Grimes edges out McConnell in Senate cash battle
April 15th, 2014
01:15 PM ET
3 days ago

Grimes edges out McConnell in Senate cash battle

(CNN) - Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes out raised Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell during the first three months of this year, but the five-term senator still holds a more than two-to-one advantage over his Democratic challenger when it comes to money in the bank.

The Senate battle in the Bluegrass State could turn into the most expensive and most bitter contest this year.

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Filed under: 2014 • Alison Lundergan Grimes • Kentucky • Matt Bevin • Mitch McConnell • Senate
March 28th, 2014
08:00 AM ET
3 weeks ago

Challenger hopes to score off McConnell's campaign foul

(CNN) - Mitch McConnell's conservative primary challenger is hoping to score some points off of a highly publicized mistake by the Senate Minority Leader's re-election team.

Louisville businessman Matt Bevin, hoping to boost his underdog challenge against McConnell in Kentucky's May Republican primary, is going up with a TV commercial Friday that pokes fun at web video released earlier this week by the senator's campaign that included a clip of a team wearing blue uniforms celebrating a national championship in men's basketball. The major problem was that the team wasn't the Kentucky Wildcats, but instead the Duke University Blue Devils. There's little love among Kentucky college basketball fans for the powerhouse Atlantic Coast Conference school from North Carolina.

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Filed under: 2014 • Kentucky • Matt Bevin • Mitch McConnell
March 28th, 2014
07:59 AM ET
3 weeks ago

Inside Politics Speed Read: 6 million enrollments tells us very little about Obamacare

Wow! Right? Maybe not: Here’s what we know: More than 6 million people have signed up for private coverage on insurance exchanges set up through Obamacare.

Here’s what we don’t know: pretty much anything else.

The 6 million doesn’t account for the low-income people who have enrolled in Medicaid or the people who couldn’t enroll in Medicaid because their states chose not to participate.

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Filed under: Chris Christie • Mitch McConnell • Obamacare
Inside Politics: Obama vs. Romney... and Putin
March 26th, 2014
08:11 AM ET
3 weeks ago

Inside Politics: Obama vs. Romney... and Putin

Take a quick trip Inside Politics and see the stories setting the stage in Washington today:

Obama vs. Romney ... and Putin - A tough question for President Obama on Romney, Russia and Putin. Obama is a master of the long–winded sidestep - guarded, professorial and often dismissive answers to questions from reporters.

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Filed under: Bruce Braley • Iowa • Kentucky • Michelle Obama • Mitch McConnell • Mitt Romney • Vladimir Putin
March 10th, 2014
12:20 PM ET
1 month ago

Tea Party pushes back against McConnell

(CNN) - The leaders of some national tea party groups aren't taking kindly to tough talk by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The top Senate Republican, who's running for re-election this year, said over the weekend that he's not concerned about facing a tea party supported primary challenger back home in Kentucky.

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Filed under: 2014 • Kentucky • Mitch McConnell • Senate Primaries • Senate Republicans • Tea Party
March 7th, 2014
03:11 PM ET
1 month ago

Political Circus: McConnell comes strapped to CPAC...sort of

Mitch McConnell came strapped to the Conservative Political Action Conference this week.

The Senate minority leader, 72, held his rifle mightily overhead before presenting it to his pal, Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican, as part of the NRA Courage Under Fire lifetime achievement award.

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February 25th, 2014
06:09 AM ET
2 months ago

Is 2016 hanging over Bill Clinton's 2014 campaign efforts?

updated 2:30pm ET

(CNN) - Bill Clinton's back on the trail.

As he's done the past couple of election cycles, the former President's helping fellow Democrats. But this time around, his campaigning comes with the prospect of his wife making a second bid for the White House in 2016.

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Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • Alison Lundergan Grimes • Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton • Kentucky • Mitch McConnell
Paul, McConnell together on the circuit in Kentucky
February 22nd, 2014
07:44 PM ET
2 months ago

Paul, McConnell together on the circuit in Kentucky

updated 745am ET Sunday

(CNN) – In a  joint appearance, Kentucky's two U.S. senators, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, shared the floor at a fundraiser in Louisville.

The two attended the "Party for the Party Dinner" of the Jefferson County GOP on Friday evening. Each spoke for a few minutes, attempting to stir supporters and galvanize the grassroots.

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Filed under: Kentucky • Mitch McConnell • Rand Paul
Political Circus: Ooh ‘dat (email’s) so scandalous
February 21st, 2014
02:24 PM ET
2 months ago

Political Circus: Ooh ‘dat (email’s) so scandalous

Washington (CNN) – The Internet is kind of like that annoying friend from college who remembers you at your sloppy drunk worst and keeps telling the stories over and over again.

While combing through 25,000 documents related to the now-closed investigation into Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, when he was the Milwaukee County executive, we came across this gem.

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February 17th, 2014
05:59 PM ET
2 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
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