(CNN) – Actress and activist Ashley Judd is "very serious" but hasn't made a decision yet about running for the U.S. Senate in 2014, according to a knowledgeable source.
A Democrat, Judd would challenge Sen. Mitch McConnell, the most powerful Republican in the upper chamber, for his seat in Kentucky. Judd spent part of her childhood in the Bluegrass State and went to the University of Kentucky.
(CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, is so serious about running for president, he is actively taking all the steps "that someone in his position should be making," a GOP source familiar with Paul's activities told CNN.
His activities and travel plans indicate he wants to be a serious candidate with a real path to victory, the source said. He would be running to win-not to make a statement, an approach that his father, former Rep. Ron Paul, embraced in the most recent presidential election.
(CNN) - During an interview on CNN, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday defended his wife against what he described as a "racial slur" by a left-wing group.
The group, Progress Kentucky, ignited controversy after it drew a connection between McConnell's wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, and the practice of outsourcing.
Washington (CNN) – Ashley Judd is coming to Washington to headline two public events, and that's fueling speculation that the activist actress may launch a bid for the U.S. Senate.
Friday Judd will be in front of cameras as she's the featured speaker at a forum on women's reproductive rights at George Washington University's School of Public Health. Judd is expected to take questions from the audience after finishes her comments. Saturday she is scheduled to receive an award for her humanitarian work in India.
(CNN) - A liberal group in Kentucky is under fire from conservatives for a tweet it posted nearly two weeks ago which alludes to the race of Sen. Mitch McConnell's wife.
"This woman has the ear of @McConnellPress - she's his #wife," the February 14 tweet from Progress Kentucky reads, referencing the Kentucky Republican by his official twitter account. "May explain why your job moved to #China!"
(CNN) - The current political fight over gun control is front and center right now in next year's re-election campaign for the top Republican in the U.S. Senate.
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee says it went up Monday with a new ad that criticizes Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky over his opposition to some gun control efforts in the wake December's mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut. And McConnell's re-election campaign is pushing back against the spot.
(CNN) – With more than 20 months to go before the midterm congressional elections, incumbent Sen. Mitch McConnell's team is already attacking Democrats for not yet fielding a candidate to challenge the Senate minority leader.
McConnell's campaign released Tuesday its first web video of the campaign, a parody that attempts to depict President Barack Obama as being frustrated with the potential crop of Democratic contenders in the state.
(CNN) – The U.S. Senate race in Kentucky is already the nastiest Senate fight in the country, twenty-one months before voters head to the polls.
Without an official Democratic candidate in the race, Republicans are going after actress Ashley Judd, who has expressed interest in running for the seat but has yet to officially declare her candidacy. She did, however, set up a feature for soliciting emails addresses on her website this week.
Finally, I did it! You may sign up to be on my mailing list: ashleyjudd.com You'll be the first to know, well, all sorts of things.—
ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) February 08, 2013
(CNN) – She's not yet a candidate for any public office, but actress Ashley Judd already has an outside group creating an attack ad casting her as out of touch from her years in Hollywood.
The web spot, from American Crossroads, comes as Judd openly speculates about a 2014 run for U.S. Senate in Kentucky, where she'd potentially be pitted against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. American Crossroads is the pro-Republican super PAC co-founded by Karl Rove. They said they were spending $10,000 to place the ad online.