February 25th, 2014
06:09 AM ET
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
Sunday chatter:  D.C. drama is a 'House of Cards'
February 16th, 2014
06:36 PM ET
10 months ago

Sunday chatter: D.C. drama is a 'House of Cards'

(CNN) - What do Hillary Clinton, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell and Ted Cruz have in common? It’s the characteristics they share with “House of Cards” characters.

They were also the main topics on the Sunday talk shows.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Matt Bevin • Mitch McConnell • Ted Cruz
February 16th, 2014
12:08 PM ET
10 months ago

Panel: Cruz creating headaches for McConnell, GOP

(CNN) - Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is not making many friends in his own party after his latest attempt to block the Senate from raising the debt ceiling.

The Senate voted 67-31 Wednesday to break Cruz's filibuster as a dozen Republicans crossed party lines to vote with the Democrats against Cruz.

"[Cruz] forced their votes but you have several senators who are in purple states where shutting down the government, where leading us to the brink of economic ruin is not playing well for them," NPR correspondent Corey Dade said on CNN's State of the Union. "They're this close, they think, to retaking the Senate. They don't want to toy with that."

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Mitch McConnell on allowing debt-ceiling vote: "I had to do what's best for the country"
February 15th, 2014
06:49 PM ET
10 months ago

Mitch McConnell on allowing debt-ceiling vote: "I had to do what's best for the country"

Washington (CNN) – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, on Friday defended his decision back home in Kentucky to join Democrats in a vote to clear a filibuster hurdle that allowed a vote to raise the debt ceiling.

"My job is to protect the country when I can and to step up and lead on those occasions when it's required. That's what I did," he said at a campaign appearance in Louisville.

McConnell was one of 12 Republican senators to join Democrats on Tuesday in voting to end debate on the debt-ceiling bill that will extend the federal debt limit for a year, a move his opponents have been quick to criticize him for.

President Obama signed the bill into law Saturday in California, the White House said in a statement.
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Filed under: Debt • Mitch McConnell
McConnell predicts no immigration reform in 2014
February 4th, 2014
05:04 PM ET
11 months ago

McConnell predicts no immigration reform in 2014

(CNN) – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he can't see an agreement on immigration reform happening this year, citing an "irresolvable conflict" between the U.S. Senate and House.

McConnell indicated the Democratic-controlled Senate's insistence on comprehensive legislation is at impossible odds with the House Republican majority's preferred piecemeal approach to immigration reform.

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Filed under: Congress • Immigration • Mitch McConnell
McConnell has substantial fundraising advantage in Senate race
January 31st, 2014
04:14 PM ET
11 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
Another showdown in D.C. on the horizon? Yup.
January 26th, 2014
11:58 AM ET
11 months ago

Another showdown in D.C. on the horizon? Yup.

Washington (CNN) – It was just over a month ago that lawmakers on Capitol Hill passed a bipartisan budget and members were singing "Kumbaya."

Those days are over.
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Filed under: Dan Pfeiffer • Debt • Mitch McConnell
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