sensitive Materials Enclosed. Please Open Immediately." A Republican he met received the notice in the mail a few weeks ago and showed it to Bevin, who now carries it with him wherever he goes. Bevin, Mitch McConnell's tea party-backed Republican primary challenger in Kentucky, flattens it out on the table in the back of a community ballroom in Georgetown where he just addressed the Scott County Republican Party's Lincoln Day Dinner. The unfolded paper...
  • Tea party on life support after brutal primary beatdown

    05/21/2014 7:07:06 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 76 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 21,2014 | S.A. Miller
    Support for the tea party has dropped to an all-time low, said a new CBS News poll released Wednesday. Just 15 percent of Americans told the pollsters that they are supporters of the tea party movement today, which is less than half the level of support at its peak of 31 percent in November 2010 shortly after the midterm election when the movement fueled a landslide Republican win to take majority control of the House.
  • McConnell beats Tea Party challenge to win primary

    05/20/2014 8:05:45 PM PDT · by Wisconsinlady · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/20/14 | Foxnews.com
    At present, every poll has McConnell’s race against Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s secretary of state, as a dead heat with Election Day just six months away. Grimes also easily won her Tuesday primary. Her race with McConnell also is expected to be the most expensive congressional race this election cycle, as Republicans try to win a net six seats to take control of the upper chamber. If that happened, McConnell would replace Nevada's Democratic Sen. Harry Reid as the Senate majority leader.
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  • The new campaign contribution: I’ll get my employees to vote for you

    05/20/2014 4:22:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | May 20, 2014 | Philip Bump
    Some businesses in states with pitched Republican primary fights are turning to a relatively new tool to help ensure the outcome they want: telling employees how they want them to vote. Thanks in part to Citizens United, it's perfectly legal — but it probably doesn't do much good. Bloomberg Businessweek describes the concerted effort by business groups to get their member corporations ready to weigh in on the election — an election, we'll remind you, that has largely been framed as business-versus-Tea Party. The National Association of Manufacturers spent a week in Kentucky, briefing "as many as 10 businesses a...
  • The McConnell challenge that wasn’t

    05/20/2014 12:16:53 PM PDT · by Baynative · 209 replies
    Politico/Playbook ^ | 5/20/14 | JAMES HOHMANN
    Matt Bevin seemed like the ideal candidate to challenge Mitch McConnell. The handsome and personable businessman, a father of nine, impressed national conservative groups looking for a chance to knock off the Senate Republican leader. These groups, from the Senate Conservatives Fund to FreedomWorks, the Tea Party Patriots and the Madison Project, invested more than $1 million in the Kentucky GOP primary. Bevin himself spent more than $3 million, including $1 million of his own fortune. And, yet, polls indicate he’s going to get creamed Tuesday.
  • Poll: Mitch McConnell leads Matt Bevin by 32 in Kentucky GOP primary

    05/12/2014 3:52:32 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 31 replies
    HotAir ^ | 05-12-2014
    That’s among likely voters too, although when you’re looking at a lead this big, it doesn’t much matter which slice of adults you’re using. I thought next Tuesday’s primary night open thread would be rip-roaring food-fight fun between “true conservatives” and RINOs. Instead, we’re destined for a snoozer. Note the tea-party numbers, in particular. Bevin never got traction even among his ostensible core constituency.
  • Jahan Wilcox, RNC Spokesman, Attacks Republican Candidate Matt Bevin as "Fraud"

    05/08/2014 1:50:28 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 6 replies
    WSB Radio ^ | 05-07-2014 | Erick Erickson
    Jahan Wilcox is the rapid response director at the RNC. He’s charged with responding quickly to attack Democrats and rebut Democrat attacks on the GOP. Last night, Jahan Wilcox responded quickly to Thom Tillis’s victory in North Carolina by declaring that next would be to defeat Matt Bevin, the Republican candidate in Kentucky, who Wilcox called a “fraud.”
  • Flashback: Mitch McConnell tells NYT he wants to crush young conservative challengers

    05/07/2014 5:17:13 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    commdiginews.com ^ | 3/13/14 | James Richard Edwards
    March 12, 2014 – In a recent interview with The New York Times McConnell said “I think we are going to crush them everywhere… I don’t think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country… I know this: Politics doesn’t like losers, if you don’t have anything to point to, it is kind of hard to keep it going.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has finally let America know who his true opponents are, and they aren’t the Democrats. When asked about conservative candidates like Matt Bevin, who is challenging him for his Senate seat in...
  • Tea party vs. establishment as primary season opens - The Washington Post

    05/05/2014 3:52:41 PM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 11 replies
    WASHINGTONPOST.COM ^ | Monday, May 5, 12:19 PM | Dan Balz
    Between now and the end of June, more than two dozen states will hold primary elections. A major subplot of this year’s midterm elections is the competition between the Republican establishment and the tea party wing of the party. The establishment is fighting back, but has the tea party already won? The general election is still six months off. But Tuesday opens the summer preseason of intraparty contests, which starts with an important primary in North Carolina. Between now and the end of June, more than two dozen states will hold primary elections. After a July break, the preseason will...
  • The Republican Establishment Would Rather Lose Nebraska Than Support Conservatives

    05/05/2014 7:29:14 AM PDT · by xzins · 19 replies
    Red State ^ | May 5th, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    The Republican Establishment always says conservative purists would rather lose than compromise. But the opposite is playing out in Nebraska. The moment Ben Sasse got endorsed by the Senate Conservatives Fund, Mitch McConnell went all in for Shane Osborn. Well, Osborn is now toast. He has extremely high negatives, extreme negative poll numbers, and outside groups have just finished him off with an ad blasting his involvement in a made up military memo. That leaves Sid Dinsdale who’d have you know he is a lifelong Republican despite years of significant giving to Democrats. Dinsdale too, however, is behind in the...
  • Time for New Leadership (Video)

    05/02/2014 2:45:45 AM PDT · by PoloSec
    Red State ^ | May 02 2014 | Erick Erickson
    30 years ago, a man ran for the Senate because his opponent kept claiming to be for spending cuts while raising spending. His opponent kept claiming to be a conservative, while letting big government grow, even when he was the majority and could stop it. Maybe that candidate needs to be reminded of his own words.