Mitch McConnell

Huddleston was a Democrat who served two terms in the Senate before being unseated by Mitch McConnell in 1984. 

Huddleston never ran for elected office again, but went on to work as a lobbyist in Washington, and later as chairman of a bank in Elizabethtown. 

In a statement, McConnell mourned the death of his former opponent, saying that Huddleston “proudly served Kentucky and our nation.” 

Fancy Farm "Political Super Bowl" Wrap Up

Aug 5, 2018

Gov. Matt Bevin didn’t show up to the state’s premiere political speaking event in Fancy Farm, Kentucky this past weekend.  His absence came as his favorability rating hit a new low and rumors swirl over whether he will seek re-election next year. Meanwhile, Kentucky Democrats are trying to claw their way back into power, but are at a historic low point of registered voters and elected offices in the state. Capitol reporter Ryland Barton has this review of Fancy Farm, the Super Bowl of Kentucky politics.

One of Kentucky’s first licensed hemp growers is optimistic about congressional action to legalize the plant as an agricultural commodity. 

Brian Furnish of Cynthiana says U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and many other congressional leaders have been convinced of the market potential of hemp.


In part two of our conversation with U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, Kevin Willis of member station WKYU asked the Louisville Republican what he thought of this week’s news that President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have talked about a face-to-face meeting.

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell says he’s not opposed to President Trump meeting face-to-face with his Russian counterpart.

The White House has confirmed that Trump and Vladimir Putin recently spoke about a possible bi-lateral meeting.

Stu Johnson

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he tends to focus on congressional decisions more than comments coming out of the White House.  

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Seeks Hemp Action in Washington

Mar 26, 2018

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he wants to revive hemp as a major agricultural product in the U.S. and plans to file a bill to remove hemp from the federal list of controlled substances.

It’s currently illegal to grow hemp without a permit because it’s a member of the same species as cannabis. But, hemp has a negligible amount of the high-inducing compound THC.


McConnell told a room full of hemp promoters in Frankfort on Monday that he thinks the country is ready to legalize the plant.

A solid majority of Kentuckians is expressing strong dissatisfaction with the performance of Congress.  A poll conducted this month by researchers at Western Kentucky University gave the U.S. House and Senate an 18-percent approval rating. Joel Turner heads the Social Science Research Center at WKU, and says respondents sounded familiar concerns.  “They had the perception that Congress isn’t doing anything.

The president of the Kentucky Farm Bureau has offered suggestions as Congress works to adopt a new federal farm bill. 

Mark Haney appeared this week before the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

By Mary Meehan

Protestors in Lexington Thursday encouraged Senator Mitch McConnell to vote "no" on the health care bill he’s pushing towards a vote, as a planned sit-in turned out to be a polite stand-around.

Our Revolution Central Kentucky organizer Kristen Pack said she had been contacted by the Lexington police before the protest and knew the group would not be allowed in the lobby. 

But, ultimately, after some subdued sidewalk negotiations, groups of two or three, passing a handful of mostly smiling Lexington police were allowed to speak with McConnell staffers.

The Madison County Emergency Medical Services agency is receiving $373,000 in federal money to purchase patient loading equipment. 

The director of the ambulance service says it can help reduce the risk of injury to patients and EMS technicians.

The federal grant will be used to buy hydraulic lift equipment to replace the current manual loading system. 

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth

Some 10,000 signatures were delivered to Sen. Mitch McConnell’s London office Monday asking the majority leader to support the Miner’s Protection and Reclaim acts.

One of the first political speakers for this Saturday’s Fancy Farm Picnic is sure to be U.S. Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  The sixth term senator from Louisville last weekend indicated he’s already looking forward to a seventh term in Congress. 

McConnell: Military Coalition Needed to Address Terrorism

Mar 23, 2016
Stu Johnson / WEKU News


The U.S. Senate Majority Leader believes a military coalition that includes American, European, and Middle Eastern countries could work to reduce terrorism.  Mitch McConnell addressed the Richmond Chamber of Commerce Wednesday at Eastern Kentucky University.

A political operative with ties to U.S. Senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell has been acquitted of charges of lying to the FBI.

A federal grand jury indicted Jesse Benton earlier this year on charges stemming from 2011 when he managed the presidential campaign of former U.S. Congressman Ron Paul. Benton and others were accused of paying off former Iowa state senator Kent Sorenson in exchange for his endorsement for Paul’s campaign in advance of the Iowa Caucus.

McConnell Covers Range of Topics Before Scott County Chamber Group

Aug 17, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News


The majority leader in the U.S. Senate visited his home state Monday.  Senator Mitch McConnell discussed various issues but would not touch on the current field of presidential candidates.

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In a rare moment for the 2015 election, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Saturday spoke on behalf of his former intra-party rival Matt Bevin, endorsing him for Kentucky governor during the Fancy Farm picnic.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky are backing an effort to completely strip federal funds from Planned Parenthood.

Kentucky Republicans waiting to see U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell put his arm around his political nemesis Matt Bevin will have to wait a little longer.

The U.S. Department of Labor has approved a $7.5 million grant to help out-of-work coal miners in eastern Kentucky.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's wife has resigned from Bloomberg Philanthropies' board of directors after the charity announced plans to expand its efforts to shutter coal-fired power plants.

Jacob Ryan, WFPL

Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, in line to be the next majority leader, says voters expect newly empowered Republicans and the Democratic White House to find common ground for fast action.


Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates are bringing in a trio of potential presidential candidates to help boost voter turnout in the final week of one of the country's most closely watched Senate races.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will campaign with Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in Louisville on Tuesday and Hillary Rodham Clinton will campaign with her on Saturday in Lexington and northern Kentucky. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will appear with Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell on Wednesday.

President Barack Obama is playing a starring role in Kentucky's hotly contested Senate race despite Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes' efforts to distance herself from him.

Centre College Withdraws Invitation for US Senate Debate

Aug 26, 2014

Centre College will not host a debate between incumbent U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes. / Lexington Herald Leader

Senator Mitch McConnell has accepted an invitation to debate Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes on Kentucky Educational Television in October. 

McConnell and Rogers Tour Coal Country

Aug 7, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is touring eastern Kentucky in his campaign against Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes. Along for the ride, is veteran Republican U.S. Representative Hal Rogers. 

Hundreds Cheer, Jeer Kentucky's Senate Candidates

Aug 2, 2014
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FANCY FARM, Ky. (AP) — Hundreds of people have flocked to a small Kentucky town to cheer and jeer Senate candidates Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes as they take pokes at each other in an annual bit of political theater.

The 134th Fancy Farm picnic is a fundraiser for the St. Jerome Catholic Church and marks the official start of Kentucky's campaign season.

The Republican leader of the Senate, McConnell is locked in one of the closest Senate races in the country.

The Fancy Farm Picnic’s political chair Mark Wilson says Democrats and Republicans offered positive feedback following a conference call to encourage a more civil atmosphere at this year's picnic.

  Wilson, along with St. Jerome Parish pastor Darrell Venters, orchestrated the phone call last week that included Kentucky Democratic Party chair Dan Logsdon, Republican party chair Steve Robertson and the campaign managers for both Sen. Mitch McConnell and Senate hopeful Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Centre College Proposes Senatorial Debate

Jul 17, 2014
Pam Wright / Advocate Messenger

Centre College President John A. Roush announced Thursday that the college has formally proposed to host a debate for Kentucky's U.S. Senate race.

The announcement came at a news conference in front of Centre College's Norton Center for the Arts, where both the 2000 and 2012 vice presidential debates took place.

2014 Fancy Farm Lineup

Jul 16, 2014

The 2014 Fancy Farm Picnic in western Kentucky is now just a little more than two weeks away and the line-up of speakers is almost complete. But not quite.