Free Republic 4th Quarter Fundraising Target: $85,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $29,664
34%  
Woo hoo!! And the first 34% is in!! Thank you all very much!!

Keyword: bevin

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • SenateRaces, RINO Hunting live return thread

  • The McConnell challenge that wasn’t

    05/20/2014 12:16:53 PM PDT · by Baynative · 209 replies
    Politico/Playbook ^ | 5/20/14 | JAMES HOHMANN
    Matt Bevin seemed like the ideal candidate to challenge Mitch McConnell. The handsome and personable businessman, a father of nine, impressed national conservative groups looking for a chance to knock off the Senate Republican leader. These groups, from the Senate Conservatives Fund to FreedomWorks, the Tea Party Patriots and the Madison Project, invested more than $1 million in the Kentucky GOP primary. Bevin himself spent more than $3 million, including $1 million of his own fortune. And, yet, polls indicate he’s going to get creamed Tuesday.
  • Help Matt Bevin in his KY Senate challenge to Mitch McConnell, Election Day May 20, 2014

    05/16/2014 10:23:35 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 14 replies
    Matt Bevin for US Senate ^ | May 16, 2014 | Steelers6
    »Upcoming Events 17 May Fountain Run BBQ Festival May 17, 9:30 a.m. CT Main St. Fountain Run, KY Part of the ‘New Generation of Leadership’ Bus Tour view this event 17 May Bus Stop at the Columbia Public Square May 17, 12:15 p.m. CT Public Square, Columbia, KY view this event 17 May Liberty, KY Bus Stop May 17, 4:00 p.m. ET Sweet Beans Stop, 543 Middleburg Road, Liberty, KY view this event 17 May Mercer County Lincoln Dinner May 17, 6 p.m. ET Anderson-Dean Park, 1501 Louisville Road, Harrodsburg, KY view this event 18 May Maifest 2014 May 18,...
  • Poll: Mitch McConnell leads Matt Bevin by 32 in Kentucky GOP primary

    05/12/2014 3:52:32 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 31 replies
    HotAir ^ | 05-12-2014
    That’s among likely voters too, although when you’re looking at a lead this big, it doesn’t much matter which slice of adults you’re using. I thought next Tuesday’s primary night open thread would be rip-roaring food-fight fun between “true conservatives” and RINOs. Instead, we’re destined for a snoozer. Note the tea-party numbers, in particular. Bevin never got traction even among his ostensible core constituency.
  • Apology from the RNC Director of Rapid Response

    05/08/2014 10:50:49 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 27 replies
    Redstate ^ | Chairman Reince Priebus
    The below apology from Jahan Wilcox, which was posted by Chairman Priebus, is appreciated by RedState, as is the severe reprimand that we were told was administered. Unfortunately, the willingness of some within the ranks of the party apparatus to demean, and sometimes even work against, conservative candidates has grown this primary cycle.
  • Jahan Wilcox, RNC Spokesman, Attacks Republican Candidate Matt Bevin as "Fraud"

    05/08/2014 1:50:28 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 6 replies
    WSB Radio ^ | 05-07-2014 | Erick Erickson
    Jahan Wilcox is the rapid response director at the RNC. He’s charged with responding quickly to attack Democrats and rebut Democrat attacks on the GOP. Last night, Jahan Wilcox responded quickly to Thom Tillis’s victory in North Carolina by declaring that next would be to defeat Matt Bevin, the Republican candidate in Kentucky, who Wilcox called a “fraud.”
  • Flashback: Mitch McConnell tells NYT he wants to crush young conservative challengers

    05/07/2014 5:17:13 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    commdiginews.com ^ | 3/13/14 | James Richard Edwards
    March 12, 2014 – In a recent interview with The New York Times McConnell said “I think we are going to crush them everywhere… I don’t think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country… I know this: Politics doesn’t like losers, if you don’t have anything to point to, it is kind of hard to keep it going.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has finally let America know who his true opponents are, and they aren’t the Democrats. When asked about conservative candidates like Matt Bevin, who is challenging him for his Senate seat in...
  • Tea party vs. establishment as primary season opens - The Washington Post

    05/05/2014 3:52:41 PM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 11 replies
    WASHINGTONPOST.COM ^ | Monday, May 5, 12:19 PM | Dan Balz
    Between now and the end of June, more than two dozen states will hold primary elections. A major subplot of this year’s midterm elections is the competition between the Republican establishment and the tea party wing of the party. The establishment is fighting back, but has the tea party already won? The general election is still six months off. But Tuesday opens the summer preseason of intraparty contests, which starts with an important primary in North Carolina. Between now and the end of June, more than two dozen states will hold primary elections. After a July break, the preseason will...
  • Time for New Leadership (Video)

    05/02/2014 2:45:45 AM PDT · by PoloSec
    Red State ^ | May 02 2014 | Erick Erickson
    30 years ago, a man ran for the Senate because his opponent kept claiming to be for spending cuts while raising spending. His opponent kept claiming to be a conservative, while letting big government grow, even when he was the majority and could stop it. Maybe that candidate needs to be reminded of his own words.
  • The Chatter: WAVE exposes Bevin at cockfighting rally, McConnell hit on jobs comments, Grimes...

    04/27/2014 8:43:01 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 30 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 4/27/2014 | Jacqueline Pitts
    The Chatter: WAVE exposes Bevin at cockfighting rally, McConnell hit on jobs comments, Grimes finally weighs in on pipeline Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin is again struggling to explain his appearance at a cockfighting rally last month after a local news reporter aired Bevin’s remarks at the event in which Bevin had been asked specifically about cockfighting. WAVE 3 News reporter John Boel went to the March 29 cockfighting rally undercover and got Bevin on video speaking at the rally. Bevin was asked a direct question by American Gamefowl Defense Director Dave Devereaux. Devereaux asked Bevin “Will you vote...
  • McConnell and his challenger Bevin attack each other on immigration reform

    04/07/2014 3:18:25 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 42 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Neil Munro
    Matt Bevin, Sen. Mitch McConnell’s primary challenger, told a group of Kentucky voters that American workers are less productive than immigrants. “For those who think that all these fifteen to twenty million [illegal immigrant] people are here just to take advantage of us and ride the system, you’re wrong,” he said at a diner in Jessamine, Kentucky, in March. “Most of them are not… but I’ll tell you what, there are more people like that even proportionally that were born here in this country,” he added.
  • Kentucky: Your Primary is Our Business. Time to Send McConnell Packing! Levin Endorses Bevin.

    04/06/2014 5:53:40 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    The Great One, Mark Levin, endorses Matt Bevin, primary candidate running against Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, for Kentucky U.S. Senate. Enough of the status quo and politicians who claim to be Tea Party leaders who continue selling us out. I’ve published clips and rants about Rand Paul ad nauseaum. I am not here to disparage him, but to show the implications of what his half-hearted, “soft” and veiled support of the Tea Party will mean for us nationally. If it was good for Rubio, it’s good for him. Why should he be exempt from criticism? He’s just as devious,...
  • Glenn Beck: McConnell just as bad as Obama

    04/06/2014 6:09:43 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 4/5/14 | Tim Devaney
    Conservative television personality Glenn Beck on Saturday offered Tea Party supporters an unsavory comparison between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and President Obama. "Mitch McConnell is as big of a danger to our country as Barack Obama is," Beck said during FreePAC Kentucky, a conservative event that promoted two Tea Party challengers over their Republican incumbents in the Senate. McConnell, a five-term Senator, is facing a challenge in the November elections from Kentucky businessman Matt Bevin, who was also speaking at the event. Speaking to McConnell supporters, Beck offered a grave prediction: "You're guy's going out of business very...
  • After attending pro-cockfighting rally, Senate candidate Matt Bevin says it's a state issue

    04/02/2014 3:50:24 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 129 replies
    Kentucky.com/Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | 4-2-2014 | Sam Youngman
    April 2, 2014 After attending pro-cockfighting rally, Senate candidate Matt Bevin says it's a state issue BY SAM YOUNGMAN Matt Bevin, left, is challenging incumbent Mitch McConnell in therace to be the GOP's nominee in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race. Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin believes the legality of cockfighting should be decided by states and not the federal government, his spokeswoman said Wednesday following a news report that Bevin attended a pro-cockfighting rally over the weekend."Matt doesn't believe this is a federal issue, and the state government can handle it," said Rachel Semmel, Bevin's spokeswoman.The News Journal in Corbin...
  • Bevin hits McConnell for debt limit increase

    03/31/2014 9:33:13 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 3/31/14 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) primary challenger Matt Bevin blasts McConnell for supporting a debt limit increase and launching “false attack ads” in a new ad. ADVERTISEMENT It’s the candidate’s first significant statewide broadcast buy, and will also air statewide on cable, according to his campaign. The ad features Bevin speaking direct-to-camera, declaring “after caving yet again to President Obama on the debt ceiling, all that Mitch McConnell can do is run false attack ads.” A narrator goes on to declare that “thirty years is enough,” and calls McConnell “too liberal” and “too long.” McConnell has attacked Bevin in radio ads,...
  • Kentucky's Sen. Mitch McConnell: Go Duke Basketball!

    03/26/2014 5:49:28 AM PDT · by SterlingSilver · 12 replies
    The News & Record - Greensboro Ky - Associated Press ^ | March 25, 2014 3:32 pm | Associated Press
    FRANKFORT, Ky. — Sen. Mitch McConnell's latest campaign video hit all the necessary Kentucky high points: horse racing, bluegrass — and Duke basketball? The campaign was scrambling this morning to remove an online video that features a split-second clip of Duke basketball players celebrating their 2010 national championship. The mistake comes as the basketball-crazy state of Kentucky prepares for the biggest game of the year. Kentucky and Louisville face off in the Sweet Sixteen on Friday night.
  • Mark Levin Explodes on Mitch McConnell for Pressing Republicans To Join Harry Reid on Key Vote

    03/25/2014 7:03:10 AM PDT · by SterlingSilver · 7 replies
    BLAZE/AP ^ | Mar. 24, 2014 11:11pm | Jason Howerton
    WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) — Conservative radio host Mark Levin exploded on Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other GOP leaders on Monday for refusing to stand against “extraneous” funding for the International Monetary Fund currently included in a Ukraine aid bill. He accused McConnell of undermining House Republicans in the fight to pass a “clean” bill that only includes the $1 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine and other U.S. sanctions of Russia. “[McConnell] delivered more than half of the Republican conference into the hands of Harry Reid and the Democrats, enabling them to gain leverage over the GOP-controlled House and pass...
  • SEN. LAMAR ALEXANDER: 'LET'S DON'T TALK ABOUT COMMON CORE'

    03/24/2014 8:13:13 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Mar 2014, 6:17 PM PDT | DR. SUSAN BERRY
    Under increasing pressure because of his support for the Common Core standards, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said Saturday, “Let’s don’t talk about Common Core.” “Let’s talk about standards,” Alexander continued. “Education is not just a problem in West Tennessee. It’s a problem in Middle Tennessee and East Tennessee.” As the Jackson Sunem> reported, Alexander said, “I’d like to see a discussion about standards with no national school board,” continuing to cite an issue called the “national school board” that has never been put forward on either the federal or state level. Alexander is being challenged by conservative state Rep. Joe...
  • GOP poll shows McConnell up big over Bevin

    03/19/2014 6:48:50 AM PDT · by ChildOfThe60s · 73 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/10/14 | By Alexandra Jaffe
    Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has a nearly 40-point lead over his primary challenger, Matt Bevin, in a new Republican survey of the Kentucky Senate GOP primary. The survey, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies for the pro-McConnell group Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, gives McConnell 61 percent support to Bevin’s 23 percent support. That’s an increase in support from an early-February independent survey of the race, which showed McConnell ahead by only 26 points. But it’s actually a decrease from the last GOP survey of the race, conducted by Wenzel Strategies at the start of February, which gave him a 42-point lead....
  • Mitch McConnell to TEA Partiers: Bow before ZOD

    03/12/2014 12:51:05 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 18 replies
    You know you’re running with the conservative pack when you choose to bash the TEA Party in the New York Times. And you’re prepared to do anything in your power — with all the party machinery at your disposal — to make sure you hold on to your seat at the trough. Because if you ever did, you’ve long since stopped worrying about the wishes of the electorate, trading that in for tricks on how to manage their expectations, fluff your own voting record through procedural gambits, and both personal and crony wealth gathering. So. Though I was out there...
  • McConnell is finished, wave good bye to the nice man

    03/12/2014 9:23:45 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 74 replies
    Examiner ^ | March 11, 2014 | AARON BLAKE
    Mitch McConnell, the current minority leader in the Senate and GOP counterpart to Majority Leader Dingy Harry Reid, and senior senator from Kentucky, must be the stupidest politician in Washington D.C. right now. Facing a challenge in his own primary from TEA party oriented candidate Matt Bevin for being a RINO, McConnell would be wise to do anything but provoke an escalation of the political battle between RINOs like him and the more conservative TEA party supported candidates challenging them. McConnell the other day made a comment basically saying that all the RINOs like him that are being challenged in...
  • Political foes take aim at McConnell for CPAC rifle moment

    03/10/2014 4:34:53 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 21 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 3/10/2014 | Nick Storm
    U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell walked onto the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week holding a flintlock musket over his head has seemed to give ammunition to Democrats and McConnell’s Republican primary foe. Both U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, Kentucky’s lone Democratic Congressman, and GOP U.S. Senate challenger Matt Bevin have sought to declare the moment a gaffe. Calling McConnell’s entrance “pathetic,” Yarmuth tried to add a political and historical interpretation of the moment. “If you had a caption that you would run under that picture it would just say desperation,” Yarmuth said of McConnell. “He understandably feels like...
  • Has Mitch McConnell Jumped the Shark?

    03/04/2014 4:46:35 PM PST · by ChildOfThe60s · 13 replies
    The Jefferson Review ^ | 3/2/14 | By Theresa Camoriano
    The phrase “jump the shark” comes from a scene in the TV series Happy Days in which Fonzie puts on his leather jacket, swim trunks and water skis and then ski-jumps over a shark. The phrase indicates a turning point, which marked the beginning of the show’s decline. At that point, the formerly sweet, entertaining show had become so ridiculous that it had become a caricature of itself. The same seems to have happened to Senator McConnell with his latest outrageous “fraud alert” attack on challenger Matt Bevin. While McConnell’s accusations have been shown repeatedly to be false, as indicated...
  • The Senate 7: The Races That Will Determine 2014 Control

    03/01/2014 6:21:39 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 17 replies
    USNEWS.COM ^ | Feb. 28, 2014 | Lauren Fox, David Catanese
    The familiar Washington narrative on the scrum for the U.S. Senate has been rinsed, recycled and delivered once again: Republicans are primed to pick up the six seats necessary to capture control of the upper chamber. The midterm atmosphere sure looks ripe, the polling appears favorable but, as it did in 2010 and 2012, the most competitive batch of races will likely come down to candidate quality. It’s the key component that stifled GOP chances before, and could very well again. .... .... A closer look at the most competitive contests demonstrates why a Senate majority in 2014 is again...
  • Just Received in the Mail: Fraud Alert from the McConnell Campaign

    02/27/2014 12:50:47 PM PST · by The Working Man · 13 replies
    February 27, 2014 | The Working Man
    I just came back from the a trip to the Mail Box. One of the items was a single page letter With words FRAUD ALERT in BIG bold letters across it. It turned out to be a piece of directed political crap from the McConnell campaign aimed at Bevin. It had five points on it with a link to the website www.bailoutbevin.com. For those of you who lurk and are with the McConnell campaign; bad form gentlemen, bad form. In fact I will be sending in a donation to Mr. Bevin's campaign based solely on this letter/screed. On the other...
  • Bevin offers ... explanations ... on 2008 report; Responds to Paul's credibility comment

    02/18/2014 8:28:03 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 20 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 2/18/2014 | Nick Storm
    full headline (too long for the title): Bevin offers different explanations of his signature on 2008 report; Responds to Paul's credibility comment FRANKFORT — Dogged for a week about a 2008 report he signed that praised the bank bailout, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin offered reporters at the state capitol Tuesday different explanations about how his signature got on the report. Since the news broke last week Bevin has struggled explaining why he signed off on the company report — and those explanations continued on Tuesday. Bevin told CNHI reporter Ronnie Ellis that his signature was digitally placed on...
  • While stumping for Grimes, U.S. Senate Ag Chair [Stabenow] says she forgot about McConnell

    02/18/2014 8:02:12 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 13 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 2/17/2014 | Nick Storm
    EMINENCE — At the same time U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell toured Eastern Kentucky lauding his work on the passage of the Farm Bill, the Democratic chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee told a crowd in Henry County that she forgot McConnell was even on the committee. “Now, the reason that I had forgotten that is because he has never attended a meeting in the three years I have chaired the committee,” U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan. Stabenow stumped for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky farm country Monday afternoon and later at a town-hall style meeting in...
  • Why local Republican primary races matter to Mitch McConnell

    02/17/2014 10:41:36 AM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 3 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 2/16/2014 | Ryan Alessi
    In 2010, one out of every two registered Republicans in the heart of southern Kentucky’s “Old 5th” congressional district came out to vote. A contiguous bloc of 14 counties in southern Kentucky boasted the most fertile and efficient ground for gathering Republican votes in that year’s primary. Those counties (see chart below) had slightly fewer registered Republicans than the 157,000 in Jefferson County, the state’s largest county. The 14-county region has less than half the population of Jefferson County. Yet, it turned out 78,200 Republicans in that spring’s primary compared to 50,449 in Jefferson County. A big reason: scores of...
  • GOP firm’s poll: McConnell in statistical tie with Democrat in Kentucky, leads Bevin by 42

    02/14/2014 1:14:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/14/2014 | AllahPundit
    Similar to last week’s lackluster result from Survey USA. Unless Bevin catches fire, looks like the best-case scenario for the GOP is an exhausting dogfight to the bitter end between McConnell and Grimes that sucks in untold millions of establishment dollars aimed at protecting the Senate minority leader. Again — that’s the best-case scenario. The worst-case scenario, that that dogfight ends in decisive defeat, comes from Sean Davis: To put Wenzel's data in perspective, it had Thompson in WI (lost by 5), Mandel in OH, (lost by 5), Romney in OH (lost by 2).— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) February 14, 2014...
  • Why Would Matt Bevin Tell His Investors Something He Didn't Believe? | National Review Online

    02/11/2014 12:14:43 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 55 replies
    NATIONALREVIEW.COM ^ | February 11, 2014 12:06 PM | Patrick Brennan
    As Ramesh points out below, Kentucky Senate candidate Matt Bevin's campaign is claiming that he has consistently opposed the Troubled Asset Relief Program, drawing a contrast with Mitch McConnell, who has defended his role in passing the emergency bailout legislation. This is despite the fact that, as president of an investment firm in 2008, he signed a letter along with the firm's chief investment officer that says the following: Most of the positive developments have been government led, such as the effective nationalization of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the passage of the $700 billion TARP (don't call it a...
  • McConnell primary opponent Bevin downplays impact of Rand Paul

    02/11/2014 12:03:02 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 20 replies
    WASHINGTONPOST.COM ^ | 02/10/2012 | Sean Sullivan
    <p>"Rand made this decision before I was in the race. That's his opinion. Rand is one vote. Rand will vote one time," Bevin told reporters at a gathering in Washington at the headquarters of Freedomworks, a tea party group backing his candidacy.</p>
  • Kentucky Senate race 2014: Matt Bevin, Mitch McConnell and TARP (Bevin supported TARP)

    02/11/2014 7:28:18 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | February 11, 2014 | Josh Bresnahan
    Matt Bevin, who is challenging Sen. Mitch McConnell in a Republican primary, calls the 2008 federal bailout of banks and Wall Street giants “irresponsible” and says he would have opposed it as a senator. Yet back in 2008, as an investment fund president, Bevin backed the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program, as well as the government takeover of troubled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. McConnell supported TARP, and the Bevin campaign repeatedly reminds voters that the Senate minority leader calls that vote “one of the finest moments in the history of the Senate.”
  • 'It's going to be a dogfight:' Grimes leads McConnell in first Bluegrass Poll

    02/06/2014 4:22:17 PM PST · by SomeCallMeTim · 46 replies
    WHAS Louisville ^ | Feb 6, 2014 | Joe Arnold
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Nine months before Kentucky's 2014 U.S. Senate election, Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes leads five-term incumbent Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) 46% to 42% in a WHAS11/Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll released Thursday. McConnell enjoys a comfortable 26 point margin in the Republican primary contest against Matt Bevin in the poll conducted by Survey USA and commissioned by a partnership of WHAS11, The Courier-Journal, WKYT-TV in Lexington and the Lexington Herald-Leader.
  • The Christian right’s 5 most dangerous candidates for Congress

    02/05/2014 7:56:43 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 33 replies
    salon.com ^ | 2/5/14 | CJ Werleman
    Not all that long ago, the establishment wing of the Republican Party had the power to demand obedience from its Christian Right flank, but thanks to Internet fundraising and changes to campaign finance laws, the 2014 elections could be a case of the tail wagging the dog. The GOP establishment has always had a monopoly on money, thanks to its unfettered access to the Wall Street donor class. As a result of this power differential, the Christian Right, while energized and mobilized, would be forced to sit when told to sit by the party’s big wigs. But those days are...
  • The Kentucky Primary Race - Mitch McConnell vs Matt Bevin

    01/31/2014 5:57:20 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    There is no Senate race in the country that is more important than the Republican primary election in Kentucky between Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and conservative businessman Matt Bevin (R-KY). The outcome of the Republican primary in Kentucky will determine the direction of the Republican Party for years to come. If Mitch McConnell wins, the party will continue to drift away from its conservative principles and become increasingly hostile to the grassroots. But if Matt Bevin wins, the establishment’s stranglehold over the party will be broken and power will be restored to the people who elect these politicians....
  • Dear America, here's your neutered Republican Party leadership (marbles in his mouth McConnell)

    01/27/2014 10:21:39 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    Sen. Mitch McConnell was asked yesterday by Chris Wallace a very important question: WALLACE: After the government shutdown in October, which Republicans took the hit for, you were quoted as saying, “We are not going to threaten default again by attaching conditions.” But more recently, you said you don’t think there’s any chance that a clean, without any condition debt bill could get through the Senate. So, which is it? Mitch McConnell responded that those two statements aren’t inconsistent, but when later pressed as to whether Republicans would attach conditions to the debt limit bill, he balked: WALLACE: So, are...
  • Matt Bevin

    01/23/2014 8:45:44 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 2 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 1/23/14 | Erick Erickson
    Matt Bevin is running for the United States Senate in Kentucky. The businessman and father of nine is committed to the pro-life cause. Several of his children were adopted. In 2003, he lost a daughter in a car wreck. The Southern Theological Seminary’s Bevin Center for Missions Moblization is named for Matt Bevin’s daughter. Matt Bevin is a good man. Right now he is being subjected to withering attacks by Republicans who have long profited from the status quo. Bevin, like a number of other candidates this year, is challenging an incumbent Republican Senator — one who has been in...
  • Madison Project Gets Behind Bevin ("McConnell's idology is power, not conservatism.)

    01/21/2014 1:32:04 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    FRANKFORT — Matt Bevin is getting some outside help in his uphill battle to unseat U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in the May Republican primary — and a lot of it targets Republican strongholds in southeastern Kentucky. The Madison Project, a Washington-based conservative group that supported Republican Ted Cruz in his Texas Senate campaign, announced a week ago it will open five Kentucky get-out-the-vote offices for Bevin. Then on Thursday, the group announced it is erecting billboards in Clay, Laurel, Madison, Pulaski and Whitley counties attacking McConnell. All but Madison are heavily Republican in registration. A spokeswoman for McConnell’s campaign blasted...
  • Mitch McConnell Embroiled in Tight Senate Race in Kentucky

    12/17/2013 10:23:44 AM PST · by BAW · 28 replies
    USNews.com ^ | Dec 17, 2013 | Rebekah Metzler
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's re-election bid remains one of the closest in the country, as he leads his presumed Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, by just a single percentage point, according to a new poll. The Republican Kentuckian has just a 31 percent job approval rating, marking him one of the most unpopular senators in the country, according to Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling, in a survey first reported by Politico and released Tuesday. McConnell leads Grimes 43 percent to 42 percent, with 15 percent of Kentucky voters undecided. A similar poll in October had Grimes ahead by...
  • Matt Bevin Calls on McConnell to Oppose ‘Ryan-Murray’ Deal

    12/13/2013 7:10:22 PM PST · by BlackjackPershing · 14 replies
    Matt Bevin Press Release ^ | 12/11/2013 | Matt Bevin
    Wednesday, Matt Bevin called on Mitch McConnell to oppose the ‘Ryan-Murray’ budget deal. Bevin criticized the deal shortly after learning it grew government and increased spending with false hopes of cuts to come later: “Again, Mitch McConnell is missing in action when our nation most needs leadership. Instead of leading, he is dodging a major issue while waiting to see which way the political winds are blowing. This deal is bad for America because it raises spending in the short-term for long-term cuts that everyone knows will never happen. McConnell should lead Republicans in demanding a deal that, at a...
  • Republican Senate Candidate Matt Bevin Wins Boone County GOP Straw Poll Over Mitch McConnell

    11/23/2013 1:54:02 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    WFPL ^ | 11/22/13 | PHILLIP M. BAILEY
    Kentucky U.S Senate candidate Matt Bevin beat incumbent Mitch McConnell in a straw poll conducted by the Boone County Republican Party. The unscientific survey was held at the group's gala on Thursday which featured libertarian speaker Judge Andrew Napolitano among others. Of the approximately 425 people who participated, Bevin won 85 percent compared to just 13 percent favoring McConnell. Boone County GOP Chairman Rick Brueggermann says it is unclear if any solid prediction can be drawn from the results ahead of the May primary next year, but that members were eager to participate. "It's not random sampling, but it is...
  • Get Mitch

    11/14/2013 9:37:10 AM PST · by ChildOfThe60s · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | November 2013 | By JASON ZENGERLE
    for some in the McConnell camp, the partnership with the upstart Paul—and his supporters—is a humiliating arrangement, no matter how necessary. “These are people who tuck their shirts into their underwear,” one prominent Kentucky Republican grouses.
  • McConnell: Bevin may have broken law [Mitch must be slipping in the polls]

    10/25/2013 8:15:29 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 76 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 25, 2013 | Mario Trujillo
    Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) campaign on Friday ramped up their attacks on his Republican primary opponent's business record, accusing Matt Bevin of possibly committing a misdemeanor. The allegations arose after the McConnell campaign released documents showing Bevin failed to report a tax lien on a $100,000 application for a state grant in Connecticut to reopen his business which had burned down in a fire. The McConnell camp brought in a Connecticut attorney to point out Bevin may have broken the law. “Now, I am not a prosecutor, I am not a judge and I am not a jury, but if...
  • The Most Important Election of 2014 (McConnell/Bevin)

    10/22/2013 5:52:00 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 57 replies
    blogs.rollcall.com ^ | 10/21/13 | Stuart Rothenburg
    So now we know. The single most important election in the country next year won’t take place in Louisiana, Arkansas, North Carolina or Alaska. And it won’t occur next November, when voters across the country pick the next Congress. It will take place in Kentucky on May 20. While the general election in the commonwealth — and in other states — could decide which party controls the Senate for President Barack Obama’s final two years in office, the GOP primary will go a long way in determining whether the Republican Party continues its evolution toward uncompromising utopian purity and, eventually,...
  • Kentucky-Bribed Statesman: Mitch McConnell Unmasked

    10/19/2013 4:58:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 10/19/2013 | William Sullivan
    Anthony Weiner recently lamented that "if the internet didn't exist," he'd be the mayor of New York.  In other words, if John Q. Public weren't so privy to the facts, and so readily able to investigate those facts and exchange opinions about them online, politicians could more easily manipulate their political images and determine the outcome of elections.Likewise, Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell is now feeling the stinging disapproval of an informed public that he may not have felt twenty years ago.  Like the grand reveal at the end a Scooby-Doo episode, McConnell the "fiscally conservative" Senate leader has been unmasked in the...
  • Rubio Endorses McConnell

    10/20/2013 7:02:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 100 replies
    National Review ^ | October 20, 2013 | Katrina Trinko
    Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) endorsed Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) in his primary against Kentucky businessman Matt Bevin today on Fox News Sunday. Watch: [video]
  • Senate Conservatives Fund Endorses Matt Bevin to defeat Ditch Mcconnell!

    10/18/2013 10:58:03 AM PDT · by teg_76 · 11 replies
    The Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) endorsed Louisville businessman Matt Bevin for U.S. Senate in Kentucky on Friday. Matt Bevin is challenging U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in the Republican primary election on May 20, 2014. SCF Executive Director Matt Hoskins made the following statement: "Matt Bevin is a true conservative who will fight to stop the massive spending, bailouts, and debt that are destroying our country. He is not afraid to stand up to the establishment and he will do what it takes to stop Obamacare. We know that winning this primary won't be easy. Mitch McConnell has the support...
  • McConnell primary foe: Deal ‘rotten’

    10/16/2013 4:45:16 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies
    thehill.com ^ | October 16, 2013 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is taking heat from Tea Party groups and his primary challenger for brokering a deal to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. Matt Bevin, who is running against McConnell in the GOP primary in Kentucky, slammed him for "selling out conservatives." "When the stakes are highest, Mitch McConnell can always be counted on to sell out conservatives," he said in a statement. "McConnell just negotiated the GOP surrender to [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid [D-Nev.], leading the charge to give President Obama a blank check and lifting the debt ceiling once...
  • Bevin Says McConnell 'Sold Out' Kentuckians With Default Deal

    10/16/2013 1:02:03 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 19 replies
    talkingpointsmemo.com ^ | 10/16/13 | Daniel Strauss
    Republican Matt Bevin said Kentuckians were "sold out" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for negotiating a debt ceiling increase deal with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). Bevin, who is running against McConnell in the Republican Senate primary in Kentucky, released a statement bashing the top Senate Republican Wednesday afternoon after he and Reid cemented a deal to avert a debt default. Read the statement below: "When the stakes are highest, Mitch McConnell can always be counted on to sell out conservatives. "McConnell just negotiated the GOP surrender to Harry Reid, leading the charge to give President Obama a...
  • Matt Bevin hires national communications director

    10/15/2013 7:01:21 AM PDT · by Qbert · 3 replies
    AP via Miami Herald ^ | 10/10/2013 | AP
    FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Republican Matt Bevin has hired a national communications director to work on his U.S. Senate campaign. Bevin announced Wednesday the hiring of Rachel Semmel, an Indiana native who has worked for three Republican congressmen over nearly six years in Washington.