Washington Post.: Inside the Red Wave with a Roberts Lead
November 5, 2014

The Washington Post
Battle for the Senate: How the GOP did it

From the Senate to gubernatorial races, here are the key winners Republican from the 2014 midterm elections. (The Washington Post)
One night in early September, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called a longtime colleague, Sen. Pat Roberts, from his living room in Louisville, furious about the 78-year-old Republican’s fumbling and lethargic reelection campaign.

Roberts had raised a paltry $62,000 in August. He was airing no ads. His campaign staff, mostly college students, had gone back to school. Most worrisome, McConnell had in his hands a private polling memo predicting Roberts would lose in Kansas — an alarming possibility that could cost the GOP a Senate majority.

McConnell was blunt. A shake-up was needed. Roberts unleashed a flurry of expletives at McConnell. Ultimately, though, the ex-Marine gave in. The next day, he led campaign manager Leroy Towns, 70, a retired college professor and confidant, into a Topeka conference room and fired him. There were tears. “It hurt,” Towns said.

Eleven hundred miles away in Richmond, Va., Chris LaCivita, a hard-charging Republican fixer, was on his back deck picking apart steamed crabs and drinking beer with friends when he got the order to fly to Kansas. The Republican rescue was underway.
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McConnel Cruises in Ky. Primary
May 20, 2014

Politico:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell easily defeated his tea party-inspired Republican primary challenger in Kentucky on Tuesday, one of the biggest primary days of 2014.

The McConnell win, called almost immediately after polls finished closing, is a boost to the GOP establishment on a night that is expected to favor that wing of the party and incumbents generally. The senator led his GOP challenger, Matt Bevin, 62 percent to 33 percent, with only 7 percent of precincts reporting when The Associated Press called the race.

McConnell, 72, had been polling well ahead of the 47-year-old Bevin, who was aided by more than $1 million in spending from outside conservative groups but made several mistakes and faced an onslaught of attacks from the veteran incumbent. McConnell now goes on to face Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic nominee who skated in her primary and is considered a formidable general election candidate.

The Senate Conservatives Fund, one of the groups that poured money into Bevin’s campaign, issued a statement late Tuesday congratulating McConnell, thanking Bevin for “standing up for conservative principles” and calling for Republicans to “unite” in the fight against Grimes. But Bevin himself has not said if he would support McConnell, though he has pledged not to back the Democrat come November.
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Senate GOP Looks for One Week Extension, Averting Shutdown
September 30, 2013

Politico:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republican Conference are gauging whether there is enough support to pass a one-week stop-gap measure to prevent the government from shutting down at midnight, according to a notice sent to Senate offices, which was obtained by POLITICO. If there is enough support, the measure could allow more time for the House and Senate to work out their differences on a longer-term continuing resolution. It is one of several options the Republican leadership is pursuing, sources say

Politico: ‘Major Progress’ Overnight on Fiscal Cliff Talks
December 31, 2012

Politico:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Vice President Joe Biden engaged in furious overnight negotiations to avert the fiscal cliff and made major progress toward a year-end tax deal, giving sudden hope to high-stakes talks that had been on the brink of collapse, according to sources familiar with the discussion.
McConnell and Biden, who served in the Senate together for 23 years, only started talking Sunday, after negotiations between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and McConnell sputtered.
Sources close to the talks said a deal is now more likely to come together but cautioned that obstacles remain, including how Speaker John Boehner and House Republican leaders react to any tentative agreement.
“The Leader and the VP continued their discussion late into the evening and will continue to work toward a solution. More info as it becomes available,” a McConnell spokesman said.
It comes as Washington awakens on a chilly New Year’s eve to a daunting reality: If lawmakers and the White House are not able to broker a last-minute deal on the fiscal cliff, the country will actually go over it.
Going over the cliff is not how Americans want to start 2013: with hefty new tax hikes and spending cuts that could send the stock market plummeting, slash defense spending and interrupt an economic recovery that was just beginning to spark.
But after a weekend in which senators haggled over one obstacle to agreement after another, going over the cliff looked like real possibility, if not a probability. The McConnell-Biden talks look like they could avert this potential disaster.
If there’s an agreement, it will come out of the Senate. Speaker John Boehner has said the House will take up whatever bill the Senate passes and either pass it, or amend it and send it back to the upper chamber.
The main hurdle remained over which income groups would be hit with tax hikes in the new year.
Democrats had proposed raising taxes on individuals who make more than $360,000 annually and families whose income is more than $450,000. And McConnell had countered with a tax hike for individuals above $450,000 and couples who earn more than $550,000 earlier in the evening Sunday.
But Democratic sources close to the talks said McConnell would have to go significantly lower to win support from their party, although that would make it more difficult for the GOP leader to win over fellow Republicans. Estate taxes, a chief concern for McConnell, remained a sticking point as well.
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Akin Says Karl Rove and Other GOP Leaders Want More RINO’s in the Senate
October 15, 2012

Sedalia Democrat: (via JohnCombest)
At a campaign stop in Sedalia ver the weekend, Missouri Republican candidiate Todd took another swipe at the Republican leadership that refuses to back his campaign, according to the Sedalia Democratic.
“ Akin told the Democrat that he believes some Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Texas U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, and political operative Karl Rove are working actively to marginalize conservative candidates and are attempting to fill the Senate with “RINOS,” or Republicans in Name Only.”
“Everybody has political opinions and apparently the leadership in the Senate is more moderate,” Akin said. “They have been dabbling in these primaries. Now in this case they went beyond that. They have been dabbling in the general election. When I sniffed out what they were doing, it helped me stake out my position (to remain in the race) all the more.”