Monday, June 30, 2014

June 30 roundup: McConnell vows to push abortion limit as Senate majority leader

News beyond Sen. Elizabeth Warren's Sunday visit for Alison Lundergan Grimes:
  • In advance of the visit, Grimes "introduced a plan aimed at relieving student debt that includes dropping student loan interest to the discount rate banks pay, allowing students to refinance the loans and fully funding Pell grants," reports Joe Gerth of The Courier-Journal. "The Grimes plan also calls for making sure women are paid the same as men to help women pay off their student debts."
  • In a "passionate" speech at the National Right to Life convention Saturday in Louisville, Sen. Mitch McConnell "sounded more than ready to take the Senate reins from Majority Leader Harry Reid" to advance anti-abortion legislation if Republicans take over the Senate, Cortney O'Brien reports on "It's long past time for us to join the ranks of most other civilized nations to protect children past 20 weeks in the womb," McConnell said.
  • "Grimes has said she believes the issue of abortion should not be dictated by government but should be a choice a woman makes with her doctor," Gerth writes from the meeting. "She favors keeping the law as it is under Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling affirming the right to an abortion." Gerth notes that McConnell didn't speak with reporters afterward and writes, "Abortion hasn't been much of an issue" in the race because the candidates "don't talk about it in stump speeches."
  • PBS NewsHour's "Morning Line" says "Republicans believe conservatives will come home" and "McConnell will find a way to pull out a win in November, despite most public and private polls showing the race to be a dead heat." Grimes must find a way to get out from Obama's shadow, "an effort not helped by the administration’s recent announcement of new regulations to cut carbon pollution from power plants in this coal-friendly state." 
  • Today is the last day of a calendar quarter, making it the end of a campaign-finance reporting period, and both candidates are making pleas for money. An email from McConnell was titled "One last time" and one from Grimes was titled "My last email."

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