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The Chatter: McConnell in NYC with Trump, Grimes puts out another ad on missed meetings

09/22/2014 11:56 AM

The campaign of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes released a new ad Monday morning again hitting Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell on his absence from committee meetings in Washington. The missed meetings have been a common attack from the Grimes campaign as they released an ad on the topic the day before Grimes and McConnell met at the Kentucky Farm Bureau Candidate Forum. At the forum, McConnell addressed the absences from the committee by stating that his job as a... Read more 

Experience counts: How U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell's 30 years in Congress gives him debate advantage

09/20/2014 06:20 PM

With 45 days before the election, the prospects of Republican U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Democratic challenger, Alison Lundergan Grimes, debating the issues for a statewide audience beyond Oct. 13’s episode of “Kentucky Tonight” appear increasingly unlikely. McConnell this week sidestepped a challenge from Grimes to a debate at the University of Pikeville hosted by The Appalachian News-Express, with a previously scheduled bus tour keeping him from the forum. Grimes told Pure Politics Thursday she will be... Read more 

Changing the game: How Alison Lundergan Grimes can build momentum in debating the issues

09/20/2014 06:17 PM

With 45 days before the election, the prospects of Republican U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Democratic challenger, Alison Lundergan Grimes, debating the issues for a statewide audience beyond Oct. 13’s episode of “Kentucky Tonight” appear increasingly unlikely. In the latest back-and-forth on the topic of debates, Grimes this week accepted dates in late October for a University of Pikeville forum hosted by The Appalachian News-Express that McConnell declined, citing a previously scheduled bus tour. Grimes told Pure... Read more 

State permitting issues surrounding Grimes campaign bus nearing resolution

09/19/2014 04:51 PM

A company owned by the father of Kentucky Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes applied for intrastate motor carrier authority with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet shortly after news broke that it lacked permits to operate a charter bus leased to Grimes’ campaign, according to records obtained by Pure Politics. Still, matters surrounding the charter bus’ permit through the state seem to be nearing a resolution. Email exchanges between lawyers for S.R. Holding Co., owned by former Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman... Read more 

Fmr. Auditor Crit Luallen helping Grimes with round of robocalls

09/19/2014 04:51 PM

Former state Auditor Crit Luallen is helping the campaign of Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes with a round of robocalls, an automated voice message supporting the policies of Grimes. Luallen says the call is on the behalf of the Kentucky Democratic Party — who is helping run a coordinated campaign for Grimes. In the robocall, which is going out to more than 100,000 residents, Luallen says she has spent her “entire public life working to make Kentucky a better place to... Read more 

Former Louisville congresswoman backs Comer's gubernatorial ambitions

09/19/2014 11:41 AM

Former Republican U.S. Rep. Anne Northup said she rarely endorses candidates in primaries, but she announced her support of Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer’s gubernatorial bid Friday in Louisville. The former Louisville congresswoman gives Comer a prominent GOP voice in the backyard of the only other Republican candidate in the 2015 race, Louisville real estate developer Hal Heiner. Northup recalled her support of Heiner’s 2010 run for Louisville mayor, but she called next year’s gubernatorial election “a pivotal race” for Kentucky. “We... Read more 

Grimes plans to be in Pikeville whether or not McConnell shows for debate

09/18/2014 09:14 PM

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes will be in Pikeville come late October whether or not Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell appears to debate — and all indications are that he will not be in attendance. On Thursday, Grimes campaign spokeswoman Charly Norton confirmed to Pure Politics that Grimes will be in Pikeville on October 22 or 23 regardless of whether McConnell agreed to debate. The Appalachian News-Express, who signed on to host a debate at the University of Pikeville,... Read more 

Grimes' grandmother stars in ad blasting McConnell's Medicare votes

09/18/2014 09:54 AM

UPDATED WITH MCCONNELL AD: Elsie Case, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes’ maternal grandmother, plays a key part in Grimes’ latest television ad released Thursday, recounting her husband’s stoke and the couple’s struggle to make ends meet. The ad, titled “Proud Man,” also features Grimes attacking Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s votes on Republican budgets, which didn’t pass, that would have altered the Medicare system. Case, who also played a prominent role in a light-hearted ad credited with Grimes’ victory... Read more 

Democrats looking to recapture 62nd House district seat with challenger hand picked by Beshear

09/18/2014 08:25 AM

GEORGETOWN – The 62nd district House race features a young two-term Republican incumbent being challenged by a lifelong farmer who was hand picked to enter the race by Gov. Steve Beshear. Rep. Ryan Quarles, R-Georgetown, is being challenged by farmer and business owner Chuck Tackett, who is currently a magistrate on the Scott County fiscal court. The makeup of the district changed significantly during the 2013 redistricting process. It now encompasses most of Scott County, including part of downtown Georgetown,... Read more 

Challenger uses Democratic lawmaker's comments about women's underwear against him in campaign ad

09/17/2014 03:40 PM

A western Kentucky Democratic lawmaker’s remarks about a pair of women’s underwear have resurfaced in a television ad from his Republican challenger this fall. Rep. Jim Gooch, D-Providence, had his conduct at a legislative conference questioned after he blocked a House resolution from a floor vote in April that would have supported two female legislative staffers who brought allegations of sexual harassment against former Democratic Rep. John Arnold last year. Thomas Clay, who represents Legislative Research Commission employees Yolanda Costner and... Read more 

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