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  • Mitch McConnell Won’t Rule Out Rescinding His Endorsement of Donald Trump (like it's needed!)

    06/11/2016 8:12:38 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 51 replies ^ | 6/10/16 | Maggie Haberman
    The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, would not rule out the possibility of rescinding his endorsement of Donald J. Trump’s presidential bid down the road, and he described the candidate as lacking knowledge in a number of areas in an interview released on Friday. The comments from Mr. McConnell, in an interview with the “Masters in Politics” podcast on Bloomberg Politics, came as Republicans down the ballot continue to face questions about Mr. Trump’s criticism of the Indiana-born federal judge overseeing a case against Trump University as “Mexican.” Mr. McConnell has been pointed in his criticism of those remarks. It...
  • Mitch McConnell Should Admit Recommending Liberal Judge John Heyburn Was A Mistake

    03/07/2014 2:37:59 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 3 replies
    Senate Conservatives Fund ^ | 3/4/14 | Senate Conservatives Fund
    McConnell's Liberal Judge Forced Kentucky to Recognize Gay Marriages The Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) released a new, 60-second radio ad today calling on U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to admit his mistake in recommending U.S. District Court Judge John G. Heyburn II, the liberal judge who issued an order last week requiring Kentucky to immediately recognize gay marriages performed outside the state. "Senator McConnell should admit that recommending Judge Heyburn was a mistake that hurt Kentucky," said SCF Executive Director Matt Hoskins."McConnell knew Judge Heyburn was not a conservative, but he promoted him anyway. Now Judge Heyburn is forcing his...
  • Kentucky Senate race 2014: Matt Bevin, Mitch McConnell and TARP (Bevin supported TARP)

    02/11/2014 7:28:18 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | February 11, 2014 | Josh Bresnahan
    Matt Bevin, who is challenging Sen. Mitch McConnell in a Republican primary, calls the 2008 federal bailout of banks and Wall Street giants “irresponsible” and says he would have opposed it as a senator. Yet back in 2008, as an investment fund president, Bevin backed the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program, as well as the government takeover of troubled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. McConnell supported TARP, and the Bevin campaign repeatedly reminds voters that the Senate minority leader calls that vote “one of the finest moments in the history of the Senate.”
  • Kentucky poll: Mitch McConnell now trails Democratic challenger by four points in Senate bid

    02/07/2014 2:49:00 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/07/2014 | AllahPundit
    Each of the five polls taken since December have had the race tight, but this is the first one showing Alison Lundergan Grimes in the lead. Noise or omen?I know what you’re thinking, but don’t celebrate just yet. “This is not going to be a coast for Mitch McConnell,” said pollster Jay Leve of Survey USA. “It’s going to be a dogfight. Every vote is going to matter. This election is going to have national consequences. We’re going to see a lot of money from outside interests flow into Kentucky.”…Sixty percent of likely voters in the Bluegrass Poll disapprove of...
  • 'It's going to be a dogfight:' Grimes leads McConnell in first Bluegrass Poll

    02/06/2014 4:22:17 PM PST · by SomeCallMeTim · 46 replies
    WHAS Louisville ^ | Feb 6, 2014 | Joe Arnold
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Nine months before Kentucky's 2014 U.S. Senate election, Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes leads five-term incumbent Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) 46% to 42% in a WHAS11/Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll released Thursday. McConnell enjoys a comfortable 26 point margin in the Republican primary contest against Matt Bevin in the poll conducted by Survey USA and commissioned by a partnership of WHAS11, The Courier-Journal, WKYT-TV in Lexington and the Lexington Herald-Leader.
  • Conservative 'Dump the Leadership' launches six-figure campaign

    02/04/2014 2:37:22 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 31 replies ^ | 2/4/14 | Cameron Joseph
    The conservative group ForAmerica is pushing to oust GOP leaders in both the House and Senate with a new campaign called "Dump the Leadership." The organization, long a critic of both House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), calls on both leaders to step down in its new online advertising campaign. ForAmerica Chairman Brent Bozell tells The Hill that the group is likely to spend at least $675,000 on the web campaign between now and the November election, and could increase the sum to more than a million dollars in the future. "We need new...
  • Madison Project Gets Behind Bevin ("McConnell's idology is power, not conservatism.)

    01/21/2014 1:32:04 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    FRANKFORT — Matt Bevin is getting some outside help in his uphill battle to unseat U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in the May Republican primary — and a lot of it targets Republican strongholds in southeastern Kentucky. The Madison Project, a Washington-based conservative group that supported Republican Ted Cruz in his Texas Senate campaign, announced a week ago it will open five Kentucky get-out-the-vote offices for Bevin. Then on Thursday, the group announced it is erecting billboards in Clay, Laurel, Madison, Pulaski and Whitley counties attacking McConnell. All but Madison are heavily Republican in registration. A spokeswoman for McConnell’s campaign blasted...
  • McConnell’s primary challenger raises $900,000

    01/16/2014 12:47:50 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 40 replies ^ | 1/16/14 | Aaron Blake
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R) primary opponent, businessman Matt Bevin, raised $900,000 in the fourth quarter, according to his campaign. About half of Bevin's total appears to have been raised by the Senate Conservatives Fund, which has endorsed his campaign and said this month that it had raised $450,000 for him. Bevin's campaign said about $430,000 of the total was raised with SCF's help. The total doesn't include any self-funding from Bevin, who had previously loaned his campaign $600,000. His campaign did not release a cash-on-hand figure, but it had just $164,000 on hand at the beginning of October....
  • Mitch McConnell claims to be conservative in new ad

    01/13/2014 5:43:28 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 13 replies
    Marxist collaborator Mitch McConnell kicked off his reelection campaign last week with a new ad in which he claimed to be a conservative who loves America. This is the same Mitch McConnell that: •Told GOP donors that Tea Party activists needed to be punched in the face •Opposed the Ted Cruz-led partial shutdown of the tyrannical federal government •Bribed Kentucky voters with $3 billion in taxpayer money •Defends Obama’s illegal NSA spying •Works behind-the-scenes to pass amnesty To add insult to injury, the ad featured Rand Paul– whom Mitch McConnell opposed in 2010, and who only reluctantly agreed to endorse...
  • Republican Senate Candidate Matt Bevin Outlines Key Differences With Mitch McConnell

    01/10/2014 12:31:47 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    WFPL ^ | 1/9/14 | PHILLIP M. BAILEY
    Saying the Republican Party needs to adopt a new vision, U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin is hoping to shift Kentucky's race to issues, rather than surface-level politics and attacks. The Tea Party-backed Bevin has often given speeches focusing on policy, and he decried Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes for failing to discuss them in-depth. "The sad truth is that while this campaign has been going on we have been speaking in-dept about the issues that truly matter as we travel around the state. But both Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes have been avoiding the...
  • Mitch McConnell Declares War On Conservatives

    12/02/2013 1:30:23 PM PST · by xzins · 53 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 12/02/13 | CHQ Staff
    Mitch McConnell Caricature Shoots Gadsden Flag The Senate’s Republican Minority Leader has now made it official – he’s declaring war on conservatives. McConnell’s latest attack on conservatives came in an interview with The Washington Examiner, which ran last Friday. In it McConnell claimed the he is a “conservative” and went on to offer this interesting take on the present situation in Washington: “What they do [the Senate Conservatives Fund] is mislead their donors into believing the reason that we can’t get as good an outcome as we’d like to get is not because of a Democratic Senate and a Democratic...
  • Mitch McConnell: Time for GOP Establishment to 'Stand Up to' Tea Party

    12/01/2013 5:38:12 PM PST · by servo1969 · 113 replies ^ | 12-1-2013 | Matthew Boyle
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican up for re-election in 2014, told the Washington Examiner in an interview published Friday that he believes it is time for the GOP establishment to stop conservatives and Tea Partiers. McConnell argued it is “utter nonsense” for groups like the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF), which has endorsed his primary challenger businessman Matt Bevin, to argue that Republicans like him in Congress are not fighting hard enough to defeat Democrats. In the interview, McConnell focused on deriding Tea Partiers for leading the effort to defund Obamacare—something that, coupled with the Democrats’ refusal to...
  • Collateral Damage in a GOP Civil War

    11/25/2013 9:09:33 AM PST · by SharpRightTurn · 58 replies
    National Review ^ | November 25, 2013 4:00 AM | Jonathan Strong
    On Tuesday, November 12, Nebraska Senate candidate Ben Sasse walked into Mitch McConnell’s office to clear the air. Contrary to the rumors, Sasse wanted to say, he hadn’t secretly vowed to oppose McConnell’s leadership if elected. In fact, he hadn’t been asked to make such a pledge and would never have even considered it. That was the plan, anyway. As soon as Sasse sat down, McConnell lit into him, criticizing him for working with the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) as well as for posting a viral YouTube video in which he demanded “every Republican in Washington, starting with Minority Leader...
  • Exclusive -- McConnell: Tea Party 'Bullies' Who Need Punch in Nose

    11/22/2013 9:30:20 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 41 replies ^ | 11/22/13 | Matthew Boyle
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on a conference call organized by Karl Rove’s Crossroads organization for large donors and their advisers on Oct. 30 that the Tea Party movement, in his view, is a “nothing but a bunch of bullies” that he plans to “punch … in the nose.” On the call, according to a donor who was on it, McConnell personally named Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) as Tea Party conservatives he views as problematic for him. “The bulk of it was an attack on the Tea Party in general, Cruz in particular,” the source,...

    11/22/2013 9:34:00 AM PST · by Star Traveler · 204 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 22, 2013 | Matthew Boyle
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on a conference call organized by Karl Rove’s Crossroads organization for large donors and their advisers on Oct. 30 that the Tea Party movement, in his view, is a “nothing but a bunch of bullies” that he plans to “punch … in the nose.” On the call, according to a donor who was on it, McConnell personally named Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) as Tea Party conservatives he views as problematic for him. “The bulk of it was an attack on the Tea Party in general, Cruz in particular,” the source,...
  • Mitch McConnell goes nuclear

    11/22/2013 9:46:12 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 53 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/22/13 | Lauren Ashburn
    For the most part, Mitch McConnell speaks in typical elected politician jargon. But as the Dems took away his chief legislative weapon, he sounded more like a character from “The Godfather.” carl hulse @hillhulse Sen McConnell issues blunt threat: "You will regret this and you may regret it a lot sonner than you think," suggesting 2015 GOP Senate. 10:09 AM - 21 Nov 2013
  • Mitch McConnell criticized for taking money from firm tied to health website

    11/14/2013 4:53:28 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    Lexington Herald Leader ^ | 11/14/13 | JOHN CHEVES
    U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is a vocal critic of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act and its glitch-stricken website,, repeatedly calling for repeal of the law "root and branch." "At this point, senators from both parties can agree: is a rolling disaster. Every day seems to bring more, newer comic calamity," McConnell, R-Ky., said Oct. 29 in a Senate floor speech. "The only thing the website seems to be good for right now is creating punch lines for late-night comedians." However, since 2011, McConnell has accepted more than $75,000 in political donations from health care giant...
  • Mitch McConnell Embraces the Anti-Rush Limbaugh Playbook

    11/04/2013 4:16:37 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 22 replies
    Red State ^ | November 4, 2013 | Erick Erickson
    For the last year, the left has engaged in an organized campaign to drive Rush Limbaugh off the air. Knowing they cannot go after Rush Limbaugh directly, the left has launched repeated boycotts against any advertisers who dare advertise while Rush Limbaugh is on. Consequently, some advertisers decided to stop advertising at all on political talk radio, depriving the genre as a whole of resources. And it still hasn’t hurt Rush Limbaugh. Mitch McConnell has decided to embrace the same strategy in his war against the Senate Conservatives Fund. He can’t attack the Jim DeMint created Senate Conservatives Fund outright,...
  • Conservative group says McConnell 'let us down' on ObamaCare

    10/29/2013 12:55:01 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/29/13 | Alexandra Jaffe
    The Senate Conservatives Fund's (SCF) super-PAC is accusing Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) of helping Democrats fund ObamaCare with a new TV ad. -snip- But McConnell's campaign dismissed the ad, accusing the group of "working day and night to ensure Barack Obama's majority in the Senate." "When Mitch McConnell was rallying conservatives to fight ObamaCare, the fundraising group responsible for these ads was working day and night to ensure Barack Obama's majority in the Senate," said McConnell spokeswoman Allison Moore. 'You get an idea of what team the Senate Conservatives Fund is on when you realize that there are scores of...
  • SCA TV Ad Exposes McConnell's Decision to Fund Obamacare

    10/29/2013 12:47:39 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 14 replies
    Senate Conservatives Fund ^ | 10/29/13 | Senate Conservatives Action
    Alexandria, VA — Senate Conservatives Action (SCA) announced a new 30-second TV ad Tuesday, which exposes U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell's decision to help the Democrats fund Obamacare. The ad ("Kentucky") will run statewide on broadcast and cable television from October 30 to November 12. The cost of the ad buy is $330,000. "Mitch McConnell says he opposes Obamacare when he's in Kentucky, but then he helps the Democrats fund Obamacare when he's in Washington," said SCA Executive Director Matt Hoskins. "Mitch McConnell has lost his way. It's why more and more Kentucky Republicans are supporting Matt Bevin, a true conservative...
  • Mitch McConnell Ready to Fight GOP Base

    10/28/2013 1:21:00 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 37 replies ^ | 10/28/13 | Daniel Horowitz
    Everything you ever thought about Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is wrong. He really is a fighter after all. At a recent fundraiser with 300 K street donors, as reported by Politico, Mitch McConnell was in a combative mood. According to one attendee, he was “in fighting mode.” No, he was not in a fighting mode against Obama and the Democrats. As he spoke at a K street retreat, the relaxation of his comfort zone kicked in and he rallied the establishment faithful against conservatives: Mitch McConnell isn’t going to have another government shutdown on his watch. The Kentucky Republican...
  • McConnell: Bevin may have broken law [Mitch must be slipping in the polls]

    10/25/2013 8:15:29 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 76 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 25, 2013 | Mario Trujillo
    Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) campaign on Friday ramped up their attacks on his Republican primary opponent's business record, accusing Matt Bevin of possibly committing a misdemeanor. The allegations arose after the McConnell campaign released documents showing Bevin failed to report a tax lien on a $100,000 application for a state grant in Connecticut to reopen his business which had burned down in a fire. The McConnell camp brought in a Connecticut attorney to point out Bevin may have broken the law. “Now, I am not a prosecutor, I am not a judge and I am not a jury, but if...
  • McConnell Gains Rubio Endorsement, Defends Olmsted Dam Funding (Kentucky Kickback)

    10/22/2013 6:16:08 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    WUKY ^ | 10/21/13 | JOSH JAMES
    Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and challenger Matt Bevin recently received dueling endorsements from conservative heavyweights. Bevin received a boost to his campaign Friday when the Senate Conservatives Fund endorsed his bid for the seat, but a few days later McConnell is now touting the support of Tea Party favorite Florida Senator Marco Rubio. The Senate Conservatives Fund elected to back Bevin after the candidate criticized McConnell for taking part in the deal that helped end the government shutdown, which also included $2.8B for a dam project on the Ohio River. Sunday on CBS’s Face the Nation, McConnell shot back...
  • Conservative PAC launches new anti-McConnell ad

    10/22/2013 6:13:10 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/21/13 | Jacqueline Klimas
    The Madison Project launched a new ad Monday that bashes Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, for failing to stop the health care law during budget negotiations. “After allowing his conference to sabotage the House Republican fight against Obamacare, McConnell unilaterally agreed to surrender every aspect of this unworkable law. He has also made it clear that he will preemptively surrender any future leverage against Obamacare as long as a Democrat is in the White House,” Project president Drew Ryun wrote in a press release.
  • Senate Conservative Fund raises over $100k for Bevin days after endorsement

    10/22/2013 6:04:37 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 6 replies
    CN2 ^ | 10/21/13 | Nick Storm
    The Senate Conservative Fund that raises money for tea party favorites has collected more than $100,000 that will go directly to the coffers of GOP U.S. Senate challenger Matt Bevin. The group, said its executive director Matt Hoskins, collected that money after just three days after endorsing Bevin. The Senate Conservative Fund was founded by former South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint in 2008. But DeMint left office to become president of the Heritage Foundation.
  • Palin Tells Megyn Kelly GOP Senators Should Be Primaried, Defends Shutdown Fight

    10/17/2013 7:11:42 PM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 10/17/2013 | Josh Feldman
    Sarah Palin joined Megyn Kelly Thursday night, and said that she’s not too worried about Ted Cruz‘s efforts being defeated in Congress, saying that the right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than President Obama triumphant, and if they stay united next time, they could pull off an even bigger win.Palin said Obama’s just out of touch and railed against the president on a whole range of issues from Benghazi to “threatening to withhold paychecks” from members of the military during the shutdown.Kelly pointed out that Republicans haven’t exactly done that well throughout the shutdown, and suggested this strategy has backfired so...
  • Rubio Endorses McConnell

    10/20/2013 7:02:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 100 replies
    National Review ^ | October 20, 2013 | Katrina Trinko
    Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) endorsed Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) in his primary against Kentucky businessman Matt Bevin today on Fox News Sunday. Watch: [video]
  • Kentucky-Bribed Statesman: Mitch McConnell Unmasked

    10/19/2013 6:06:32 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/19/13 | William Sullivan
    Anthony Weiner recently lamented that "if the internet didn't exist," he'd be the mayor of New York. In other words, if John Q. Public weren't so privy to the facts, and so readily able to investigate those facts and exchange opinions about them online, politicians could more easily manipulate their political images and determine the outcome of elections. Likewise, Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell is now feeling the stinging disapproval of an informed public that he may not have felt twenty years ago. Like the grand reveal at the end a Scooby-Doo episode, McConnell the "fiscally conservative" Senate leader has been...
  • 'Kentucky Kickback'? Not so much. [Full power spin]

    10/16/2013 5:12:26 PM PDT · by don-o · 27 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 16, 2013
    <p>The Senate Conservatives Fund, which has suggested it might oppose Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in a primary next year, alleges McConnell got a bit of sweetener in the Senate’s plan to reopen the government and extend the debt ceiling.</p>
  • McConnell: 'There was no earmark' (More on Kentucky Kickback...)

    10/17/2013 11:35:38 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/17/13 | Rebecca Shabad
    Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday denied slipping an earmark into the budget deal Congress passed one day earlier. “There was no earmark,” McConnell told WVLK radio in Lexington, Ky., Thursday morning. The Army Corps of Engineers asked for the funding, he said, and so did the White House.
  • McConnell Deal Includes Kentucky Kickback

    10/17/2013 10:29:34 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 52 replies
    Senate Conservatives Fund ^ | 10/16/13 | Senate Conservatives Fund
    The Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) criticized U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Wednesday for allowing a $2 billion Kentucky earmark to be added to the debt deal he negotiated with U.S. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV). SCF Executive Director Matt Hoskins made the following statement: "Americans are familiar with the 'Cornhusker Kickback' that Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson was given in exchange for his vote on Obamacare. Well now Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell has an Obamacare earmark of his own. "The McConnell-Reid deal not only funds Obamacare and suspends the debt limit, it also includes a provision in Section 123 that increases funding...
  • McConnell pushes back on 'Kentucky kickback'

    10/17/2013 8:50:52 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 90 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/17/13 | Byron Wolf
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell denied slipping a special provision into a deal he co-engineered to end the 16-day government shutdown and end a showdown over raising the nation's debt ceiling. And the longtime Republican Senator from Kentucky had an admonishment for Republicans whose sole focus is the "impossible dream" of ending Obamacare.
  • Senate Compromise Includes McConnell Debt-Limit Proposal

    10/17/2013 4:47:41 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/16/2013
    Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell has floated a proposal for a couple years now as a last-chance way to avert a crisis and allow the president to raise the debt ceiling without congressional approval, with Congress having the ability to strip that authority with a two-thirds veto – and that’s sort of what the bill to be voted on tonight provides for (see pages 24 ff. of the bill).Assuming it passes tonight, the debt ceiling will be suspended until February 7, meaning the treasury can borrow what it needs to fund obligations until then. Then within the next 14 days, the House and...
  • Palin: On to Kentucky

    10/17/2013 4:26:57 AM PDT · by don-o · 86 replies
    Breitbart - Big Government ^ | October 17, 2013 | Sarah Palin
    Bottom line snip Friends, do not be discouraged by the shenanigans of D.C.’s permanent political class today. Be energized. We’re going to shake things up in 2014. Rest well tonight, for soon we must focus on important House and Senate races. Let’s start with Kentucky – which happens to be awfully close to South Carolina, Tennessee, and Mississippi – from sea to shining sea we will not give up. We’ve only just begun to fight.
  • Senate Debt Deal Includes Provision Lessening Congress' Power On Debt Ceiling

    10/16/2013 4:49:51 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 188 replies
    Capitol Hill talk regarding the Senate deal apparently includes a provision that would take away the Congress’ power to increase the debt ceiling. According to Politico, it looks like the buzz appears to be true.: The plan includes a proposal offered by McConnell in the 2011 debt ceiling crisis that allows Congress to disapprove of the debt ceiling increase, which means lawmakers will formally vote on whether to reject a debt ceiling increase until Feb. 7. Obama can veto that legislation if it passes. If Congress fails as expected to gather a two-thirds majority to override the veto, the debt...
  • McConnell primary foe: Deal ‘rotten’

    10/16/2013 4:45:16 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies ^ | October 16, 2013 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is taking heat from Tea Party groups and his primary challenger for brokering a deal to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. Matt Bevin, who is running against McConnell in the GOP primary in Kentucky, slammed him for "selling out conservatives." "When the stakes are highest, Mitch McConnell can always be counted on to sell out conservatives," he said in a statement. "McConnell just negotiated the GOP surrender to [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid [D-Nev.], leading the charge to give President Obama a blank check and lifting the debt ceiling once...
  • McConnell-Reid Deal Includes $2 Billion Earmark for Kentucky Project (McConnell pet projects)

    10/16/2013 4:29:11 PM PDT · by barmag25 · 92 replies
    Wflp news ^ | 10/15/13 | /Phillip-m bailey
    A proposal to end the government shutdown and avoid default orchestrated by Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Harry Reid includes a $2 billion earmark for a Kentucky project. Language in a draft of the McConnell-Reid deal (see page 13, section 123) provided to WFPL News shows a provision that increases funding for the massive Olmsted Dam Lock in Louisville from $775 million to nearly $2. 9 billion.
  • Reject This

    10/15/2013 3:01:57 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 44 replies
    Red State ^ | 10/15/2013 | Erick Erickson
    The basic framework of the deal Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid have hammered out is coming to light. The provision the GOP is crowing over — that the Obama Administration will check the income levels of those who receive a subsidy — is already the law. Meanwhile, the GOP will let the rest of the year proceed above sequester level spending, give the unions another carve out of Obamacare, and extend the debt limit to February. I’m sure at the last minute they’ll also delay the medical device tax so it looks like Harry Reid caved on something. Really, it’ll...
  • Senate GOP concludes meeting with Obama (Mitch McConnell's Surrender Summit...)

    10/11/2013 10:49:03 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    The HIll ^ | 10/11/13 | Justin Sink
    Senate Republicans met with President Obama for more than 90 minutes on Friday, as lawmakers search for a breakthrough agreement that could end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. Like House Republicans the night before, the GOP senators departed the White House without speaking to reporters. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) tweeted shortly after the meeting that it was a "very good discussion." "Nothing obvious decided, but hope," he tweeted. "I'm surprised there may be progress."
  • What to expect Friday in the shutdown showdown (Mitch McConnell to lead surrender talks at WH today)

    10/11/2013 6:30:41 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 10/10/13 | Paul Kane,
    -snip- ● 11:15 a.m., Senate Republicans head to the White House. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who has jumped into bipartisan talks on the Senate side, leads the 46-senator GOP caucus to a meeting with Obama. McConnell has become the congressional “closer,” having helped seal three critical fiscal compromises in the past three years. Senate Republicans are pushing for a different deal from the one the House GOP initially offered. McConnell wants to cinch a deal that would both reopen the government and provide for a debt-ceiling increase, allowing then for a broader set of negotiations over tax and entitlement...
  • McConnell loses Tea Party group's backing

    10/09/2013 12:14:59 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 9, 2013 | Alexandra Jaffe
    A Tea Party group has dropped its endorsement of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), citing criticism he reportedly made of conservative groups that has put him in their crosshairs for 2014. [big snip] "While endorsing Mitch McConnell seemed like the right thing to do at the time, Mitch McConnell has proven he is not worthy of conservative support. Glenn Beck is right. It is time to defund the GOP until the GOP pushes people like Mitch McConnell out of leadership," Phillips wrote in a post on the group's website. McConnell has clashed with conservatives in recent weeks over the...
  • Mitch McConnell offers Plan C: Funding the government for one week while we continue negotiating

    09/30/2013 12:16:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/30/2013 | AllahPundit
    As expected, in the past hour Reid and the Senate Democrats killed the House’s Plan B bill calling for a one-year delay in ObamaCare. And so, inevitably, the one-week stopgap option appears. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell is floating a one-week government funding bill that would give both parties time to manever. The Kentucky Republican gave Speaker John Boehner a heads up about the plan earlier this morning. McConnell is looking to give Boehner another option as the government heads towards a shutdown at midnight, sources close to the situation say. House leadership, meanwhile, had been chiefly discussing a plan...
  • Senate Majority Pac Launches New Radio Ad in 30 Years is too long campaign (McConnell)

    09/30/2013 5:51:25 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    Ad Highlights Mitch McConnell’s Long Career Of Making Things Worse In Washington (Washington DC) As part of the ongoing “30 Years Is Too Long Campaign,” a new radio ad launched today highlights the disastrous record of failure and gridlock that Mitch McConnell has racked up in his 10,000 days as a U.S. Senator. Mitch McConnell has had 30 years to make things better in Washington, but instead it’s just gotten worse. After 10,000 days of Mitch McConnell in Washington, we’ve got $16 trillion in debt and he’s out of touch with Kentucky. The ad fights back against the latest misleading...
  • Senate Conservatives Fund roils GOP

    09/30/2013 5:46:59 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 57 replies ^ | 9/29/13 | Anna Palmer and Manu Raju
    There’s a new public enemy No. 1 in Senate GOP circles, and it’s not Ted Cruz. It’s the Senate Conservatives Fund, an organization that used to prop up underdog conservative candidates but now is training its fire mainly on Republican incumbents — rather than Democrats. The group has ginned up anger on the far-right towards Republican senators for refusing to use a government shutdown threat as leverage to defund Obamacare — a campaign that has been good for its bottom line. Since it started engaging in the defund Obamacare campaign, the group brought in the vast majority of the $3.5...

    09/26/2013 9:06:43 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 81 replies
    Breitbart/Big Government ^ | 9-26-2013 | Mike Flynn
    September 26, 2013 CRUZADE: DEFUNDING EFFORT NEARING 30 VOTES IN SENATE Mike Flynn According to sources on the Hill, there is growing support among Senate Republicans to support Sens. Cruz and Lee's efforts to scuttle Sen. Harry Reid's attempt to reinstate ObamaCare funding in the House Continuing Resolution... According to Hill sources, over 20 GOP Senators are set to buck Leadership on Friday and reject this procedural game, by voting against cloture. By some accounts, up to 30 Senators could vote against GOP Leadership, which would represent an existential crisis within the caucus. McConnell and Cornyn have publicly put their...
  • Bill Bennett endorses Mitch McConnell's Senate re-election bid (Mitch a 'conservative stalwart'?)

    09/26/2013 6:00:53 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 35 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9/26/13 | Seth McLaughlin
    President Ronald Reagan’s secretary of education endorsed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s re-election bid on Wednesday, saying he is “proud to wholeheartedly” back the Kentucky Republican and calling on conservatives around the country to support the veteran lawmaker. William J. Bennett, a Washington Fellow of the Claremont Institute and host of the nationally syndicated talk show “Morning in America,” said Mr. McConnell “is a conservative stalwart and we have fought alongside each other in many battles over the years.”
  • Matt Bevin Praises Ted Cruz, Slam Mitch McConnell on Defunding Obamacare Fight

    09/26/2013 5:48:27 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies ^ | 9/25/13 | Phillip Bailey
    A group of Tea Party and conservative activists rallied outside of Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s Louisville office, calling for the defunding of the president’s health care law. Joined by U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin, over a dozen demonstrators spoke in support of Republican Ted Cruz of Texas, who held a nearly 24-hour marathon talk on the Senate floor to oppose the Affordable Care Act. But McConnell disagreed with Cruz's tactic to block a federal spending bill that takes out funding Obamacare in order to keep Senate Democrats from amending the measure. Instead, McConnell supports having a majority vote to defund...
  • Meltdown! GOP bosses' phones unplugged

    09/25/2013 6:32:41 PM PDT · by blueyon · 74 replies
    WND ^ | 9/29/13 | Garth Kant
    WASHINGTON — Following the epic, 21-hour speech by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, supporting the defunding of Obamacare, either voters made so many calls to establishment Republicans that their phone lines melted, or those GOP leaders took their phones off the hook. Even in this age of digital wizardry and limitless voicemail, callers could not get through at all to Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
  • Tea Party Nation Reconsidering Endorsement of Mitch McConnell

    09/25/2013 7:45:46 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    WFPL ^ | 9/25/13 | PHILLIP M. BAILEY
    In the midst of Republican Sen. Ted Cruz's lengthy floor speech against the president's health care law, a tea party group is having second thoughts about endorsing GOP Leader Mitch McConnell for re-election next year. Earlier today, McConnell rejected Cruz's plan to filibuster the House spending bill which funds the government past Oct. 1 but does not pay for Obamacare. -snip- If Mitch McConnell is not going to support efforts to defund Obamacare and in fact is going to work against them, then Tea Party groups simply need to abandon him.
  • Cruz: A Vote For Cloture Is A Vote For Obamacare

    09/25/2013 5:54:01 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    RCP ^ | 9/23/13 | Ian Schwartz
    -snip- And so, if Harry Reid says, you know what, I'm going to run the Republicans over. I'm going to ignore the bill passed by the House of Representatives, I'm going to ignore the will of the people and I'm going to do this on a 51-vote threshold -- then, from my mind, it should be easy decision for Senate Republicans to stand united and to support House Republicans. And I'll tell you, any vote for cloture, any vote to allow Harry Reid to add funding for ObamaCare with just a 51-vote threshold, a vote for cloture is a vote...