8:11 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Bill Clinton Returns to Kentucky for Senate Nominee Grimes

Former President Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton returns to Kentucky on Tuesday to campaign with Democratic Senate hopeful Alison Lundergan Grimes two weeks before the election.

Clinton is scheduled to hold campaign rallies in Owensboro and Paducah on Tuesday. It will be Clinton's third visit to Kentucky this year, and it follows a visit last week from Hillary Clinton in Louisville in front of thousands of people.

Large crowds have also flocked to Bill Clinton's appearances, a sign the Clintons are still popular in a state that has voted for them a combined three times for president. Grimes has used her association with the Clintons to distance herself from Democratic President Barack Obama.

Republican Senator Mitch McConnell is scheduled to have six campaign stops in five eastern Kentucky counties on Tuesday.

7:12 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

McConnell Re-Takes Lead in Latest Bluegrass Poll

Credit Offices of Sen. McConnell and Sec. Grimes

 Two weeks until Election Day and Kentucky's hotly-contested U.S. Senate seat appears to remain up for grabs. 

Mitch McConnell re-took the lead in the latest Bluegrass Poll released Monday evening. The incumbent Republican Senator edged his Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes by one point, 44-43 percent.  It marks a turnaround from the previous Bluegrass Poll which showed Grimes with a slight advantage. 

Both leads fell within the poll's margin of error. 

Meantime, another poll released Monday by WKU's Social Science Research Center found McConnell leading the race by five points over Grimes.  That survey was take between Oct. 6 and Monday and surveyed 601 likely Kentucky voters. 

2:58 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Kentucky GOP Accuses Democrats of Identity Theft in Campaign Mailer

Republican candidate Jeff Jobe (left) is challenging incumbent State Representative Johnny Bell of Glasgow for the 23rd District Kentucky House seat.
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The Kentucky Republican Party and GOP state House candidate Jeff Jobe are calling on the attorney general to investigate the state Democratic Party and Democratic Representative Johnny Bell of Glasgow over a campaign mailer that was distributed over the weekend. 

The ad focuses on Jobe’s previous DUI arrests and features a copy of a police citation that contains Jobe’s personal information, including his social security number.  Jobe accuses the Democratic incumbent of identity theft.

"As a newspaper publisher, I certainly understand that providing such things would be wrong, and I contend that my opponent, as a defense attorney, would know that doing such a thing would not be ethical," Jobe told WKU Public Radio.

Jobe is challenging Bell for his seat in the 23rd district that covers Barren and a portion of Warren County. 

Representative Bell claims he has only sent one mailer and it was on family values.  He calls the claim an attack on him and knew nothing of the mailer. 

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1:32 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Latest Poll Shows McConnell Up 8 Points in Kentucky Senate Race

Sen. Mitch McConnell and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
Credit Offices of Sen. McConnell and Sec. Grimes

A poll conducted by the group Rasmussen Reports shows Senator Mitch McConnell leading Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes by 8 percentage points.

The telephone survey of 1,000 likely Kentucky voters showed 52 percent supporting McConnell, while 44 percent said they would vote for Secretary of State Grimes.

Two percent said they preferred another candidate in the race, and three percent said they were undecided.

See the entire Rasmussen Reports poll findings here.

The latest poll shows McConnell  receiving overwhelming support from Kentucky Republicans, with 83 percent saying they will vote for the incumbent. At the same time, McConnell is backed by 24 percent of those who identified as Democrats.

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4:09 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Kentucky Senate Republicans to Make Anti-Heroin Bill Major Priority in '15

The number of heroin deaths in Kentucky spiked in 2013.

Kentucky state Senate Republicans leaders say heroin legislation will rank among their top legislative priorities in 2015.

CN2 Pure Politics reports that GOP Senator Chris McDaniel will be the lead sponsor of the bill, which he says will target drug traffickers while also offering more treatment options to addicts.

Anti-heroin legislation introduced by a Republican lawmaker passed the Senate during this year’s General Assembly, but wasn’t passed by the Democratic-led House. Several lawmakers were concerned about the legality of a provision in the bill that would have charged dealers with murder if someone they sold to overdosed.

Read more stories related to heroin in the commonwealth here.

Heroin has been taking an increasing toll on the Bluegrass State, with the northern Kentucky region especially hard hit. A recent report from the state’s Office of Drug Control Policy shows that while the number of total overdoses remained steady in 2013, deaths caused by heroin increased by more than 12 percent.

5:51 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Hillary Clinton Campaigns for Grimes

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Alison Lundergan Grimes got some help from Hillary Rodham Clinton Wednesday night as she seeks to distance herself from both her Republican opponent, Senator Mitch McConnell, and President Obama.

Clinton was the featured speaker at a boisterous rally in Louisville, the third time a Clinton has campaigned for Grimes this year. Former President Bill Clinton has appeared with Grimes twice this year.

Democratic state Auditor Adam Edelen called the rally a retirement party for McConnell, a 30 year veteran of the Senate. In fact, Clinton never called McConnell by name, only vaguely referring to a "30 year Senator from Kentucky." State Senator Gerald Neal led the crowd in chants of "Mitch doesn't care."

Wednesday's event was just a day after the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee stopped running TV ads in Kentucky. It was seen as another chance for Grimes to associated herself with the Clintons, who are popular in Kentucky.

5:22 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Tennessee Senate Hopefuls Meet in Lone Joint Forum

Republican Lamar Alexander and Democrat Gordon Ball are scheduled to make their first and only joint appearance of Tennessee's U.S. Senate race in Cookeville on Thursday. The one hour forum hosted by the Farm Bureau is taking place at Tennessee Tech University.

Ball has criticized Alexander for refusing to hold a series of debates around the state leading up to the election.

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9:06 am
Wed October 15, 2014

KET: 133,000 Watched U.S. Senate Debate

U.S. Senate nominees Alison Lundergan Grimes and incumbent Mitch McConnell debate on KET's Kentucky Tonight.
Credit KET

KET officials say the U.S. Senate debate was the highest rated PBS program in the nation on Monday.

Kentucky Educational Television officials estimate more than 133,000 people around the state tuned in for the hour-long Kentucky Tonight program, where host Bill Goodman moderated a discussion with Republican Senator Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes. It is the only scheduled televised debate between the two candidates in one of the country's most closely watched races ahead of the November 4 general election.

KET spokesman Todd Piccirilli said the broadcaster does not get ratings from all of its transmitters across the state. But its estimate comes from ratings in the Louisville market, the largest in the state.

4:33 am
Tue October 14, 2014

McConnell and Grimes Debate Minimum Wage, Coal and Health Care

Alison Grimes and Mitch McConnell debate on Kentucky Tonight

The highly anticipated debate between U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is now history.  There were no obvious blunders or bombshell political revelations during Monday night's KET broadcast.

As expected, McConnell spoke with confidence about becoming senate leader in 2015.  Grimes echoed repeatedly, that after 30 years in Washington, the senior senator is out of touch with Kentucky's needs.  Coal was a prominent topic during the debate.  Grimes said she differs with the president on coal policies.  "We have to reign in the EPA, but we also have to work across the aisle in a coalition effort," said Grimes.

McConnell maintained federal regulations have cost thousands of miners their jobs.  "My job is to look out for Kentucky's coal miners.  This administration has engaged in an assault on our coal industry," said McConnell.

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3:55 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Both Parties Have High Hopes For Lone Senate Debate

Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes
Credit Offices of Sen. McConnell and Sec. Grimes

Although they’ve shared a stage several times since the May primary, Monday night’s televised exchange between Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes and incumbent Republican Senator Mitch McConnell is the only official debate. 

Kentucky Tonight begins at 7 p.m. central/8 p.m. eastern on Kentucky Educational Television.

Representatives from both parties are optimistic their candidate will come out on top.

Russ Wilkey, chairman of the Daviess County Democratic Party says he’d like to see more than just one debate.

“Probably the more debates the better for the challenger,” said Wilkey. “You know, my personal feeling is that I get really nervous watching debates. It’s like me watching a UK basketball game, I get really nervous.”

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