2014 Kentucky Senate race

Politics
3:09 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Obamacare Presents Political Dilemmas for Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican Mitch McConnell
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The health care law is a thorny subject for Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican Mitch McConnell in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race.

For Grimes, the health care law's political unpopularity is a political boulder.

When asked twice by the Associated Press whether she would have voted for the federal overhaul four years ago, Grimes balked.

"I, when we are in the United States Senate, will work to fix the Affordable Care Act," Grimes told the AP.

Observers commented on how Grimes was caught flat-footed at the outset of the general election.

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Politics
6:53 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Grimes Campaign Wants Mitch McConnell to 'Quit Playing Games' With Debates

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes
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The campaign to elect Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes to the U.S. Senate called on Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell to "quit playing games" with debates.

In a letter sent a day after the Kentucky primary elections, McConnell suggested holding three Lincoln-Douglass style debates beginning before July 4 to discuss various issues.

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Politics
11:46 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Mitch McConnell Challenges Alison Lundergan Grimes to 'Lincoln-Douglas' Debate Series

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell
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A day after the Kentucky primary election, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is challenging his Democratic opponent to a series of debates.

McConnell has notoriously avoided statewide debates with his past political opponents, so this eagerness may represent how close and high-profiled the Senate race will be this year.

In May 21 letter to Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, McConnell invites her to participate in three traditional Lincoln-Douglas style debates that would be moderated only by a single moderator.  

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Politics
7:00 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Matt Bevin Bypasses Endorsing Mitch McConnell as Kentucky GOP Seeks Unity

Matt Bevin addresses supporters during a concession speech Tuesday
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Joined by his wife and nine children, Louisville businessman Matt Bevin accepted a 25-point thumping at the hands of Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell in Tuesday's primary.

"This was never about winning a single seat," he told supporters. "This was never about new version of the same old thing. This was about the very heart beat of America. We've heard a lot about this somehow being a battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party. But every single one of us knows this is so much bigger than that."

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Politics
7:19 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

2014 Kentucky Primary: Mitch McConnell Defeats Matt Bevin

Mitch McConnell
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The Associated Press is calling the Republican primary election for incumbent Mitch McConnell over challenger Matt Bevin party challenger.

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes has also won her party's nomination and will face McConnell in the fall election.

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Politics
1:00 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Promotes Herself as 'Independent Kentucky Woman' Ahead of General Election

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes
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Joined by an overwhelming crowd, Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes told supporters in Louisville she will protect the state's interests against either political party.

"I'm hoping that you will spread the word all across not just Jefferson County—but the Commonwealth of Kentucky—that this woman, well she’s not an empty dress, she’s not a cheerleader, she’s not a rubber stamp," Grimes said at her campaign office opening Monday.

"She’s an independent Kentucky woman that stands on her own two feet."

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Politics
2:58 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Louisville Primary Races to Watch on Tuesday

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Kentucky voters settle who'll be the Democratic and Republican nominees in the November general election during the primary on Tuesday.  Many primary races in Louisville won't be especially competitive, but a handful are worth watching.

Here are the races to watch in Louisville.

Matt Bevin vs. Mitch McConnell: Believe it or not, when Louisville investor Matt Bevin first jumped in the Senate Republican primary race last summer there was talk of a possible upset.

Then the Mitch McConnell wrecking machine of relentless attacks hit Bevin—hard.

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Politics
4:09 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Matt Bevin Questions Constitutionality of Minimum Wage

Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin
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Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin says the federal government has no role in setting a minimum wage, which he suggests violates the U.S. Constitution.

The Tea Party-backed candidate made the comments during a campaign stop in western Kentucky this week.

"I don't see anywhere that it has been constitutionally-defined," Bevin told Think Progress when asked if it was unconstitutional.

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Politics
9:15 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Once Again Cockfighting Is An Issue in Kentucky Politics

For the third time in as many months, leading Kentucky politicians find themselves addressing cockfighting.

A new federal case brings questions about the bloodsport to a top state Democratic lawmaker and puts the practice back into conversations about the U.S. Senate race.

Federal authorities filed charges against three Eastern Kentucky residents this week in a massive cockfighting ring run out of the Big Blue Sportsman’s Club in McDowell, Ky.

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Politics
8:30 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Embarking on 50-County Jobs Bus Tour

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes
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Senate Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes will tout her jobs plan on a 50-county bus tour across Kentucky this week.

The road trip begins Friday in McCracken County and ends in Lexington on May 20, which is primary Election Day.

"As the divisive GOP primary rages on, Republicans, Democrats and independents alike are excited to get involved in our grassroots campaign," said Grimes political director Elizabeth Cantrell in a news release.

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