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8:00 am
Sat September 13, 2014

ACLU of Kentucky Wants More Inclusive KET Senate Debate

David Patterson
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The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky is calling on Kentucky Educational Television to hold a more inclusive U.S. Senate debate next month.

KET is set to hold a debate featuring Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes on Oct. 13.

Libertarians have taken KET to task, however, for creating new debate criteria that party leaders argue was aimed at excluding their candidate, David Patterson, from participating.

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Politics
4:51 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Grimes Campaign Releases Internal Numbers to Calm Donors, Supporters

Alison Lundergan Grimes
Credit Eleanor Hasken/Louisville Public Media

The campaign to elect Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes wants donors and supporters to know she still has a shot at beating Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell this fall.

That’s what one can gather from an internal poll and subsequent messages Grimes’ team sent out Wednesday showing Grimes with a 1-point lead.

Grimes’ campaign memo highlights the advantages she carries into the last two months of the race, such as being better liked by voters who know each candidates.

Among those likely voters, for example, the internal polling said Grimes leads by nine points.

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Politics
10:59 am
Thu September 4, 2014

37,500 TV Ads Have Aired For Kentucky's Senate Race, Report Says

Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell
Credit Kentucky Secretary of State/U.S. Senate

Spending in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate contest is expected to top $100 million, which could buy a lot in a poor state like this one.

The campaigns and aligned groups for Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes are putting much of that cash into television ads.

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Politics
11:30 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Mitch McConnell Ready to ‘Move On’ After Campaign Manager’s Resignation

Mitch McConnell last month in Louisville.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

Less than a week after his top campaign aide, Jesse Benton, stepped down while being circled by questions from a federal bribery case, Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell is ready to move forward.

“We’re moving on,” McConnell told the Lexington Herald-Leader on Tuesday. “We've got 60-some odd days left in the campaign. We're talking about the future and not the past.”

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Politics
11:07 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Kentucky Republicans Question Libertarian Senate Candidate’s Ballot Signatures

David Patterson
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The Republican Party of Kentucky is questioning petition signatures obtained by Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate David Patterson to place him on the Nov. 4 ballot.

In a letter to county clerks last week, GOP Chairman Steve Robertson asks that the signatures be reviewed and verified. Patterson obtained around 9,100 signatures for his petition to join Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican Mitch McConnell on the ballot.

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Politics
8:00 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Mitch McConnell Extends Lead Over Alison Lundergan Grimes in Latest Bluegrass Poll

Credit Kentucky Secretary of State/U.S. Senate

Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has added slightly to his lead over Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes, according to the latest Bluegrass Poll released Saturday evening.

The survey of 569 likely Kentucky voters puts McConnell ahead of Grimes by four points in the tightly contested U.S. Senate race, a lead that is still within the margin of error with less than 10-weeks until Election Day.

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Politics
8:07 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

McConnell Campaign Manager Resigns After Iowa Bribery Probe Expands

Sen. Mitch McConnell and former campaign manager Jesse Benton mocking reports of private call where Benton said he was 'holding his nose' working for the campaign.
Credit File photo

Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager Jesse Benton stepped down late Friday as a federal bribery investigation of Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential run expands.

In a released statement, Benton, who ran Paul’s presidential campaign, said he met with McConnell on Friday afternoon and resigned in order to avoid further distractions in Kentucky’s tightly-contested Senate race.

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Politics
8:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Leaked McConnell Tape Lacks ‘Gotcha Moment’ But Underscores Democratic Narrative

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell speaking at the 2014 Fancy Farm event.
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A secret recording of Republican Senator Mitch McConnell telling a summit of wealthy conservatives that he plans to block many populist measures sent Democrats in a fury this week.

In a leaked audiotape released Wednesday by The Nation, McConnell vowed to block a raise to the minimum wage, tackling student loan debt, and extending unemployment benefits if he becomes majority leader.

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Local News
11:57 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Former U.S. Secretary of State Albright Endorses Grimes in Senate Bid

Credit Grimes for Senate Campaign

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is endorsing Kentucky Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.            

Albright was the first woman to become Secretary of State when former President Bill Clinton appointed her in 1997. She also served on former President Jimmy Carter's National Security Council.

In a news release, Albright called Grimes one of the brightest young leaders in America.

Grimes is challenging Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell, who has the support of a former secretary of state in Condoleezza Rice.

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Politics
7:18 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Centre College Cancels McConnell-Grimes Senate Debate Efforts

Centre College President John Roush
Credit centre.edu

Centre College has canceled its efforts to host a Kentucky U.S. Senate debate between Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.

The decision comes days after Centre launched an online campaign asking voters to help persuade both campaigns to agree to their Sept. 2 date.

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