October 22nd, 2013
08:37 AM ET
9 months ago

Kentucky governor praises health care launch

(CNN) – Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear of Kentucky said Obamacare sign-ups are working just fine in his state, where 640,000 people don't have insurance.

"We're signing up people at roughly a thousand a day. It's a great rate and a great success so far," he said on CNN's "New Day."
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Filed under: Health care • Kentucky
Rubio weighs in on McConnell’s election fight
October 20th, 2013
11:31 AM ET
9 months ago

Rubio weighs in on McConnell’s election fight

Washington (CNN) – One-time tea party favorite Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, said Sunday he supports Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s bid for re-election in 2014.

McConnell is facing a primary challenge in his home state of Kentucky from businessman Matt Bevin, who was endorsed by the influential Senate Conservatives Fund on Friday.
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Filed under: Kentucky • Marco Rubio • Mitch McConnell • Senate
Obama cites success in Kentucky, yet healthcare rollout has hiccups
October 3rd, 2013
06:16 PM ET
10 months ago

Obama cites success in Kentucky, yet healthcare rollout has hiccups

Washington (CNN) – President Obama highlighted Kentucky’s Obamacare roll-out efforts Thursday noting that almost 11,000 people in that state have applied for health insurance. But even a state that earned presidential praise for its smooth execution is experiencing some hiccups.

When Kentuckians visit the health exchange’s login website, they are greeted by a warning that suggests their personal information could be disclosed to state and even foreign officials.

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Filed under: Health care • Kentucky • President Obama
McConnell hit on Social Security in new ad
August 15th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
12 months ago

McConnell hit on Social Security in new ad

(CNN) - A progressive group targeting Mitch McConnell of Kentucky released a television ad Thursday, calling on the Senate minority leader to expand Social Security as the powerful Republican fights to hold on to his seat next year.

The 30-second spot features Kirk Gillenwaters, who says he started working at the Ford plant in Louisville when he was 18.
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Filed under: 2014 • Ads • Kentucky • Mitch McConnell • Senate
August 8th, 2013
04:15 PM ET
12 months ago

Secret telephone recording roils McConnell campaign

Washington (CNN) – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign manager, Jesse Benton, stressed his loyalty to the Kentucky Republican Thursday just hours after a recording surfaced of Benton expressing half-hearted support for McConnell.

Benton made the off-message comments in a January telephone conversation with conservative activist Dennis Fusaro, a former colleague from Texas Rep. Ron Paul's 2008 presidential campaign.
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Filed under: Kentucky • Mitch McConnell
August 5th, 2013
09:47 AM ET
12 months ago

Sparks fly in Senate race at Kentucky's Fancy Farm picnic



(CNN) -
It's one of the country's hallmark political slugfests. And on Saturday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was dealt a large portion of the blows.

At Kentucky's annual Fancy Farm picnic, politicians from the state gather at the event hosted by St. Jerome's Catholic Church in Graves County, tucked away in the southwest corner of the Blue Grass State.
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Filed under: 2014 • Alison Lundergan Grimes • Kentucky • Matt Bevin • Mitch McConnell • Senate
First on CNN: McConnell challenger rolls out attack
July 30th, 2013
03:26 PM ET
12 months ago

First on CNN: McConnell challenger rolls out attack

(CNN) - Mitch McConnell's Democratic challenger will call the Senate Republican leader a "guardian of gridlock" Tuesday afternoon, as she formally kicks off her campaign to try and unseat the powerful senator in next year's midterm elections.

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes launches her bid with a campaign event in Lexington, Kentucky, the first stop of a multi-day tour through the Bluegrass state. Her race against McConnell, who's running for a sixth term in office next year, could end up being the most expensive and nasty 2014 Senate contest in the country.
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Filed under: Kentucky • Mitch McConnell
Primary challenger to top Senate Republican lands conservative endorsement
July 29th, 2013
08:39 AM ET
12 months ago

Primary challenger to top Senate Republican lands conservative endorsement

Washington (CNN) - One day before the Democratic challenger to Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky formally kicks off her campaign, the candidate who's launched a conservative primary challenge to the top Republican in the U.S. Senate has landed an important endorsement.

The Madison Project PAC, a national conservative PAC that helps elect candidates, on Monday will endorse Matt Bevin's 2014 bid for the Senate against McConnell, who's served nearly three decades and is running for a sixth term in office next year.
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Filed under: Kentucky • Matt Bevin • Mitch McConnell
Conservative challenger takes on top Senate Republican
July 24th, 2013
10:48 AM ET
1 year ago

Conservative challenger takes on top Senate Republican

Updated 4:09 p.m. ET, 7/23

(CNN) – As Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell fends off attacks from the left in his 2014 Senate campaign, the Kentucky senator will now have to beat back an opponent from the right. But McConnell wasted no time in pushing back against his new primary challenger

Louisville businessman Matt Bevin announced Wednesday he'll take on McConnell in a Republican primary, saying the five-term incumbent has been in office long enough.
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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • Kentucky • Matt Bevin • Mitch McConnell • Senate
Potential McConnell challenger to announce Senate decision
July 22nd, 2013
10:22 AM ET
1 year ago

Potential McConnell challenger to announce Senate decision

Updated 1:50 p.m. ET, 7/22

(CNN) - After months of speculation, Republican Matt Bevin will announce Wednesday whether he'll take on the Senate's most powerful Republican in a GOP primary for next year's election.

Bevin, a Louisville, Kentucky businessman with tea party ties, has been considering a possible challenge against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
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Filed under: Kentucky • Mitch McConnell • Senate
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