Kentucky's Lieutenant Governor says he is taking a pass on running for governor in 2015. Speaking Tuesday afternoon to the Elizabethtown Rotary Club, Democrat Jerry Abramson said he wants to spend his remaining two-and-a-half years in Frankfort as an education advocate.
The 133rd Fancy Farm Picnic was held this past weekend in Graves County. Up until just a few weeks ago, many would have expected an off-year for the political event. But with high profile entrances into the 2014 U.S. Senate race, it can perhaps be said now there are no “off-years” at Fancy Farm.
A former southeastern Kentucky judge and five others awaiting a retrial on federal charges that they engineered a vote-buying scheme that stretched across three election cycles have been released from prison on bond.
Correspondent Jason Jones of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart challenged Kentucky lawmaker Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, in a segment Wednesday night titled "Can't Touch This." Jones interviewed Thayer about his plan to nullify federal laws in Kentucky because Kentuckians rejected President Barack Obama in the 2008 and 2012 elections. Even after Jones pointed out that Thayer's plan is unconstitutional, Thayer persisted. Then Jones brought in LaRue County Judge Executive Tommy Turner, who told Jones that he and others had introduced a bill that would nullify Thayer's nullification law. The segment also contained a spot that was shot at the Chevy Chase Inn in Lexington, where Jones interviewed patrons about what laws should be nullified. Read more...
The Fancy Farm Band polices stump speeches at Fancy Farm. When politicians go long, the bluegrass band fires up.
Reporter Stu Johnson previews Saturday's political stump speeches at Fancy Farm.
Politicians and those Kentuckians intrigued with politics will gather at Fancy Farm this Saturday. Most of the festival’s stump speeches will focus on next year’s senate race. The Fancy Farm Picnic attracts all kinds of local, state, even national political figures. But, this year, it’s a sure bet most of the focus will be on Kentucky’s race next year for the U-S Senate. Joe Gershtenson directs the Kentucky Institute of Public Governance and Civic Engagement at Eastern Kentucky University.
Democrat Ed Marksberry, a longshot candidate for U.S. Senate, has been added to the roster of speakers at the annual Fancy Farm political picnic in western Kentucky. An Owensboro building contractor, Marksberry faces Democratic powerhouse Alison Lundergan Grimes in next year's May primary. Marksberry has been allotted five minutes to speak at the event on Saturday.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...