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Kentucky GOP files FEC complaint against Grimes campaign; Ky. Dems call for ethics investigation into McConnell

08/22/2014 02:05 PM

Kentucky’s Democratic and Republican parties entered an allegation fray on Friday calling for investigations into the U.S. Senate candidates. The Republican Party of Kentucky filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging Grimes violated campaign finance laws by accepting a 45-foot bus from Signature Special Event Services, Grimes’ father’s company, below fair market rates. From the Republican Party’s FEC complaint: “Even if Signature Special Events were to provide any transportation services to others who are not Alison Lundergan... Read more 

Stumbo says he will call on Rep. Burch to resign when Elaine Chao steps down from board positions

08/22/2014 12:37 PM

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, says he will call for one of his Democratic members to resign his seat in the Kentucky legislature when U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s wife leaves her post on a board which has been linked to anti-coal donations. “I’ll call for Tom Burch’s resignation when Elaine Chao resigns from the anti-coal boards she’s on,“Stumbo said. “I can’t fathom the fact that she was paid almost half a million dollars a year to serve on boards that are... Read more 

Comer looking to 2015 general election saying he is not scared of running against Conway

08/22/2014 10:46 AM

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is already looking beyond the Republican primary for governor with a message to Democratic candidate Jack Conway saying he has “no fear” of Conway “what so ever.” In a recent poll on the 2015 race, Conway was ahead of all potential Republican challengers. But of those head-to-head matches, the poll had Comer only three points behind Conway. At this point, Conway is the only Democrat to announce his candidacy in the race with many of the other big... Read more 

McConnell says Grimes would cast first vote in Senate for Harry Reid; Grimes says she would do what's best for Ky.

08/22/2014 08:01 AM

One of the main points in U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s re-election campaign has been to tie Alison Lundergan Grimes to national Democratic figures from Reid to President Barack Obama, and lately his pitch is that a vote for Grimes is a default vote for Reid to continue to wield the gavel in the U.S. Senate. McConnell again used the line on Wednesday at the Kentucky Farm Bureau “Measure the Candidates” forum in Louisville — calling himself the “change agent”... Read more 

McConnell explains why he should keep his spot on the Senate AG Committee -- even if he skips the meetings

08/22/2014 07:50 AM

LOUISVILLE — U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, says being on the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee can serve its purposes — even if he is too busy to attend the meetings. On Wednesday, McConnell’s Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes repeatedly went on the offensive during the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s “Measure the Candidates” forum on McConnell’s nearly three years of absences from the Senate Agriculture Committee. “When it comes to the Agriculture Committee did Senator McConnell bother to show up? No, for... Read more 

McConnell says donation from Delta CEO made because he is a friend, not because of meal in Senate dining room

08/21/2014 03:06 PM

After a large donation and a report detailing a breakfast between Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and Delta Airlines CEO Rick Anderson, some are saying the Senator used the meeting to get the campaign donation. But McConnell disputes the claims saying it is not unusual for a friend to support his campaign. A story by the National Journal prompted questions about a large donation made by the Delta CEO in relation to a breakfast he had with McConnell in the Senate... Read more 

McConnell and Grimes trade jabs between answers at Farm Bureau candidate forum

08/20/2014 04:24 PM

LOUISVILLE— In the first exchange of ideas between the two candidates in the Kentucky U.S. Senate race, Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes stuck to campaign messages during a discussion on agriculture issues. At the 2014 Farm Bureau “Measure the Candidates” forum, McConnell and Grimes were asked about issues ranging from agriculture policy to the Affordable Care Act Wednesday in Louisville. At the same time, the candidates each managed to stay on their messages of their campaigns while... Read more 

Campaign bus controversy continues as Lundergan's company responds to an online inquiry "don't do transportation"

08/20/2014 12:59 PM

UPDATED: Signature Special Event Services says the Grimes campaign bus is being leased through the company and added they do have vehicles that can be rented, contrary to an initial inquiry they say their Baltimore office replied to. The he said, she said of the legal questions over how the campaign of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is renting her 45-foot campaign bus continued Wednesday as companies cited by the Grimes campaign take issue with the numbers and an... Read more 

Ahead of Farm Bureau candidate forum, Grimes campaign hits McConnell on Ag. Committee absences

08/20/2014 10:54 AM

In a week that has already been chock full of “investigations” from Washington D.C. outlets, the latest story in the run up to the Kentucky Farm Bureau “Measure the Candidates” forum hits U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell on the time he has spent away from the Senate Agriculture Committee. The campaign for Democratic candidate Alison Lunderan Grimes has launched the attack before bringing in U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, the chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee in February who said that McConnell... Read more 

Grimes campaign disputes possible legal trouble with information gathered on bus rental rates

08/19/2014 05:18 PM

After a Politico story stating that Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes could be in hot water over potentially lower rental rates on a bus provided by a company owned by her father, the Grimes campaign says they did their due diligence to find a reasonable rate and there are no legal concerns with the matter. The Grimes campaign says the story concerning the rate paid to rent her campaign bus from Signature Special Events Services—a company owned by Grimes’... Read more 

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