2014 Kentucky Senate race

11:28 am
Fri August 8, 2014

McConnell Campaign Lashes Out After Report Ties Wife to Anti-Coal Group

Senator Mitch McConnell and his wife, former U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, at the Fancy Farm picnic.
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A report linking Republican Mitch McConnell’s wife to an aggressive anti-coal campaign has drawn angry reactions from the Kentucky senator’s re-election team.

McConnell is on a two-day bus tour in the eastern half of the state, countering stops earlier this week by Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.

On Wednesday, Grimes told a Hazard audience that  she was the more pro-coal candidate.

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8:25 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Can Alison Lundergan Grimes Win Over Kentucky’s Coal Country?

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HAZARD—Speaking as if Republican Senator Mitch McConnell were in the room, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes told an Eastern Kentucky crowd Wednesday afternoon that she is the true champion of coal in the U.S. Senate race.

"Senator, let’s set the record straight. I’m the only pro-coal candidate in this race," said Grimes, joined on stage by former President Bill Clinton and members of the United Mine Workers of America.

Grimes' campaign filled the Hal Rogers Center in Hazard beyond its capacity. The optics were clear—these coal miners have her back.

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1:35 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes, Bill Clinton Focus on Economic Concerns in Lexington Campaign Stop

Alison Lundergan Grimes and Bill Clinton in Lexington on Wednesday.
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LEXINGTON—Former President Bill Clinton struck an economic populist chord on Wednesday  in his return to the Kentucky campaign trail for Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.

The fundraiser is the first campaign event for Grimes since her appearance alongside her opponent, incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell, at Fancy Farm this past weekend.

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11:51 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Listen: Sounds of Fancy Farm Heckling From the Middle of the Crowd

Supporters for Mitch McConnell, in red and Alison Lundergan-Grimes, in blue, gather before the political speeches at the Fancy Farm picnic.
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6:52 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Democratic Strategist Under Fire for Criticizing Mitch McConnell's 'Asian' Wife

Democratic strategist Kathy Groob's Twitter account

A Kentucky Democratic strategist has deleted her Twitter account after being sharply rebuked by party leaders for referencing the ethnicity of Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell’s wife in a series of political attacks.

The latest controversy marks the second time during this year's Senate contest in which Democratic operatives have mentioned the Asian heritage of McConnell's wife, Elaine Chao.

Over Fancy Farm weekend, McConnell told a crowd at Saturday morning's GOP breakfast that his wife was playing a major role in his re-election bid.

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8:16 am
Sun August 3, 2014

Fancy Farm: Mitch McConnell, Alison Lundergan Grimes Strike Different Tones In Combative Speeches

Senator Mitch McConnell speaks at the annual Fancy Farm Picnic.
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PADUCAH—Republican Senator Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes traded partisan blows at the 134th Fancy Farm picnic Saturday.

With fewer than 100 days till the election, the two candidates gave speeches that struck starkly different tones.

First, Grimes tagged McConnell as a heartless, out-of-touch incumbent, particularly on women’s issues.

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12:32 pm
Sat August 2, 2014

Live Updates From Kentucky's Fancy Farm: Grimes, McConnell Trade Barbs

James Comer speaking at the 2014 Fancy Farm picnic.
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  Update 3:45 p.m.: James Comer Is Running for Governor

As he did the day before, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer took jabs at 2015 gubernatorial candidates.

This time, though, he also said he's officially running for governor in 2015.

— JL

Update 3:25 p.m.: McConnell Draws Obama, Grimes Parallels

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10:00 am
Sat August 2, 2014

Fancy Farm: Republicans Must Be Bolder In Courting Minority Voters, Rand Paul Says

Senator Rand Paul speaks at The Night Before Fancy Farm event hosted by the Marshall-Calloway GOP.
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AURORA—Republicans are doing well in states like Kentucky, but need to be bolder in appealing to minorities if they hope to win national elections.

That’s according to Senator Rand Paul, who delivered a message to voters Friday touting his efforts to broaden the GOP base ahead of the annual Fancy Farm picnic.

Speaking at the Marshall-Calloway County Republican dinner in front of a predominately white audience, Paul said the GOP doesn’t have to give up its core message to grow its appeals among minority voters.

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7:00 am
Sat August 2, 2014

Fancy Farm: 60 Pounds of Beans Fuel Kentucky Political Rally

The food served at the Democrat's Marshall County bean supper.
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GILBERTSVILLE — The focus of the annual Fancy Farm picnic is the political speeches.

But that's Saturday night.

The night before, Democrats gathered for their traditional  pre-Fancy Farm bean dinner — more than 60 pounds of beans were consumed by nearly 500 people at the Kentucky Dam Village Convention Center.

Chef Richard Lindsay said the planning and organizing for the bean dinner began months in advance with orders and estimates, but the cooking is a one day affair.

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11:51 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Fancy Farm: Alison Lundergan Grimes Throws Red Meat to Bean Supper Crowd

U.S. Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes addresses the crowd at the 19th Annual Marshall County Bean Supper on Fri., Aug. 1.
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GILBERTSVILLE—At an annual event known for its bean dish, Kentucky Secretary of State and U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes offered some red meat to a Democratic audience.

Grimes once again challenged her opponent, incumbent GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell, to a public debate, drawing cheers from a friendly crowd.

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