John Kemper http://wfpl.org en Kentucky College Republicans Defend Harlem Shake Video for Team Mitch http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-college-republicans-defend-harlem-shake-video-team-mitch <p>A group of Kentucky college Republicans are calling out a Tea Party leader who criticized their <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/team-mitch-does-harlem-shake">Harlem Shake video for Sen. Mitch McConnell's re-election</a> campaign.</p><p>The Kentucky Federation of College Republicans approached Team Mitch with the idea, and recorded their version of the meme outside of Churchill Downs in Louisville.</p><p>But United Kentucky Tea Party spokesman John&nbsp;Kemper said Thursday it shows the McConnell campaign is ignoring important issues.</p><p>"Mitch wants to look cool, rather than lead, come on Mitch, probably yet another (campaign manager Jesse) Benton idea. These guys are out of touch with Kentuckians," he said via Facebook.</p><p>In a statement, college Republican chairman Rhett Ramsey says Kemper is only interested in tearing down McConnell and fellow GOP officeholders, and they will no longer support his "aspirations" in politics.</p><p>From KFCR:</p><blockquote><p>Instead of encouraging college students and young voters to promote activism, Mr. Kemper made a swipe at our attempt for fun, civic engagement. It seems like Mr. Kemper is too busy attacking Leader McConnell and fellow republican office holders at every turn, instead of&nbsp;praising youth involvement and&nbsp;acknowledging our efforts in party building. Thu, 07 Mar 2013 21:40:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 4388 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky College Republicans Defend Harlem Shake Video for Team Mitch United Kentucky Tea Party Accuses Mitch McConnell of Delaying Military Voting Bill http://wfpl.org/post/united-kentucky-tea-party-accuses-mitch-mcconnell-delaying-military-voting-bill <div><p>United Kentucky Tea Party is blaming Republican U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell for stalling a bill in the General Assembly that would have allowed Kentucky's military service members to vote electronically while overseas.</p><p>The legislation was spearheaded by Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and backed by Republican state Senate President Robert Stivers.</p><p>In January, Stivers told WFPL Frankfort Bureau Chief Kenny Colston he <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-senate-designates-electronic-military-voting-chief-priority">wanted the bill to pass quickly</a>. But at a committee meeting this week, Stivers urged an amendment that weakened the measure.</p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>From <a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2013/02/21/2525513/senate-panel-puts-brakes-on-electronic.html"><em>The Lexington Herald-Leader</em></a>:</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><blockquote><p>After the committee unanimously approved the amended version of Senate Bill 1, Stivers acknowledged that he had consulted with U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell about the measure. McConnell, a Republican, is seeking re-election next year. Many Democrats are urging Grimes to run against him. Fri, 22 Feb 2013 13:30:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 4138 at http://wfpl.org United Kentucky Tea Party Accuses Mitch McConnell of Delaying Military Voting Bill 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