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3:43 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Bill Clinton to Speak at Rallies in Louisville, Ashland on Behalf of Grimes

Bill Clinton will be back in Kentucky Oct. 30 to speak at rallies for Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Bill Clinton is once again trying to rally voters to the side of Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.

The Grimes campaign has announced that the former President will attend events at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville Thursday morning, with an afternoon visit to the Veteran’s Riverfront Park in Ashland planned for the afternoon.

It’s the fourth time Clinton has campaigned on behalf of Grimes, as she tries to unseat Republican Senator Mitch McConnell.

The former President spoke at Grimes rallies in Owensboro and Paducah last week. Hillary Rodham Clinton is also returning to the commonwealth this Saturday to campaign on behalf of Grimes in northern Kentucky and Lexington.

Politics
4:37 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

McConnell, Grimes Making Final Arguments to Kentucky Voters

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell appears with singer Lee Greenwood at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green.
Credit Lisa Autry

One week from now, Kentucky voters decide whether to give U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell another six years or replace him with Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. Both are crisscrossing the state trying to convince the still undecided. 

McConnell brought his "Kentucky Leads America" bus tour to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green Tuesday. Joining the five-term incumbent on the road was Grammy award-winning artist Lee Greenwood who energized a crowd of party faithful as McConnell sounded a familiar theme on the stump.  He said the makeup of the Senate must change in order to change the country. 

The Senate Minority Leader pointed a finger at the Obama administration for what he called a slow economic recovery, over-regulation, and a takeover of healthcare. McConnell suggested America was on the decline and said the eyes of the world are on Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race.

"Right here in our state is the only test of whether America is coming back, and with your help by golly, a week from today, America is on the way back," McConnell told the audience.

If Republicans win six seats next Tuesday, McConnell is positioned to become Senate Majority Leader, and-- in his words--call the plays for the country while still looking out for Kentucky.

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Politics
5:42 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Paul Launches Ads in Kansas, Iowa, North Carolina and Beyond

He's not even on the ballot this fall, but Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is beginning news TV ads to help Republicans in key elections across the country.

The prospective Presidential candidate is praising Kansas Senator Pat Roberts for voting against sending billions of dollars to "countries that hate us" in an advertising campaign set to begin running across Kansas Tuesday, according to an announcement released by Paul's political action committee, RandPac. A spokesman said the group is spending six figures on the ads, which reference the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, without mentioning it by name.

Paul will campaign in Kansas on Tuesday.

At the same time, Paul's organization is launching a series of on-line ads aimed at influencing Senate contests in Kentucky, New Hampshire, Iowa and North Carolina.

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Politics
4:31 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Courier-Journal and Herald-Leader Endorse Grimes for U.S. Senate

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell appear at a political festival in Owensboro.
Credit Lisa Autry

Kentucky’s two largest newspapers have endorsed Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes in her bid to unseat Republican U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell.

The Louisville Courier-Journal and Lexington Herald-Leader both ran editorials on Sunday in support of the 35-year-old Grimes.  In its endorsement, the Courier-Journal’s editorial board praised the Democrat for her support of the Affordable Care Act and a hike in the minimum wage.  The newspaper accused McConnell of “lacking a vision for Kentucky.” 

In its endorsement, the Herald-Leader argued Grimes would bring energy and an independent voice to the Senate.  The newspaper argued the 72-year-old McConnell has ruled by obstruction and “hurt the country to advance his political strategy.” 

Kentucky voters, next Tuesday, will give the only endorsement that counts as they decide whether re-elect McConnell or usher in a change of leadership. 

A Bluegrass Poll released last week shows McConnell and Grimes in a statistical tie.

Politics
11:48 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Kentucky's Electioneering Law Stands, Despite Ruling

Kentuckians shouldn't notice any changes when they head to the polls on November 4, despite a ruling this month on electioneering around polling locations.

A federal judge ruled that a state law establishing a 300-foot buffer zone around polling places is unconstitutional.  However, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay while the case is appealed by the Kentucky Attorney General's Office.

"The law was enacted for a reason and that was to stop potential chaos around the polls, to prevent voter intimidation, and to prevent any nefarious activity that could occur around a polling place," says Communications Director Allison Martin in the attorney general's office.  "Now that the stay has been issued, it basically means business as usual at the polls."

The appeals court did rule that electioneering can occur on private property, even if the property is within the 300-foot zone.  State law still applies to public property. 

The case was brought by a northern Kentucky businessman who objected to having campaign signs removed from his business, which was located across the highway from a polling place. 

Politics
10:52 am
Mon October 27, 2014

McConnell, Grimes Bus Tours Make Stops in Eastern Kentucky

Republican U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes

Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates took their high profile campaigns to eastern Kentucky on Monday with a little more than one week left until the election.

Republican Senator Mitch McConnell's "Kentucky Leads America" bus tour has seven planned stops throughout eastern Kentucky with Grammy-award winning artist Lee Greenwood. Last week, McConnell campaigned with artist Jimmy Rose, a Kentucky native who finished third on season 8 of America's Got Talent.

Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes' "Kentucky vs. Washington" bus tour has stops scheduled in seven eastern Kentucky counties on Monday. The United Mineworkers of America plan to campaign for Grimes in western Kentucky on Tuesday.

Kentucky's coal country has been featured prominently in both campaigns as the candidates fight for votes in a close race.

Politics
4:06 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Kentucky Senate Candidates Spar Over New Ads

Credit Offices of Sen. McConnell and Sec. Grimes

Both candidates are on the attack again with just over a week left in their contentious and closely watched race.

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes' campaign challenged a new ad from Republican Senator Mitch McConnell that boasted his support among women. The Grimes campaign says it features a woman who is registered to vote in Pennsylvania.

The McConnell camp says she's a college student at the University of Louisville who hasn't updated her voter registration yet.

In a separate spat, the McConnell campaign said a new ad falsely accused him of using his office to improve his personal investments during the 2008 financial crisis.

Politics
3:46 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Kentucky State Lawmaker Charged with Bribery

State Representative Keith Hall, D-Phelps

A federal grand jury has charged a Kentucky lawmaker with paying bribes to a mine reclamation inspector to ignore violations.

The grand jury in London, Kentucky, named Democratic state Representative Keith Hall of Phelps and former state mine reclamation inspector Kelly Shortridge in an alleged scheme to ensure Hall's mines passed inspection.

Grand jurors said Hall and Shortridge set up a shell company, DKJ Consulting. Prosecutors say Hall then used a company he owned, S&K Properties, to funnel money to Shortridge.

Hall's indictment will not affect the November election. The Democrat lost the May primary election by 209 votes to fellow Democrat Chris Harris. Harris is running unopposed in November.

Shortridge was also charged with lying to the FBI. He allegedly told agents that he had no connection to DKJ.

Politics
4:02 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

National Democrats Re-invest in Kentucky Senate Race

Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes greets members of the Bowling Green Noon Rotary Club.
Credit Lisa Autry

Thirteen days shy of the election, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is back on the air in Kentucky. 

The DSCC announced Wednesday that it has begun to advertise again on behalf of Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic nominee in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race.  Regardless, Grimes downplayed the group’s influence during a stop in Bowling Green.

"We have the resources necessary to run a very strong, solid campaign, but it's going to be Kentuckians who bring this race home at the end of the day," Grimes told WKU Public Radio.  "Our grassroots coalition has led us to where we are and it will be Kentuckians that bring a victory home."

Democrats say the race has tightened.  A Bluegrass Poll released Monday showed Grimes trailing incumbent Republican Senator Mitch McConnell by one point.

Grimes spoke to the Bowling Green Noon Rotary Club, one of seven stops planned for Wednesday in south central Kentucky.  McConnell, meanwhile, is on a bus tour through the state's coal-producing counties.

Politics
11:31 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Former Kentucky Congressman Endorses Comer for Governor

Left to right: TJ and James Comer and Ron and Kayi Lewis
Credit James Comer

In his bid for governor in 2015, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has won the endorsement of a former U.S. Representative. 

Former Second District Congressman Ron Lewis endorsed Comer Tuesday night while headlining an Elizabethtown fundraiser. 

“The people of the Second Congressional District appreciate good government and crave strong leadership,” Lewis said. “James Comer is a breath of fresh air in the Republican Party and his achievements at both the state and national level make him our best choice for Governor.”

Lewis served in the U.S. House from 1994 to 2009. 

Comer has also picked up endorsements from Congressman Ed Whitfield and former Congresswoman Anne Northup. 

Comer will face Louisville businessman Hal Heiner in next May’s GOP primary.  Attorney General Jack Conway is the only announced Democratic candidate.

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