Grimes makes pitch to Northern Ky. Dems for bridge and drug treatment funding

10/09/2014 09:12 AM

NEWPORT – Northern Kentucky may be a Republican stronghold, but you wouldn’t have guessed that if you were in Newport on Wednesday night.

Several hundred Democrats turned out at the Newport Peace Bell to welcome Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes to the area.

Democrats are recharged after the latest Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll had Grimes up two points in her race against six-term incumbent Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Grimes told the supporters that she has a plan to address the two top priorities in the area – a new Brent Spence Bridge and more drug treatment centers to combat the growing heroin epidemic in Northern Kentucky.

Favoring repealing corporate tax breaks, Grimes said the money saved could finance projects in the area like a new bridge.

McConnell advocates for repealing the prevailing wage on federal projects to help finance the $2.6 billion dollar project. However, many believe that neither plan will ultimately be passed by congress.

Grimes says that if McConnell is replaced, her plan would have a good chance of passing.

“You have someone who’s just interested in being the problem instead of part of the cure,” Grimes said.

Grimes also believes that eliminating the corporate tax breaks would generate funding for more drug treatment centers in Northern Kentucky — an area that has been ravaged by heroin.

“You actually close the loopholes and end the tax breaks that Mitch McConnell has created, the Bring the Jobs home Act, and you’re talking about billions of dollars over a decade that will be flowing into our economy and that’s how we fund the treatment and programs that are necessary right here in northern Kentucky, “ Grimes said.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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