On a longer timeline, the raid at Sorenson's house suggests the FBI is taking the payoffs to Sorenson very seriously, which means they may stumble across even uglier payoffs made to protect a Ron Paul 2012 official. Read more.
This is really beginning to smell.
Opens Secrets The campaign of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) hired a former Ron Paul campaign aide accused of trying to buy the endorsement of an Iowa state senator in 2012, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. The aide, Dimitri Kesari, was also implicated in allegations made last week by a former National Right to Work Committee employee who says the politically active nonprofit broke Iowa state campaign finance rules and misled the Internal Revenue Service about its political activity. Read more.
National Review A year later, a seat on the Finance Committee came open. DeMint had sought to join the committee repeatedly in the past, but McConnell gave the seat to Senator Richard Burr, who had never previously expressed interest in it.
After that, DeMint abruptly left the Senate to take over the Heritage Foundation, where McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, works. From his new perch, he has prompted all kinds of ire by transplanting some of his Senate tactics to the think tank. The result is that while the Heritage Foundation may have never been less loved by Republicans in Congress, it has also never been more feared. Read more.
Huffington Post "As the father of three daughters, fair pay for women is more than a talking point for Sen. McConnell," campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore said. "It's something he's worked to achieve his entire career by setting an example for others and promoting thoughtful policies to ensure talent overcomes bias." Read more.
Senator Mitch McConnell I've got news for you you, at least one of your daughters and you aren't on the same page when it comes to politics. Hell you aren't even friends on Facebook.
A recorded message in some stations on the London Underground – subway on this side of the pond – warns passengers to “mind the gap.”
It looks like Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell has a pair of gaps with many women voters – gender and credibility, the former rooted in the latter. Apparently, he figures he can “mind” them merely by telling one of his flaks to say he’s a true believer in, you guessed it, gender equality.
Polls show McConnell slightly trailing – or tied with – Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, his almost certain Democratic challenger in next year’s senate race.
The same surveys show he’s way behind Grimes among women, who make up about 53 percent of registered voters in the Bluegrass State.
So a Team Mitch spokeswoman promised that “as the father of three daughters, fair pay for women is more than a talking point for Sen. McConnell.” She added, “It’s something he’s worked to achieve his entire career by setting an example for others and promoting thoughtful policies to ensure talent overcomes bias.”
WFPL Kentucky U.S Senate candidate Matt Bevin beat incumbent Mitch McConnell in a straw poll conducted by the Boone County Republican Party. The unscientific survey was held at the group's gala on Thursday which featured libertarian speaker Judge Andrew Napolitano among others. Of the approximately 425 people who participated, Bevin won 85 percent compared to just 13 percent favoring McConnell. Read more.
Huffington Post The National Republican Senatorial Committee and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) political director, Iris Wilbur, tweeted out an article on Tuesday that features the face of Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes photoshopped onto the sexily clad body of "Obama Girl" -- the model who made racy videos about her crush on then-Sen. Barack Obama in 2007. Read more.
Sen. Mitch McConnell got a “Defender of Freedom” award from the National Rifle Association.
No doubt the senate minority leader figures the attaboy from the gun group, plus an all but certain NRA endorsement, might help him con some gun-owning union members into voting for him next November.
Naturally, he hopes union men and women who enjoy hunting and shooting sports won’t find out how tight NRA bigwigs are with the union-haters who run the National Right to Work Committee, a group which has been waging unholy war against us for years.
The NRTWC loves the anti-union McConnell. He even wants a national right to work law patterned after state right to work laws, which allow hourly employees in unionized companies to enjoy union-won wages and benefits without paying dues to support the union.
Courier Journal There is apparently not much daylight today between Sen. Mitch McConnell and his Democratic challenger, Alison Lundergan Grimes, on the issue of Kentucky coal. Read more.
The National Rifle Association (NRA).
Lexington Herald-Leader "As an NRA member, my strong support for the Second Amendment is unquestioned," Grimes said in a statement to the Herald-Leader. "I am proud of Kentucky's long-held gun ownership, sporting and hunting traditions. It is unfortunate that Senator McConnell is desperate to mislead Kentucky voters about my strong support for the Second Amendment. Read more.
Mother Jones On Thursday afternoon, the Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a landmark bill that would end decades of employment discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans. The bill moved forward with support of 54 senators who caucus with the Democrats (Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania didn't vote because he was attending to his wife's surgery) as well as votes from 10 Republicans, only a few months after the Supreme Court ruled that the government must recognize same-sex marriages. Read more.
Mitch McConnell's Facebook Page As millions prepare to receive what may be Billy Graham's last sermon tonight, I would like to thank him for his remarkable dedication that has saved so many over the years.
Senator Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul are planning to attach national "Right To Work" legislation to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and I have this message for them: We don't need a "Right To Work" law. We already have the "Right To Work" and many of us are working two and three jobs while politicians like you write your own government check and schedule yourselves a 2.17 day work week (133 days per year).
By the way Senator Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul where in the Hell were you when 57,000 factories were closing, and 2.8 million manufacturing jobs were being sent to your friends in China, India, Mexico, etc?
Senate Conservatives Fund The Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) criticized U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Wednesday for allowing a $2 billion Kentucky earmark to be added to the debt deal he negotiated with U.S. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV). SCF Executive Director Matt Hoskins made the following statement: Read more.
The Hill The conservative Club for Growth and Heritage Action announced Wednesday that they opposes the Senate deal that raises the debt ceiling and ends the government shutdown. Read more.
Just in case you don't know, Jim DeMint is Elaine Chao's boss (they both work at the Heritage Foundation) and Elaine Chao is Senator Mitch McConnell's wife. I wonder how Elaine feels about Jim DeMint, her boss, picking on her husband?
Senator Mitch McConnell pays 3.6% of his $193,400 salary into Social Security (FICA contributions) while the rest of us (individuals) earning less than $113,700 annually pay 6.2% of our salaries into Social Security (FICA contributions).
It gets worse.
Congressman John Boehner, Speaker of the House, pays only 3.15% of his $223,500 salary into Social Security (FICA contributions).
The fact is, Social Security has a surplus that is projected to be $2.8 trillion in 2013, growing to $2.9 trillion by 2020. That aside, how can Senator Mitch McConnell and Congressman John Boehner expect us to pay 6.2% of our salaries into Social Security (FICA contributions) while they only pay 3.6% and 3.15% respectively of their salaries into Social Security (FICA contributions)?
If Jesus were to appear before us today and start healing the sick for free I suggest the healthcare insurance companies, big PHARMA and politicians like Mitch McConnell would lobby to make it illegal and find a way to label Jesus as a liberal socialist terrorist and it would get even worse if Jesus started making thousands of meals out of a few fish and a few loaves of bread. The Restaurant lobby would go nuts.