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January 13, 2014

State, national teacher groups endorse Grimes

FRANKFORT — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has been endorsed by the National Education Association and the Kentucky Education Association.

Meanwhile, Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman Steve Robertson wants a U.S. Attorney to investigate claims by independent candidate Ed Marksberry that an unnamed person associated with the Kentucky Democratic Party or the Grimes campaign offered him financial inducements to get out of the race.

Both are running for the U.S. Senate seat held by five-term incumbent and Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. McConnell also faces a primary opponent in Matt Bevin, a Louisville investment manager who is backed by some tea party groups.

The NEA/KEA announcement was trumpeted by the Grimes campaign Monday. KEA president, Madison County teacher Stephanie Winkler, said KEA members will work “tirelessly” to elect Grimes.

“Our children and educators deserve a champion who will protect and advance Kentucky’s future,” Winkler said. “In the U.S. Senate, Alison will fight for our schools in all corners of the state.” The RPK call for an investigation follows a recent Marksberry letter to Page One Kentucky, an online political blog operated by Jake Payne, in which Marksberry claimed he was offered inducements by an unnamed person to drop out of the Democratic primary last year before he decided to run as an independent.

But WFPL Public Radio’s Phillip Bailey has also reported that Marksberry told him last September that no one had offered him anything to get out of the race. Officials for the Kentucky Democratic Party and Grimes’ campaign have flatly denied offering Marksberry anything to withdraw.

Also on Monday, a conservative group which has endorsed Bevin, the Madison Project, announced it plans to open and staff five get-out-the-vote offices in Kentucky on Bevin’s behalf. In a news release, the Madison Project said it will open offices in Glasgow, Bowling Green, Florence, Louisville and Owensboro.

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    February 24, 2014

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    The roughly 400 Republicans at Saturday night’s Barren County Lincoln Day Dinner here were primarily focused on the U.S. Senate race and Republican hopes to take over the state House of Representatives this fall.

    February 24, 2014

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