- McConnell announced that he has been endorsed by corrections officers at federal prisons in Clay and McCreary counties, both heavily Republican areas. Officers of both American Federation of Government Employees locals said McConnell had always been responsive to their safety and security concerns. McConnell has also been endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police.
- Alison Lundergan Grimes, dressed in overalls, visited an underground coal mine and had a roundtable discussion in Floyd County Friday. WYMT-TV reports she said, "I don't agree with what the president has done, his energy philosophy. It's a stark contrast to mine. But I also don't agree with the 30 years of failed leadership; Mitch McConnell has had now three decades to address the issues facing Kentucky, and he has not saved one coal job." Grimes has blamed Sen. McConnell for the decline in Kentucky coal jobs while he has been in office; he blames President Obama for the decline in the last two years. For a release from the Grimes campaign, click here.
- EMILY's List, which supports female candidates, is running a TV commercial in North Carolina to re-elect Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and says it will spend $3 million on a statewide voter mobilization effort, raising the question of whether the group might also make an effort for Grimes. The group's name stands for "Early Money Is Like Yeast" and it is known for its early involvement in races.
Monday, June 16, 2014
June 16 roundup: Local unions for guards at 2 federal prisons endorse McConnell; Grimes seeks coal votes
As summer heat arrives, campaign heat increases: