2014 Kentucky Senate race http://wfpl.org en Alison Lundergan Grimes Presses Mitch McConnell to 'Change Tune' on Outsourcing Jobs Bill http://wfpl.org/post/alison-lundergan-grimes-presses-mitch-mcconnell-change-tune-outsourcing-jobs-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democratic Senate candidate Alison </span>Lundergan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Grimes is urging Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell to "change his tune" on a proposal that would end tax breaks for U.S. companies that ship jobs overseas.</span></p><p>The statement made Wednesday continues a debate between Grimes and McConnell over Kentucky jobs, which has been the subject of their dueling ads this week.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:53:10 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9832 at http://wfpl.org Alison Lundergan Grimes Presses Mitch McConnell to 'Change Tune' on Outsourcing Jobs Bill Mitch McConnell's Aid to Mississippi Republican Incumbent Angers Kentucky Tea Party Activists http://wfpl.org/post/mitch-mcconnells-aid-mississippi-republican-incumbent-angers-kentucky-tea-party-activists <p>After serving on the Daviess County Republican Party's leadership team for almost three years, Owensboro native Barbara Knott had enough.</p><p>She resigned on July 10 and the reason was simple; Knott cannot support Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell this fall.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:51:53 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9810 at http://wfpl.org Mitch McConnell's Aid to Mississippi Republican Incumbent Angers Kentucky Tea Party Activists Libertarian Kentucky Senate Contender David Patterson Gets Closer to Making November Ballot http://wfpl.org/post/libertarian-kentucky-senate-contender-david-patterson-gets-closer-making-november-ballot <p>The Libertarian Party of Kentucky is close to completing its effort to have a candidate on the ballot this fall for U.S. Senate.</p><p>The Libertarian Party announced Thursday that its candidate, <a href="http://david4senate.com/">42-year-old David Patterson of Mercer County</a>, appears poised to be able to take on Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell, providing voters with a third option.</p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 19:26:44 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9809 at http://wfpl.org Libertarian Kentucky Senate Contender David Patterson Gets Closer to Making November Ballot Centre College Makes Pitch for Hosting Kentucky U.S. Senate Debate http://wfpl.org/post/centre-college-makes-pitch-hosting-kentucky-us-senate-debate <p>Centre College wants to host the first debate between Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.</p><p>The university announced Thursday that it's partnering with AARP Kentucky and Louisville TV station WAVE-3 News to present a debate on Sept 3.</p><p>Though the stage is set, it's unclear if the candidates will be there.</p><p>The McConnell and Grimes campaigns have been unable to come to an agreement on any debates, instead jousting through the media over locations or format.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:30:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9790 at http://wfpl.org Centre College Makes Pitch for Hosting Kentucky U.S. Senate Debate Kentucky Independent Ed Marksberry Ends U.S. Senate Bid http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-independent-ed-marksberry-ends-us-senate-bid <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Independent U.S. Senate candidate Ed </span>Marksberry<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is ending his effort to be on the Kentucky ballot this fall.</span></p><p>In a Thursday announcement, Marksberry, an Owensboro contractor, said he will stop collecting the needed signatures to run as an independent against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:48:32 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9786 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Independent Ed Marksberry Ends U.S. Senate Bid Pro-McConnell Super PAC Raises $423,700 Over Three Months—But None From Kentucky http://wfpl.org/post/pro-mcconnell-super-pac-raises-423700-over-three-months-none-kentucky <p>The super PAC supporting Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has once again filed a campaign finance report showing no donations from Kentuckians.</p><p>Founded by <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/former-mitch-mcconnell-aide-karl-rove-prot-g-launches-kentucky-super-pac">former McConnell campaign aide Scott Jennings</a>, Kentuckians for Strong Leadership reported Wednesday it had raised just over $423,700 in the past three months.</p><p>Unlike a candidate's campaign, federal rules allow super PACs to raise an unlimited amount of money from individuals.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:19:12 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9778 at http://wfpl.org Pro-McConnell Super PAC Raises $423,700 Over Three Months—But None From Kentucky Alison Lundergan Grimes Raises $4 Million, Breaking Kentucky Fundraising Record http://wfpl.org/post/alison-lundergan-grimes-raises-4-million-breaking-kentucky-fundraising-record <p>Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Tuesday she has broken a Kentucky fundraising record by hauling in more than $4 million from supporters over the past three months.</p><p>The latest tally means Grimes has also out raised Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell for the third straight quarter, this time by more than $1 million.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:46:50 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9772 at http://wfpl.org Alison Lundergan Grimes Raises $4 Million, Breaking Kentucky Fundraising Record Does Cloverlick, Ky., Exist? Eastern Kentucky Community Drawn Into Senate Ad Fact-Check http://wfpl.org/post/does-cloverlick-ky-exist-eastern-kentucky-community-drawn-senate-ad-fact-check <p>Discord over a pair of campaign ads in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race has brought a rural area in Eastern Kentucky to the political spotlight and put Republican Mitch McConnell's team on the defensive.</p><p>Fact-checkers have <a href="http://www.factcheck.org/2014/07/medicare-ghost-stories/">shredded commercials released by McConnell and his Democratic challenger, Alison Lundergan Grimes</a>, which attack each other over who Medicare costs.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:24:19 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9744 at http://wfpl.org Does Cloverlick, Ky., Exist? Eastern Kentucky Community Drawn Into Senate Ad Fact-Check Alison Lundergan Grimes Uses Fellow Kentuckians to Target McConnell’s Medicare Vote http://wfpl.org/post/alison-lundergan-grimes-uses-fellow-kentuckians-target-mcconnell-s-medicare-vote <p>Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is defending a new TV ad targeting incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell over Medicare costs.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At a campaign stop Tuesday in Louisville, Grimes said McConnell has taken votes that have hurt seniors and increased their health expenses.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 30-second campaign spot features Grimes sitting in front of a fire truck alongside retired coal miner Don Disney, who questions McConnell's vote for the controversial Paul Ryan budget plan.</span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:02:55 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9728 at http://wfpl.org Alison Lundergan Grimes Uses Fellow Kentuckians to Target McConnell’s Medicare Vote Alison Lundergan Grimes Releases Plan to Tackle Mine Safety, Black Lung Disease http://wfpl.org/post/alison-lundergan-grimes-releases-plan-tackle-mine-safety-black-lung-disease <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison </span>Lundergan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Grimes unveiled a plan Thursday to improve mine safety and address black lung diseases—an offensive campaign move on the Kentucky coal issue.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Her plan also takes Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell to task for vowing to repeal a key provision in the Affordable Care Act that helps coal miners receive benefits for black lung disease.</span></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:16:54 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9699 at http://wfpl.org Alison Lundergan Grimes Releases Plan to Tackle Mine Safety, Black Lung Disease