On the Trail

Yarmuth says even though there's plenty of money in the bank he's not taking race against Dr. Macfarlane lightly

07/23/2014 09:24 PM

A well financed U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth is fighting a familiar battle in the Louisville district against Republican Dr. Michael Macfarlane, a urological surgeon and physician, who’s campaign has yet to pick up much financial steam. Macfarlane is targeting Yarmuth on the Affordable Care Act in what he calls a “unique” election year, but Yarmuth says he’s not going to take any chances. “I’m not taking this race lightly particularly because the funding advantage because obviously Eric Cantor lost in... Read more 

Republican Cathy Bailey still considering run in 2015, but focused on 2014 elections for now

07/23/2014 01:36 PM

Cathy Bailey, the Louisville philanthropist and former U.S. Ambassador to Latvia, is working hard to bring in money to help Republican state House candidates as well as some at the federal level, but she said she is still looking at her own political future as she “closely considers” a run for governor. Bailey formed her federal PAC Kentucky Rise in February with the intention to focus on the 2014 House races. Other names in the 2015 GOP PAC pool include Louisville... Read more 

McConnell fires back on job creation and protection efforts in latest TV ad

07/23/2014 10:36 AM

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell is highlighting his record on fighting for Kentucky jobs in his latest TV ad — the day after the campaign for Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes started running an ad hitting the senior Senator on comments he made about his role in job creation. The ad from McConnell’s camp says that McConnell stepped in to save 400 jobs at Louisville’s Cardinal Aluminum after Beijing illegally subsidized aluminum in 2009. According to a 2010 article posted by the... Read more 

Comer and Heiner preview potential 2015 GOP primary while talking issues with chamber

07/22/2014 05:14 PM

Business leaders in the state got a taste of what they can expect out of the Republicans in the 2015 governors race when Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and Republican gubernatorial candidate Hal Heiner shared a stage to talk issues Tuesday. At the annual Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Business Summit, Comer and Heiner answered questions from a panel about what policies they support. The two were joined by State Auditor Adam Edelen, who decided not to run for governor last... Read more 

Grimes' ad series continues with new TV spot hitting McConnell on jobs comments

07/22/2014 10:36 AM

UPDATED: Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is again bringing in Kentuckians to hit Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell on various issues. And this time, it is comments made by McConnell about his role in job creation. The Grimes campaign is running a series of ads during the election cycle where she sits with Kentuckians who ask a question of McConnell on his record. And this time, it is comments made by McConnell in the Beattyville Enterprise interview when asked... Read more 

NBC News Chief Political Correspondent Chuck Todd boils down Senate race for Ky. Chamber crowd

07/21/2014 11:06 PM

LOUISVILLE — NBC News Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd told a group of business executives and Kentucky government leaders that the 2014 U.S. Senate race is already having an impact on the country even before the election is in the books. Todd said the easy part of the campaign will be explaining the strategy and storylines Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell or Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes will use to win election, the hard part is which... Read more 

Yarmuth expects Hillary Clinton will campaign for Alison Lundergan Grimes

07/20/2014 11:35 PM

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, said on Friday that while he has no specific knowledge of a visit he expects Hillary Clinton will come to Kentucky to campaign for Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in the U.S. Senate race. “I’ve always understood that she’s planning to come to the district for Alison at a time to be determined, and I think we can expect President Clinton back as well,” Yarmuth said Friday. The Hill also reported Friday that Yarmuth told ‘The... Read more 

Local Kentuckians play role in helping U.S. Senate candidates get messages across in new ads

07/18/2014 04:43 PM

Kentuckians continue to play a starring role in the campaign ads of Kentucky U.S. Senate candidates as each campaign released new ads Friday. Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell released a minute long commerical Friday morning touting his record on coal with the help of coal industry employees. The ad, titled “Different Direction”, uses clips of McConnell speaking on the issue—including at a coal related press conference in February— and placing blame on the declining coal industry on President Barack Obama. Coal miners... Read more 

Fancy Farm Update: Big names, new rules and an updated stage for the annual political picnic

07/17/2014 04:11 PM

Event organizers of the 134th Fancy Farm Picnic are firming up the last of their speaking roster for this year’s event as the main attraction of Grimes versus McConnell has staff updating the venue, and guests are being warned to be respectful as a national TV audience descends upon the village of Fancy Farm. Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s staff confirmed that the senior Senator for the state will be at the event. McConnell’s Democratic challenger Secretary of State Alison... Read more 

Another U.S. Senate debate offer on the table, but still no agreement between campaigns

07/17/2014 03:37 PM

The campaigns of both candidates in the Kentucky U.S. Senate race again expressed interest in having the two share a stage to talk issues after Centre College made a formal proposal Thursday to host a debate. But still, no one debate offer has been accepted by both candidates. Partnering with AARP and WAVE3 News in Louisville, Centre College announced Thursday that it would like to host a debate between Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes. Centre College... Read more 

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