Lexington Herald-Leader http://wfpl.org en Senator Mitch McConnell Addresses Progress Kentucky, Defends Record on Mental Health Issues http://wfpl.org/post/senator-mitch-mcconnell-addresses-progress-kentucky-defends-record-mental-health-issues <p>In a new op-ed piece, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell finally addresses a liberal super PAC accused of recording of his campaign office.</p><p>McConnell has personally avoided talking about Progress Kentucky directly, but his re-election campaign and surrogates have focused on the groups in TV ads and news releases.&nbsp;</p><p>Some observers have said the issue at hand isn't how the secret recording of the McConnell campaign was obtained, but <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/04/mitch-mcconnell-ashley-judd-secret-tape-senate">aides talking about Ashley Judd's struggles with depression</a> as a part of opposition research.</p><p>The GOP leader takes time to respond to newspaper <a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2013/04/10/2594738/merlene-davis-mcconnell-needs.html">columnist Merlene Davis, who wrote McConnell owed Judd an apology</a> for strategizing on how to attack the Hollywood actresses's past mental health problems but not before taking a swipe at the "partisan zealots" at Progress.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2013/04/22/2610321/mcconnell-defends-his-record-on.html#storylink=cpy"><em>The Lexington Herald-Leader</em></a>:</p><blockquote><p>Shortly after the FBI began investigating a criminal recording at my campaign headquarters, Davis penned an opinion column here echoing the framework of the left-wing journalist who obtained the illegally recorded audio in the first place. Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:08:47 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5082 at http://wfpl.org Senator Mitch McConnell Addresses Progress Kentucky, Defends Record on Mental Health Issues Lexington Reporter Pulled from Democratic Club Meeting After Call from Mitch McConnell's Office http://wfpl.org/post/lexington-reporter-pulled-democratic-club-meeting-after-call-mitch-mcconnells-office <p>Democratic sources are alleging Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s office pressured the <em>Lexington Herald-Leader</em> to stop a reporter from addressing a political club, but the newspaper's editor denies any such demands were made.</p><p>Journalist John Cheves was invited to speak before the Louisville Metropolitan Democratic Club this week to talk about <a href="http://www.kentucky.com/233/index.html">an investigative series he wrote on Kentucky's senior Senator</a> in 2006.</p><p>The event caught the attention of McConnell’s office after being promoted by Progress Kentucky, a <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/liberal-super-pac-goes-after-mitch-mcconnells-chinese-wife">liberal super PAC that was denounced by Democrats and Republicans</a> over racially insensitive Tweets about the senator's wife.</p><p>A source tells WFPL McConnell’s office questioned the newspaper's "journalistic integrity" and requested Cheves not appear.</p><p><em>Herald-Leader</em> editor Peter Baniak says a McConnell spokesman did ask about the event, but no political pressure was applied.</p><p>"I gather they had seen something on social media mentioning the meeting and they just asked the simple question of whether it was accurate that John was the speaker. They didn’t make any demands of any kind," he says. "It was from that point the editors at the Herald-Leader did not know this meeting had been scheduled."</p><p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 20:04:24 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 4491 at http://wfpl.org Lexington Reporter Pulled from Democratic Club Meeting After Call from Mitch McConnell's Office Lexington Herald-Leader Erecting Paywall for Kentucky.com http://wfpl.org/post/lexington-herald-leader-erecting-paywall-kentuckycom <p>Kentucky's second largest newspaper is following the lead of Kentucky's largest, moving to a subscription model for its website.</p><p>In other words, you'll get a 15 free stories on the Lexington Herald-Leader's website -- <a href="http://www.kentucky.com">Kentucky.com</a> -- per month; after that, you'll have to pay, according to <a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/11/26/2418892/herald-leader-to-offer-new-subscription.html">an announcement&nbsp;</a>published today.</p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 16:30:39 +0000 Joseph Lord 2633 at http://wfpl.org Lexington Herald-Leader Erecting Paywall for Kentucky.com