2014 Kentucky Senate race

2:29 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Republican Senate Candidate Matt Bevin Outlines Key Differences With Mitch McConnell

Sen. Mitch McConnell and Matt Bevin
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Saying the Republican Party needs to adopt a new vision, U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin is hoping to shift Kentucky's race to issues, rather than surface-level politics and attacks.

The Tea Party-backed Bevin has often given speeches focusing on policy, and he decried Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes for failing to discuss them in-depth.

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1:27 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Kentucky Senate Candidate Ed Marksberry Offered Different Stories of Alleged Bribe from Democrats

Independent Ed Marksberry and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes are running for U.S. Senate in Kentucky

Call it a tale of two Marksberrys.

The Democrat-turned-independent candidate for Kentucky’s U.S. Senate seat dropped a bombshell this week when he accused his former party—and by extension, likely Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes’ campaign—of offering him money and incentives to drop out of the race.

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9:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Report: History on Mitch McConnell's Side for Re-Election, But Senate Leaders Are More Vulnerable

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell
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A new report shows defeating Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky in this year’s election would be a historical rarity given his status as minority leader.

An analysis of Senate elections over the past 90 years by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota finds sitting party leaders have won re-election 87 percent of the time.

In only one case has a minority leader—Democrat Tom Dashcle in 2004—lost a re-election bid.

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8:30 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Rep. John Yarmuth: Not Being Mitch McConnell Isn’t Enough for Alison Lundergan Grimes

Alison Lundergan Grimes (l) and John Yarmuth (r)

Kentucky's lone Democrat on Capitol Hill is urging U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes to open up more with voters going into next year.

One of the chief knocks against Grimes in the early stages of the race by reporters, Republicans and political observers is that she remains cagey on complicated issues.

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11:51 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Mitch McConnell Mocks Alison Lundergan Grimes in Christmas Parody Ad

Alison Lundergan Grimes (l) and Mitch McConnell (r)
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Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky delivered a politicized version of 'Twas A Night Before Christmas poking fun at Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in a new radio ad released Monday.

The 60-second spot features the senator rhyming an overview of President Obama's agenda and once again tries to link Grimes to the administration.

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8:00 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Kentucky GOP Launches ‘Ask Alison’ to Press Grimes on Campaign Trail

The Republican Party of Kentucky launches 'Ask Alison'
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Kentucky Republicans are launching a new initiative to force Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes to be more forthright on the campaign trail.

"Ask Alison" will feature a series of questions by the state GOP delivered weekly in an effort to get the first-term secretary of state to clarify her positions on the president's health care law and environmental regulations, among other issues.

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2:07 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

FEC Says Facebook PAC Gave Mitch McConnell Too Much Money

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The political action committee tied to Facebook has apparently given Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign an excessive amount in contributions.

This is the second letter from the Federal Election Commission this week questioning if the McConnell campaign received more than the legal limit in donations from various individuals and groups.

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3:58 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

FEC: Mitch McConnell Campaign Contributions Appear to Exceed Legal Limits

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The Federal Election Commission is threatening to audit Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign over excessive contributions from individuals and political action committees.

Under federal law, an individual or a single-candidate PAC can donate up to $2,600 per election to a candidate seeking federal office. A multi-candidate PAC is allowed to contribute up to $5,000. 

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12:36 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Lilly Ledbetter Endorses Alison Lundergan Grimes for Senate

Lilly Ledbetter
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Putting more focus on the gender gap in Kentucky's Senate race, Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes received the endorsement of pay equity advocate Lilly Ledbetter in next year's election.

Ledbetter is considered an iconic figure for being the plaintiff in a well-known wage discrimination lawsuit against Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., which went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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3:14 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Matt Bevin Doesn't Trust Iran in Nuclear Talks, Other Candidates Silent

Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin is blasting the Obama administration's deal with Iran to curb its nuclear program in exchange for lifting certain economic sanctions.

The preliminary agreement stipulates Iran must halt any uranium enrichment above 5 percent and eliminate any stockpile that is near-20 percent enriched.

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