Alison Lundergan Grimes

Politics
9:47 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Mother Jones Obtains Secret Tape of McConnell Campaign Strategy Session

Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
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A secret audio recording of Senator Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign reveals the Kentucky Republican's aides intended to target actress Ashley Judd's mental health and religious beliefs among other issues.

The news magazine Mother Jones obtained audio of a private meeting between McConnell and aides where much of the conversation focused on potential Democratic opponents.

In a 2011 memoir, "All That is Bitter and Sweet"  Judd recounted she had checked into rehab for depression as an adult and once considered suicide as a child.

The leaked tapes reveal Judd's bouts with depression were considered fair game by the McConnell campaign.

"This sounds extreme, but she is emotionally unbalanced," an unknown McConnell aide says on the recording. "I mean it’s been documented. Jesse can go in chapter and verse from her autobiography about, you know, she’s suffered some suicidal tendencies. She was hospitalized for 42 days when she had a mental breakdown in the '90s."

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Politics
4:17 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Kentucky Officials Watching for Vote Trading

Kentucky Secretary of State

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Booze has been traded for votes in the Appalachian region in years past, but at least one election official is raising prescription pills as a new worry.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's chief election official, voiced that concern at a Capitol press conference on Tuesday where she appeared with federal and state investigators to put unscrupulous politicians on notice that they'll be closely watched on Nov. 6.

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Local News
3:52 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

More Than 2,000 Kentuckians To Cast Votes From Overseas

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Absentee ballots are on their way to more than two-thousand Kentuckians overseas.

Many of the ballots are going to men and women in the military.

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is proposing some changes in election laws to help military men and women. One of them would allow military personnel to vote by e-mail. Currently, they have to send in their ballots by standard mail.

Grimes recently returned from a trip to the Middle East to assess absentee voting procedures.

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