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FRANKFORT – Coal keeps the lights on in Kentucky.  Thousands of Kentuckians rely on fossil fuel jobs to provide for their families and hope they will be able to keep food on the table, gas in their cars and roofs over their heads.

Alison Lundergan Grimes is the pro-coal candidate in this race and will be Kentucky’s pro-coal Senator.  In the U.S. Senate, Alison will promote legislation that helps to prepare Kentucky for the future – not just responds to crises after the fact.  Her jobs plan outlines her priorities for helping our coal communities diversify their economies and save jobs.  Alison’s focus on doing what is best for the people of Kentucky – rather than one’s political party – has been lacking in Mitch McConnell’s Washington.

In just this past week:

WHAS11: “Calling the EPA’s regulations, overreaching, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is challenging McConnell in the U.S. Senate race, said ‘President Obama’s new EPA rule is more proof that Washington isn’t working for Kentucky.’”

CNHI: “His Democratic opponent in this year’s senate race, Alison Lundergan Grimes, pounced on Obama. ‘President Obama’s new EPA rule is more proof that Washington isn’t working for Kentucky,’ said Grimes in a statement, calling the rules ‘the president’s attack on Kentucky’s coal industry.’”

Lexington Herald Leader: “McConnell has tried to tie Grimes to President Barack Obama and other Democrats who are seen as anti-coal, but Grimes has pushed back, saying that she doesn’t agree with Obama on energy policy and that McConnell has not been effective in working to protect Kentucky’s interests.”

The Washington Post: HEADLINE: Obama’s coal proposal gives Alison Grimes an excellent way to fight with him. “But this week’s announcement from the EPA that it proposes to cut emissions from fossil fuel power plants provides Grimes with a perfect opportunity to try and argue that she’s independent from the unpopular administration.”

CNN: “Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is running to unseat Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, put out a strong statement opposing Obama’s move.”

The Wire: HEADLINE: Red State Democrats Are Ready for the New EPA Regulations.

Politico: “In the 2014 races with the rule’s most obvious political implications, Democrats like …Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes have wasted no time in denouncing the regulation.”

The Fiscal Times: “But Grimes one-upped McConnell – rhetorically at least – by pledging to ‘fiercely oppose the president’s attack on Kentucky’s coal because protecting our jobs will be my number one priority.’”

Bloomberg: “McConnell’s Democratic opponent — Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes — also has criticized the proposed EPA rule.”

USA TODAY: HEADLINE: Dems from coal-producing states vow to fight Obama on emissions. “Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of State, issued a statement saying the new Environmental Protection Agency rule to cut emissions from existing power plants by 30% ‘is more proof that Washington isn’t working for Kentucky.’”

The Wall Street Journal: “Democrats in coal states – like Ms. Grimes – are complaining loudest about the EPA proposal.”

Associated Press: “Kentucky’s Democratic nominee for Senate, Alison Lundergan Grimes, said Obama was attacking her state’s coal industry.”

The Hill: “In the much more competitive Kentucky Senate Race, Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes also slammed the rule.”

PBS: “Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, immediately distanced herself from the plan and from the White House, saying she would — quote — ‘fiercely oppose the president’s attack on Kentucky’s coal industry.’”

NBC News: “McConnell’s Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, also slammed the measure, calling it ‘more proof that Washington isn’t working for Kentucky.’”

WFPL: HEADLINE: Mitch McConnell’s Coal Bill ‘Inadequate,’ Says Alison Lundergan Grimes Campaign

Reuters: “McConnell’s Democratic challenger in the Kentucky Senate race, Alison Lundergan Grimes, said in a statement the responses were ‘inadequate’ to address the state’s concerns over the future of coal. Grimes, who polls show is locked in a tight race with the five-term Senate, released a platform on Tuesday outlining ways to ‘protect Kentucky energy jobs.’”

CNHI: “Grimes responded calling McConnell’s bill ‘inadequate’ and saying EPA’s ‘overburdensome regulations’ must be reined in.”

ABC News: “In Kentucky, Mitch McConnell’s Democratic opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes immediately reacted in coal rich Kentucky launching what they are calling an ‘aggressive multi-medium push.’”

WHAS11: HEADLINE: Grimes targets Obama, new EPA coal rules in radio, newspaper ads

CNHI: HEADLINE: Grimes’ ad attacks Obama on coal

The Courier-Journal: HEADLINE: Alison Grimes attacks Barack Obama in radio ad. “Alison Lundergan Grimes has gone up with a 60-second radio ad across Kentucky, criticizing President Barack Obama because of his new coal policy and promising, ‘Mr. President, you’ll be hearing it a lot more when I’m in the senate.’”

Los Angeles Times: “But Grimes will be ready to engage as well, using the moment as a major opportunity to demonstrate independence from the national Democratic Party. Her campaign says this week she’ll launch ‘an aggressive, multi-platform push’ to highlight her advocacy on behalf of the coal industry. She’ll also accuse McConnell of fostering gridlock that led the White House to seek administrative remedy on climate.”

The Hill: HEADLINE: Grimes campaign hits Obama on coal. “Grimes is hitting President Obama with a six-figure, multimedia campaign that launched this week with ads placed in newspapers in the state’s top coal-producing regions.”

The Dallas Morning News: “In a radio ad, [Grimes] puts distance between herself and Obama: ‘Your EPA is targeting Kentucky coal with pie-in-the-sky regulations that are impossible to achieve,’ she says. ‘It’s clear you have no idea how this affects Kentucky.’”

The Washington Post: “Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D), who faces a tight contest against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) in the heart of coal country, has said she would use the Senate seat to try to curb the ‘most restrictive’ regulations on coal-fired power plants.’”

Washington Examiner: HEADLINE: Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes hits Obama hard on EPA rule. “With the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed power plant rules posing a threat to Democrats running in coal-reliant states, Alison Lundergan Grimes is fighting back early — and fiercely — by attacking the president and the EPA in a new radio ad.”

McClatchy: “His Democratic challenger in a heated Senate race this year, Alison Lundergan Grimes, sought to distance herself, promising that if elected she’d ‘fiercely oppose’ what she called Obama’s ‘attack on Kentucky’s coal industry.’”

The Washington Post: “Kentucky, where Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) is running against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R). Grimes also took a swipe at Obama’s plan.”

UPI: “Despite being a Democrat, Grimes is running as a pro-coal candidate. She called the proposed regulations ‘more proof that Washington isn’t working for Kentucky,’ promising to ‘fiercely oppose the president’s attack on Kentucky’s coal industry.’”

NBC News: “In the wake of Obama’s EPA announcement, Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is pushing back hard, with a coordinated campaign kicking off with newspaper ads.”

cn|2: “Grimes’ campaign is also fighting back against the coal regulations with advertisements. The campaign made a six-figure ad buy Monday in newspapers in eastern and western coal producing counties voicing Grimes’ displeasure with the EPA.”

CNN: HEADLINE: Grimes: Obama ‘targeting Kentucky coal’ with new EPA rule. “Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic Senate nominee in Kentucky, released a radio ad Wednesday slamming President Barack Obama for “pie in the sky regulations” aimed at her state’s coal industry. Grimes has made it a point to draw a bold line between herself and the White House – most recently on the Obama administration’s new Environmental Protection Agency rule that would drastically reduce carbon emission from power plants.”

The Hill: “Grimes launched a massive ad campaign this week targeting the administration on the issue, declaring, ‘President Obama and Washington Don’t Get It.’ She has promised she would ‘fiercely oppose the president’s attack’ on the state’s coal industry. It wasn’t the first time Grimes attempted to distance herself from the White House on an issue.”

The Christian Science Monitor: “Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat challenging Republican Mitch McConnell for his seat in the US Senate, launched a pricey ad campaign in Kentucky coal country this week: ‘President Obama and Washington don’t get it… Alison Grimes does.’”

The Wall Street Journal: “President Barack Obama has a persistent critic in Kentucky: Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat running to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.).”


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