Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day roundup: Are we in for 'new levels of intrigue, venom and bare-knuckle brawling'?

A roundup for Labor Day, which may be the quietest day we have for two months . . .

  • "As odds improve that the GOP will control both chambers of Congress next year, Senate Republicans are starting to plan an agenda intended to extract policy concessions from President Barack Obama without inducing the capital's market-rattling brinkmanship of recent years," Kristina Peterson reports for The Wall Street Journal., which rates the Senate race in Kentucky as leaning Republican and says Democrats see Sen. Mitch McConnell as "a formidable obstacle to Mr. Obama's legislative agenda." The story quotes McConnell's remarks to "a private June summit of conservatives and donors."
  • In a wide-ranging "Political Paddock" column headlined "Making sense of Kentucky's soap opera U.S. Senate race,"  Sam Youngman of the Lexington Herald-Leader concludes, "The fact that McConnell is leading this race while being so unpopular indicates that, at the end of the day, the big question still remains, who do the majority of Kentucky voters find more repellent: McConnell or any candidate from the party of President Barack Obama? . . . Kentucky politics appears to be headed for new levels of intrigue, venom and bare-knuckle brawling."
  • Alison Lundergan Grimes campaigned at unions' Labor Day picnics in Louisville and Lexington. The events didn't include speeches, but we were able to ask her and her supporters some questions, and student reporter Anthony Pendleton is preparing a report.

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1 comment:

  1. Hold up. Student reporter is preparing a report? Since when did "student reporters" cover the most-expensive senate election in US history?