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A Time for Truth,
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Living History ,
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A Life of Trial and Redemption
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No Apology
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The Path to Prosperity
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Promises to Keep
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The Audacity of Hope
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Dreams from My Father
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Young Guns
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Commonwealth of Kentucky Politicians: Archives


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    from State of Kentucky Archives (number of quotes indicated):
  • Alison Grimes (28) Democratic Challenger Kentucky
  • Bruce Lunsford (9) Former Democratic Senate challenger (2008) Kentucky
  • Chuck Pennacchio (1) Former Democratic challenger (2006) Pennsylvania
  • Harry Blackmun (1)
  • Jack Conway (33) Kentucky Democratic 2015 Gubernatorial candidate
  • Jack Reed (1) Democratic Sr Senator Rhode Island
  • Jim Gray (11) Republican candidate for Senate Kentucky
  • John Paul Stevens (1) Republican Appointee to Supreme Court (retired 2010)
  • Matt Bevin (20) Kentucky Republican 2015 Gubernatorial candidate
  • Mitch McConnell (20) Republican Sr Senator Kentucky
  • Rand Paul (17) Republican 2016 Primary Challenger
  • Sandra Day O`Connor (1) Republican Appointee to Supreme Court (retired 2005)
  • Steve Beshear (29) Kentucky Democratic Governor (term-limited 2015)
  • Trey Grayson (1) Republican 2010 Senate Challenger; Secretary of State Kentucky
  • William Rehnquist (1) Republican Appointee to Supreme Court (until 2005)
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Abortion
    Alison Grimes: Pro-choice down the line.
Budget & Economy
    Jim Gray: Think globally when talking about job creation.
    Matt Bevin: Must rely on cutting spending to improve financial outlook.
    Matt Bevin: AdWatch: Supporting a debt-limit increase is too liberal.
    Matt Bevin: No budget deal; let the sequester cuts take place.
    Mitch McConnell: Proud of role in high-profile deal to end federal shutdown.
    Mitch McConnell: Supports sequester cuts: 2.4% out of $3.6 trillion budget.
    Jack Reed: Address the sequester & debt ceiling without any new taxes.
    Jack Conway: Against TARP bailouts due to lack of accountability.
    Rand Paul: Bank bailout was bad policy & helped no banks in KY.
    Steve Beshear: Cut government spending due to the revenue shortfall.
    Steve Beshear: Some budget priorities wonít go away despite budget crisis.
    Steve Beshear: Revenue situation becomes a golden opportunity for change.
Civil Rights
    Jim Gray: Pay equity for women; and raise the minimum wage.
    Jack Conway: Same-sex marriage ban is last vestige of discrimination.
    Jack Conway: Didn't challenge court ruling that allowed same-sex marriage.
    Alison Grimes: Supports allowing gay marriage.
    Alison Grimes: AdWatch: VAWA and equal pay for women.
    Mitch McConnell: I co-sponsored VAWA but final version went too far.
    Alison Grimes: Both supportive and apprehensive about marriage equality.
    Matt Bevin: Why not define marriage as a parent marrying their child?
    Alison Grimes: Fight for pay equity for women.
    Jack Conway: Claims Paul questions Civil Rights Act and the ADA.
    Jack Conway: I abhor discrimination; end "don't ask, don't tell".
    Steve Beshear: Will veto a bill that would ban gay marriage in KY.
    Rand Paul: Opposes same-sex marriage.
    Trey Grayson: Opposes same-sex marriage.
Corporations
    Steve Beshear: Incentive programs for businesses; to bring in jobs.
Crime
    Matt Bevin: Imperative to address backlog of forensic tests.
    Matt Bevin: Restore felon voting rights, but only through legislature.
    Steve Beshear: Restore right to vote to most nonviolent felons.
    Jack Conway: Reduce crime via focus on cybercrime against kids.
    Alison Grimes: One in six US women will be victims of domestic violence.
    Harry Blackmun: Black defendants have Constitutional right to blacks on jury.
    John Paul Stevens: Black defendants have Constitutional right to blacks on jury.
    Sandra Day O`Connor: Black defendants have Constitutional right to blacks on jury.
    William Rehnquist: Black defendants have no right to blacks on jury.
Drugs
    Jack Conway: Fight prescription drug abuse; set up treatment centers.
    Alison Grimes: Have a discussion about marijuana legalization.
    Mitch McConnell: Strongly opposed to legalization of marijuana.
    Steve Beshear: KASPER: KY All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting.
    Steve Beshear: Reduce historic addiction to tobacco with smoke-free law.
    Jack Conway: Meth lab count is up because we are identifying smaller labs.
    Rand Paul: Tackle drug problem; no one cares where funding comes from.
    Rand Paul: Community treatment instead of federal anti-drug programs.
    Jack Conway: Epidemic of prescription pill abuse spurs crime.
    Rand Paul: Drug abuse isn't a pressing issue; 10-20 years is too harsh.
Education
    Jim Gray: Investment in education and our teachers is essential.
    Matt Bevin: Move to performance based funding for state universities.
    Matt Bevin: End education monopoly with school choice and vouchers.
    Matt Bevin: FactCheck: No, not MIT grad; education is "School of Life".
    Alison Grimes: Every child has the right to a quality education.
    Steve Beshear: We made cuts to survive; now let's assess damage.
    Steve Beshear: Reinvest in SEEK: Support Education Excellence in Kentucky.
    Jack Conway: Enforce consumer protection laws at for-profit schools.
    Steve Beshear: Alternative programs to reduce school dropout rate.
    Steve Beshear: High national rankings shows that education is good in KY.
Energy & Oil
    Jack Conway: Maintain low energy rates by protecting coal economy.
    Matt Bevin: Fight against EPA's relentless attacks on the coal industry.
    Mitch McConnell: I blocked the passage of Obama's cap-and-trade.
    Alison Grimes: Balanced approach to deal with global warming.
    Mitch McConnell: AdWatch: Fights EPA regulation on coal production.
    Alison Grimes: Rely heavily on domestic coal, oil and natural gas.
    Steve Beshear: To Washington: Get off our backs! about coal.
    Jack Conway: Protect coal even under cap-and-trade.
    Rand Paul: Unelected EPA should not regulate greenhouse emissions.
    Jack Conway: Coal yes; cap-and-trade no.
    Bruce Lunsford: Expand drilling; draw strategic reserve; plus alternatives.
    Mitch McConnell: Supports coal-to-liquid fuels, nuclear tech, & electric cars.
    Mitch McConnell: Has clout to implement GOP solutions for high gas prices.
    Bruce Lunsford: Double oil production by developing 70M federal acres.
Environment
    Jack Conway: Fight the EPA's burdensome regulations.
    Matt Bevin: I don't support cockfighting, but don't criminalize it.
    Alison Grimes: OpEd: Disdain for the EPA, but better choice for greens.
    Steve Beshear: Secures Clean Water Act funding to clean up pollution.
    Bruce Lunsford: Worked on fatherís tobacco farm as a youngster.
    Bruce Lunsford: Bring together all parties to review mountaintop removal.
Foreign Policy
    Jim Gray: Stand with our allies to protect our global interests.
    Mitch McConnell: 1985: Led anti-apartheid bill through Senate.
    Matt Bevin: No unilateral action in Eastern Europe.
Free Trade
    Alison Grimes: Halt flow of jobs overseas; no subsidies for job exporters.
    Steve Beshear: New records in exports; thousands of jobs from in-sourcing.
    Steve Beshear: Record exports to Asia & Europe means we're importing jobs.
    Mitch McConnell: Trade agreements allow selling farm products abroad.
Government Reform
    Jim Gray: Campaign finance system is broken; root it out.
    Mitch McConnell: Federal shutdown was just a 2-week paid vacation: bad policy.
    Alison Grimes: Lifelong commitment to protecting the right to vote.
    Steve Beshear: Smart Government: sell surplus land, buildings and vehicles.
    Steve Beshear: 6-day furlough for state workers; cut top staff salaries 10%.
    Jack Conway: I stood up for the people against price-gouging & lies.
    Steve Beshear: Comprehensive ethics package to restore trust.
Gun Control
    Jim Gray: Ban gun purchases by people on FBI terrorist watch list.
    Jim Gray: Ok to delay gun sales for 72 hours, but no secret lists.
    Jack Conway: Believes in right to bear arms and self-protection.
    Alison Grimes: Same background-check standards at gun store versus gun show.
    Alison Grimes: Proud of long-held sporting & hunting traditions.
Health Care
    Jim Gray: Ensure solvency of the Medicare Trust Fund.
    Jack Conway: Recovered $600M by suing providers for Medicaid fraud.
    Matt Bevin: Disband KYNECT immediately; transition to federal system.
    Alison Grimes: Kynect heroically for expanding Medicaid under ObamaCare.
    Mitch McConnell: ObamaCare's Kynect is a state decision, but yeah, it's ok.
    Steve Beshear: Kentucky leads the way on affordable health care for all.
    Mitch McConnell: ObamaCare is a train wreck; do what we can to repeal it.
    Alison Grimes: Delay mandated coverage, but keep ObamaCare.
    Jack Conway: Pay for Obamacare with bulk purchasing & fraud units.
    Rand Paul: Obamacare will cost $3T & health insurance still goes up 15%.
    Bruce Lunsford: McConnell is bought and paid for by drug companies.
Homeland Security
    Jim Gray: Support the military, intelligence community, & diplomacy.
    Jack Conway: Protect veterans and active servicemembers from fraud.
    Mitch McConnell: AdWatch: Brought in new VA hospital; & higher pay for troops.
    Alison Grimes: Reduce veterans' services backlog; support new vets jobs law.
    Jack Conway: Let gays serve openly in US military.
    Rand Paul: Military should decide don't-ask-don't-tell policy.
Immigration
    Alison Grimes: Supports bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform.
    Mitch McConnell: Border security first: the key to getting a final outcome.
    Rand Paul: Obamacare treats illegal aliens because it's illegal to ask.
    Jack Conway: Be tough & sensible; increase border security.
Jobs
    Matt Bevin: Minimum wage stifles job creation; reduce to $7.25.
    Steve Beshear: Raise state worker minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10.
    Jack Conway: Right to organize is pathway to middle class.
    Matt Bevin: Replace prevailing wage requirements with Right-to-Work.
    Alison Grimes: Increase the minimum wage to a living wage.
    Steve Beshear: Jobless rate is falling; Kentucky now 2nd in job growth.
    Jack Conway: 20% hometown tax credit for cost of creating a new job.
    Bruce Lunsford: Agrees with all issues that AFL-CIO has asked him to support.
Local Issues
    Steve Beshear: Statewide vote on expanding gaming: keep revenues in-state.
    Steve Beshear: Keep KY Horse Capital of the World; a $4 billion industry.
Principles & Values
    Matt Bevin: Led public Pledge of Allegiance, & speeches about patriotism.
    Matt Bevin: Don't celebrate partisanship; call for unity instead.
    Rand Paul: Under KY law,can't run for Senate & President on same ballot.
    Alison Grimes: One of us represents Washington; one of us represents KY.
    Alison Grimes: AdWatch: Grimes' opponent offered deal to drop out.
    Steve Beshear: Focus on helping people instead of on keeping power.
    Alison Grimes: Fight "Senator Gridlock": Kentucky pays for GOP dysfunction.
    Jack Conway: TV ad: Rand Paul made fun of Christianity and Christ.
    Jack Conway: FactCheck: "Aqua Buddha" TV ad is accurate but over the top.
    Jack Conway: TV ad: Accuser is anonymous, but a Mr. Green says it's true.
    Jack Conway: Claims Rand Paul worships "Aqua Buddha" & mocks Holy Bible.
    Rand Paul: Accused of belonging to secret society NoZe Brotherhood.
    Rand Paul: I'm "a pro-life Christian"; denies worshiping "Aqua Buddha".
    Jack Conway: An honor to run for Wendell Ford's senate seat.
    Rand Paul: This election really is about the president's agenda.
    Rand Paul: This is not Wendell Ford's seat; it's the people's seat.
    Bruce Lunsford: McConnell enables Bush & squandered 24 years in Senate.
    Mitch McConnell: After 24 years, one of the two leaders in the US Senate.
    Mitch McConnell: Leadership has value; freshmen have little impact.
Social Security
    Jim Gray: Fight any measure to cut or privatize Social Security.
    Matt Bevin: Replace public pension system with 401(k) for new employees.
    Jack Conway: Sue banks to recover Great Recession public pension losses.
    Alison Grimes: Keep our promises to our nation's seniors.
    Jack Conway: Pledges to not scale back program nor raise retirement age.
    Rand Paul: I've never challenged constitutionality of Social Security.
    Rand Paul: Raise the retirement age for people under age 55.
Tax Reform
    Matt Bevin: Reduce tax revenue: not simple revenue neutrality.
    Alison Grimes: Close tax loopholes for wealthy to pay for college loans.
    Mitch McConnell: Comprehensive tax reform can work if it's revenue-neutral.
    Steve Beshear: Taxes are not the answer; no broad-based increases.
    Jack Conway: Keep Bush tax cuts during recession.
    Rand Paul: Balanced budget amendment to pay to extend $4T Bush tax cuts.
    Bruce Lunsford: Eliminate the capital gains tax.
    Mitch McConnell: Resolve to lower capital gains taxes.
Technology
    Bruce Lunsford: Supports net neutrality; McConnell stalled it.
    Steve Beshear: Ideas are the foundation of any new economy.
War & Peace
    Jim Gray: We must destroy ISIS where they are.
    Alison Grimes: Israel has the right to defend herself.
    Alison Grimes: Don't send US troops back to Iraq; but support role ok.
    Steve Beshear: Gratitude for troops who fight terror & keep America free.
    Chuck Pennacchio: Shred Bushís preemptive war doctrine.
Welfare & Poverty
    Matt Bevin: Random drug testing for welfare recipients.
    Alison Grimes: Shameful to oppose food stamp program during recession.
    Mitch McConnell: Opposed Farm Bill due to too-generous food stamp program.
    Steve Beshear: We face a heavy sword: public pension unfunded liability.
    Jack Conway: Claims Paul would end federal faith-based initiatives.
    Jack Conway: Faith-based programs instead of federal money.


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