Mitch McConnell

Politics
9:35 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Reid: I Won't Campaign Against Mitch McConnell

Harry Reid (D-NV)

The leader of the U.S. Senate says he won’t involve himself in efforts to knock off Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is promising to stay off the campaign trail as McConnell tries to win a sixth term in Washington.

The website Politico quotes Senator Reid—a Nevada Democrat-- as saying it wouldn’t be “appropriate” for him to campaign publicly against McConnell. There is a long tradition of Senate leaders avoiding public campaigning against their counterparts, given that they have to—at least in theory—try to work together to get things done.

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Politics
8:09 am
Mon December 10, 2012

McConnell: Tea Party Has Been a 'Good Movement' for Republican Party

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell says the Tea Party has been good for the Republican Party. Critics of the Tea Party blame it for costing the GOP the majority in the U.S. Senate the past four years, citing high-profile losses in Delaware, Nevada and Indiana.

Last week, the leader of the Tea Party in the Senate, Jim DeMint of South Carolina, announced he was leaving to lead a think tank.

But McConnell says the Tea Party has done something important for the GOP -- it's energized the party.

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Elections
12:31 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Abramson: I'm Not Going to Run Against McConnell

Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson

Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson will not be a Democratic Senate candidate in 2014, taking on the nation's most powerful Republican, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Abramson says having served about a quarter-century as Louisville Mayor before taking on his current post, he sees himself more as an executive, than a legislator.

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Business/Health
1:00 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

McConnell, Other Members of Congress Come to Hobby Lobby's Defense

More than a dozen Republican members of Congress—including Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell-- hope to file a friend-of-the-court brief in Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.'s lawsuit that challenges the federal government's requirement that health insurance cover the morning-after pill.

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Politics
8:32 am
Fri September 21, 2012

McConnell Calls for Movement on Big Issues

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is calling on his colleagues to take action on a "multitude of crisis-level issues" facing the United States. McConnell said in a floor speech Thursday that constituents sent their federal lawmakers to Washington to make a difference. But with an election approaching, he said little is being done to confront major challenges facing the country.

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Politics
8:37 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Poll: Slight Majorities of Kentuckians Approve of McConnell, Paul

A new Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll shows just over half of Kentuckians approves of the job performance of both Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul. According to the poll, McConnell has a 51% approval rating. Paul does slightly better, with a 53% approval mark.

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Politics
8:24 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Burmese Opposition Hero to Speak in Kentucky

Aung San Suu Kyi will speak in Louisville Sept. 24.

Nobel Peace Prize winner and Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a former political prisoner for two decades, will speak at the University of Louisville. The university says in a news release that Suu Kyi will speak Sept. 24 as a guest of the McConnell Center.

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Politics
6:24 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Sen. Mitch McConnell Builds Bridges to Tea Party

Kentucky Republican Senator Mitch McConnell has reached into the upper echelons of the Tea Party movement for a campaign manager to head his bid for re-election in 2014.

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Politics
9:28 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Kentucky's Senators Give Back-to-Back Speeches at RNC

Kentucky may not be a key state in this fall’s presidential election, but its two senators played a key role in GOP attacks on the president Wednesday night. Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul spoke back to back at the Republican National Convention. Their speeches were a one-two punch against many of President Barack Obama's policies.

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Politics
2:30 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Yarmuth Says Several Democrats Could Unseat McConnell in 2014

One of Kentucky’s two Democratic Congressmen believes his party has a good shot at unseating U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in 2014. So far, many of the state’s top Democrats have announced plans to avoid challenging the Senate Minority Leader. That includes Attorney General Jack Conway, who ran for Senate against Rand Paul in 2010, former state Auditor Crit Luallen and current Auditor Adam Edelen.

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