U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell

5:24 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Mitch McConnell Claims Influence in Coal Decision That Was Already Made

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Senator Mitch McConnell is touting his role in a recent decision to keep burning coal at a Western Kentucky power plant, even though less coal will be burned—and the decision to keep burning the remainder was made months ago.

The Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors voted Thursday to convert two of the three coal-burning units at its Paradise Fossil Plant in Muhlenberg County to natural gas. The third unit will remain coal-fired.

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4:15 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Ethics Complaint Filed Over Grimes Fundraising Emails

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A county clerk in southeastern Kentucky has asked the Executive Branch Ethics Commission to determine the propriety of a fundraising email sent to government email accounts by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes last week.

Republican Laurel County Clerk Dean Johnson filed the complaint today (Thursday), a week after receiving the email from Grimes, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate.

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12:51 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Fancy Farm Update: Matt Bevin In, Steve Beshear Out

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Fresh from his campaign launch, Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin will speak at this year's annual Fancy Farm picnic.

Bevin faces Senator Mitch McConnell in the GOP primary. McConnell will also speak at Fancy Farm, as will Democratic candidate and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

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1:01 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

One of Two Men Implicated in McConnell Recording Starts Legal Fund

Curtis Morrison
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Curtis Morrison, one of two Democratic activists implicated in recording a campaign strategy session of U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, is starting a legal defense fund. 

Morrison tweeted out a link to the gofundme.com page Monday afternoon. The website lists a $10,000 goal.

Morrison does not say whether he was behind the recording.

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1:29 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Can The Kentucky Tea Party Win? An Election Analysis

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With the news that more than a dozen tea party groups are actively recruiting a GOP candidate to run against U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014, it’s worth taking a look at how Kentucky tea party-endorsed candidates have fared in statewide or Congressional races.

Since forming in the run up to the 2010 mid-term elections, Kentucky's tea party has won more than a third of the races its challenged for prominent offices, and its candidates have won several primaries over Republican establishment candidates.

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11:10 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Protests Aside, McConnell is Unthreatened Without 'Formidable Challenger,' Political Scientist Says

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Nearly two years before he faces re-election in 2014, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell has been under regular attack for his policy stances — from both conservative and progressive groups in Kentucky.

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4:01 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

McConnell: Too Early to Say if Congress Will Consider More Gun Control Measures

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Kentucky’s senior U.S. Senator says it will be up to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to decide whether the chamber will consider new gun control measures when the new Congress convenes in January.

The national debate on gun control has been re-ignited in the wake of last week's deadly shooting rampage at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

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2:44 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Who Runs Against McConnell in 2014? Not Judd or Grimes, Stumbo Says

To date, the chatter over who'll challenge U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014 has centered around actress/activist Ashley Judd.

And, if not Judd, then Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state.

A top Kentucky Democrat is saying that McConnell's Democratic challenger will be neither of the women.

In a recent interview, House Speaker Greg Stumbo said Judd's candidacy would face an obstacle from her position against mountaintop removal coal mining. In fact, he said her name shouldn't even be in discussion.

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10:51 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Edelen Says He'll Support Grimes, Not Ashley Judd, For U.S. Senate Race

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Ashley Judd is the most discussed potential Democratic candidate to challenge U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell' for his seat in 2014, but not all Kentucky Democratic statewide officers are supporting the idea.

Auditor Adam Edelen said he'll be encouraging and supporting Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state, for the 2014 senate race -- because of Grimes' focus on state, not national, issues.

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8:43 am
Sat November 10, 2012

KY General Assembly Post-Williams, and Judd for U.S. Senate?

Could Ashley Judd take on U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell is 2014?
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The 2012 general election is history, and it will soon be time to gavel the Kentucky General Assembly to order.  Kentucky Public Radio Frankfort Bureau Chief Kenny Colston appeared on Byline Friday to talk about the new legislature, including a Kentucky Senate with no David Williams.      

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