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3:58 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

FEC: Mitch McConnell Campaign Contributions Appear to Exceed Legal Limits

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The Federal Election Commission is threatening to audit Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign over excessive contributions from individuals and political action committees.

Under federal law, an individual or a single-candidate PAC can donate up to $2,600 per election to a candidate seeking federal office. A multi-candidate PAC is allowed to contribute up to $5,000. 

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12:36 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Lilly Ledbetter Endorses Alison Lundergan Grimes for Senate

Lilly Ledbetter
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Putting more focus on the gender gap in Kentucky's Senate race, Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes received the endorsement of pay equity advocate Lilly Ledbetter in next year's election.

Ledbetter is considered an iconic figure for being the plaintiff in a well-known wage discrimination lawsuit against Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., which went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Politics
3:14 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Matt Bevin Doesn't Trust Iran in Nuclear Talks, Other Candidates Silent

Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin is blasting the Obama administration's deal with Iran to curb its nuclear program in exchange for lifting certain economic sanctions.

The preliminary agreement stipulates Iran must halt any uranium enrichment above 5 percent and eliminate any stockpile that is near-20 percent enriched.

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Politics
2:26 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Republican Senate Candidate Matt Bevin Wins Boone County GOP Straw Poll Over Mitch McConnell

Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin
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Kentucky U.S Senate candidate Matt Bevin beat incumbent Mitch McConnell in a straw poll conducted by the Boone County Republican Party.

The unscientific survey was held at the group's gala on Thursday which featured libertarian speaker Judge Andrew Napolitano among others. Of the approximately 425 people who participated, Bevin won 85 percent compared to just 13 percent favoring McConnell.

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Politics
3:20 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Senator Mitch McConnell: Democrats Will Regret Detonating 'Nuclear Option' in 2014

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Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and his top aides are warning the detonation of the so-called "nuclear option" will backfire on Senate Democrats after the results of next year's election.

The vote gives the 2014 mid-term elections even higher stakes and puts more attention on Kentucky's Senate race, which could pit McConnell up against Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes next fall.

After months of debating the use of the 60-vote cloture maneuver to block President Obama's judicial nominees and other measures, Democratic Leader Harry Reid moved forward with changing the Senate rules.

By a 52-48 vote, it now takes just a simple majority vote to end debate and move ahead with presidential nominations other than Supreme Court justices.

"If you want to play games and set yet another precedent that you'll no doubt come to regret. I say to my friends on the other side of the aisle you'll regret this," said McConnell. "And you may regret it a lot sooner than you think."

Others in McConnell's camp, such as former chief of staff Josh Holmes, who is working on the senator's re-election bid, also derided the nuclear option. But he put the vote in even starker terms if the GOP captures the majority next fall.

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Politics
6:34 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Forgetting Previous Twitter Scandal, McConnell Camp Jabs Grimes for Distracting Voters

The National Republican Senatorial Committee compared Grimes to "Obama girl" for attending a fundraiser with the First Lady

Call it a tale of two Tweets.

The campaign to re-elect Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell is taking umbrage with Democratic challenger Allison Lundergan Grimes for putting too much focus on a Tweet by a national GOP group.

Supporters of Kentucky's senior senator slammed Grimes for trying to distract voters and playing the "sexist card," but Team Mitch had no trouble putting Twitter at the forefront when a liberal super PAC attacked the race of McConnell's wife Elaine Chao online.

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Politics
10:05 am
Thu November 14, 2013

McConnell Camp Dings Larry Forgy Over Harry Reid Donation

Sen. Mitch McConnell and Matt Bevin
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The campaign to re-elect Senator Mitch McConnell isn't giving any ground in its Republican primary battle with Matt Bevin over who is the true Kentucky conservative.

Earlier this week, former Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Forgy, a longtime McConnell critic, endorsed Bevin in next year's election.

It was a good sign for Bevin's candidacy to pick up an "old guard" GOP nominee with roots in the state outside of the Tea Party world. The Louisville investor does have the backing of state Tea Party groups, but few well-known Republicans or officials.

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Politics
7:00 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

McConnell: Obamacare Enrollment Numbers 'Cold Comfort' for Americans Losing Health Plans

Senate Republican Party Mitch McConnell of Kentucky isn't impressed with the number of Americans who used HealthCare.gov to select a health care insurance plan.

The Obama administration announced on Wednesday that just over 106,000 Americans selected coverage plans during the first month of the Affordable Care Act's enrollment period.

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Politics
1:07 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Mitch McConnell Wants Kentucky Senate Race to Focus on Obamacare Woes

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Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell reiterated his call to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act and predicted Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes will run away from the law.

The GOP leader made the remarks at a press conference at his campaign headquarters on Tuesday, where McConnell made it clear that he wants Kentucky's 2014 Senate race to focus on the president's health care law.

For the past six weeks the Obamacare rollout has been plagued by a malfunctioning enrollment website and reports of canceled insurance plans.

Reports have found about 280,000 Kentuckians will lose their current coverage due to the law.

State officials say those people won't be dropped altogether, but rather will receive offers for alternative plans where their insurance costs could go down or increase depending on the individual case.

Its those sort of troubles that have put Democrats from more conservative states on their heels as GOP lawmakers are becoming re-energized thanks to its rocky implementation.

McConnell predicted Grimes will follow the line of Democratic incumbents in red states such as Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and run away from the president's law.

"The panic has set in and the troops are restless," he says. "And on a daily basis you will see some Democrat in some red state distance themselves from Obamacare. So I would say that my opponent is keep(ing) an eye on Mary Landrieu. And whatever Mary Landrieu does, you can expect my opponent to likely do either that day or the next day."

The senator also outlined what he called a more "scalpel" approach compared to the president's "meat ax," favoring reforms that would allow for more competition across state borders.

Asked about the over 7,000 individuals who have already signed up for new health care plans through the state's exchange program, McConnell said plainly lawmakers need to start over.

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Politics
2:35 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Kentucky Shootout: Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell Show Off Their Guns

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Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes are vying for top gun in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race.

The McConnell campaign launched its "Sportsmen for Team Mitch" coalition on Friday to coincide with deer hunting season and to flaunt his support of the Second Amendment.

Praised by hunting groups and gun rights advocates,  McConnell was also presented with a "Defender of Freedom" award by the National Rifle Association at the event.

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