Alison Lundergan Grimes

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7:46 am
Thu October 16, 2014

In Louisville, Hillary Clinton Urges Kentuckians to Support Alison Lundergan Grimes

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes share a stage at the Kentucky International Convention Center during a campaign stop.
Credit Rae Hodge/Kentucky Public Radio

Speaking Wednesday night before 4,500 people  at the Kentucky International Convention Center, Hillary Rodham Clinton urged Kentuckians to take to the polls in November for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.

The former U.S. Secretary of State held Republican incumbent Sen. Mitch McConnell's feet to the fire on healthcare reform and pay equity.

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Politics
9:57 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Here's What Alison Grimes and Mitch McConnell Discussed in KET's Debate

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell at the Oct. 13 debate hosted by Bill Goodman and KET.
Credit Courtesy KET

The two major party candidates for Kentucky’s U.S. Senate seat faced off in their first—and likely only—televised debate on public television Monday night.

Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Kentucky’s Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes traded barbs in the forum moderated by Kentucky Educational Television’s Bill Goodman.

Both candidates stuck largely to their campaign’s talking points. Here’s what they talked about.

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Politics
11:00 am
Mon October 13, 2014

What to Look For During Tonight's Grimes-McConnell Debate

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

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes debate for the first (and likely only) time tonight.

The debate begins at 8 p.m. and can be seen on KET.

"This is the only chance that voters of Kentucky are going to have to see a side-by-side non-commercial comparison of the two people who want to represent them in the United States Senate," said Al Cross, a longtime political columnist.

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Environment
4:46 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Video Purports to Show Grimes' Dislike of Coal. What Does It Really Say?

In a photo released by her campaign, Alison Lundergan Grimes visits a Floyd County coal mine earlier this year.
Credit Grimes campaign

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes isn’t being honest with voters about her support of Kentucky’s coal industry, according to a video released today by the conservative Project Veritas.

The video by James O’Keefe—who was widely criticized for deceptively editing a video about ACORN in 2009—relies on hidden camera interviews with Kentucky Democratic officials about Grimes and coal, but ultimately doesn't prove much about where she truly stands on coal.

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Politics
1:07 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Bluegrass Poll: Grimes Takes 2-Point Lead Over McConnell In Kentucky Senate Race

Alison Lundergan Grimes
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The latest Bluegrass Poll in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race gives Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes a two-point lead over incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell.

The survey of likely voters has Grimes with 46 percent support and McConnell getting 44 percent. Libertarian candidate David Patterson has three percent, with seven percent of voters undecided. The margin of error is plus or minus four points.

It’s a six-point swing for the Grimes campaign. The previous Bluegrass Poll in late August had McConnell with a four-point lead.

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Politics
2:40 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Libertarian Kentucky Senate Candidate Sues KET Over Debate Exclusion

David Patterson
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FRANKFORT — Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate David Patterson has asked a federal judge to order Kentucky Educational Television to include him in the station's televised debate on Oct. 13.

Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes have both said they will participate in the debate. It will likely be the only time voters will see the two debate on statewide television before the Nov. 4 election.

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Politics
7:00 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Young Voters Figure Large in Alison Lundergan Grimes’ Game Plan

Alison Lundergan Grimes
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

Kentucky’s youngest voters have enough pull to decide the outcome in this year’s U.S. Senate race, according to a Tufts University report.

That fact is pivotal for Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes, who many believe needs a strategy shakeup in order to defeat Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell this fall.

In 2008, McConnell won re-election by about 106,000 votes. This year’s contest could be much closer.

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Politics
2:43 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Voices Opposition to Islamic State Plan

Alison Lundergan Grimes
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes said Thursday she would vote against arming and training Syrian forces combating the Islamic State.

The Senate is scheduled to take up a vote on the measure this afternoon, which passed through the House on Wednesday by a 273-156 tally.

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Politics
3:01 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Pro-Coal Senate Democrat Joe Manchin Affirms Alison Lundergan Grimes' Position

Joe Manchin
Credit U.S. Senate

Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes received a boost from the most prominent pro-coal Democrat in Washington in her slugfest with Republican Leader Mitch McConnell this fall.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., waded into the contest Wednesday and said Grimes would be an ally to the coal industry and miners if elected.

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Politics
8:00 am
Sat September 13, 2014

ACLU of Kentucky Wants More Inclusive KET Senate Debate

David Patterson
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The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky is calling on Kentucky Educational Television to hold a more inclusive U.S. Senate debate next month.

KET is set to hold a debate featuring Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes on Oct. 13.

Libertarians have taken KET to task, however, for creating new debate criteria that party leaders argue was aimed at excluding their candidate, David Patterson, from participating.

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