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FRANKFORT, Ky. - The looming shutdown of the federal government is providing fodder the 2014 Senate race.

FRANKFORT, Ky.— Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is calling on Congress to pass legislation to ease federal regulations on coal mining.  He wants Congress to pass a bill he’s dubbed the Saving Coal Jobs Act.

"The first part of the bill would prevent the EPA from regulating carbon on new and existing coal plants, the second would force the EPA to stop stalling on mining permits," McConnell said in a Senate Floor speech Thursday.

WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he will oppose President Barack Obama's resolution authorizing a military strike against Syria.

The Kentucky Republican says no vital national security risk is at play and there are too many unanswered questions about the United States' long-term strategy in Syria.

McConnell says the proposal is, quote, "utterly detached from a wider strategy to end the civil war" in Syria.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is accusing his GOP primary challenger of embellishing his educational achievements in the latest TV attack ad of the campaign.

The ad released Tuesday says Matt Bevin falsely claimed to be a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The ad says Bevin never attended MIT.

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign has taken to the postal service to attack 2014 GOP primary challenger Matt Bevin, calling him a "snake oil" salesman in a new mailer.  Meanwhile, Democratic frontrunner Alison Lundergan Grimes is launching a new initiative using her grandmother.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes officially kicked off her campaign Tuesday night in Lexington. The state’s top Democrats were on hand to lend their support.

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Political newcomer Matt Bevin has declared the time has come for Kentucky voters to oust Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell, and offered up himself for a replacement.

Bevin criticized McConnell at a news conference in Frankfort on Wednesday for being a part of "the politics of failure" for nearly three decades while describing himself as a man of the people, having grown up in a farmhouse with wood stoves, a garden for vegetables, and land that provided assorted animals for meat, milk and eggs.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says President Obama needs to personally address the backlog of disability claims handled by the Veterans Affairs Department. McConnell made the remarks at a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention in Louisville.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following reports that one of Senator Rand Paul’s staffers once belonged to a group that advocates for Southern secession, Kentucky Democratic party Chairman Dan Logsdon is urging the state’s senior senator to condemn the hire.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky Democrats still don't have a champion to challenge Republican Mitch McConnell, but they made him the target of their dinnertime verbal jabs Thursday night.

They flung rhetorical barbs at the U.S. Senate minority leader they hope to oust in next year's election during their annual Wendell Ford Dinner in Louisville.

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