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  • Endorsements from top GOP brass likely for Bevin, but he needs to work on donors, Jennings says

    05/25/2015 7:36:52 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 6 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 5/23/2015 | Nick Storm
    Scott Jennings may have spent months in 2014 running ads defending U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell as he faced Matt Bevin in the primary, but come 2015 with Bevin as the likely GOP nominee, Jennings is promising his support. “I’m going to vote for Matt Bevin; I’m going to vote for the entire Republican ticket,” Jennings said in an interview with Pure Politics on Thursday. Even though Bevin opted to not endorse McConnell in the 2014 general election, Jennings said he expects McConnell will endorse Bevin in the 2015 race. The outcome of the GOP gubernatorial primary is still up for...
  • If Bevin win holds, Conway beware

    05/21/2015 8:15:20 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 13 replies
    WDRB ^ | May 20, 2015 | John David Dyche
    It appears that 17.3 percent of Kentucky's registered Republicans have by 83 votes nominated Matt Bevin to be the party's candidate for governor. We will not know this for certain, however, until the recanvass requested by apparent runner-up James Comer is completed, and perhaps after that if there is an actual recount. Democrats nominated Jack Conway. His opponent, a complete unknown who did not mount a serious campaign, nonetheless got more than one out of every five votes cast. Conway supposedly wanted Bevin to win. He got his wish and will soon regret it if Bevin's well-run primary campaign and...
  • Hindsight 20/20 in wake of 83-vote loss for Comer while link to controversy, Bevin’s bid hurt Heiner

    05/21/2015 3:54:38 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 5 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 5/21/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    When a statewide race unofficially comes down to 83 votes, pinpointing the exact cause of the second-place finisher’s electoral shortcomings is an exercise in futility. That’s especially true in the case of Agriculture Commissioner James Comer. Republican analysts pointed to Comer’s light political activity in Jefferson County, the “Fort Sumter” speech he gave in the backyard of U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers in late 2013 and allegations, which he has categorically denied, of abusing a college girlfriend and escorting her to an abortion clinic as factors in his unofficial narrow defeat at the hands of Louisville investment manager Matt Bevin. Virtually...
  • Top three all tied up in Republican primary for governor

    05/13/2015 5:30:54 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 10 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 5/12/2015 | Nick Storm
    [Kentucky] - Just seven days from the May 19 primary, state Republicans are split in their support among gubernatorial contenders. Merely 3 percentage points separates the top candidate from third place in the race, according to the latest Bluegrass Poll conducted by SurveyUSA for the Lexington Herald-Leader, Louisville Courier Journal, WKYT-TV and WHAS-TV. Louisville investment manager Matt Bevin leads the field with 27 percent, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has 26 percent and former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner has 25 percent in the poll. Former state Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott is polling at 8 percent. The poll, conducted...
  • After starting with controversy of abuse allegations, final gubernatorial debate finishes on issues

    05/11/2015 9:48:20 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 1 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 5/11/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    LEXINGTON — A bitter Band-Aid was ripped off at the onset, but Kentucky’s gubernatorial candidates touched on a bevy of subjects during their final debate on KET’s “Kentucky Tonight” on Monday. Bill Goodman, who moderated the debate, started the statewide broadcast by asking Agriculture Commissioner James Comer about allegations of abuse levied by a college girlfriend last week and former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner whether his campaign had any involvement in Marilyn Thomas’ decision to air the accusations that date back to 1991. Comer said he has been truthful in his denials of Thomas’ allegations of physical and mental...
  • Latest polling finds Republican primary for governor still a toss up

    05/11/2015 9:41:48 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 6 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 5/8/2015 | Nick Storm
    The poll of 501 Republican primary voters finds James Comer leading the pack with 28 percent, Hal Heiner with 27 percent, and Matt Bevin at 25 percent. The survey has a margin or error of +/- of 4.4 percent, placing the top three candidates neck and neck.
  • Ex-Girlfriend: GOP Gov. Candidate Should Take Lie Detector Test

    05/08/2015 12:12:07 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 9 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | May 7, 2015 | DANIEL STRAUSS
    The ex-girlfriend of Kentucky Republican gubernatorial candidate James Comer wants him to take a lie detector test over her claims that he was physically abusive and took her to an abortion clinic. On Monday, the Louisville Courier-Journal published allegations from Marilyn Thomas, Comer's ex-girlfriend from their time together at Western Kentucky University more than 20 year ago, based in part on a four-page letter she sent the paper in which she described how their relationship had been "toxic, abusive and caused me a lot of suffering." According to the paper, Thomas claimed Comer was physically and emotionally abused. The paper...
  • GOP candidates for governor continue sparring at Kentucky Sports Radio debate

    05/06/2015 8:09:37 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 4 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 5/6/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    An already tense GOP gubernatorial primary grew testier Wednesday as the four candidates vying for their party’s nomination debated issues – both personal and statewide – on Kentucky Sports Radio. Allegations of abuse levied by a college girlfriend against Agriculture Commissioner James Comer overshadowed the latter half of the hourlong forum. In a one-on-one segment with KSR host Matt Jones, Comer again denied accusations of mental and physical abuse and that he drove his ex to an abortion clinic in 1991 while a student at Western Kentucky University. He blamed fellow Republican gubernatorial hopeful Hal Heiner’s campaign for pushing the...
  • Comer says woman's abuse, abortion allegations are untrue

    05/05/2015 6:44:44 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 6 replies
    WKYT ^ | 05/05/2015
    LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Republican candidate for governor James Comer has flatly denied he abused his college girlfriend and said his campaign was moving forward. Comer, one of four candidates seeking the Republican nomination for governor, scheduled a news conference Tuesday at the Hilton Lexington/Downtown to address the allegations. The news conference comes one day after Marilyn Thomas outlined several accusations in a letter to the Louisville Courier-Journal and threatened to bring down his campaign two weeks before Election Day. In a letter to the Courier-Journal, Thomas said Comer hit her and drove her to a medical clinic to receive...
  • The Chatter: Heiner apologizes to Comer over blogger

    05/02/2015 11:16:34 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 1 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 4/30/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Hal Heiner has issued an apology after reports surfaced that the husband of his running mate had communicated with a blogger who promotes material against James Comer, one of Heiner’s GOP opponents in the May 19 primary. The Lexington Herald-Leader’s Sam Youngman reported the story on Wednesday. The newspaper obtained emails that showed Scott Crosbie, husband of Heiner’s lieutenant governor pick KC Crosbie, speaking in the fall with Lexington attorney Michael Adams, who operates a website dedicated solely to Comer. KC Crosbie was copied on some emails, according to the Herald-Leader. Comer, Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner, denied the...
  • Tea party Congressman Thomas Massie endorses Comer in GOP gubernatorial primary

    01/03/2015 1:54:29 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 5 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 12/31/2014 | Nick Storm
    [Ky.]Republican gubernatorial primary candidate James Comer announced the endorsement of a prominent tea party figure in U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie of Vanceburg who represents the geographically diverse 4th Congressional district Wednesday. Massie has not endorsed in other GOP primary contests, including U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s 2014 bid for re-election against primary contender Matt Bevin. “James Comer is my choice for Kentucky’s next Governor because he exhibits the leadership qualities that our Commonwealth needs,” Massie said in a statement. “I’ve seen him in the halls of Congress advocating effectively on behalf of Kentucky’s farmers and entrepreneurs. I’ve watched him restore trust...
  • GOP gubernatorial candidates agree on Medicaid expansion's sustainability in Kentucky

    11/16/2014 12:23:17 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 5 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 11/16/2014 | Kevin Wheatley
    Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear’s decision to expand Medicaid eligibility has put the state on an unsustainable path when the federal government ratchets down its share of the bill beginning in 2017, Republican gubernatorial candidates James Comer and Hal Heiner say. Beshear’s executive order, made possible through the Affordable Care Act, has added more than 425,000 recipients to Kentucky’s Medicaid rolls, and Washington, D.C., has paid 100 percent of the costs for the newly eligible. Beshear based his decision in part on the projected $15.6 billion economic impact once the program is fully implemented in fiscal year 2021. .... “When Gov....
  • Hal Heiner to Matt Bevin: "I need you to beat Jack Conway in the Fall!"

    05/19/2015 8:42:37 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 7 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 5/19/2015 | Caroline Imler
    [Ky.]Republican gubernatorial candidate Hal Heiner took the stage at about 8:45 election night to thank his staff, volunteers and family for their support. He said although the race didn’t end the way that he and his running mate KC Crosbie wanted it to end, they are still proud of their journey and would not trade the experience for anything. He said he called Matt Bevin to congratulate him on his victory and told him he needs Bevin to beat Jack Conway in the general election in November. You can hear the full concession speech here:
  • Bevin accepts victory, despite recanvass

    05/19/2015 8:47:10 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 17 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 5/19/2015 | Caroline Imler
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin’s speech sure sounded like an acceptance speech, in spite of the slim margin of victory and the recanvass that will follow. He thanked his supporters, staff, wife and nine children as well as his running mate. He was proud to point out that he and Jenean Hampton grew up poor and said their rise to this election is what Kentucky is all about. Hear his full speech here:
  • Comer hoping for a successful recanvass, but pledging to support Bevin if need be

    05/19/2015 8:44:29 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 5/19/2015 | Caroline Emler
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Jamie Comer is holding out hope for a recanvass of votes to go his way. But he said Tuesday night that he called opponent Matt Bevin and promised to walk door to door with him to help him beat Jack Conway in the fall, if it came down to that. Hear his speech below:
  • T.J. Comer makes pitch on behalf of her husband; Bevin plays off of negative politics in latest ads

    05/13/2015 5:38:10 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 2 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 5/13/2015 | Nick Storm
    In some of their final pitches to voters, candidates seeking the Republican gubernatorial nomination are taking softer approaches on the television airwaves as Tuesday’s primary nears. Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has tapped his wife, T.J. Comer, to stand in on his behalf in the latest ad after a tumultuous week of negative stories alleging he physically and mentally abused a college girlfriend. The campaigning got so bad, that the Washington Post declared Kentucky’s primary the “nastiest race” of 2015. In the ad T.J. says she knows, “James Comer as a loving father and proud father of three children.” “You probably...
  • Bluegrass Poll: No clear favorite for GOP ticket in governor's race (Bevin leads)

    05/12/2015 4:29:50 PM PDT · by Falcon28 · 2 replies
    WKYT ^ | 5-12-15 | None
    With one week to go and the race turning tense, a new Bluegrass Poll found no clear favorite in the battle for the Republican nomination to battle likely-Democratic nominee Jack Conway in the Kentucky governor’s race. Louisville businessman Matt Bevin, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and former Louisville councilman Hal Heiner are effectively even among likely-Republican voters, according to the poll conducted for WKYT-TV, the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Louisville Courier-Journal, and WHAS-TV. Fireworks erupted last week and the race turned divisive after abuse allegations involving Comer surfaced and questions were raised about whether Heiner's campaign was involved in them becoming public....
  • Team McConnell isn’t about to just let Matt Bevin become governor

    05/08/2015 3:32:22 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 93 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 5/7/15 | Aaron Blanke
    Businessman Matt Bevin is the guy some see moving up in the Kentucky GOP governor's primary. Bevin also challenged now-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in a primary last year. These two things are not distinct from one another. Now that Bevin's chances appear to be on the rise in the May 19 primary (thanks to Agriculture Commissioner James Comer's problems), here comes Team McConnell to knock him down a peg or two. And boy do they. Here is top McConnell aide Josh Holmes on Bevin in a new Lousiville Courier-Journal story: Josh Holmes, McConnell's former chief of staff and...
  • Matt Bevin is running for governor in Kentucky - [01/27/2015]

    03/12/2015 9:02:21 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 27, 2015 | Jose A. DelReal
    Tea party favorite Matt Bevin, who challenged Sen. Mitch McConnell in the Kentucky GOP Senate primary last year, made a surprise announcement Tuesday that he is running for governor in the Bluegrass State."After many months of prayer and consultation with my family and fellow Kentuckians all around our Commonwealth, I am pleased to announce that I am running for Governor of Kentucky," he said in a statement. "It is not a decision I have made lightly, but rather, after careful consideration of all the variables currently in this race."Bevin's last-minute entry to the race will likely shake up the path to...
  • Republican Leader Mitch McConnell Defeats Pro-Abortion Alison Grimes

    11/04/2014 6:51:58 PM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    Life News ^ | 11/4/14 | Steven Ertelt
    The top Republican in the Senate, who could become the majority leader if pro-life Republicans defeat pro-abortion Democrats in top Senate races tonight and pick up a majority of the seats in the chamber, won his battle for re-election. Pro-life Sen. Mitch McConnell defeated pro-abortion Alison Grimes handily, as early election returns in his state showed him getting the vote he needed to return to the Senate. mitchmconnellTop pro-life groups like National Right to Life and the Susan B. Anthony List endorsed McConnell, who has a sterling pro-life voting record during his tenure in Washington. “The contrast between Mitch McConnell...
  • Tea party’s Frei finally joins Team Terry

    11/02/2014 1:22:14 AM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    It’s definitely late. Is it too little? During the GOP primary Frei, who lost to Lee Terry 53-47, accused Terry of “dirty politics.” In the final hours of his toughest and at times strangest Capitol Hill campaign in 16 years, Republican Congressman Lee Terry is scrambling to shore up his GOP base—thousands of potential voters who refused to back him in the May primary election. Early today Team Terry launched a 60 second radio ad which finds Dan Frei,—Terry’s tea party opponent from that rough and tumble, six-point primary—asking his “friends” to vote for Terry on Tuesday.
  • Election 2014: Kentucky Senate: McConnell (R) 48%, Grimes (D) 41%

    05/30/2014 9:39:51 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 29 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | May 30, 2014 | poll
    Election 2014: Kentucky Senate Kentucky Senate: McConnell (R) 48%, Grimes (D) 41% Friday, May 30, 2014 Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell now holds a seven-point lead over Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race following last week’s state party primaries. McConnell earns 48% support to Grimes’ 41% in the latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Kentucky Voters. Five percent (5%) like some other candidate in the race, and seven percent (7%) are undecided. The two were tied with 42% support each in late January in Rasmussen Reports’ first look at the then-hypothetical race. McConnell, a...
  • Rand Paul: McConnell is no Arlen Specter

    02/26/2014 11:21:35 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 26 at 1:07 pm | ROBERT COSTA
    According to one of the tea party's leading voices, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), who is being challenged by conservative Matt Bevin in Kentucky's Senate GOP primary, is not an "Arlen Specter" Republican."It's not like we're talking about Arlen Specter here," said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), in an interview with The Washington Post. "Senator McConnell has a longstanding conservative record and for an opponent to beat him, they'll have to prove somehow that he's not a conservative."Specter, the late Pennsylvania senator who left the GOP for the Democratic Party in 2009, was a villain-like figure to many on the...
  • McConnell vows ‘free-wheeling’ Senate under his leadership

    05/22/2014 6:52:28 PM PDT · by Mariner · 113 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | May 22, 2014 | By William Douglas
    Fresh off his resounding Republican primary victory Tuesday night, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Thursday laid out a broad vision of what the Senate would look like under his control. Bottom line, McConnell, wouldn’t run the way Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., runs it now, the Kentucky Republican told the center-right American Enterprise Institute. ‘A Senate majority under my leadership would break sharply from the practices of the Reid era in favor of a more free-wheeling approach to problem solving,’ McConnell said in a speech. ‘I would work to restore (the Senate’s) traditional role as a place where good...
  • Cruz sounds tepid on McConnell; Cornyn calls for party unity

    05/22/2014 3:00:13 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 28 replies
    Dallas News ^ | Todd J. Gillman
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had vowed to crush the tea party in this spring’s primaries. His decisive win on Tuesday over a tea party challenger in Kentucky’s GOP primary has fueled plenty of establishment-over-tea party stories. Let’s just say the war ain’t over. “After the primary is over, it’s really the responsibility of everyone who wants to see a change in Washington, D.C., come November to support our candidates,” said Texas Sen. John Cornyn, McConnell’s deputy GOP Senate leader, who survived a much more tepid tea party onslaught in his own primary in early March. Cornyn singled out Kentucky’s...
  • Mitch McConnell Embraces Old Enemies as Friends

    05/21/2014 2:56:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 58 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 21, 2014 | By Jeff Zeleny
    Sen. Mitch McConnell was all smiles today: Not only because of his Republican primary victory in Kentucky, but because of a string of about-face endorsements from conservative groups intent on destroying him. “I’m happy to have them on board,” McConnell said dryly, standing just off the floor of the Senate, where he hopes to become majority leader in November if Republicans pick up six seats and control of the Senate. “Collectively, this group spent about $1 million against me in the primary,” McConnell said. “But they all got on board last night.” Not only did they get on board, they...
  • How Mitch McConnell crushed the tea party

    05/21/2014 9:05:39 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 134 replies
    CNN ^ | 05-21-2014 | Peter Hamby
    Matt Bevin reaches into the breast pocket of his jacket and extracts a wrinkled, yellow piece of paper. "Fraud Alert," it reads, in alarming, official-seeming font. "Sensitive Materials Enclosed. Please Open Immediately." A Republican he met received the notice in the mail a few weeks ago and showed it to Bevin, who now carries it with him wherever he goes. Bevin, Mitch McConnell's tea party-backed Republican primary challenger in Kentucky, flattens it out on the table in the back of a community ballroom in Georgetown where he just addressed the Scott County Republican Party's Lincoln Day Dinner. The unfolded paper...
  • Tea party on life support after brutal primary beatdown

    05/21/2014 7:07:06 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 76 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 21,2014 | S.A. Miller
    Support for the tea party has dropped to an all-time low, said a new CBS News poll released Wednesday. Just 15 percent of Americans told the pollsters that they are supporters of the tea party movement today, which is less than half the level of support at its peak of 31 percent in November 2010 shortly after the midterm election when the movement fueled a landslide Republican win to take majority control of the House.
  • McConnell beats Tea Party challenge to win primary

    05/20/2014 8:05:45 PM PDT · by Wisconsinlady · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/20/14 | Foxnews.com
    At present, every poll has McConnell’s race against Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s secretary of state, as a dead heat with Election Day just six months away. Grimes also easily won her Tuesday primary. Her race with McConnell also is expected to be the most expensive congressional race this election cycle, as Republicans try to win a net six seats to take control of the upper chamber. If that happened, McConnell would replace Nevada's Democratic Sen. Harry Reid as the Senate majority leader.
  • Primary Live Thread (AR,GA,ID,KY,OR,PA)

    05/20/2014 3:26:54 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 466 replies
    It was suggested that one be started so I'll take the lead!
  • SenateRaces, RINO Hunting live return thread

  • The new campaign contribution: I’ll get my employees to vote for you

    05/20/2014 4:22:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | May 20, 2014 | Philip Bump
    Some businesses in states with pitched Republican primary fights are turning to a relatively new tool to help ensure the outcome they want: telling employees how they want them to vote. Thanks in part to Citizens United, it's perfectly legal — but it probably doesn't do much good. Bloomberg Businessweek describes the concerted effort by business groups to get their member corporations ready to weigh in on the election — an election, we'll remind you, that has largely been framed as business-versus-Tea Party. The National Association of Manufacturers spent a week in Kentucky, briefing "as many as 10 businesses a...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Republican Establishment Would Rather Lose Nebraska Than Support Conservatives

    05/05/2014 7:29:14 AM PDT · by xzins · 19 replies
    Red State ^ | May 5th, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    The Republican Establishment always says conservative purists would rather lose than compromise. But the opposite is playing out in Nebraska. The moment Ben Sasse got endorsed by the Senate Conservatives Fund, Mitch McConnell went all in for Shane Osborn. Well, Osborn is now toast. He has extremely high negatives, extreme negative poll numbers, and outside groups have just finished him off with an ad blasting his involvement in a made up military memo. That leaves Sid Dinsdale who’d have you know he is a lifelong Republican despite years of significant giving to Democrats. Dinsdale too, however, is behind in the...
  • 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...
  • U.S. Sen. Rand Paul visits Edmonton (Wouldn't answer publicly why he supports McConnell)

    04/17/2014 1:39:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Glasgow Daily Times ^ | April 16, 2014 | Gina Kinslow
    EDMONTON — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul made a visit to Edmonton on Wednesday afternoon for a community forum during which he spoke mostly about health care and the economy and how he proposes to fix problems with each. The stop was one of several he made across the state during the week. After addressing about 30 people who turned out to hear him, the senator opened the floor for questions. One constituent asked him why he came out in support of Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Louisville. Paul declined to answer the question publicly, saying he would speak with her in private...
  • Grimes says women in Arnold case told her Wednesday to keep $250 from disgraced former lawmaker

    04/12/2014 10:33:46 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 5 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 4/09/2014 | Jacqueline Pitts
    Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes announced that she spoke Wednesday with two of the state House Democratic staffers who raised the allegations of sexual harassment against former state Rep. John Arnold. According to the campaign, Grimes talked with Yolanda Costner and Cassaundra Cooper about issues affecting women in the workplace and asked them what to do with the $250 campaign contribution Arnold gave her campaign last year. And the campaign did confirm that Grimes will keep the contribution from Arnold after the conversation with the two women. The press release reads: Alison Lundergan Grimes also asked their personal...
  • 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.
  • The “Cowardly” Senate Leaders Employ Another Budget Gimmick (McConnell, Cornyn, Boehner)

    04/01/2014 7:07:36 AM PDT · by xzins · 16 replies
    Red State ^ | April 1st, 2014 | Daniel Horowitz
    Here is exhibit A of why we don’t trust current Senate leadership to do the right thing if they were to win back the majority; they refuse to block new spending when in the minority. Last week, House leadership decided to pass the “doc fix” bill (H.R. 4302) by voice vote. This bill reimburses healthcare providers for the scheduled 24 percent cut in payments for services rendered to Medicare patients. The bill extends the payments through next March. It also continues some new programs created under Obamacare. They used a hodgepodge of tenuous offsets spread out mainly over the next...
  • 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,...
  • Mark Levin Explodes on Mitch McConnell for Pressing Republican Senators to Join Harry Reid

    03/25/2014 5:37:26 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | 3/24/14 | 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...
  • 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...
  • Mark Levin: McConnell just cut the legs right out from under House Republicans…

    03/24/2014 6:28:47 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 24 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 3/24/2014 | Mark Levin
    Earlier today we wrote about how Cruz, Lee, Paul, Enzi, and Robertson were all standing together to strip the IMF legislation out of the aid package bill for Ukraine. As I said earlier, the IMF legislation would basically double the contribution of the US to the IMF fund while lessening America’s influence over how that money is spent. So what does McConnell do? Does he stand with the filibuster effort? No, pushes Republicans to vote for the bill, thus making sure to get Harry Reid his 60 votes to pass the bill to prevent the filibuster led by Cruz and...
  • 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....
  • Rick Perry Proves Himself NOT Reliably Conservative by Endorsing Musty Mitch

    03/18/2014 3:07:08 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 47 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 18 March 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Same schmuck who just declared war on the Tea Party...  I was actually considering Perry a second-tier maybe for 2016, hard to argue with his economic record. But when he comes out and endorses Mitch McConnell vs. a viable Tea Party challenger (when there was no reason for him to weigh-in in the first place) it becomes clear enough to me that Rick Perry is not the man to reliably bring this country anything resembling a Reagan Revolution. He plays a good conservative when campaigning, and would most certainly portray himself as one again in 2016- but this time the stink won't...
  • Texas Gov. Perry throws support behind McConnell

    03/17/2014 10:06:43 AM PDT · by manic4organic · 108 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Saturday, March 15, 2014 | Adam Beam
    MURRAY, Ky. (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry threw his support behind U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell on Saturday, telling 300 fellow Republicans that the minority leader will win re-election. McConnell finds himself in a GOP primary fight with wealthy businessman Matt Bevin, who attended the event but wasn’t allowed to speak.
  • Texas Gov. Perry throws support behind McConnell

    03/16/2014 9:26:23 AM PDT · by TADSLOS · 148 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Saturday, March 15, 2014 | Adam Beam
    MURRAY, Ky. (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry threw his support behind U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell on Saturday, telling 300 fellow Republicans that the minority leader will win re-election. McConnell finds himself in a GOP primary fight with wealthy businessman Matt Bevin, who attended the event but wasn’t allowed to speak. “I love the number six,” Perry told the crowd at the Lincoln Reagan Dinner of West Kentucky. “Sam Houston was 6 foot 6 inches tall. And Mitch McConnell is going to be in his sixth term as United States senator.” Organizers said the dinner was supposed to unite the...