On the Trail

McConnell touting legislative victory for Kentucky fishermen in new ad

07/31/2014 10:52 AM

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell is touting his influence in a new ad on a 2013 legislative victory allowing boaters to fish below the Barkley and Wolf Creek Dams along the Cumberland River. The 60 second television ad features Western Kentuckians who say that if it were not for McConnell interceding in the decision to block fishing below the dams their economy, which is reliant on tourism, would have been devastated. “It protected our economy around here, it protected our local... Read more 

Grimes launches new ad aimed at hitting McConnell on Violence Against Women Act votes

07/30/2014 10:20 AM

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is focusing her latest question ad on U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s 2013 vote against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act — a familiar line in the campaign for Grimes. The latest television ad comes in a series of question posed by Kentuckians to McConnell which toes the line on attacking McConnell’s negatives while remaining folksy. The ad released Wednesday features Ilene Woods from Lynch, Kentucky asking McConnell, “Why did you vote two times... Read more 

78th District House race pits experience against new ideas in re-crafted district

07/29/2014 09:53 AM

Rep. Tom McKee, D-Cynthiana, could be in for a strenuous re-election challenge. The district has changed through redistricting and is now comprised of Pendelton, Harrison and part of Scott Counties and McKee is facing a tough opponent in Falmouth Mayor Mark Hart, who also is a firefighter and paramedic. McKee has served the district for 17-years, and feels good about the new portion of the district in Eastern Scott County where his son is a high school football coach. Hart... Read more 

Matt Bevin is helping raise campaign cash for like-minded state House candidates

07/28/2014 03:06 PM

Former U.S. Senate primary challenger Republican Matt Bevin is using his network to support conservative Republicans in state House races this year. Bevin has focused his efforts via a “money bomb” seeking donations for four Republicans running for state House. The term money bomb originated with Ron Paul, and it represents an often online, time-limited, grassroots donation platform — in this instance Bevin’s personal website. Sarah Durand, a spokeswoman for Bevin, said that Bevin wants to do his part to help conservatives... Read more 

Political newcomers battle to replace Sen. Katie Stine in 24th District Senate race

07/28/2014 08:46 AM

Two political newcomers are battling for the right to represent the 24th Senate District and take on the resurgence of heroin which has deeply effected the northern Kentucky area. In May Republican Wil Schroder III, the assistant commonwealth attorney in Campbell County, won a three-way primary in Campbell, Pendleton and Braken counties in his bid to succeed longtime Sen. Katie Stine, R-Southgate. Schroder faces Democrat Jason Michael Steffen, who did not have a Democratic primary opponent, for the seat in... Read more 

Round 2: Former President Bill Clinton coming back to Ky. to campaign for Grimes

07/27/2014 02:15 PM

Former President Bill Clinton will return to Kentucky on Wednesday, August 6, for a campaign rally with Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes in Eastern Kentucky. This is Clinton’s second planned trip to campaign for Grimes in the 2014 U.S. Senate race against Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. Clinton’s first trip for Grimes came in February at a Louisville fundraiser at the Galt House which drew nearly 1,200 people. “We are humbled by President Clinton’s continued commitment to our... Read more 

Democrats rally around Grimes and keeping control of the state House

07/25/2014 04:52 PM

LOUISVILLE — High profile Democrats from across the state came together in Louisville Thursday night at the annual Wendell Ford Dinner to rally around Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes and roast Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. To the chant of “amen” Grimes rallied 700 Democrats in a showing of solidarity in her campaign against the most powerful Republican in the United States. With just months left to go Grimes and McConnell remain in a virtual dead heat in the... Read more 

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 

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