kentucky tea party http://wfpl.org en Kentucky Tea Partiers Want to Question Matt Bevin for Reportedly Praising Bank Bailouts http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-tea-partiers-want-question-matt-bevin-reportedly-praising-bank-bailouts <p>Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin is facing intense criticism for reportedly signing a letter praising the bank bailouts despite his constant criticism of the federal assistance program.</p><p>Bevin is taking on incumbent Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in a nasty GOP primary battle.</p><p>The Bevin camp has made McConnell's support of the $700 billion Troubled Assistance Relief Fund (TARP) in 2008 a chief reason to replace the GOP leader.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:31:21 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8553 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Tea Partiers Want to Question Matt Bevin for Reportedly Praising Bank Bailouts Kentucky Tea Party Sources: Louisville Businessman Will Challenge Mitch McConnell in GOP Primary http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-tea-party-sources-louisville-businessman-will-challenge-mitch-mcconnell-gop-primary <p>Louisville businessman Matthew Bevin will run against Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in the 2014 GOP primary, several Kentucky Tea Party activists have confirmed with WFPL.</p><p>For the past few months, Bevin, who is owner of the Connecticut-based Bevin Brothers Manufacturing, a bell-making company, has been <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/matthew-bevin-confirms-tea-party-meetings-interest-challenging-mitch-mcconnell">meeting with Tea Party activists who are frustrated with McConnell's</a> representation.</p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 21:09:33 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6188 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Tea Party Sources: Louisville Businessman Will Challenge Mitch McConnell in GOP Primary Trey Grayson Weighs-in on Tea Party Finding Viable Challenger to Mitch McConnell http://wfpl.org/post/trey-grayson-weighs-tea-party-finding-viable-challenger-mitch-mcconnell <p>Former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson says Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell will likely have a primary battle, but questions if that candidate will provide a viable challenge.</p><p>In <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/mitch-mcconnell-harry-reid-different-sides-of-same-coin-92467.html#ixzz2VpnuEBld">an interview with Politico this week</a>, McConnell acknowledged he might have a GOP opponent but boasted "there is not any chance" he could lose such a race.</p><p>Tea Party leaders in the state have promised a challenger is forthcoming who will take on McConnell's positions from a more conservative viewpoint, but no one has stepped up at this time.</p><p>Grayson was a McConnell <span class="st">protégé</span> who lost to Rand Paul in the 2010 Republican primary.</p><p>He says McConnell has done a good job of keeping the state GOP unified and made solid partnerships with libertarian and tea party leaning lawmakers.</p><p>"I think the question is there going to be somebody out there who can give him a real run for the money, and it doesn’t look like it. There’s certainly a group of folks—some tea party leaders and others, David Adams for example—who are trying to find a candidate who can take him on. And everyday that candidate’s not in the race it becomes that much harder of a proposition," he says.</p><p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 18:03:48 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5731 at http://wfpl.org Trey Grayson Weighs-in on Tea Party Finding Viable Challenger to Mitch McConnell Matthew Bevin Confirms Tea Party Meetings, Interest in Challenging Mitch McConnell http://wfpl.org/post/matthew-bevin-confirms-tea-party-meetings-interest-challenging-mitch-mcconnell <p>Louisville businessman Matthew <a href="http://insiderlouisville.com/news/2013/02/18/will-louisville-businessman-matthew-bevin-challenge/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+InsiderLouisville+%28Insider+Louisville%29">Bevin is interested in taking on Republican Mitch </a><a href="http://insiderlouisville.com/news/2013/02/18/will-louisville-businessman-matthew-bevin-challenge/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+InsiderLouisville+%28Insider+Louisville%29">McConnell</a> in a primary election, but no final decision has been made.</p><p>Bevin is owner of the Connecticut-based Bevin Brothers Manufacturing, a bell-making company that has been in his family over 150 years. He is also an adviser to Waycross Partners, an investment firm in downtown Louisville.</p><p>In a statement sent to WFPL, Bevin spokeswoman Amy Lowe says the investor has met with "various individuals and groups" including Tea Party groups in Kentucky, who have voiced "frustration with their current representation."</p><p>From Bevin's spokeswoman:</p><blockquote><p>These meetings, together with the recent reaction to the possibility of a primary race, have served to reaffirm the general sense of political disenchantment among many voters in Kentucky that has been widely reflected in recent articles and polls. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 22:55:03 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 4087 at http://wfpl.org Matthew Bevin Confirms Tea Party Meetings, Interest in Challenging Mitch McConnell Louisville Businessman Being Rumored as Tea Party Challenger to Mitch McConnell http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-businessman-being-rumored-tea-party-challenger-mitch-mcconnell <p>Louisville businessman Matthew <a href="http://insiderlouisville.com/news/2013/02/18/will-louisville-businessman-matthew-bevin-challenge/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+InsiderLouisville+%28Insider+Louisville%29">Bevin is being rumored as a potential Tea Party primary challenge</a> to Republican Mitch McConnell in the U.S. Senate race.</p><p>Bevin is owner of Connecticut-based Bevin Brothers Manufacturing and former CEO of an investment firm in Kentucky.</p><p>The 46-year-old businessman was <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/stories/2008/12/15/story14.html?page=all">profiled in 2008 for his contributions to religious and civic charitable</a> causes</p><p>According to reports, Bevin is courting the local Tea Party with interest in running.</p><p>From <em><a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/283681-tea-party-challenger-to-mcconnell-emerging">The Hill</a>:</em></p><blockquote><p>Sarah Duran(d), president of the Louisville Tea Party, told The Hill that Bevin had been in touch with her over the phone to discuss his run multiple times over the past few weeks, and that he met with the group two weeks ago to discuss his interest in the race. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 23:00:43 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 4063 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Businessman Being Rumored as Tea Party Challenger to Mitch McConnell Councilwoman Marilyn Parker to Tea Party: Don't Play 'Russian Roulette' With Mitch McConnell's Seat http://wfpl.org/post/councilwoman-marilyn-parker-tea-party-dont-play-russian-roulette-mitch-mcconnells-seat <p>Louisville Metro Councilwoman Marilyn Parker, R-18, is urging fellow Tea Party activists to think twice before taking on Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in 2014.</p><p>McConnell opened his re-election headquarters in Louisville over the weekend, and promised a vigorous campaign. In recent weeks, <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-tea-party-leaders-issue-warning-mitch-mcconnell-plan-draft-primary-challenger">more than a dozen Tea Party groups from around the state have warned they are lining up an opponent</a> to take on the GOP leader.</p><p>Parker attend the opening and told WFPL many in the Tea Party are upset with McConnell's leadership, particularly when it comes to federal spending.</p><p>But the East End Republican says McConnell’s position is too important to risk, and that he has stood up against President Obama's agenda in Washington.</p><p>"I think we are at a very tenuous time in the country, and it’s important that’s not jeopardized at this time,” she says.</p><p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 19:20:54 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 3798 at http://wfpl.org Councilwoman Marilyn Parker to Tea Party: Don't Play 'Russian Roulette' With Mitch McConnell's Seat Mitch McConnell Suspects Challenge Will Come From The Right http://wfpl.org/post/mitch-mcconnell-suspects-challenge-will-come-right <p>In an interview with Yahoo News, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell admits he could face a tough primary challenge from the Tea Party in his home state of Kentucky.</p><p>Since its inception the <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/mcconnell-confronted-tea-party-criticism">Tea Party has been critical of McConnell's leadership</a> despite his<a href="http://wfpl.org/post/mcconnell-tea-party-has-been-good-movement-republican-party"> efforts to make peace</a> with the movement. The strife has increased in recent weeks, with over a dozen <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-tea-party-leaders-issue-warning-mitch-mcconnell-plan-draft-primary-challenger">Tea Party groups in Kentucky warning that a primary challenger is forthcoming</a>.</p><p>McConnell says he doesn't have a sense of entitlement to the senate seat, and expects a vigorous campaign.</p><p>From <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/yahoo-news-interview--mitch-mcconnell-on-immigration--guns--bourbon-and-sen--ashley-judd-025823294.html;_ylt=Ao8DatKILNzUoiU51RI6DTqs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNrdjhiNWxiBG1pdANNZWdhdHJvbiBGUARwa2cDMmI1MzE0N2YtMDRjZS0zYjU2LTliY2UtNWJjMDczMGUyMTYzBHBvcwMzBHNlYwNtZWdhdHJvbgR2ZXIDMGUxNWMzZDMtNmM3Zi0xMWUyLWI2YjEtZDc0M2YwNWI4Mzgy;_ylg=X3oDMTFpNzk0NjhtBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANob21lBHB0A3NlY3Rpb25z;_ylv=3">Yahoo News:</a></p><blockquote><p>McConnell acknowledged he may face a tough primary challenge in 2014, in part because he has been at odds with tea party members in his state and because those in Senate leadership roles in both parties are juicy targets for defeat.<br> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 15:59:16 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 3753 at http://wfpl.org Mitch McConnell Suspects Challenge Will Come From The Right Can The Kentucky Tea Party Win? An Election Analysis http://wfpl.org/post/can-kentucky-tea-party-win-election-analysis <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With the news that more than a dozen tea party groups are <a href="/post/kentucky-tea-party-leaders-issue-warning-mitch-mcconnell-plan-draft-primary-challenger">actively recruiting a GOP candidate</a> to run against U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014, it’s worth taking a look at how Kentucky tea party-endorsed candidates have fared in statewide or Congressional races.</span></p><p>Since forming in the run up to the 2010 mid-term elections, Kentucky's tea party has won more than a third of the races its challenged for prominent offices, and its candidates have won several primaries over Republican establishment candidates.</p><p><object height="18" width="100%"><param name="movie" value="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F76989164&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;player_type=tiny"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"><param name="wmode" value="transparent"><embed allowscriptaccess="always" src="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F76989164&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;player_type=tiny" wmode="transparent" height="18" width="100%"></object></p><p></p><p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 18:29:44 +0000 Kenny Colston 3673 at http://wfpl.org Can The Kentucky Tea Party Win? An Election Analysis Protests Aside, McConnell is Unthreatened Without 'Formidable Challenger,' Political Scientist Says http://wfpl.org/post/protests-aside-mcconnell-unthreatened-without-formidable-challenger-political-scientist-says <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nearly two years before he faces re-election in 2014, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell has been under regular attack for his policy stances — from both conservative and progressive groups in Kentucky.</span></p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:10:43 +0000 Kenny Colston 3557 at http://wfpl.org Protests Aside, McConnell is Unthreatened Without 'Formidable Challenger,' Political Scientist Says Kentucky Tea Party Leaders Issue Warning to Mitch McConnell, Plan to Draft Primary Challenger http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-tea-party-leaders-issue-warning-mitch-mcconnell-plan-draft-primary-challenger <p>A coalition of more than a dozen Tea Party groups in Kentucky are issuing a stern warning to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell against co-opting the grassroots movement — and they plan to draft a challenger for the 2014 Senate primary.</p><p>The United Kentucky Tea Party is made up of several independent organizations from across the state. In a press release sent late Monday evening, the group says that McConnell and state Republicans are being "intellectually dishonest" by calling anyone with the GOP leader's campaign personnel a tea party leader.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"What I can tell you is we have a battle plan that we’re executing and to date that plan is working better than we expected. And our goal is to have a primary challenger for Sen. McConnell,” said&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">John</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Kemper,<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;a spokesman for United Kentucky Tea Party.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 15:35:40 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 3535 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Tea Party Leaders Issue Warning to Mitch McConnell, Plan to Draft Primary Challenger