2014 Kentucky Senate race

8:30 am
Thu April 3, 2014

As Kentucky Enrollees Rise Don't Expect Alison Lundergan Grimes to Embrace Health Care Law

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes of Kentucky
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Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes isn't likely to embrace the Affordable Care Act even as Kentucky is being heralded for a high volume of enrollees.

Earlier this week, Gov. Steve Beshear's office announced over 370,000 people have signed up thus far.

That includes over a quarter of a million Kentuckians who will be insured for the first time ever thanks to the law.

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9:59 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Jabs Mitch McConnell's Personal Wealth at 'Raise the Wage' Rally

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes at a 'Raise the Wage' rally in Louisville, Ky.
Credit Phillip M. Bailey

Saying a minimum wage hike would be a chief priority if elected, Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes blamed Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell's personal wealth for his opposition at a rally in Louisville on Tuesday.

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2:42 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Bus Tour Backing Minimum Wage Hike to Visit Louisville

Raise The Wage bus tour

A national effort supporting an increase to the minimum wage is coming through Louisville this week.

The multi-state "Raise the Wage" bus tour is meant to pressure members of Congress to support a bill raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.

Raising the rate is a key issue for Democrats such as U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, whose campaign confirmed with WFPL that she plans to join the tour in Louisville.

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8:05 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Matt Bevin TV Ad Puts Mitch McConnell in Duke Jersey Ahead of Louisville-Kentucky Matchup

Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin is launching a new TV ad Friday that clads incumbent Mitch McConnell in a Duke University jersey.

"March Madness in Kentucky: commitment, courage—you got to love it. Even if your team isn't in the tournament," says Bevin, referencing a McConnell campaign ad that mistakenly showed Duke's 2010 NCAA champion victory instead of Kentucky.

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8:33 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Mitch McConnell's Campaign Receives Cease and Desist Letter for Using Kentucky Player's Image

University of Kentucky star Julius Randle in a McConnell campaign ad
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The University of Kentucky's athletics department sent Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign a cease and desist letter for using an image of a standout men's basketball player in a campaign video.

McConnell's team was under fire for most of Tuesday after mistakenly using footage of Duke University's 2010 NCAA championship victory when highlighting the state's basketball dominance.

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11:14 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Mitch McConnell Campaign Ad Celebrates Kentucky's Basketball Dominance With Duke National Title

Senator Mitch McConnell at a Tea Party rally in Kentucky
Credit Kenny Colston / Kentucky Public Radio

Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has stepped into the middle of a nasty basketball rivalry after a new campaign ad about Kentucky's dominance featured Duke University winning the national title.

The McConnell campaign released a video Tuesday morning saying that "rebuilding America begins in Kentucky by making McConnell majority leader."

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1:45 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Matt Bevin Favors U.S. Seizing Russian Assets to Pay for Ukrainian Aid

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin of Kentucky

Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin suggests the U.S. government should seize Russian assets and remove the foreign super power from international organizations in response to the Ukraine crisis.

President Obama put financial sanctions on a dozen of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s closest aides and allies this week.

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11:50 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Byline Today: Kentucky's Senate Race, Investigating an Eastern Kentucky Power Plant Plan and More

On Byline today, we'll get an update on the U.S. Senate race, hear about how politics and misinformation pushed through a proposed biomass plant in Eastern Kentucky and much more.

Join us at 1 p.m. today.

First up, WFPL's Phillip M. Bailey will discuss this week's events in the U.S. Senate race, which included a Louisville reporter being barred from a press conference with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and a debate challenge from the senator's primary opponent.

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3:11 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Receiving Louisville Tea Party Nod, Matt Bevin Says Mitch McConnell 'Afraid' to Debate

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Republican challenger Matt Bevin
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The Louisville Tea Party has endorsed Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin, who is calling on incumbent Mitch McConnell to take part in a number of upcoming primary debates.

"We polled our membership and overwhelmingly their support was to endorse Matt," says Andrew Schachtner, who is president of the local Tea Party group.

Bevin has already received the official support from the United Kentucky Tea Party, a coalition of over a dozen such groups from across the state.

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11:27 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Mitch McConnell, Alison Lundergan Grimes Have 'Sharp Differences' on Campaign Finance Rules

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell
Credit Kentucky Secretary of State/U.S. Senate

Republican Senator Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes sit on opposite sides of the debate about the role of money in U.S. elections.

A deluge of campaign cash is playing a significant role in Kentucky's Senate race thus far.

The money raised by the campaigns and outside groups is expected to top the $100 million mark and go down as the most expensive in U.S. history.

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