2014 Kentucky U-S Senate Race

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12:39 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Former Miss America Unhappy With GOP Attack

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Former Miss America Heather French Henry has voiced her displeasure with a GOP statement calling her a "bottom-of-the-barrel pick" to run for U.S. Senate against Republican Mitch McConnell.

French Henry said in a blog post on Wednesday that she'll make a decision on the race soon.

Republican Party of Kentucky spokeswoman Kelsey Cooper made the statement about French Henry last week when she announced that she is considering taking on McConnell.

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7:44 pm
Sun May 12, 2013

Strategy Could Give Grimes Shot At U-S Senate

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes could be a strong challenger in next year's U.S. Senate race if she runs as a Washington outsider against both Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and President Barack Obama.

University of Kentucky political scientist Ernie Yanarella said if Grimes decides to get into the race she will have to set herself apart from Obama, particularly on the coal industry that has proven so influential in Kentucky politics.

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2:50 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

McConnell Unveils Measure To Help Coal Industry

PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has unveiled legislation aimed at forcing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to expedite the process for coal companies seeking permits to open new mines.

McConnell told about 100 people gathered inside a mining equipment sales shop in Pikeville that he intends to file the legislation next week in response to thousands of jobs that have been lost in the Kentucky coalfields.

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12:29 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Beshear Reiterates He Won't Be Taking On McConnell

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Gov. Steve Beshear says he won't run against U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell despite encouragement from lots of people do so.

Beshear told reporters at a Capitol press conference Monday that Democratic leaders continue to urge him to run next year. But the second-term governor reiterated he won't seek election to any other office.

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1:35 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Liberal Group Blasts McConnell For Pro-Gun Stance

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A liberal political group is using an al-Qaeda recruitment video in a TV ad attacking Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on his pro-gun stance.

Americans United for Change is spending only $5,000 to run the spot on three Lexington TV stations. But it drew a stern rebuke from McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton.

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Local/Regional News
12:25 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

McConnell Aides Claim Headquarters Bugged

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Campaign aides to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell proposed using actress Ashley Judd's past bouts with depression against her if she had decided to challenge him in his re-election bid next year, according to a secret recording posted by a magazine.

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5:45 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Actress Ashley Judd Won't Run For U.S. Senate

FRANKFORT, Ky.- Actress Ashley Judd says she won't run for U.S. Senate in Kentucky against Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

Judd made the announcement in a Twitter message late Wednesday afternoon.

Judd had hinted last week that she was nearing a decision about the race.

The former Kentucky resident now living in suburban Nashville, Tenn., has said little publicly about her intentions.

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8:09 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Ashley Judd Hints At Senate Run In Ohio Speech

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Actress Ashley Judd gave a not-so-subtle hint on Friday that she's nearing a decision about seeking the Democratic nomination to run against Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky.

In a speech at an American Counseling Association meeting in Cincinnati, Judd said she once didn't like criticism, which she said is ironic because she's "about to get $40 million worth of it." WXIX-TV first reported Judd's comments Friday.

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2:17 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Grimes Mum On Senate Run

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Speculation is swirling in the national media whether Kentucky’s Secretary of State will eventually announce her intention to challenge Republican Mitch McConnell for his Senate seat. 

Democrat Allison Lundergan Grimes was on the UK campus Wednesday to lead a panel discussion on civic engagement and was asked more than once to comment on the rumors.   The Secretary, however, was more comfortable talking about the fate of the so-called military voting bill, currently in legislative limbo.

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