Alison Lundergan Grimes en Clinton: Grimes Differs From McConnell Because She Cares About Compromise, Middle Class <p>Former President Bill Clinton visited Louisville Tuesday to stump for Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race.</p><p>Grimes is running against Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in a tight race, which is gaining national media attention. In recent weeks, she has put issues such as raising the minimum wage and closing the gender pay gap at the center of her candidacy.</p><p>Clinton says Grimes is a contrast with McConnell because she cares about rebuilding the middle-class and believes in compromise over gridlock.</p><p>The former President asked his audience if "we should stay with this model of constant conflict, which can generate unlimited amounts of special interest money to keep people stuck in their ideological ruts. Nothing good will happen except the people who are on the receiving end of the benefits may win one more election."</p><p>"But real people don’t win that way,” Clinton said.</p><p>Clinton also endorsed the Grimes campaign jobs plan, especially its ideas to get military veterans back to work.</p><p>The McConnell campaign says Grimes has yet to explain how much the jobs plan would cost and how she would pay for it. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:54:18 +0000 Philip Bailey 44320 at Clinton, Longtime Friend to Grimes and Her Family, Will Headline Tuesday Fundraiser in Louisville <p></p><p>Former President Bill Clinton will be in Kentucky Tuesday to help raise money for a U.S. Senate candidate.</p><p>Clinton will headline a lunchtime fundraiser at a Louisville hotel for Democrat Alison Lundergran Grimes. The cost of admission to the event at the Galt House is a contribution of $100-$5,200.</p><p>The Courier-Journal reports those who give one-thousand-dollars will get access to a rope line. Donors at the $2,600 level will also gain entry into a reception featuring Clinton, and $5,200 gets the donor a special commemorative gift.</p><p>Grimes and Clinton have a history. Grimes’ father, Jerry Lundergan, is a longtime friend of the former President and was Kentucky chairman Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.</p><p>During Bill Clinton’s first inaugural festivities, a 14-year-old Alison Lundergan Grimes <a href="" target="_blank">gave the new first couple of bouquet of red roses</a> at the base of the Lincoln Memorial. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:55:14 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 44282 at Clinton, Longtime Friend to Grimes and Her Family, Will Headline Tuesday Fundraiser in Louisville LRC Employee Fired After Appearing in Online Video for Senate Candidate <p>An employee with the Legislative Research Commission has been fired after appearing in an online video in support of a Democratic Senatorial candidate.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">The Courier-Journal reports</a> that Charles Booker, 29, lost his job yesterday as an analyst for the Government Contract Review Committee. Booker appeared in a video for Alison Lundergun Grimes, who is running for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Mitch McConnell.</p><p>In the video, Booker’s wife accuses McConnell of being out of touch with poor Kentuckians. Booker appears briefly in the video and makes a few comments about western Louisville.</p><p>LRC personnel policy prohibits employees from taking part in partisan political activity. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:09:37 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 43974 at Tea Party Groups Offering to Send Activists to Kentucky Ahead of GOP Senate Primary <p></p><p>Tea Party groups from across the south and midwest are pledging support in the effort to defeat Republican Senator Mitch McConnell.</p><p>The five-term Kentucky incumbent is facing a primary challenge from Louisville businessman and Tea Party activist Matt Bevin.</p><p>United Kentucky Tea Party spokesman Scott Hofstra told WKU Public Radio activists from several states have promised to help Bevin win this spring's primary.</p><p>“We have had commitments now from Tea Party and liberty groups from Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Missouri, and as far away as Florida, who have said, ‘We are going to send folks to Kentucky, at our expense, to help you on the ground get out the vote for Matt Bevin'", the Hardin County resident said.</p><p>Hofstra admits McConnell has gained many Republican allies at the local level in Kentucky during his nearly 30 years in office. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 22:17:34 +0000 Kevin Willis 43956 at Tea Party Groups Offering to Send Activists to Kentucky Ahead of GOP Senate Primary Bill Clinton to Campaign in Kentucky for Alison Lundergan Grimes <p></p><p>Former President Bill Clinton is coming to the Bluegrass State to campaign on behalf of Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.</p><p>The Grimes campaign says Clinton will appear in Louisville February 25. No further details have so far been released about the visit. Clinton is the last Democrat to carry Kentucky in a presidential election.</p><p>Democrats are making no secret that Kentucky’s Senate race is one of the party’s top election priorities in 2014, and have indicated they are willing to pour money and resources into the effort to unseat Mitch McConnell, the U.S. Senate Minority Leader.</p><p>McConnell is facing a Republican primary challenge by Louisville businessman and Tea Party activist Matt Bevin. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 19:48:13 +0000 Kevin Willis 43516 at Bill Clinton to Campaign in Kentucky for Alison Lundergan Grimes