To the Beltway

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell agrees with Obama's take on Ferguson but not much else

11/25/2014 11:44 PM

BUCKNER — Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell doesn’t agree with President Barack Obama often, but he said Tuesday the president is correct in his assessment of the turmoil surrounding a Missouri grand jury’s decision to not indict a white police officer who gunned down an unarmed black teen. Moments after a St. Louis grand jury’s decision against indicting Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in August, Obama said the protests surround the inaction show “broader challenges that... Read more 

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says Obama wrong on use of executive order; Congress will pass immigration bill

11/21/2014 03:45 PM

LEXINGTON — More than one year after the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan immigration bill which ultimately stalled in the Republican-led House, President Barack Obama took it upon himself to craft patches to the immigration system, but the move has led him into a battle with Congressional members of the GOP. On Friday, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., described the move by Obama as one of a monarch and not a U.S. President. Paul, who has traveled extensively over the past... Read more 

Senate Majority Leader-elect McConnell says some Democrats "anxious" for new leadership

11/15/2014 04:19 PM

FRANKFORT — Tuesday’s vote in the U.S. Senate on legislation directing President Barack Obama’s administration to move forward on the Keystone XL oil pipeline will likely reveal a handful of Democrats who’ve grown tired of following the president’s directives, Senate Majority Leader-elect Mitch McConnell told reporters Saturday. McConnell spoke to the Republican Party of Kentucky’s executive committee on Saturday and said half of those in the U.S. Senate who called him in the wake of last week’s midterm elections were members... Read more 

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell elected majority leader by caucus

11/13/2014 12:22 PM

Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell was unanimously re-elected to his leadership position by his Republican caucus colleagues in a closed door meeting Thursday, according to McConnell’s Senate office. By remaining in his position of leader of his caucus, McConnell will become the Senate majority leader in January when the new Congress convenes after Republicans picked up enough seats to take control of the chamber after the Nov. 4 elections. McConnell becomes the second Kentuckian to be named majority leader. Democratic U.S.... Read more 

The Chatter: Paul's plans to run for President and Senate in '16; McConnell feeling Obamacare repeal pressure

11/10/2014 02:14 PM

U.S. Senator Rand Paul is still walking down the path of running for two offices come 2016 — president and U.S. Senate — the Kentucky Senator told Politico in a story published Sunday. Paul told Politico’s chief White House correspondent Mike Allen that he anticipates running both his re-election campaign in Kentucky and a run for president out of a headquarters in Louisville. Politico is reporting that Paul’s staff reached out to former Republican nominee Mitt Romney about how to... Read more 

Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson appointed to position in White House, Crit Luallen appointed to replace him

11/06/2014 12:01 PM

UPDATED WITH VIDEO: It took two months for Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson to clear all the requisite White House applications and background checks before he was named a deputy assistant to President Barack Obama and director of the administration’s intergovernmental affairs. For former state Auditor Crit Luallen, who will replace Abramson once his resignation takes effect next week, the process took about 30 seconds in a meeting with Gov. Steve Beshear Oct. 15. Abramson announced his resignation effective as lieutenant governor effective... Read more 

McConnell says there will be a new day in U.S. Senate with GOP majority; Obama expects a 'productive relationship'

11/05/2014 10:13 PM

LOUISVILLE — Fresh off his 15-point trouncing of Democratic opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell predicted Wednesday he will ascend to the position of U.S. Senate majority leader as the GOP locked control of the chamber on Election Day. Speaking to state and national reporters from the University of Louisville’s Chao Auditorium in the McConnell wing of the Elkstrom Library, the current Senate minority leader said he had talked with President Barack Obama, a major foil in his re-election... Read more 

DSCC going back on air in Kentucky for Grimes

10/22/2014 02:44 PM

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is going back on-air for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes in her battle against U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. Buoyed by recent polling, the DSCC told Politico that they were investing $650,000 in air time after “reviewing recent internal and public polling,” according to Manu Raju. The latest Bluegrass Poll published Monday shows McConnell up one percentage point on Grimes, but the race remains within the margin of error. The decision to go back on... Read more 

Possible GOP Secretary of State candidate Michael Adams says he will be "most qualified" candidate if he runs

10/22/2014 02:26 PM

Election lawyer and Republican insider Michael Adams made his case for a run for Secretary of State in 2015, but he said it’s current Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes who makes his case for running a top notch GOP candidate in 2015. Adams has served as counsel for the Republican Governors Association as well as representing PACs, politicians, issue groups and political consultants with Dinsmore out of Washington D.C. and Louisville, Kentucky. Saying he is “flattered” that his name is being... Read more 

McConnell wants to stop flights from nations with Ebola outbreaks, supports sending U.S. troops to Africa

10/15/2014 04:34 PM

MURRAY — U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that concerns about the global spread of Ebola are great enough that the United States should halt flights from countries affected by the disease. ā€œIā€™m not an expert on this, but it strikes me that it would be a good idea to discontinue flights from that part of the world,ā€ he told Pure Politics on Wednesday before he attended a meeting with leaders at the Briggs & Stratton plant in downtown Murray.... Read more 

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