U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell http://wfpl.org en Mitch McConnell Claims Influence in Coal Decision That Was Already Made http://wfpl.org/post/mitch-mcconnell-claims-influence-coal-decision-was-already-made <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Senator Mitch McConnell is touting his role in a recent decision to keep burning coal at a Western Kentucky power plant, even though less coal will be burned—and the decision to keep burning the remainder was made months ago.</span></p><p>The Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors voted Thursday to convert two of the three coal-burning units at its Paradise Fossil Plant in Muhlenberg County to natural gas. The third unit will remain coal-fired.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 22:24:27 +0000 Erica Peterson 7558 at http://wfpl.org Mitch McConnell Claims Influence in Coal Decision That Was Already Made Ethics Complaint Filed Over Grimes Fundraising Emails http://wfpl.org/post/ethics-complaint-filed-over-grimes-fundraising-emails <p>A county clerk in southeastern Kentucky has asked the Executive Branch Ethics Commission to determine the propriety of a fundraising email sent to government email accounts by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes last week.</p><p>Republican Laurel County Clerk Dean Johnson filed the complaint today (Thursday), a week after receiving the email from Grimes, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 20:15:40 +0000 Associated Press & Rick Howlett 6246 at http://wfpl.org Ethics Complaint Filed Over Grimes Fundraising Emails Fancy Farm Update: Matt Bevin In, Steve Beshear Out http://wfpl.org/post/fancy-farm-update-matt-bevin-steve-beshear-out <p>Fresh from <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/republican-senate-candidate-matt-bevin-touts-conservative-beliefs-differences-mitch-mcconnell">his campaign launch</a>, Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin will speak at this year's annual Fancy Farm picnic.</p><p>Bevin faces Senator Mitch McConnell in the GOP primary. McConnell will also speak at Fancy Farm, as will Democratic candidate and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 16:51:15 +0000 Gabe Bullard 6240 at http://wfpl.org Fancy Farm Update: Matt Bevin In, Steve Beshear Out One of Two Men Implicated in McConnell Recording Starts Legal Fund http://wfpl.org/post/one-two-men-implicated-mcconnell-recording-starts-legal-fund <p>Curtis Morrison, one of two Democratic activists <a href="/post/source-progress-kentucky-behind-mitch-mcconnell-campaign-recording">implicated in recording a campaign strategy session of U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, </a>is starting a legal defense fund.&nbsp;</p><p>Morrison tweeted out a link to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gofundme.com/2lkkw4" style="line-height: 1.5;">gofundme.com</a>&nbsp;page&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Monday afternoon. The website lists a $10,000 goal.</span></p><p>Morrison does not say whether he was behind the recording.</p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 17:01:10 +0000 Kenny Colston 4981 at http://wfpl.org One of Two Men Implicated in McConnell Recording Starts Legal Fund 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 McConnell: Too Early to Say if Congress Will Consider More Gun Control Measures http://wfpl.org/post/mcconnell-too-early-say-if-congress-will-consider-more-gun-control-measures <p>Kentucky’s senior U.S. Senator says it will be up to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to decide whether the chamber will consider new gun control measures when the new Congress convenes in January.</p><p>The national debate on gun control has been re-ignited in the wake of last week's deadly shooting rampage at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.</p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 21:01:53 +0000 Kentucky Public Radio's Dan Conti 3054 at http://wfpl.org McConnell: Too Early to Say if Congress Will Consider More Gun Control Measures Who Runs Against McConnell in 2014? Not Judd or Grimes, Stumbo Says http://wfpl.org/post/who-runs-against-mcconnell-2014-not-judd-or-grimes-stumbo-says <p></p><p></p><p>To date, the chatter over who'll challenge U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014 has centered around actress/activist Ashley Judd.</p><p>And, if not Judd, then Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state.</p><p>A top Kentucky Democrat is saying that McConnell's Democratic challenger will be neither of the women.</p><p>In a recent interview, House Speaker Greg Stumbo said Judd's candidacy would face an obstacle from her position against mountaintop removal coal mining. In fact, he said her name shouldn't even be in discussion.</p> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 19:44:04 +0000 Kenny Colston 2561 at http://wfpl.org Who Runs Against McConnell in 2014? Not Judd or Grimes, Stumbo Says Edelen Says He'll Support Grimes, Not Ashley Judd, For U.S. Senate Race http://wfpl.org/post/edelen-says-hell-support-grimes-not-ashley-judd-us-senate-race <p></p><p>Ashley Judd is the most discussed potential Democratic candidate to challenge U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell' for his seat in 2014, but not all Kentucky Democratic statewide officers are supporting the idea.</p><p></p><p>Auditor Adam&nbsp;Edelen&nbsp;said&nbsp;he'll be encouraging and supporting Alison Lundergan Grimes,&nbsp;the Kentucky secretary of state, for the 2014 senate race --&nbsp;because of Grimes' focus on state, not national, issues.</p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 15:51:16 +0000 Kenny Colston 2517 at http://wfpl.org Edelen Says He'll Support Grimes, Not Ashley Judd, For U.S. Senate Race KY General Assembly Post-Williams, and Judd for U.S. Senate? http://wfpl.org/post/ky-general-assembly-post-williams-and-judd-us-senate <p>The 2012 general election is history, and it will soon be time to gavel the Kentucky General Assembly to order.&nbsp; Kentucky Public Radio Frankfort Bureau Chief Kenny Colston appeared on <em>Byline</em> Friday to talk about the new legislature, including a Kentucky Senate with no David Williams.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> Sat, 10 Nov 2012 13:43:00 +0000 Brad Yost 2446 at http://wfpl.org KY General Assembly Post-Williams, and Judd for U.S. Senate?