ADAM BEAM

McConnell gives strongest statement yet in favor of Trump

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made his strongest statement yet on his party's presidential nominee, telling a rally in his home state Wednesday that "we need a new president, Donald Trump, to be the most powerful Republican in America.

Nov. 2, 2016 8:37 PM EDT
Paul, Gray clash over Supreme Court in US Senate debate

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says he "can't imagine" voting for a Supreme Court nominee from Hillary Clinton, but stopped short of vowing to continue a blockade of Democratic appointments during the first and only televised debate with challenger Jim Gray.

Oct. 31, 2016 9:56 PM EDT
McConnell, Trump hesitate on coal miners' pensions

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Mitch McConnell says the country must not turn its back on the nation's coal miners — but that's exactly what those miners say the Republican Senate Majority Leader is doing.

Oct. 12, 2016 12:54 PM EDT
As some in GOP sever ties with Trump, McConnell ignores him

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to acknowledge Donald Trump on Monday, telling a group of business leaders in his home state of Kentucky that if they expected to hear him discuss the presidential race they "might as well go ahead and leave.

Oct. 10, 2016 3:14 PM EDT
Democratic mayor to challenge GOP's Rand Paul in Senate race

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Lexington Mayor Jim Gray filed to run for Rand Paul's U.S. Senate seat on Tuesday, giving Paul a viable challenger and complicating his bid for re-election as he lags in the polls in his presidential campaign.

Jan. 26, 2016 3:40 PM EST