Alison Lundergan Grimes

Politics
2:28 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Pro-McConnell NRA Mailer Blasting Bloomberg Comes As Senator Defends Wife's Role on Bloomberg Board

This mailer from the NRA Institute for Legislative Action says Sen. McConnell will "Stop the Obama/Bloomberg Gun Control Agenda".
Credit Kevin Willis

The lobbying wing of the National Rifle Association has sent a mailer to some residents in Kentucky that says Senator Mitch McConnell will stop the “gun control agenda” of President Obama and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  

It hit mailboxes shortly after it was revealed that McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, sits on the board of a charity run by Bloomberg.

The mail piece came from the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, and by law cannot be authorized by a candidate or candidate’s committee. Featuring on the front photos of Bloomberg and President Obama, with a dark, grainy picture of New York City in the background, the mailer says “Restricting Your Second Amendment Rights is Obama’s Unfinished Business.”

The back features a picture of McConnell, with assurances that the incumbent Republican opposes “any bans on guns and ammunition”, “a federal gun registration database”, and what it describes as the President’s “anti-gun nominees for the U.S. Supreme Court.”

The NRA’s criticism of Bloomberg’s gun control views comes as McConnell was recently forced to answer questions about his wife’s role on the board of Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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Politics
3:26 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Religious Leaders Press McConnell on Social Issues

Left to right: U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky shares a stage Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler Jr., Kentucky Baptist Convention Executive Director Paul Chitwood, and Bob Russell, retired pastor of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville.
Credit Lisa Autry

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell sat down with some of Kentucky’s religious leaders Thursday to talk issues of faith ahead of the November election. 

Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, asked McConnell about the current persecution of Christians in the Middle East. McConnell said he thinks the militant violence is related to the troop withdrawal from Iraq, which he blamed on President Obama.

"This is the inevitable consequence of no residual presence," claimed McConnell. "I don't want that confused with thinking I want another Iraq war, but I don't think this would have happened in the first place if we had not taken the opportunity to give these characters a chance to assert themselves again."

The forum, held at Eastwood Baptist Church in Bowling Green, also touched on the issues of abortion, gay marriage, and immigration.

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Politics
6:37 am
Wed August 13, 2014

McConnell Takes Slight Lead Over Grimes in Latest Poll

Two new polls offer the latest numbers on Kentucky's senate race and next year's race for the Governor's mansion.

Public Policy Polling found Kentucky incumbent senator Mitch McConnell at 44%, with 40% for Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and 7% for Libertarian David Patterson. The poll also showed that McConnell has a high negative image as well. Among the undecided voters, McConnell has just a 10% approval rating to 66% of voters who disapprove of him.

Looking ahead to next year's race for Governor, Public Policy Polling finds a wide open race.

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Politics
2:26 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Grimes Confirms For Aug. 26th Owensboro Picnic

Credit Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has joined the list of confirmed speakers at Owensboro’s Red, White & Blue Picnic later this month.  Grimes’ November opponent, Senator Mitch McConnell already committed to the August 26th event.

The Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce sponsors the picnic which begins at 5 p.m. on the lawn of the Daviess County Courthouse.

Regional
11:43 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Libertarian Set To Appear On U.S. Senate Ballot

David Patterson

A Harrodsburg police officer will be on the ballot for U.S. Senate in Kentucky.

David Patterson filed with the Secretary of State's office on Monday as a Libertarian. He needed at least 5,000 valid signatures to appear on the Nov. 4 ballot. A spokeswoman said Patterson had at least 5,000 signatures but the office was still verifying the total number.

Patterson will be an underdog against Republican Sen.  Mitch McConnell and Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, who have raised millions of dollars in one of the country's most competitive races. Kentucky's Libertarian Party has just over 4,000 registered voters, according to the Secretary of State's Office.

Mike Maggard, Robert Edward Ransdell and Shawna Sterling have filed as write-in candidates. Their names will not appear on the ballot.

Politics
7:15 am
Sat August 9, 2014

Coal Group Says It Has No Doubts About McConnell's Support

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell
Credit WKU PBS

A trade group representing Kentucky's coal industry is defended Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell after a published report that his wife is a board member of an organization that has spent $50 million to close coal-fired power plants.

Yahoo! News reported Friday that Elaine Chao sits on the board of Bloomberg Philanthropies. Former New York Mayor and media mogul Michael Bloomberg founded the charity.

The Kentucky Coal Association says Bloomberg's contribution was made before Chao joined the board in April 2012.

The eastern Kentucky coalfields have lost 7,000 coal-related jobs since January 2012. That's an issue at the center of McConnell's re-election bid against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.

The Kentucky Coal Association says McConnell has done everything possible to protect the coal industry.

Politics
4:35 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Kentucky Religious Leaders Want Social Issues Part of U.S. Senate Race

Some of Kentucky’s evangelical leaders are calling on U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and his Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes to take part in three forums ahead of the November election. 

The forums would include topics like marriage, sanctity of life, and religious liberty.  Paul Chitwood, executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, says religious leaders would like the race to focus more on social issues.

"The race has been focused so far on the economy and jobs, so we're hoping to broaden the discussion beyond what's currently coming out of the campaigns," Chitwood told WKU Public Radio.  "When you talk about people of faith who claim a religious affiliation with a church, that's over half of the citizens of the commonwealth, so I think the candidates have the opportunity to really get their message out if they accept the invitation."

The forums would all be held this month in Bowling Green, Louisville, and Somerset.  Chitwood says Senator McConnell has accepted the invitation and Grimes’ campaign is reviewing the proposal.

Regional
12:52 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

McConnell Courts Coal Country Votes

Sen. Mitch McConnell is on a two-day bus tour of Eastern Kentucky

Sen. Mitch McConnell is campaigning for re-election in Kentucky's coal country, blaming the loss of thousands of industry jobs on President Barack Obama's Environmental Protection Agency and saying his Democratic rival would be a vote to continue them in Congress.

The Republican incumbent is in a close race with Alison Lundergan Grimes. He rarely, if ever, mentioned her by name Thursday as he set out on a two-day bus tour. But he blasted Obama as well as former President Bill Clinton, who campaigned in Kentucky for the Democratic challenger on Wednesday.

Hoping to discredit the former president, McConnell told each of his audiences that Obama had renamed the building that houses the EPA in Washington for Clinton.
  
Grimes has said repeatedly she disagrees with Obama's approach on coal issues.

Politics
9:45 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Grimes Says She Proudly Wears 'Clinton Democrat' Label

Alison Lundergan Grimes

Alison Lundergan Grimes is using a little star power on the campaign trail.  Former President Bill Clinton Wednesday made two stops in Kentucky with the Senate hopeful.

Immediately after taking the stage at the Carrick House in Lexington, Grimes made it clear to the large, enthusiastic crowd that she rejects any labels her opponent Senator Mitch McConnell has tried to give her. Grimes said there is a brand she will be gladly accept.

"One label, though that I will proudly wear is that of a Clinton Democrat. I am a Clinton Democrat," proclaimed Grimes.

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Fancy Farm 2014
12:25 am
Sun August 3, 2014

The Sounds (and Sights) of Fancy Farm 2014

A volunteer adds firewood. BBQ pork and mutton are big parts of Fancy Farm along with hot dogs and burgers
Emil Moffatt

The first weekend in August in western Kentucky means only one thing: Fancy Farm. The small town suddenly transforms into the epicenter of the Kentucky political universe.

And to keep a tradition going for 134 years, it takes some pretty committed volunteers.

“Each family in the church has a responsibility and this family has taken care of the hamburgers and hot dogs for decades,” said Will Hayden, who was working the grill Saturday morning.

Hayden and Brad Page of Fancy Farm spoke to us as they were cooling down after a long morning and afternoon tending to a hot grill. Page says they normally start grilling between 7:00 and 7:30 in the morning. Fancy Farm has been a part of their lives as long as they can remember.

“Oh, I’m 45, so 42 [Fancy Farms] that I know of,” said Hayden.

Page also says he started volunteering as a child.

“It’s been handed down generation to generation.  I’ve got my kids, and his kids,”  said Page pointing to Hayden. “Hopefully they’ll get in there and get at it.”

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