2014 Kentucky Senate race

Politics
5:48 pm
Sat June 14, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Firmly Opposes Using U.S. Troops to Assist Iraq

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes
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Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is against using U.S. military troops to assist the Iraqi government in its fight against a band of militants.

A group called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an off shoot of al-Qaeda, has taken over Iraq's second-largest city as of late, and threatens to topple the government.

American officials have been debating how the U.S. should respond to the escalation of violence.

For most the Kentucky's Senate race Grimes has sparred with Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell over domestic issues.

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Politics
11:51 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Raises Stakes on Senate Debates

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes
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Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes wants to debate Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell across Kentucky, and before an audience.

Grimes outlined her criteria for debates—and accepted McConnell's challenge for a possible debate series—in a letter sent Thursday to the Republican Senate leader.

Last month, McConnell issued a challenge to Grimes for a number of "Lincoln-Douglas" style debates, with the first taking place before July 4.

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Politics
8:30 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Mitch McConnell's Coal Bill 'Inadequate,' Says Alison Lundergan Grimes Campaign

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Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes isn't giving an inch in the coal wars that federal regulators have ignited in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race this week.

In reaction to Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell's so-called "Coal Country Protection Action" the Grimes campaign said the measure isn't good enough.

From Grimes campaign manager Jonathan Hurst:

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Politics
3:46 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Both McConnell and Grimes Vow to Fight New EPA Regulations

Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell
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Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes jousted Monday over who better defends the Kentucky coal industry against new federal pollution standards.

The Environmental Protection Agency's groundbreaking regulations announced Monday aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions at power plants.

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Politics
12:47 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Inching Towards Obamacare Defense

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes
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The campaign manager for Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is blasting Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell for saying Kentucky's health exchange is unconnected to the Affordable Care Act.

"Mitch McConnell has been in the fantasyland that is Washington for so long that he cannot tell the difference between fact and fiction," says Grimes campaign manager Jonathan Hurst.

Last Friday, McConnell repeated his call to repeal the president's health care law at a recent press conference.

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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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