2014 Election http://wkyufm.org en McConnell/Grimes Race Could Draw 20,000 to Fancy Farm Picnic http://wkyufm.org/post/mcconnellgrimes-race-could-draw-20000-fancy-farm-picnic <p></p><p>The 134th&nbsp;<a href="http://www.fancyfarm.net/Fancy_Farm_Picnic.php">Fancy Farm Picnic</a>&nbsp;is now just a little more than two weeks away and the line-up of speakers is almost complete.</p><p>Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell&nbsp;and his challenger, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, are expected to face off for&nbsp;the second time in as many years&nbsp;on August 2. Fancy Farm political chair Mark Wilson says, unlike Grimes, McConnell has yet to confirm his appearance, but expects the five-term Senator will make the trip.</p><p>Wilson said the picnic’s attendance could swell to as many as 20,000 people.</p><p>“Normally we’ll do 10-12,000 or so," Wilson said. "But with all the heightened interest in the McConnell/Grimes race and then you’ve got&nbsp;U.S. Sen. Rand Paul with some presidential aspirations&nbsp;and then we’ve got Jack Conway and James Comer, both sitting state officials who have gubernatorial aspirations.”</p><p>Comer has yet to actually declare himself a candidate for governor. The&nbsp;lone Republican to officially enter the race, Hal Heiner, will not be invited to speak, according to Wilson, because he’s not a sitting public official. McConnell's primary challenger, Matt Bevin,&nbsp;ran into the same problem at last year's event, but was eventually invited to speak. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:59:23 +0000 John Null 51185 at http://wkyufm.org McConnell/Grimes Race Could Draw 20,000 to Fancy Farm Picnic Reports: Pro-McConnell Super PAC Seeing Much More Fundraising Success than Group Supporting Grimes http://wkyufm.org/post/reports-pro-mcconnell-super-pac-seeing-much-more-fundraising-success-group-supporting-grimes <p></p><p>A Super PAC supporting Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell is greatly out-performing a similar group that is raising money for Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.</p><p>According to <a href="http://www.courier-journal.com/story/politics-blog/2014/07/15/mcconnell-contributors-superpac-donors-campaign-money/12708621/" target="_blank">a report in the Courier-Journal</a>, the vast majority of the contributions made to the pro-McConnell group Kentuckians for Strong Leadership come from out-of-state individuals.</p><p>That Super PAC this week reported raising nearly $424,000 during the months of May and June. None of that money came from Kentuckians. The single biggest donation came from Sam Fox of St. Louis, the CEO and chairman of a private company that acquires businesses.</p><p>Reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission show Kentuckians for Strong Leadership has raised more than $3.7 million dollars since it was formed last year, with less than 5 percent of that coming from donors with Kentucky addresses.</p><p>A Super PAC supporting Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes called We Are Kentucky <a href="http://www.courier-journal.com/story/politics-blog/2014/07/16/grimes-super-pac-mcconnell-fundraising-contributors/12722281/" target="_blank">raised $50,000 during the second quarter</a>, while spending nearly $65,000 in that same time period. Since forming last year, the group has raised $343,000, a fraction of what Kentuckians for Strong Leadership has taken in to support Senator McConnell. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:56:59 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 51151 at http://wkyufm.org Reports: Pro-McConnell Super PAC Seeing Much More Fundraising Success than Group Supporting Grimes Grimes Reports Over $4 Million Raised During Second Quarter, McConnell Takes in $3.1 Million http://wkyufm.org/post/grimes-reports-over-4-million-raised-during-second-quarter-mcconnell-takes-31-million <p></p><p>Kentucky’s two U.S. Senate candidates are reporting major fundraising hauls.</p><p>Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says she took in over $4 million during the second quarter ending in June, breaking the record for most money raised by a Kentucky Senate candidate in a single quarter.</p><p>That record was previously held by Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, the man Grimes is trying to defeat this November. McConnell raised $2.9 million during the fourth quarter of 2008.</p><p>Overall, the Grimes Senate campaign has raised nearly $11.3 million dollars to date.</p><p>Shortly after the Grimes camp released their fundraising totals Tuesday, the McConnell campaign announced they raised $3.1 million dollars in the second quarter. The incumbent reported $9.8 million in cash on hand--about $3.6 million more than his Democratic opponent.</p><p>The race between Grimes and McConnell is shaping up to be one of the most closely-watched Senate races in the nation, with many analysts predicting it could also be one of the most expensive Senate campaigns in history. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:06:43 +0000 Kevin Willis 51098 at http://wkyufm.org Grimes Reports Over $4 Million Raised During Second Quarter, McConnell Takes in $3.1 Million Elizabeth Warren to Visit Kentucky in Support of Grimes Campaign http://wkyufm.org/post/elizabeth-warren-visit-kentucky-support-grimes-campaign <p></p><p>Kentucky’s Democratic U.S. Senate candidate is hoping to capitalize on the recent defeat of a bill addressing student loan debt.</p><p>The Senator who sponsored the measure is coming to Kentucky to back the campaign of Alison Lundergan Grimes.</p><p>The Grimes campaign announced Thursday that Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren will join Grimes for multiple events in the commonwealth this month. Warren championed a measure that failed in the Senate this week that would have allowed borrowers to refinance federal and private student loans at lower interest rates.</p><p>That bill would have raised taxes on the country’s wealthiest earners to cover the costs. The Democratic-backed measure Wednesday failed to gain the 60 Senate votes necessary to move forward.</p><p>Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell was one of 38 “no” votes.</p><p>The Grimes campaign says Warren’s visit to the Bluegrass State will help highlight how many college graduates are suffering under the burden of high amounts of student loan debt.</p><p>McConnell says the Warren bill didn’t do anything to address the rising costs of college or the amount of money students have to borrow to pay for their education. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:00:11 +0000 Kevin Willis 49445 at http://wkyufm.org Elizabeth Warren to Visit Kentucky in Support of Grimes Campaign Report: Grimes Did Not Talk Coal in DC Speech http://wkyufm.org/post/report-grimes-did-not-talk-coal-dc-speech <p>Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes did not mention coal in a speech at a Washington fundraiser with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, according to a recording obtained by <a href="http://use the event to share the stories of how Kentuckians are hurting and demand that the Senate take action to invest in clean coal technology Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/kentucky-alison-lundergan-grimes-coal-fundraiser-107621.html#ixzz34G8Oit3Z" target="_blank">Politico</a>.<br />&nbsp;<br />Grimes' campaign said last week she planned to use the event to demand the Senate take action to invest in clean coal technology. Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign criticized Grimes for not mentioning coal and questioned her commitment to the state's coal industry.</p><p>Grimes campaign spokeswoman Charly Norton said Grimes did not break her promise because she spoke to Reid privately about the issue. Reid said in a statement that Grimes has spoken with him many times about her opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency's new emission standards for coal-fired power plants. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:32:58 +0000 Associated Press 49327 at http://wkyufm.org Report: Grimes Did Not Talk Coal in DC Speech Grimes Responds to McConnell on Debates, Wants Events in Fall and Live Audiences http://wkyufm.org/post/grimes-responds-mcconnell-debates-wants-events-fall-and-live-audiences <p></p><p>Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has formally responded to Senator Mitch McConnell’s proposal for debates.</p><p><a href="http://alisonforkentucky.com/news/grimes-outlines-plans-to-debate-mcconnell/" target="_blank">In a letter sent to the Republican Senator </a>and made public Thursday, Grimes points out a few areas where the two candidates disagree.</p><p>Sen. McConnell <a href="http://wkyufm.org/post/mcconnell-issues-debate-invitation-grimes" target="_blank">invited his Democratic opponent </a>to participate in three Lincoln-Douglas style debates, with no audience, props, or notes. In her response, Grimes says she believes audiences &nbsp;should be allowed to attend the debates.</p><p>Grimes went on to say in her letter than in order protect the integrity of the debate process “it is important that none of the debate hosts or moderators has endorsed either candidate or served as a surrogate for either campaign.”</p><p>Grimes and McConnell also disagree on the timing of the debates. McConnell wants three events, with all of them held before Labor Day.</p><p>Grimes said she believes at least one event should take place in the fall. The Secretary of State also confirmed she has accepted an invitation by KET to debate in Lexington. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 15:28:15 +0000 Kevin Willis 49115 at http://wkyufm.org Grimes Responds to McConnell on Debates, Wants Events in Fall and Live Audiences McConnell Unveils Bill Countering New EPA Emissions Standards http://wkyufm.org/post/mcconnell-unveils-bill-countering-new-epa-emissions-standards <p></p><p>Senator Mitch McConnell is making good on his promise to introduce legislation that would block <a href="http://wkyufm.org/post/epa-unveil-new-proposal-targeting-greenhouse-gases" target="_blank">new rules announced this week</a> by the Environmental Protection Agency.</p><p>The E.P.A. rules call on power plants to reduce carbon emissions 30 percent by 2030. The move has been slammed by Republicans and some coal-state Democrats who describe the standards as federal overreach that will harm the nation’s economy while doing little to actually halt climate change.</p><p>The E.P.A says the regulations will help clean the air and establish the U.S. as a leader in the fight against climate change.</p><p>Sen. McConnell has introduced what he’s calling the Coal Country Protection Act. According to McConnell’s office, the legislation would mandate the Secretary of Labor to certify to the EPA Administrator that the new regulations will not lead to a loss of jobs.</p><p>Also under the measure, the Director of the Congressional Budget Office would have to certify that the regulations would not result in a loss of gross domestic product in the U.S. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:39:51 +0000 Kevin Willis 48985 at http://wkyufm.org McConnell Unveils Bill Countering New EPA Emissions Standards New EPA Rules Burn Red State Democrats http://wkyufm.org/post/new-epa-rules-burn-red-state-democrats While many on the left embraced the Environmental Protection Agency's new rules to reduce coal-burning power plant carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030, some red state Democrats couldn't put enough distance between themselves and the Obama administration.<p>You would have had a tough time, for instance, distinguishing the reaction of Kentucky Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes from that of the man she hopes to replace, Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate's top Republican.<p>"President Obama's new EPA rule is more proof that Washington isn't working for Kentucky. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 22:32:00 +0000 Frank James 48975 at http://wkyufm.org New EPA Rules Burn Red State Democrats Common Cause Challenges McConnell, Grimes to Limit Ads Bought by Outside Groups http://wkyufm.org/post/common-cause-challenges-mcconnell-grimes-limit-ads-bought-outside-groups <p></p><p>A group that advocates for greater government transparency is challenging Kentucky’s U.S. Senate candidates to limit ads purchased by outside groups.</p><p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2014/05/28/3263685/group-challenges-grimes-and-mcconnell.html?sp=/99/322/&amp;ihp=1" target="_blank">The Herald-Leader reports</a> that Common Cause of Kentucky sent letters this week to the campaigns of Republican Senator Mitch McConnell and Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, asking them to sign a pledge aimed at limiting outside spending on the Senate race.</p><p>Under what the group calls the People’s Pledge, a candidate would agree to give to charity half of the cost of any ad bought by outside groups during the campaign. Grimes campaign manager Jonathan Hurst told the paper that Grimes has previously called for both campaigns to sign the pledge.</p><p>The McConnell campaign had not commented on the request by Common Cause of Kentucky as of Wednesday afternoon.</p><p>Kentucky’s Senate race will be one of the most closely-watched races in the country, with some analysts predicting it will also be the most expensive Senate race in history. Thu, 29 May 2014 15:33:18 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 48771 at http://wkyufm.org Common Cause Challenges McConnell, Grimes to Limit Ads Bought by Outside Groups Paul Urges Kentucky GOP To Rally Around McConnell http://wkyufm.org/post/paul-urges-kentucky-gop-rally-around-mcconnell <p>Sen. Rand Paul is calling for Republicans across Kentucky to support Sen. Mitch McConnell in his campaign against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.<br />&nbsp;<br />The first-term senator, considered a possible 2016 presidential candidate, said Friday that a vote for Grimes would be a vote for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his policy of advancing President Barack Obama's agenda.<br />&nbsp;<br />McConnell says he has not spoken to Matt Bevin since defeating him in Tuesday's Republican primary. But he says he was not worried about losing Republican votes in the general election.<br /><br />Grimes released an open letter to Bevin's supporters on Friday saying McConnell will lie about her in campaign ads just as he lied about Bevin. She urged them to get to know her and her true positions.<br /> Fri, 23 May 2014 22:46:16 +0000 Associated Press 48536 at http://wkyufm.org Paul Urges Kentucky GOP To Rally Around McConnell