Sen. Mitch McConnell

4:54 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Efforts to Keep Tolls Off Northern Kentucky Bridge Draw In McConnell and Grimes

Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell
Credit Secretary of State's Office/U.S. Senate

The possibility of tolls to pay  for a $2.6-billion bridge replacement project in Northern Kentucky has enraged conservatives and become an issue in the U.S. Senate campaign.

 Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes have ideas—very different ideas—to keep tolls off the Brent Spence Bridge. The issue highlights the different campaign philosophies by Kentucky's major party Senate candidates.

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3:14 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Why 9 Louisville Residents Voted in the Primary Election

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It's election day in Kentucky, but fewer than 30 percent of registered voters are expected to actually vote.

But Tuesday afternoon, we talked to more than a dozen Shawnee area residents who weren't shying away from the polling stations.  By 1 p.m., more than 350 people had voted at the Academy at Shawnee near 39th and Market streets. 

Why did they make it to the polls when most registered voters will not? 

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4:28 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

McConnell Files Resolution, Hoping to Block Proposed Carbon Limits for New Power Plants

Erica Peterson WFPL

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is hoping for a vote soon to block federal limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants.

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3:57 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

McConnell to Make Syria Decision in 'Coming Days,' Feels Certain about No Boots on the Ground

Senator McConnell at the Bowling Green Rotary
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Kentucky’s senior U.S. senator says while he hasn’t made up his mind on a possible U.S. strike in Syria, he’s certain American military forces won’t be placed inside that country.

Republican Mitch McConnell spoke to the Bowling Green Noon Rotary Club Wednesday, and said even those in Washington who are advocating for U.S. involvement in Syria are stopping short of calling for boots on the ground.

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3:24 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

McConnell's Bill to Block Fishing Barriers Near Dams Becomes Law

U.S. Senate

President Barack Obama has signed a bill championed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to block the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from restricting access to dams on the Cumberland River.

As I reported last month, the Army Corps proposed blocking access to the dams for safety reasons.

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3:05 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

McConnell Looking at 'All the Options' to Legalize Hemp Production in Kentucky

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Kentucky’s senior U.S. Senator says he plans to do his part to help the commonwealth’s farmers eventually grow industrial hemp.

Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says he and fellow Senator Rand Paul met with state Agriculture Commissioner Jamie Comer last week as Comer toured Washington to drum-up for support for legalizing the crop.

McConnell declined to gauge the possible success of comer’s lobbying efforts…

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5:13 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Grimes Still Undecided on Possible Senate Bid

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is still wrestling with the idea of seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in next year's election.

Grimes says she is giving "due diligence" to the race.

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear met with Grimes today to try to gauge her interest in the race, as he has been doing with other potential Democratic challengers he declined to identify. Grimes said they "had a good discussion."

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2:03 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Yarmuth: McConnell Should Apologize for Gun Control Email

Congressman John Yarmuth
U.S. Congress

Congressman John Yarmuth of Louisville says Sen. Mitch McConnell should apologize for an e-mail McConnell’s campaign sent to supporters last week.

The communication was from the Republican’s campaign manager, Jesse Benton, and its subject line was, “Watch Out, They’re Coming For Your Guns.”

Yarmuth, a Democrat, says it was an attempt to distort the 23 executive actions on gun control announced recently by President Obama.

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3:55 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

McConnell Downplays Ron Paul Rift With GOP

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U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell is shrugging off suggestions that the Republican Party lacks unity after former GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul declined to endose Mitt Romney and left the party's Tampa convention.

The Kentucky Republican was asked about it during Politico's Playbook Breakfast. The interview was broadcast on C-SPAN.

McConnell says what matters is that his Senate colleague, Rand Paul, the son of the Texas congressman, has endorsed the Republican presidential nominee.

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