2014 Kentucky Senate race http://wfpl.org en Centre College Wants Answer on Grimes-McConnell Debate http://wfpl.org/post/centre-college-wants-answer-grimes-mcconnell-debate <p>The president of Centre College is asking Kentucky voters to help persuade Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Ludergan Grimes to commit to a debate at the school.</p><p>Last month, Centre partnered with AARP Kentucky and Louisville TV station WAVE-3 to host a public debate scheduled for Sept. 3. The group gave both campaigns a deadline before the Fancy Farm picnic, but neither side has provided a response.</p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:30:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 10038 at http://wfpl.org Centre College Wants Answer on Grimes-McConnell Debate Mitch McConnell, Alison Lundergan Grimes Trade Blows While Discussing Kentucky Farm Policy http://wfpl.org/post/mitch-mcconnell-alison-lundergan-grimes-trade-blows-while-discussing-kentucky-farm-policy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison </span>Lundergan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Grimes traded familiar barbs Wednesday while discussing agricultural issues at the Kentucky Farm Bureau headquarters in Louisville.</span></p><p>The 90-minute forum offered voters one of the few opportunities to contrast the two candidates in person, and covered a wide range of topics from the farm bill, immigration reform, and Affordable Care Act.</p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:59:26 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 10035 at http://wfpl.org Mitch McConnell, Alison Lundergan Grimes Trade Blows While Discussing Kentucky Farm Policy 3 Things to Watch For Today at Kentucky Farm Bureau's Grimes-McConnell Forum http://wfpl.org/post/3-things-watch-today-kentucky-farm-bureaus-grimes-mcconnell-forum <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes will share a stage this afternoon at the Kentucky Farm Bureau forum.</p><p>It is their first joint appearance since the Fancy Farm picnic, and the setting is expected to be a far more calm and controlled. &nbsp;The farm bureau plans to <a href="https://www.kyfb.com/news/2014/KFB-hosts-Grimes-and-McConnell-at-Measure-the-Candidates-forum-14826/">live-stream the forum.</a></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:24:14 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 10029 at http://wfpl.org 3 Things to Watch For Today at Kentucky Farm Bureau's Grimes-McConnell Forum Report: Alison Lundergan Grimes May Have Received Illegal Campaign Help From Her Father http://wfpl.org/post/report-alison-lundergan-grimes-may-have-received-illegal-campaign-help-her-father <p>Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is drawing criticism for receiving discounted services from her well-connected father that may have violated a federal campaign finance law.</p><p>In a story first reported by Politico on Tuesday, a company owned by Jerry Lundergan bought the 45-foot-long Grimes campaign bus and reportedly rented it to his daughter far below the fair market value.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2014/08/alison-lundergan-grimes-kentucky-2014-elections-110130.html">Politico</a>:</p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:49:53 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 10021 at http://wfpl.org Report: Alison Lundergan Grimes May Have Received Illegal Campaign Help From Her Father Mitch McConnell Accepts KET Debate With Alison Lundergan Grimes http://wfpl.org/post/mitch-mcconnell-accepts-ket-debate-alison-lundergan-grimes <p>Republican Senator Mitch McConnell has accepted an invitation to debate Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes next month in Kentucky's closely watched U.S. Senate race.</p><p>McConnell's re-election team agreed to appear on KET's Kentucky Tonight program on October 13, according to a statement released Monday by the television network.</p><p><span class="sf11">"KET is proud to be trusted by the candidates and Kentucky’s voters to provide a fair and independent platform in this pivotal U.S. Senate race," KET&nbsp;chief executive&nbsp;Shae Hopkins said.</span></p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:15:36 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 10019 at http://wfpl.org Mitch McConnell Accepts KET Debate With Alison Lundergan Grimes Libertarian David Patterson Files 9,100 Signatures To Get Onto Kentucky Ballot For Senate http://wfpl.org/post/libertarian-david-patterson-files-9100-signatures-get-kentucky-ballot-senate <p>Libertarian David <a href="https://twitter.com/DP4Senate/status/498892741829734400">Patterson filed over 9,100 raw signatures with the Kentucky secretary of state's office</a> Monday in his bid to make the ballot for the U.S. Senate election.</p><p>Patterson, a 42-year-old police officer who lives in Mercer County, seeks to join<a href="/term/2014-kentucky-senate-race"> Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell </a>on the November ballot.</p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 18:39:57 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9967 at http://wfpl.org Libertarian David Patterson Files 9,100 Signatures To Get Onto Kentucky Ballot For Senate Miners' Union Chief Wants Mitch McConnell to Explain Wife's Role on Anti-Coal Group http://wfpl.org/post/miners-union-chief-wants-mitch-mcconnell-explain-wifes-role-anti-coal-group <p>The president of the United Mine Workers of America says Republican Sen. Mitch <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/mcconnell-campaign-lashes-out-after-report-ties-wife-anti-coal-group#disqus_thread">McConnell needs to explain why his wife joined the board of a group seeking to eliminate coal</a> from the country's energy diet.</p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 20:20:14 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9952 at http://wfpl.org Miners' Union Chief Wants Mitch McConnell to Explain Wife's Role on Anti-Coal Group McConnell Campaign Lashes Out After Report Ties Wife to Anti-Coal Group http://wfpl.org/post/mcconnell-campaign-lashes-out-after-report-ties-wife-anti-coal-group <p>A report linking Republican Mitch McConnell’s wife to an aggressive anti-coal campaign has drawn angry reactions from the Kentucky senator’s re-election team.</p><p>McConnell is on a two-day bus tour in the eastern half of the state, countering stops earlier this week by Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.</p><p>On Wednesday, Grimes told a Hazard audience that&nbsp;<a href="/post/can-alison-lundergan-grimes-win-over-kentucky-s-coal-country">&nbsp;she was the more pro-coal candidate.</a></p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 15:28:50 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9945 at http://wfpl.org McConnell Campaign Lashes Out After Report Ties Wife to Anti-Coal Group Can Alison Lundergan Grimes Win Over Kentucky’s Coal Country? http://wfpl.org/post/can-alison-lundergan-grimes-win-over-kentucky-s-coal-country <p>HAZARD—Speaking as if Republican Senator Mitch McConnell were in the room, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes told an Eastern Kentucky crowd Wednesday afternoon that she is the true champion of coal in the U.S. Senate race.</p><p>"Senator, let’s set the record straight. I’m the only pro-coal candidate in this race," said Grimes, joined on stage by former President Bill Clinton and members of the United Mine Workers of America.</p><p>Grimes' campaign filled the Hal Rogers Center in Hazard beyond its capacity. The optics were clear—these coal miners have her back.</p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 12:25:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9939 at http://wfpl.org Can Alison Lundergan Grimes Win Over Kentucky’s Coal Country? Alison Lundergan Grimes, Bill Clinton Focus on Economic Concerns in Lexington Campaign Stop http://wfpl.org/post/alison-lundergan-grimes-bill-clinton-focus-economic-concerns-lexington-campaign-stop <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">LEXINGTON—Former President Bill Clinton struck an economic populist chord on Wednesday&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;in his return to the Kentucky campaign trail</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">for Democratic Senate candidate Alison&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lundergan</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Grimes.</span></p> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 17:35:56 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9930 at http://wfpl.org Alison Lundergan Grimes, Bill Clinton Focus on Economic Concerns in Lexington Campaign Stop