Ashley Judd

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7:28 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Judd 'Ready To Fight' Beside Grimes In Senate Race

FRANKFORT, Ky.  -- Actress Ashley Judd says she's "ready to fight" beside Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state who announced Monday that she would challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell next year.

Judd, who had considered the race herself, showed her support for Grimes in a tweet Tuesday.

Judd wrote, "Even in thick woods outstanding news filters through. Thrilled for the people of KY & ready to fight beside"

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4:55 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Progress Kentucky Super PAC Suspected In McConnell Leak

Sen. Mitch McConnell speaks in Lexington while protesters affiliated with Progress Kentucky rally outside
Credit Josh James / WUKY

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A secret recording of a campaign strategy session with U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and his advisors was taped by leaders of the Progress Kentucky super PAC, says a longtime local Democratic operative.

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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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8:43 am
Wed March 13, 2013

McConnell to Begin Airing His First Campaign Ad Thursday

Former U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao and Sen. Mitch McConnell
Photo by Getty Images

FRANKFORT, Ky. - U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell is expected to get an early start on a re-election campaign by airing his first TV and radio ad on Thursday.
McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton confirmed the ad buys on Tuesday.

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4:46 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Stumbo: Judd Would Be Formidable Candidate

FRANKFORT, Ky.-- Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says Ashley Judd would be a formidable candidate if she runs for the U.S. Senate next year.

Stumbo told reporters Thursday in Frankfort that the actress and activist is bright and articulate and would appeal to voters because she's a "fresh face."

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5:53 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Gov. Beshear, Ashley Judd to Meet Soon to Discuss 2014 U.S. Senate Race

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Ashley Judd—the actress and potential Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate—will meet soon to with Gov. Steve Beshear to discuss the 2014 election, Beshear said on Thursday.

Judd has been meeting with potential donors and supporters in the past several weeks, including some in Louisville, the Hill reports.

The Kentucky native has been flirting with a U.S. Senate run for a few months.  Beshear and Judd previously spoke at the Bluegrass Ball during the presidential inauguration, the governor said. 

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