The conservative challenger to Sen. Mitch McConnell has said he didn’t realize the event was to support cockfighting “activists” — even though he indicated he opposed federal criminalization of the practice. Update — April, 25, 2014 2:20 p.m. ET: A statement from the Bevin campaign apologizing to Kentucky voters has been added to this story.
“Is unemployment insurance going to turn an election? No. But it’s helping drive the conversation away from Obamacare,” one national Democrat said.
“So I’m asking you the million dollar question. What am I supposed to do right now to keep a roof over my head, food in my stomach, clothes on my back, car insurance paid?” Wessita McKinley asked a McConnell staffer.
Update: A major rules change in the Senate today, with support from 52 Democrats. Republicans accuse Democrats of creating a “fake fight.”
UPDATE: Harry Reid dropped the bomb. Maybe you heard about filibustering in the Senate and the threat of a “nuclear option,” and maybe you’re still a little bit confused about what it all means. Sit back and let the cast of Mean Girls walk you through the finer points.
“Leader Reid informed Leader McConnell that the Senate will consider ENDA next week,” a Human Rights Campaign spokesman says.
Matt Bevin, the conservative challenger for Mitch McConnell’s Senate seat, contends that Connecticut state officials came to him with the idea of the grant.
The fight in Washington over funding the government may be over for now, but the political fallout for GOP incumbents has only just begun.
“According to the Army Corps of Engineers, 160 million taxpayer dollars will be wasted because of canceled contracts if this language is not included,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander, one of the authors of the language. The project has long had the backing of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as well.
“No support until they solve debt ceiling and shutdown in an appropriate fashion. The implications for 2014 are real and very troubling,” warns Wylde.
Republicans had to get the big salad!
After McConnell announces opposition, campaign manager writes supporters, arguing “Mitch made it very clear to me from the beginning that he does not politicize issues of national security … we need to keep Mitch fighting for us in the United States Senate. Anything that you can contribute will go a long way.”
The Republican Party’s political arm in the Senate is trying to protect their incumbents while trying to avoid a conservative revolt. “Our job is simple: winning. So we reserve the right to do what it takes to win,” says Dayspring.
Sen. Mitch McConnell from Kentucky posted a photo to his Facebook page standing next to his campaign manager Jesse Benton, who reportedly said he was “holding his nose” until Rand Paul’s 2016 presidential bid. “LIKE if you agree: Nothing smells worse than #Obamacare! #NoseGate,” the caption reads.
“Nobody put a gun to his head and made him say the things he was saying,” Fusaro says.
Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes give dueling speeches the rowdy Fancy Farm picnic. Fifteen months out from the election, the gloves are already off.
As his re-election campaign kicks off, the Republican Leader in the Senate tries to ignore his opponents and remind supporters he’s really close to being in charge. “This is not just an election about who gets to be Senator from Kentucky, this is about who sets the agenda for America,” he said.
Fending off a primary challenge at home, McConnell has gotten cozier than ever with the tea party. But can he be a movement leader and a Minority Leader at the same time?
Alison Lundergan Grimes talked to Shawn Reilly about her Secretary of State race. “There wasn’t any grand conspiracy,” a consultant says.
The former Progress Kentucky volunteer’s cover letters start with, “This is off the record.”
Days before Progress Kentucky launched a Twitter offensive against Mitch McConnell, its executive director met with White House officials.
New Jersey Democrat introduces resolution honoring the late British Prime Minister after days of behind the scenes jockeying with Republicans.
Whatever Progress Kentucky is trying to do, it should probably stop right now.
“We’re going to make sure that this is prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” McConnell aide Jesse Benton says of Juddgate.
The vote was 179-157. Other portions of the bill remain to be voted upon in the coming week, but Tuesday’s Senate vote was the crucial step.
“All in all, today showed why Senator McConnell’s approval rating in Kentucky is a measly 37%,” says American Bridge.
After a potentially embarrassing tape leaks, a master class in spin. “McConnell took their faux-drama and busted a cap in their ass,” says Wilson.