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Post by mimi » Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:41 pm

@kasie: Mitch McConnell says that he thinks ProgressKY bugged his headquarters.

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Post by A Legal Lohengrin » Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:51 pm

Time to get rid of Yertle and send him back into his shell.

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Post by Joseph Robidoux III » Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:54 pm

@kasie: Mitch McConnell says that he thinks ProgressKY bugged his headquarters.The odds are probably much higher that someone invited to the meeting by either Sen McConnell, his staff or the Kentucky GOP is responsible for the taping. My money would be on a dissatisfied Republican who believes McConnell is too liberal.

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Post by Sugar Magnolia » Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:59 pm

@kasie: Mitch McConnell says that he thinks ProgressKY bugged his headquarters.The odds are probably much higher that someone invited to the meeting by either Sen McConnell, his staff or the Kentucky GOP is responsible for the taping. My money would be on a dissatisfied Republican who believes McConnell is too liberal.Were there any waiters there?

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Post by Joseph Robidoux III » Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:45 am

The FBI swept Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell's (Ky.) campaign office on Wednesday morning and, according to the senator’s campaign manager, found “good leads” in its investigationinto leaked recordings that revealed aides to the GOP senator discussing ways to attack actress Ashley Judd.[/break1]com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/293029-mcconnell-campaign-says-fbi-has-good-leads-in-bugging-probe]http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/sen ... ging-probeAnyone else believe this sounds familiar? Generalissimo Zulo? -xx

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Post by kate520 » Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:09 am

Or maybe even like that time Rove bugged his own hq in Tejas, let some information from a phone call be leaked and then called the cops to check out his office, where they found - surprise! surprise! surprise! - a bug!I would put nothing past that turtle faced whiner.
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Post by Norbrook » Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:43 am

Mitch might also want to look close to home for the leak. The Tea Party groups aren't [/break1]nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/344692/mitch-mcconnell-still-missing-serious-primary-challenger-too]happy with him, and there's some "interest" from a [/break1]salon.com/2013/02/19/the_tea_party_is_beating_mitch_mcconnell/]wealthy businessman about jumping into a primary. If he has a strong primary challenger - or challengers - he'll still probably win the primary, but be forced to spend a lot of money he'd have otherwise used for the general election and have to move even further to the right, which may not play well with the middle. It could very well be that there's someone on his staff who's hoping to either get a job with the Tea Party candidate, or wants to force Mitch to the right. 8-)

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Post by A Legal Lohengrin » Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:15 pm

Teatards are the gift that keeps on giving. They force these pugs either to lose the primary to a crazy who can't possibly win a general election, or to become a crazy who can't possibly win a general election.

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Post by Suranis » Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:50 pm

My money is that he released it himself. He not only was able to cast himself as a victim of those nasty mean Libs bugging him, he ALSO called attention to the mental health issues etc of his opponent in one fell swoop.And yeah the FBI "Big leads" were probably telling the McConnell staff that thew know they did it and to stop wasting their time.
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Post by MsDaisy » Thu Apr 11, 2013 3:23 pm

Well it appears old turtle face has been hit with an ethics complaint over the leaked tapes.





From HP





Mitch McConnell Hit With Ethics Complaint Over Leaked Ashley Judd Tape





Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has been hit with an ethics complaint after a leaked tape revealed he was discussing with aides how to take on potential opponent Ashley Judd.





The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has asked the Senate ethics committee and the FBI to investigate whether McConnell was having a discussion about potential Judd weaknesses -- including her mental health and religion -- on government time.





“Using taxpayer-funded resources to pay staffers to dig up dirt on political opponents isn’t just an ethics violation, it’s a federal crime,” said CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan. “As Sen. McConnell requested, the FBI is investigating the recording. A thorough and fair investigation necessitates the bureau also inquire into whether Sen. McConnell himself violated the law.”





Mother Jones first reported on the leaked tape, which was reportedly recorded at a Feb. 2 meeting. Shortly after the leak, the McConnell campaign said it was working with the FBI.More at the link


[/break1]huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/11/mitch-mcconnell-ethics-complaint_n_3062215.html]http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/1 ... 62215.html
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Post by mimi » Thu Apr 11, 2013 3:49 pm

He'll just fundraise off of the ethics complaint as well.McConnell is using this whole thing to his advantage. And he's doing it very well.

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Post by mimi » Thu Apr 11, 2013 5:31 pm

Source: Progress Kentucky Behind Mitch McConnell Campaign Recording





Jacob Conway, who is on the executive committee of the Jefferson County Democratic Party, says that day, Shawn Reilly and Curtis Morrison, who founded and volunteered for Progress Kentucky, respectively, bragged to him about how they recorded the meeting.On Feb. 2, McConnell opened his campaign headquarters in the Watterson Office Park in Louisville and invited trusted GOP activists and select media outlets to an open house. The event lasted roughly two hours. Afterward, McConnell and several campaign advisors held a strategy session in an office meeting room.





Morrison and Reilly did not attend the open house, but they told Conway they arrived later and were able to hear the meeting from the hallway.





“They were in the hallway after the, I guess after the celebration and hoopla ended, apparently these people broke for lunch and had a strategy meeting, which is, in every campaign I've been affiliated with, makes perfect sense,” says Conway. “One of them held the elevator, the other one did the recording and they left. That was what they told to me from them directly.”more:


[/break1]org/post/source-progress-kentucky-behind-mitch-mcconnell-campaign-recording]http://wfpl.org/post/source-progress-ke ... -recording








Politico and others have repeated this story, citing the above.




Edit: ETA: Politico link as well. Below.




[/break1]politico.com/story/2013/04/mitch-mcconnell-secret-tape-progress-kentucky-89954.html]http://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/m ... 89954.html

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Post by mimi » Fri Apr 12, 2013 7:28 am

buzzfeed must have heard me grumbling yesterday.





The Disastrous Collapse Of Kentucky's Least Effective Liberal Group





Whatever Progress Kentucky is trying to do, it should probably stop right now. posted on April 11, 2013 at 9:51pm EDT





WASHINGTON — It's probably possible for a political group to be worse at accomplishing its core mission than Progress Kentucky is, but it's difficult to imagine how.





In its short lifespan, the super PAC focused solely on defeating Sen. Mitch McConnell has instead helped the Republican incumbent deflect his low approval rating and conservative critics by subjecting McConnell to comically incompetent political attacks.





"They've managed to become McConnell's favorite whipping boy," said Jimmy Cauley, a longtime Kentucky Democratic strategist. "It's kind of laughable because they didn't exist four months ago. And yet they've gotten wrapped up in a string of four or five controversies."





Kentucky Democrats aren't ready to say Progress Kentucky has helped McConnell, but national Democratic observers have their jaws on the floor as they watch the group turn McConnell into a sympathetic figure, generating good headlines for him time and again.remainder:


[/break1]buzzfeed.com/evanmcsan/the-disastrous-collapse-of-kentuckys-least-effective-liberal]http://www.buzzfeed.com/evanmcsan/the-d ... ve-liberal








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Post by Foggy » Fri Apr 12, 2013 7:38 am

They're probably puppets of the NWO, being paid to make McConnell look good. It all fits! :madz2:

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Post by Joseph Robidoux III » Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:31 pm

They're probably puppets of the NWO, being paid to make McConnell look good. It all fits! :madz2:Sen McConnell ain't looking all that good, at least not in Kentucky.


PPP's newest poll of the Kentucky Senate race finds that Mitch McConnell continues to rank as the most unpopular Senator in the country, and that several Democrats are within striking distance of him in head to head match ups.





36% of voters approve of the job McConnell is doing to 54% who disapprove. That -18 net approval is the same as we found in December when he was at 37/55. McConnell gets tepid approval from Republicans (53/34) while meeting with disapproval from most Democrats (23/69) and independents (32/54).








The good news for Democrats is that they still have several candidates who poll within striking range of McConnell. Alison Lundergan Grimes, despite having only 50% name recognition, comes within 4 points of McConnell at 45/41. She's gained a little bit of ground on him since our December poll that found him with a 47/40 advantage. And former Congressman Ben Chandler trails McConnell just 46/41. Ed Marksberry, the only announced Democratic candidate in the race at this point, trails the incumbent 46/35.





Given his mediocre numbers with Republican voters, McConnell faces some level of vulnerability even in a primary contest. Just 46% of GOPers say they would like for McConnell to be their candidate again next year, compared to 32% who say they would prefer someone more conservative. McConnell does much better against a named potential foe though, leading freshman House member Thomas Massie 56/18.


[/break1]publicpolicypolling.com/main/2013/04/mcconnell-remains-extremely-unpopular.html#more]http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main ... .html#moreThese poll numbers suggest to me Sen McConnell's re-election effort would be better served fighting off a potential challenge from the right instead of targeting prospective Democratic candidates. As terrible as McConnell's numbers are, he still leads Democratic challengers.





Kentucky is the state that elected a senile Jim Bunning, then McConnell then Rand Paul to the US Senate. Kentucky is not going to mimic Iowa and vote for a Chuck Grassley then elect a Tom Harkin 4 years later. It ain't gonna happen.




Edit: Support for gay marriage is on the rise nationally but it's going to be a long time before Kentucky voters get behind it. Only 27% of voters in the state think it should be legal, compared to 65% who think it should be illegal. Even among Democrats there's still 37/54 opposition. 52% of Kentuckians do though support at least civil unions for same sex couples compared to only 44% who believe those relationships should receive no legal recognition at all.


[/break1]publicpolicypolling.com/main/2013/04/kentucky-miscellany.html#more]http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main ... .html#more

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Post by Suranis » Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:29 pm

I recon though that if Yertle does get sent home it will be the surest sign of a GOP implosion. He probably wont care very much about a narrow victory though and will simply pretend its a singing endorsement, but a narrow victory will panic the more sane GOP strategists.
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Post by Addie » Tue May 28, 2013 12:11 pm

[link]Talking Points Memo,http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/e ... rimes-tied[/link]





Poll: Possible Dem Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes Tied With McConnell





Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) is tied with Mitch McConnell (R) in a hypothetical 2014 Senate matchup, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Democratic-affiliated Public Policy Polling. ...





PPP found several signs of trouble for McConnell, who is strongly focused on reelection and has a large war chest:





McConnell's early positive advertising has done nothing to improve his prosp ects for reelection and in fact this is the actually the weakest pos ition PPP has found him in yet. In April we found him leading Grimes by 4 points and in December he had a 7 point advantage over her.





McConnell continues to be unpopular with 44% of voters approving of him to 47% who disapprove. His numbers are even worse with independents, only 41% of whom think he’s doing a good job while 53% give him poor marks. Grimes, on the other hand, has a positive 34/24 favorability rating.
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Post by A Legal Lohengrin » Tue May 28, 2013 12:41 pm

Send the turtle back into his shell!

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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Tue May 28, 2013 1:11 pm

It would be great if McConnell got Daschled.

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Post by IncubusOrSuccubus » Tue May 28, 2013 1:31 pm

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This manhttp://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/98/Franz_Josef_Strau%C3%9F_1982.jpg/220px-Franz_Josef_Strau%C3%9F_1982.jpg[/break1]wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Josef_Strau%C3%9F]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Jose ... %C3%9Fonce visited the King of Tonga. One of his bodyguards looked around the Royal Palace and came into the kitchen. There was a huge sea-turtle that should be served that night to the honor of the guest from Bavaria. Only one problem - the cooks could not kill that huge turtle. The bodyguard told one of the cooks to place himself with an Axe beside the turtle - ready to cut off the head when it comes out of the shell. The bodyguard got behind the turtle, inspected the animal a bit and then shove his middle finger right up the turtle´s ass. The poor turtle put out her head to see what was happening. And off it was.The cooks congratulated the bodyguard and asked where he had learned that trick."What do you think how we put a tie around the neck of our boss every morning ?"

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Post by Joseph Robidoux III » Wed Jul 03, 2013 4:42 pm

Sen McConnell ran his first "attack ad" (according to Roll Call) against the Kentucky Secy of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D-KY). The ad is viewable at the below link.


It’s, um, unique. We offer this Web video without any other commentary because, frankly, we don’t know what else to say about it:


[/break1]rollcall.com/mitch-mcconnells-unusual-attack-video/]http://atr.rollcall.com/mitch-mcconnell ... ack-video/This campaign is developing into a real weird one.

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Post by Joseph Robidoux III » Mon Jul 22, 2013 11:05 am

Looks like Sen McConnell might want to put a hold on those attack ads against the Democrat in this race, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, and concentrate on his Republican primary challenger.Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will have a challenger from the right in Matt Bevin, a local businessman and Tea Party candidate who plans to announce his run for Senate this week.Bevin is a partner at a Kentucky investment firm and the owner of Bevin Brothers Manufacturing, a Connecticut bell-making company founded 160 years ago. He previously worked as CEO of Integrity Asset Management, an investment management firm with offices in Kentucky.McConnell has long been considered vulnerable to a primary challenge, but no candidate had previously emerged.[/break1]com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/312495-tea-party-candidate-announcing-run-against-mcconnell-this-week]http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/sen ... -this-weekI don't recall McConnell having a serious primary challenger in a while. Hopefully this will get interesting.

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Post by AnitaMaria » Tue Jul 30, 2013 9:39 pm

Ugh. I hate to see this. Democratic candidate Ed Marksberry is suing the Kentucky Democratic Party, alleging that it is violating its bylaws by promoting another Democratic candidate, Alison Grimes. The Democrats have a chance to pick up this seat, but it won't happen if they can't play nice with each other.[link]Marksberry files complaint against Ky. Democratic Party, alleging favoritism for Grimes in '14 primary,http://mycn2.com/politics/marksberry-fi ... 14-primary[/link]07/29/2013 04:41 PMby Nick Storm • 4 Comments • Filed under: On the TrailDemocratic U.S. Senate primary contender Ed Marksberry filed an injunction against the Kentucky Democratic Party on Wednesday accusing the party of violating bylaws by promoting Alison Lundergan Grimes in a fundraising email.Marksberry, who is a former 2010 congressional candidate and Owensboro home builder, told Pure Politics the lawsuit could have been avoided if Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Dan Logsdon worked with him when he first raised the issue in early July.The party sent out a message to its supporters just hours after Grimes’ announcement on July 1 that she would run for U.S. Senate. The email asks for donations to the party specifically to help Grimes defeat McConnell.[...]The party’s bylaws say that no one from the party should endorse one candidate over another in a Democratic primary.

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Post by TexasFilly » Thu Aug 01, 2013 11:12 am

Kentucky Senate Poll Shows Alison Lundergan Grimes A Serious Threat To Unpopular Mitch McConnellThe Huffington Post | By Nick Wing Posted: 08/01/2013 9:16 am EDT | Updated: 08/01/2013 10:20 am EDTNew poll numbers released on Thursday hold troubling signs for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).According to the survey -- conducted by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling on behalf of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy For America -- Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's Democratic secretary of state who officially entered the race on Tuesday, leads the longtime senator by one point, with 45 percent to McConnell's 44 percent. While her lead is within the margin of error, the poll also underscored some broader issues that McConnell is likely to face as he campaigns for a sixth term.At 51 percent, a majority of Kentuckians say they disapprove of McConnell's job performance, while 40 percent approve and 9 percent are undecided. Those numbers are an improvement over an April PPP poll that showed him to be one of the least popular senators in the country, with a 36 percent job approval rating. His lagging numbers reinforce a longstanding problem that McConnell has had wrangling support for his reelection bid.****"George Soros and the Obama Allies are up to their same old tricks," said McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton. "They have concocted another fictitious poll that has no basis in reality, held it for ten days, and released it at the perfect time in the news cycle to help their upstart liberal candidate. This poll has zero credibility and should be ignored out of hand."[/break1]huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/01/kentucky-senate-poll-alison-lundergan-grimes-mitch-mcconnell-_n_3688273.html]http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/0 ... 88273.htmlSeems like the McConnell campaign folks need some fresh material. Ms. Lundergan Grimes is a very attractive woman.
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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:46 pm

Love to see the minority leader get bounced.There is precedent -- set by Republican John Thune.

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