Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes http://wfpl.org en Alison Lundergan Grimes Scolds Mitch McConnell Ad Targeting Matt Bevin http://wfpl.org/post/alison-lundergan-grimes-scolds-mitch-mcconnell-ad-targeting-matt-bevin <p>Highlighting an appearance at the Kentucky State Fair this week, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is scolding the <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/mitch-mcconnell-campaign-ad-matt-bevin-dishonest-about-mit-r-sum">latest attack ad by Republican Senator Mitch McConnell</a> against his primary opponent Matt Bevin.</p><p>The Grimes campaign says instead of "mudslinging" she is working with Kentucky's military service members.</p><p>From a Grimes spokesperson:</p><blockquote><p>"As Senator McConnell turns to mudslinging his Republican opponent yet again, Alison Lundergan Grimes honored our men and women in uniform at the State Fair's Military Monday.</p><p>Kentuckians are ready for a leader in the U.S. Senate—not a career politician who has wasted decades in Washington playing political games."</p></blockquote><p>It's the first comment from Grimes's people regarding the GOP battle. It also seeks to promote the "Grannies for Grimes" arm of her campaign in an effort to get attract senior votes. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 16:30:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6529 at http://wfpl.org Alison Lundergan Grimes Scolds Mitch McConnell Ad Targeting Matt Bevin Businesses Tied to Alison Lundergan Grimes Miss State Reporting Deadline http://wfpl.org/post/businesses-tied-alison-lundergan-grimes-miss-state-reporting-deadline <p>A pair of Kentucky businesses linked to Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes failed to file their annual reports required by her office.</p><p>Earlier this week, Grimes's office announced over 156,000 companies complied with the July 1 deadline, but about 41,000—including two run by her father—had not.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2013/07/09/2709254/two-companies-linked-to-grimes.html"><em>The Lexington Herald-Leader</em></a>:</p><blockquote><p>Grimes organized both businesses and has an ownership interest in one of them, but her father, former state Democratic Party Chairman Jerry Lundergan, took the blame Tuesday for missing the filing deadline.</p><p>Lundergan is listed as the sole officer for both businesses — Glenncase and GCL Properties — in filings with the secretary of state's office. Glenncase, in which Grimes has an ownership interest, involves 11-plus acres on New Circle Road. GCL Properties owns the Carriage House on Limestone Street.</p></blockquote><p>Grimes, a Democrat, is seeking to run against Republican Mitch McConnell for U.S. Senate next year and the GOP is pouncing on this latest story. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:36:55 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6063 at http://wfpl.org Businesses Tied to Alison Lundergan Grimes Miss State Reporting Deadline Alison Lundergan Grimes is Running for Mitch McConnell's Senate Seat http://wfpl.org/post/alison-lundergan-grimes-running-mitch-mcconnells-senate-seat <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Update:</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Democrat&nbsp;Alison&nbsp;Lundergan&nbsp;Grimes announced Monday that she will challenge U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in 2014.&nbsp;</span></p><p>In May, a<a href="/post/poll-alison-lundergan-grimes-mitch-mcconnell-tied-potential-us-senate-matchup">&nbsp;poll stated that Grimes</a>—Kentucky's Secretary of State—was evenly matched against McConnell, who was first elected in 1984.&nbsp;</p><p>Grimes, an attorney, was elected Secretary of State in 2011.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"I agree with thousands of</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Kentuckians<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">that Kentucky is tired of 28 years of obstruction," she said in her announcement.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Grimes has been a long-rumored possibility for the Democratic primary—especially after actress/activist Ashley Judd declined to run.</span></p><p>WFPL&nbsp;is following the developing story and will have more information soon.</p><p><strong>Earlier: </strong>Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is meeting with supporters on Monday afternoon and will make an announcement regarding the U.S. Senate race against Republican Mitch McConnell.</p><p>Since March, Grimes has been considered the best Democratic choice to run against McConnell in next year’s election at the urging of state and national party figures.</p><p>Even though she isn't in the race officially, <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/mitch-mcconnells-campaign-parodies-while-super-pac-pounces-alison-lundergan-grimes">Grimes hasn't been spared attack</a> ads.</p><p>The McConnell campaign, national Republicans and GOP-leaning super PACs have criticized Grimes in recent weeks trying to link her to President Obama's agenda.</p><p>Grimes is meeting with a group of regional coordinators at her Frankfort campaign headquarters at 2 p.m., and will talk with the media an hour later.</p><p>"I don't know what she's leaning towards. She hasn't told me," says Jonathan Hurst, a Grimes spokesman. "I couldn't make a guess on it and be honest about it."</p><p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 15:46:54 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5970 at http://wfpl.org Alison Lundergan Grimes is Running for Mitch McConnell's Senate Seat Louisville Democratic Chair Would Like Grimes to 'Make Her Mind Up' on Senate Race http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-democratic-chair-would-grimes-make-her-mind-senate-race <p>The chair of the Louisville Democratic Party says he'd prefer Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes to make a quick decision on challenging Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell next year.</p><p>Grimes is scheduled to appear at the party's annual Wendell Ford Dinner in Louisville on Thursday evening, but an announcement on the U.S. Senate race is not expected.</p><p>Pressure is mounting on Grimes to decide and <a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2013/06/05/2667051/pro-mcconnell-group-runs-ads-linking.html">attacks from a pro-McConnell super PAC have already been launched</a> in newspaper ads.</p><p>Last month, Democratic Congressman John <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/congressman-john-yarmuth-alison-lundergan-grimes-must-immediately-decide-senate-bid">Yarmuth told WFPL Grimes needed to make an immediate decision</a> on running or risk hurting the party.</p><p>Louisville-Jefferson County Democratic Party Chair Bill Ryan says he doesn’t agree Grimes is doing the party a disservice, but that it would be bet better to know the secretary of state's intentions now rather than later.</p><p>"I would like to see her make her mind up in the next few weeks. That would make it a whole lot simpler for the Democratic Party to find other candidates ... that are considering to go ahead and say they’re going to run," he says. "But as far as bullying her, no I’m not going to say she should or should not get into the race. If she wants to take up to January to decide that’s her business." Thu, 06 Jun 2013 19:02:11 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5674 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Democratic Chair Would Like Grimes to 'Make Her Mind Up' on Senate Race Poll: Mitch McConnell Holds Edge in 2014 http://wfpl.org/post/poll-mitch-mcconnell-holds-edge-2014 <p>A new poll of Kentucky voters shows Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell with a slight edge over two potential Democratic challengers in a 2014 match-up.</p><p>The Ohio-based firm <a href="http://images.politico.com/global/2013/06/04/kentucky_senate_poll_topline_summary_report_6-3-2013.html">Wenzel Strategies conducted the survey</a> and released the results on Tuesday. It gives McConnell a 7-point lead over Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is considered the top contender.</p><p>Those are very different results when compared to a <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/poll-alison-lundergan-grimes-mitch-mcconnell-tied-potential-us-senate-matchup">Public Policy Polling survey that had McConnell and Grimes tied</a> last week. McConnell's re-election campaign raked the PPP survey for what it called "laughable poll questions," saying it should be dismissed.</p><p>In a head-to-head contest with Grimes, Wenzel found McConnell receives 46 percent of the vote compared to 39 percent for the secretary of state, who has still not indicated whether she is running for U.S. Senate in 2014.</p><p>The same survey finds McConnell leading former Miss America Heather French Henry by just a 5-point margin, however. In that mock race, Henry, who is also mulling a possible candidacy, fairs slightly better than Grimes at 40 percent of the vote compared to 45 percent for McConnell. Tue, 04 Jun 2013 14:41:35 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5642 at http://wfpl.org Poll: Mitch McConnell Holds Edge in 2014 Poll: Alison Lundergan Grimes, Mitch McConnell Tied in Potential U.S. Senate Matchup http://wfpl.org/post/poll-alison-lundergan-grimes-mitch-mcconnell-tied-potential-us-senate-matchup <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and potential Democratic challenger Alison </span>Lundergan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Grimes are tied in a new poll of Kentucky voters, though state Republicans are calling the results a "sham."</span></p><p>The poll, by Public Policy Polling, stated that McConnell and Grimes were each supported by 45 percent of Kentucky voters.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">In April, a PPP poll showed Grimes trailing by 4 points. In December, she trailed by 7 points.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 28 May 2013 18:12:33 +0000 Kenny Colston 5570 at http://wfpl.org Poll: Alison Lundergan Grimes, Mitch McConnell Tied in Potential U.S. Senate Matchup Congressman John Yarmuth: Alison Lundergan Grimes Must ‘Immediately Decide’ on Senate Bid http://wfpl.org/post/congressman-john-yarmuth-alison-lundergan-grimes-must-immediately-decide-senate-bid <p>Kentucky's lone Democratic congressman says he is confident the party will find an opponent to defeat Senate Republican Mitch McConnell, but adds Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes needs to make a decision.</p><p>The GOP is beginning to gloat that Democrats cannot find a suitable challenger willing to take on McConnell next year.</p><p>Grimes is considered the top contender in the field and she met with Governor Steve Beshear last week to discuss the race. But Grimes was<a href="http://wfpl.org/post/grimes-still-undecided-possible-senate-bid"> still "wrestling" with the idea of running</a> for Senate after sitting down with the governor.</p><p>Observers are beginning to question if the race is beyond Democrat's reach despite McConnell's unpopularity. The GOP leader has a $13.5 million head start and the political rumor mill is beginning to move on to former Miss America Heather French <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/now-heather-french-henry-less-prominent-candidates-may-hurt-democrats-senate-hopes">Henry, who is now reportedly being encouraged</a> to run.</p><p>In an exclusive WFPL interview, Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth says Grimes needs to let whatever those plans are known before the summer or risk hurting the party.</p><p>"I do think that it is important that Alison Grimes immediately decide whether she’s running or not because there are a number of people sitting on the sidelines who would be interested I think in making a race who are waiting to find out what she does. And for her to keep prolonging this as she said possibly until the late summer I think is a disservice to the party," he says.</p><p> Tue, 28 May 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5564 at http://wfpl.org Congressman John Yarmuth: Alison Lundergan Grimes Must ‘Immediately Decide’ on Senate Bid Poll: McConnell in Close Races With Potential Opponents http://wfpl.org/post/poll-mcconnell-close-races-potential-opponents <p></p><p>A new poll shows Sen. Mitch McConnell with a precarious lead over potential Democratic challengers.</p><p>The survey from Public Policy Polling shows McConnell with a four point lead over Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes—45 to 41—and a five point lead over former Congressman Ben Chandler.</p><p>Despite the leads, McConnell polls below the 50 percent mark in both races. And it shows he only has an 11 point lead over contractor Ed Marksberry, 46 to 35.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 16:46:58 +0000 Kenny Colston 4900 at http://wfpl.org Poll: McConnell in Close Races With Potential Opponents Alison Lundergan Grimes, Screaming and a Goat http://wfpl.org/post/alison-lundergan-grimes-screaming-and-goat <p>Now that actress Ashley <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/ashley-judd-says-twitter-shes-not-running-us-senate">Judd is officially not running</a> for U.S. Senate against Republican Mitch McConnell, critics have wasted no time to lampoon the next presumptive Democratic nominee—Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.</p><p>Grimes is being encouraged to fill the apparent void in 2014, and supporters argue she has a <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/pros-and-cons-potential-2014-mitch-mcconnell-challengers-judd-grimes-and-bevin">number of assets</a>: no record for McConnell to attack, the daughter of a former Kentucky Democratic Party chairman and a tight relationship with former President Bill Clinton.</p><p>It appears the best jabs circulating about Grimes for now are the secretary of state's speeches—where she often refers to herself in the third-person and shouts repteadly.</p><p>A new video featuring Grimes is making the rounds, and it pokes fun at her and other screamers, including former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, a goat and Judd (in Normal Life).</p><p>Watch:</p><p><object data="http://l3cdn.iqmediacorp.com.c.footprint.net/SWFs/iqmedia_player_v1.43.swf" id="HUY" name="HYETA" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="340" width="545"><param name="movie" value="http://l3cdn.iqmediacorp.com.c.footprint.net/SWFs/iqmedia_player_v1.43.swf"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"><param name="quality" value="high"><param name="wmode" value="transparent"><param name="flashvars" value="userId=07175c0e-2b70-4325-be6d-611910730968&amp;IsRawMedia=false&amp;embedId=a19830f1-f21c-472c-a2ae-fdbbc7bdebb3&amp;PageName=ClipPlayer&amp;EB=false&amp;ServicesBaseURL=2&amp;PlayerFromLocal=false&amp;autoPlayback=false"></object> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 17:00:41 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 4740 at http://wfpl.org Alison Lundergan Grimes, Screaming and a Goat Democrats Run 'Sweet 16' Style Radio Ad Against Mitch McConnell http://wfpl.org/post/democrats-run-sweet-16-style-radio-ad-against-mitch-mcconnell <p>The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is launching a basketball-themed radio ad targeting U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., ahead of his beloved Louisville Cardinal's Sweet 16 game.</p><p>The spot begins airing Thursday and uses a faux play-by-play commentary describing how&nbsp; McConnell&nbsp; "scores for Washington special interests and himself" while blocking economic policies that would help Kentucky.</p><p>Listen:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/hI-lUmkhHrE" width="480"></iframe> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 15:20:58 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 4718 at http://wfpl.org Democrats Run 'Sweet 16' Style Radio Ad Against Mitch McConnell