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Kentucky Politics

McConnell Distances Himself From A Budget That He Effusively Praised

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics

Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) 2011 budget proposal has incited an advertising war in one of the country's premier Senate contests over how it would have a...

Grimes Tepidly Endorses Ruling Striking Down Gay Marriage Ban

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics

Kentucky Secretary of State and Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes appears to be playing it safe on marriage equality in the wake of ...

After Big Loss, McConnell Rival Not Ready To Have 'Tea And Crumpets' With Him Yet

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) former primary opponent isn't prepared to make nice with the senator, even as the tea party groups th...

McConnell Challenges Dem Opponent To Three Debates

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wasted no time after his primary win, immediately inviting Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan...

Mitch McConnell May Find More To Be Desired In Tuesday Night's Primary Returns

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

Though Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell easily defeated his Republican primary challenger, his campaign may be concerned by the election returns...

Mitch McConnell's GOP Challenger Says Grimes Is Just A Young Woman With No Life Experience

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics

Kentucky's Senate race reached a new level of nasty as a tea-party-backed candidate characterized the presumptive Democratic nominee as just a young w...

Mitch McConnell's Tea Party Challenger Holds Off On Saying He'd Endorse The Senator

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.01.2014 | Politics

The rancor displayed in Kentucky's Republican primary may have a post-primary consequence: Businessman Matt Bevin, who is challenging Senate Minority ...

McConnell Challenger Criticized For Cockfighting Comments

AP | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin says it was "a bad idea" to outlaw cockfighting and that he "will not support it."...

Samantha Lachman

Grimes Hits McConnell For Saying It's 'Not My Job' To Create Local Jobs

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics

A small item in a local newspaper is at the center of the most recent dust-up between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his likely ge...

How Rand Paul May Owe His Presidential Bid to Hall of Fame Journalist Mark Hebert

Don McNay | Posted 06.22.2014 | Media
Don McNay

It took a journalist with Mark Hebert's talents, and courage, to dig out a scandal about a sitting Governor and make it a national story. With a long-term national impact.

Mitch McConnell's Role In Senate Sexual-Harassment Probe Comes Under Scrutiny

Mother Jones | Molly Redden | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics

Facing his toughest reelection battle in years against a well-known and well-financed female opponent, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) recently boasted that h...

Rand Paul Won't Publicly Say Why He Supports Mitch McConnell

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics

Though Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has endorsed his fellow senator from the Bluegrass State, he didn't seem comfortable enough at a community forum to expl...

Grimes Tops McConnell In Latest Fundraising Quarter

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) raised more than Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in the first three months of 2...

Mitch McConnell Has Best Fundraising Quarter So Far This Cycle, Takes In $2.4 Million

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) reported his best reelection fundraising period so far this cycle, announcing Monday that his campaign ...

Mitch McConnell's New Ad Features Duke Basketball Instead Of Kentucky, Mockery Ensues

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) presumably meant to feature a clip of the University of Kentucky's basketball team in a new campaign sp...

Mitch McConnell Puts Muscle Behind The Exact Type Of Bill He Claims To Stay Out Of

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) seems to have mixed feelings when it comes to how he approaches state-based legislation. In an inte...

Howard Fineman

'Not A Bromance,' But Two Top GOP Senators Have A Shotgun Marriage Built To Last

HuffingtonPost.com | Howard Fineman | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Jesse Benton was delighted with his handiwork. “Thought it went well,” he told me after the Thursday show he had choreographed for M...

Latest Rand Paul Move Stokes More 2016 Speculation

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is looking for a way to run for both reelection to the Senate and for president in 2016, in the latest indication he’s seriou...

Howard Fineman

Alison Lundergan Grimes Looks Like The Real Thing

HuffingtonPost.com | Howard Fineman | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A jam-packed and almost giddy Democratic crowd at a fundraising event here is the latest sign that the Senate race in Kentucky is f...

McConnell Challenger: Marriage Equality Slippery Slope, Could Lead To Parent-Child Marriage

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics

Kentucky Republican Senate candidate and businessman Matt Bevin suggested in an interview that legalizing same-sex marriage is a slippery slope, and c...

New Campaign Website Slams Mitch McConnell On Jobs

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D), who is running to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), unveiled a new websi...

Lawmaker Gives Unsettling Explanation For How She Accidentally Fired Gun In Her Office

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

A Kentucky state lawmaker accidentally fired her handgun in her legislative office Tuesday. State Representative Leslie Combs, a Democrat, was unlo...

McConnell Wins Unlikely Praise

AP | ROGER ALFORD | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — In the midst of a double-barreled re-election fight, Mitch McConnell is earning praise back home from some u...

Dem Governor Slams Rick Scott's 'Clumsy Attempt'

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics

A new battle heated up Tuesday after Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) posted a letter on Facebook criticizing Florida Gov. Rick Scott's (R) attempt to ...

Team McConnell Reportedly Threatened Tea Party Challenger

Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) campaign supporters reportedly attempted to coerce Matt Bevin (R) into not mounting a primary challen...