February 19th, 2014
04:41 PM ET
8 months ago

Rand Paul fights for felon voting rights

(CNN) – Tayna Fogle sat just behind Sen. Rand Paul, nodding her head and listening as he pressed the case with Kentucky state senators to restore felon voting rights.

"Kids do make mistakes. White kids make mistakes. Black kids make mistakes. Brown kids make mistakes," Paul told the Kentucky state Senate committee considering a constitutional amendment to restore the voting rights of some felons on Wednesday. "But when you look at the prison population, three out of the four people in prison are black or brown."

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Filed under: Kentucky • Rand Paul
February 17th, 2014
05:59 PM ET
8 months ago

Hemp brings McConnell, Paul together

(CNN) - They're known for appealing to different factions of the GOP, but Kentucky's two U.S. senators - Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul - teamed up Monday for three joint appearances to roll out a hemp pilot program in their home state.

And with McConnell facing a GOP primary challenge from a candidate backed by the tea party this year, he was full of praise for Paul, who was elected to the Senate in 2010 with support from that wing of the party.
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Filed under: Kentucky • Mitch McConnell • Rand Paul
McConnell has substantial fundraising advantage in Senate race
January 31st, 2014
04:14 PM ET
9 months ago

McConnell has substantial fundraising advantage in Senate race

Washington (CNN) – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s re-election team announced Friday that it added $2.2 million to its war chest, a sum that far outpaces the Kentucky Republican’s bipartisan challengers.

McConnell, who’s been fundraising for years with eyes on a sixth term in the Senate, has raised a total of $20 million for the race and ended 2013 with $10.9 million left in the bank.
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Filed under: 2014 • Alison Lundergan Grimes • Congress • Fundraising • Kentucky • Mitch McConnell • Senate
McConnell out with first re-election spots of the year
January 22nd, 2014
10:39 AM ET
9 months ago

McConnell out with first re-election spots of the year

(CNN) -  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is out with a new TV commercial that his team touts as its first major buy for the Kentucky Republican's 2014 re-election campaign.

McConnell's campaign says it's spending six figures over the next two weeks to run the positive ad statewide. The spot features a Kentucky resident named Robert Pierce, who says McConnell helped him recover from throat cancer.

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Filed under: 2014 • Alison Lundergan Grimes • Kentucky • Mitch McConnell
KY Gov: McConnell's Obamacare criticism will hurt him
December 5th, 2013
01:32 PM ET
11 months ago

KY Gov: McConnell's Obamacare criticism will hurt him

(CNN) – Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's criticism of the Affordable Care Act may come back to haunt him in the next year's midterm race, according to Steve Beshear, the Democratic governor of McConnell's home state of Kentucky.

"I have a U.S. Senator who keeps saying Kentuckians don't want this. Well, the facts don't prove that out," the Governor said at Thursday's Democratic House Leaders caucus meeting on Obamacare.
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Filed under: Kentucky • Mitch McConnell
Republican campaign group hit for sexist move
November 19th, 2013
05:08 PM ET
11 months ago

Republican campaign group hit for sexist move

(CNN) - The National Republican Senatorial Committee said it took disciplinary action after a staffer tweeted a link about Alison Lundergan Grimes that her campaign called sexist.

The link directed readers to a blog post titled "Grimes Is The New 'Obama Girl'?" on the website, BluegrassBulletin.com.
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Filed under: Alison Lundergan Grimes • Kentucky • NRSC
October 22nd, 2013
08:37 AM ET
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
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