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8:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Leaked McConnell Tape Lacks ‘Gotcha Moment’ But Underscores Democratic Narrative

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell speaking at the 2014 Fancy Farm event.
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A secret recording of Republican Senator Mitch McConnell telling a summit of wealthy conservatives that he plans to block many populist measures sent Democrats in a fury this week.

In a leaked audiotape released Wednesday by The Nation, McConnell vowed to block a raise to the minimum wage, tackling student loan debt, and extending unemployment benefits if he becomes majority leader.

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Politics
7:18 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Centre College Cancels McConnell-Grimes Senate Debate Efforts

Centre College President John Roush
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Centre College has canceled its efforts to host a Kentucky U.S. Senate debate between Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.

The decision comes days after Centre launched an online campaign asking voters to help persuade both campaigns to agree to their Sept. 2 date.

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Politics
1:37 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Kentucky Democrats Seek Ethics Probe Into McConnell; GOP Files FEC Complaint Against Grimes

Kentuky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney—between Secretary Alison Lundergan Grimes and Senator Mitch McConnell—gave an introduction Wednesday to the “Measure the Candidates” forum in Louisville.
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Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes were hit Friday with allegations of federal ethics and campaign finance violations by each other's respective political parties.

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Politics
11:14 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Pro-McConnell Super PAC Asks to Rent Grimes' Bus for Same 'Sweetheart Deal'

Alison Lundergan Grimes
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A super PAC supporting Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell is taking advantage of Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes' tour bus controversy by asking if it can use the vehicle for a similar price.

Kentuckians for Strong Leadership sent a letter Thursday to Signature Special Events Services seeking to rent the 45-foot-long bus adorned with Grimes’ photo and logo for $456 per day.

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Politics
11:30 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Centre College Wants Answer on Grimes-McConnell Debate

John A. Roush, President Centre College
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The president of Centre College is asking Kentucky voters to help persuade Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Ludergan Grimes to commit to a debate at the school.

Last month, Centre partnered with AARP Kentucky and Louisville TV station WAVE-3 to host a public debate scheduled for Sept. 3. The group gave both campaigns a deadline before the Fancy Farm picnic, but neither side has provided a response.

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Politics
8:59 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Mitch McConnell, Alison Lundergan Grimes Trade Blows While Discussing Kentucky Farm Policy

Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes
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Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes traded familiar barbs Wednesday while discussing agricultural issues at the Kentucky Farm Bureau headquarters in Louisville.

The 90-minute forum offered voters one of the few opportunities to contrast the two candidates in person, and covered a wide range of topics from the farm bill, immigration reform, and Affordable Care Act.

McConnell, 72, used the forum to showcase his role in tobacco settlements, Kentucky’s hemp pilot project and his overall clout in Washington.

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Politics
12:24 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

3 Things to Watch For Today at Kentucky Farm Bureau's Grimes-McConnell Forum

Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell
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 Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes will share a stage this afternoon at the Kentucky Farm Bureau forum.

It is their first joint appearance since the Fancy Farm picnic, and the setting is expected to be a far more calm and controlled.  The farm bureau plans to live-stream the forum.

Still many political observers expect some fireworks. Here’s what could come up ahead of the highly anticipated forum.

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Politics
10:49 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Report: Alison Lundergan Grimes May Have Received Illegal Campaign Help From Her Father

Alison Lundergan Grimes
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Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is drawing criticism for receiving discounted services from her well-connected father that may have violated a federal campaign finance law.

In a story first reported by Politico on Tuesday, a company owned by Jerry Lundergan bought the 45-foot-long Grimes campaign bus and reportedly rented it to his daughter far below the fair market value.

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Politics
5:15 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Mitch McConnell Accepts KET Debate With Alison Lundergan Grimes

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

Republican Senator Mitch McConnell has accepted an invitation to debate Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes next month in Kentucky's closely watched U.S. Senate race.

McConnell's re-election team agreed to appear on KET's Kentucky Tonight program on October 13, according to a statement released Monday by the television network.

"KET is proud to be trusted by the candidates and Kentucky’s voters to provide a fair and independent platform in this pivotal U.S. Senate race," KET chief executive Shae Hopkins said.

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Politics
4:20 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Miners' Union Chief Wants Mitch McConnell to Explain Wife's Role on Anti-Coal Group

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The president of the United Mine Workers of America says Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell needs to explain why his wife joined the board of a group seeking to eliminate coal from the country's energy diet.

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