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2:36pm

Tue July 30, 2013
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Christie-Paul Feud Over Federal Funding Escalates

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.
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New Jersey's pugnacious Republican governor doesn't appear to want his war of words with fellow GOP'er Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul to end anytime soon. Gov. Chris Christie fired back at Paul on Tuesday for Paul's remark that New Jersey has a "Gimme, gimme gimme" attitude about federal aid for Superstorm Sandy.

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8:37am

Tue July 30, 2013
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Lt. Governor Still Unsure Of 2015 Run For Top Job

Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson (wearing tie), with Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear.
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Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson says he's close to deciding whether he'll run for governor in 2015. Abramson said Monday he expects to decide in the next couple of weeks. The former Louisville mayor is among several potential Democratic candidates eyeing the governor's race. Others include Attorney General Jack Conway, Auditor Adam Edelen, former Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo and former Auditor Crit Luallen.

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8:26am

Tue July 30, 2013
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Lundergan-Grimes Officially Kicks Off Senate Campaign

Kentucky Secretary of State and Democratic Senate Candidate Allison Lundergan Grimes
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Almost a month after announcing she would run for the U.S. Senate, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes will kick off her campaign in her hometown of Lexington. Grimes' campaign said Gov. Steve Beshear will join her for the event, scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday. The 34-year-old Democrat is seeking to unseat Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who will have served 30 years in the Senate when the election is held in November 2014.

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1:56pm

Fri July 26, 2013
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In Campaign Kick-Off, Lundergan-Grimes Calls McConnell's Leadership Spiteful, Petty

Speaking directly to Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes says she plans to hold the GOP accountable in next year's election. In a nearly four minute kick-off ad, Grimes says she doesn't always agree with President Obama, but that McConnell is blocking legislation that would've helped Kentuckians out of spite. "Your campaign wants to play silly games about where I am and where I stand. Well I'm right here in Kentucky senator, where I'll be holding you accountable," says Grimes to McConnell.  Read More...

11:41am

Thu July 25, 2013
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Republican Official Files Ethics Complaint Filed Against US Senate Candidate

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A county clerk in southeastern Kentucky has asked the Executive Branch Ethics Commission to determine the propriety of a fundraising email sent to government email accounts by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes last week. Republican Laurel County Clerk Dean Johnson filed the complaint on Thursday, a week after receiving the email from Grimes, a candidate for U.S. Senate.

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10:37am

Thu July 25, 2013
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Three US Senate Candidates Will Face Off At Fancy Farm

Matt Bevin, Allison Lundergan Grimes, Mitch McConnell

Republican Matt Bevin will be in the tiny community of Fancy Farm next week when politicians gather for a heated afternoon of stump speeches. Bevin, a newcomer to the U.S. Senate race, will share the stage with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and the top Democratic challenger, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Aug. 3.

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9:10am

Thu July 25, 2013
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Beshear, Abramson To Skip Fancy Farm Politics

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Gov. Steve Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson will skip next week's church picnic in the western Kentucky community of Fancy Farm.  Democratic Party Chairman Dan Logsdon said Wednesday they're unable to go.

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10:48am

Tue July 23, 2013
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McConnell Will Face Tea Party Opponent in GOP Primary

Tea Party activist Matt Bevin.

A tea party activist who has signaled that he intends to begin a campaign to take on Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in next year's GOP primary in Kentucky has now removed all doubt. An aide to Louisville businessman Matt Bevin distributed a press advisory on Tuesday announcing stops on a statewide tour "announcing his candidacy" for Senate.

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1:14pm

Mon July 22, 2013
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Aide to Rand Paul, Confederate Sympathizer Resigns

Jack Hunter
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An aide to U.S. Sen. Rand Paul who spent years working as a radio shock jock has resigned because of some of his past comments, including one that President Abraham Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth's heart was "in the right place."

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1:00pm

Sun July 21, 2013
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Early Fancy Farm Meeting Of Senate Candidates Surprises Some

United States Senator Mitch McConnell speaking at the 130th annual Fancy Farm picnic in Fancy Farm, Kentucky.
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When Senator Mitch McConnell faces off against prospective general election opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes at this year’s Fancy Farm Picnic, it will be the first time the Republican has met his Democratic challenger this far in advance at the event.

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9:15am

Fri July 19, 2013
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Lundergan-Grimes/McConnell Fancy Farm Meeting Live On KET

Kentucky's public television network KET will broadcast live from the tiny community of Fancy Farm when politicians gather Aug. 3 for a heated afternoon of stump speeches. Headliners for the Saturday afternoon event are Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and his top Democratic challenger, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

2:32pm

Thu July 18, 2013
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Third Central Kentucky Democrat Enters Race for Congress

Lexington Attorney and Congressional Candidate Joe Palumbo.
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Another Democrat has announced a run for Congress in Kentucky's 6th District. Lexington businessman Joe Palumbo, who heads a lumber and building supply company, says in a statement he wants to fight partisan gridlock that is holding the country and central Kentucky back.

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2:29pm

Tue July 16, 2013
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McConnell/Lundergan-Grimes Both Confirmed For Fancy Farm

Senator Mitch McConnell and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes have both confirmed they will speak at this year’s Fancy Farm Picnic in Graves County. The event will mark the first face-to-face confrontation between Republican and Democrat  since Grimes declared her candidacy for senate earlier this month. The pair join Attorney General Jack Conway, State Senator Stan Humphries and State Represenative Richard Heath among confirmed speakers. This year’s event is Saturday August third and is the one hundred and thirty-third annual Fancy Farm Picnic.

1:23pm

Mon July 1, 2013
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Alison Lundergan Grimes to Make Run for US Senate

Allison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's secretary of state.

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Monday that she will challenge U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in 2014. In May, a poll stated that Grimes—Kentucky's Secretary of State—was evenly matched against McConnell, who was first elected in 1984. Grimes, an attorney, was elected Secretary of State in 2011. "I agree with thousands of Kentuckians that Kentucky is tired of 28 years of obstruction," she said in her announcement. Read more...

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2:20pm

Fri June 7, 2013
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Republican and Democratic Campaigners Pounce on Kentucky US Senate Race

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes are being scrutinized by each others national political parties in a pair of stinging messages this week. The National Republican Senatorial Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee put out dueling press releases on Friday, going after Grimes and McConnell respectively. Grimes is being chastised by the GOP for comments made at the state Democratic Party's annual Wendell Ford Dinner. During her speech, Grimes alluded to need Democrat's support in the "coming months" and said voters are tired of McConnell's obstruction and misleading politics. Read more...

9:18am

Thu June 6, 2013
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Pro-McConnell Ad links Lundergan-Grimes to Obama/Pelosi

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes remains undecided about challenging U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell next year, but a pro-McConnell group is running newspaper ads linking her with President Barack Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, an independent super PAC, ran a full-page ad Sunday in The Paducah Sun that showed photos of Grimes, Obama and Pelosi, all Democrats. Read more...

1:42pm

Tue June 4, 2013
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Poll Gives McConnell Edge in 2014

A new poll of Kentucky voters shows Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell with a slight edge over two potential Democratic challengers in a 2014 match-up. The Ohio-based firm Wenzel Strategies conducted the survey and released the results on Tuesday. It gives McConnell a 7-point lead over Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is considered the top contender. Those are very different results when compared to a Public Policy Polling survey that had McConnell and Grimes tied last week. McConnell's re-election campaign raked the PPP survey for what it called "laughable poll questions," saying it should be dismissed. Read more...

1:43pm

Mon June 3, 2013
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Northern Kentucky Key to McConnell Re-election

Northern Kentucky Republicans see their votes as crucial to US Sen. Mitch McConnell’s re-election bid in 2014. And if their showing Saturday night is any indication, the tea party will play a large role in determining the outcome in this region. Tea Party activists accounted for 150 of the 450 people at the Fourth Congressional District GOP Lincoln-Reagan Day dinner where McConnell spoke on Saturday in Hebron.  Read more...

9:24am

Thu May 30, 2013
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Potential Senate Candidate Calls Time-out

Heather French Henry.
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In a scolding blog post, former Miss America Heather French Henry calls out the Republican Party of Kentucky for calling her the latest "bottom-of-the-barrel pick" for the U.S. Senate race. Henry is the latest rumored opponent for Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, and she recently confirmed that Democrats have approached her about running. Others include environmental activist Tom FitzGerald, music promoter Bennie J. Smith and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. Read more...

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2:57pm

Wed May 29, 2013
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New McConnell Ad Focuses on IRS Scandal

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A new online advertisement from U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell's reelection campaign focuses on the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS—an issue the campaign says it's not going to let slip out of the public discourse. The nearly three minute ad uses speeches from McConnell on the IRS issue before it became a national controversy, as well as media reports and testimony from IRS officials to Congress. 

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2:56pm

Tue May 28, 2013
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Poll: McConnell, Lundergan Grimes Tied in Potential Senate Match

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U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and potential Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes are tied in a new poll of Kentucky voters, though state Republicans are calling the results a "sham." The poll, by Public Policy Polling, stated that McConnell and Grimes were each supported by 45 percent of Kentucky voters. In April, a PPP poll showed Grimes trailing by 4 points. In December, she trailed by 7 points.  The PPP poll was paid for by the Senate Majority PAC, an organization founded with the help of Democratic U.S. Senator Harry Reid, the current majority leader. 


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4:47pm

Wed May 22, 2013
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List of Potential US Senate Candidates Grows

U of L Political Scientist Dewey Clayton
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Now it's Heather French Henry's turn.  The former Miss America has joined a list of half a dozen party activists or leaders waiting for Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes to decide whether she'll run in 2014 against Mitch McConnell for his U.S. Senate seat.

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4:27pm

Mon May 20, 2013
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Tea Party Protesters to Rally at IRS Offices

Kentucky Tea Party groups are planning rallies Tuesday to protest the IRS targeting of Tea Party and conservative groups for extra review. Two of Kentucky's largest Tea Party groups will protests outside IRS offices in their respective areas: the Northern Kentucky Tea Party will protest in Cincinnati and Louisville's group will join southern Indiana groups to protest in Louisville.

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5:46am

Fri May 17, 2013
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Ethics Questions Raised over Politico Ad

A Politico video featuring the chief of staff for Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has been removed by the Washington publication after ethical questions were raised. In a story first reported by Roll Call, an idea was pitched to McConnell chief of staff Josh Holmes to appear in a video endorsing Politico's coverage. It shows Holmes explaining his vision for America, love of public service and why he reads Politico all while sitting in the senator's office.  Read more...

2:57pm

Thu May 16, 2013
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Rand Paul Seeks Tax Cuts, New Fund for Roads

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Through a single piece of legislation, Sen. Rand Paul is hoping to cut a corporate tax and get more revenue for transportation projects.

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1:48pm

Wed May 15, 2013
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Senate affirms 'Freedom to Fish' Cumberland River

Washington, DC – The U.S. Senate has passed bill which contains Sen. Mitch McConnell’s measure protecting access to critical Kentucky fishing waters, according to a news release from the Kentucky senator's Washington office.

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12:49pm

Wed May 15, 2013
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Mitch McConnell "Will Not Have a Serious Opponent'

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MSNBC host Chris Matthews is predicting the scandal involving the Internal Revenue Service targeting conservatives will benefit Republican Mitch McConnell, and could result in an easy re-election for Kentucky's senior senator. The agency has apologized for flagging political organizations with "tea party" and "patriot" in their name, but Republicans and Democrats have jabbed the Obama administration for not responding forcefully enough.  Read more...

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3:10pm

Tue May 14, 2013
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IRS Scandal splits Tea Party activists over McConnell

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As the scandal surrounding the targeting of tea party groups by the I.R.S. continues, some Kentucky tea party activists are upset with Senator Mitch McConnell's role in the process—even as the state party is asking them to support him. In Kentucky, only the statewide 9/12 project has come forward to acknowledge that they were targeted and that they were rejecting the IRS' apology on the matter.

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2:41pm

Tue May 14, 2013
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Fairness Ordinance proposed for Frankfort

The City of Frankfort is drafting an ordinance that would seek to protect lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations. But if you were among the more than 40 residents who left after the first two-and-a-half hours of Monday night’s City Commission meeting, you probably missed that. That’s because Commissioner Lynn Bowers changed her mind on the issue after the board took a brief break.

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1:42pm

Tue May 14, 2013
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Independent House candidate proposes debates

John-Mark Hack.

An independent candidate for the vacant 56th House District seat proposed a series of debates Monday leading to the June 25 special election. John-Mark Hack, a founding partner in Marksbury Farm Market in Lancaster and chairman of the anti-gambling group Stop Predatory Gambling, suggested a series of June debates in Franklin, Woodford and Fayette counties and on cn|2’s Pure Politics program.  Read more...

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