Mitch McConnell

A political operative with ties to U.S. Senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell has been acquitted of charges of lying to the FBI.

A federal grand jury indicted Jesse Benton earlier this year on charges stemming from 2011 when he managed the presidential campaign of former U.S. Congressman Ron Paul. Benton and others were accused of paying off former Iowa state senator Kent Sorenson in exchange for his endorsement for Paul’s campaign in advance of the Iowa Caucus.

McConnell Covers Range of Topics Before Scott County Chamber Group

Aug 17, 2015
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The majority leader in the U.S. Senate visited his home state Monday.  Senator Mitch McConnell discussed various issues but would not touch on the current field of presidential candidates.

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In a rare moment for the 2015 election, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Saturday spoke on behalf of his former intra-party rival Matt Bevin, endorsing him for Kentucky governor during the Fancy Farm picnic.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky are backing an effort to completely strip federal funds from Planned Parenthood.

Kentucky Republicans waiting to see U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell put his arm around his political nemesis Matt Bevin will have to wait a little longer.

The U.S. Department of Labor has approved a $7.5 million grant to help out-of-work coal miners in eastern Kentucky.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's wife has resigned from Bloomberg Philanthropies' board of directors after the charity announced plans to expand its efforts to shutter coal-fired power plants.

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Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, in line to be the next majority leader, says voters expect newly empowered Republicans and the Democratic White House to find common ground for fast action.


Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates are bringing in a trio of potential presidential candidates to help boost voter turnout in the final week of one of the country's most closely watched Senate races.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will campaign with Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in Louisville on Tuesday and Hillary Rodham Clinton will campaign with her on Saturday in Lexington and northern Kentucky. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will appear with Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell on Wednesday.

President Barack Obama is playing a starring role in Kentucky's hotly contested Senate race despite Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes' efforts to distance herself from him.

Centre College Withdraws Invitation for US Senate Debate

Aug 26, 2014

Centre College will not host a debate between incumbent U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes. / Lexington Herald Leader

Senator Mitch McConnell has accepted an invitation to debate Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes on Kentucky Educational Television in October. 

McConnell and Rogers Tour Coal Country

Aug 7, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is touring eastern Kentucky in his campaign against Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes. Along for the ride, is veteran Republican U.S. Representative Hal Rogers. 

Hundreds Cheer, Jeer Kentucky's Senate Candidates

Aug 2, 2014
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FANCY FARM, Ky. (AP) — Hundreds of people have flocked to a small Kentucky town to cheer and jeer Senate candidates Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes as they take pokes at each other in an annual bit of political theater.

The 134th Fancy Farm picnic is a fundraiser for the St. Jerome Catholic Church and marks the official start of Kentucky's campaign season.

The Republican leader of the Senate, McConnell is locked in one of the closest Senate races in the country.

The Fancy Farm Picnic’s political chair Mark Wilson says Democrats and Republicans offered positive feedback following a conference call to encourage a more civil atmosphere at this year's picnic.

  Wilson, along with St. Jerome Parish pastor Darrell Venters, orchestrated the phone call last week that included Kentucky Democratic Party chair Dan Logsdon, Republican party chair Steve Robertson and the campaign managers for both Sen. Mitch McConnell and Senate hopeful Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Centre College Proposes Senatorial Debate

Jul 17, 2014
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Centre College President John A. Roush announced Thursday that the college has formally proposed to host a debate for Kentucky's U.S. Senate race.

The announcement came at a news conference in front of Centre College's Norton Center for the Arts, where both the 2000 and 2012 vice presidential debates took place.

2014 Fancy Farm Lineup

Jul 16, 2014

The 2014 Fancy Farm Picnic in western Kentucky is now just a little more than two weeks away and the line-up of speakers is almost complete. But not quite. 

The possibility of tolls to pay  for a $2.6-billion bridge replacement project in Northern Kentucky has enraged conservatives and become an issue in the U.S. Senate campaign.

Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes have ideas—very different ideas—to keep tolls off the Brent Spence Bridge. The issue highlights the different campaign philosophies by Kentucky's major party Senate candidates.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell defeated primary challenger Matt Bevin in the primary election Tuesday. But Bevin says he isn’t ready to back the senator. 

Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” on Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the debt limit debate presents “an opportunity” to take on federal spending.