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CNHI: Grimes unveils jobs plan in coal country
“Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes went to the heart of coal country Thursday night to talk to coal supporters about her jobs plan…. ‘As Kentucky’s next United States Senator my number one priority will be to put Kentuckians back to work in good-paying jobs,’ she told the cheering crowd. And just in case there was any question about her support for coal, Grimes said, ‘As your next United States Senator I will work with anyone who sides with coal.’ It was a well-received message and the choice of setting was no coincidence…

“She said her ‘common sense solutions’ in her jobs plan will require ‘a new face of leadership, someone who puts people above partisan politics,’ will put Kentucky families like those in Louisa back to work. Grimes said she will work to support the economic diversification of eastern Kentucky, and she turned to back-pocket issues she’s repeatedly talked about like raising the minimum wage and pay equity for women. On each issue, she contrasted her position with votes against such legislation by McConnell, saying he’d voted against raising the minimum wage 15 times while increasing his own pay and increasing his personal wealth while in office. Those in attendance were given copies of her jobs plan which is also available at her campaign website ( She said the plan is “detailed and specific” and said such a plan is something ‘Mitch McConnell has never produced.’”

AP: Grimes defends coal, touts jobs plan for Kentucky
“‘As your next United States senator, I will work with anyone who sides with Kentucky, and I will oppose anyone who tries to undercut our needs, our resources and our very values,’ she said…  The Democratic front-runner also rolled out a detailed jobs plan for Kentucky in her bid to claim the seat held by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is seeking his sixth term this year… Grimes, Kentucky’s secretary of state, said her top priority if elected would be to help cultivate job growth in a state where unemployment remains stubbornly high.”

The Courier-Journal: Alison Lundergan Grimes unveils economic plan in Senate bid
“‘Mitch McConnell doesn’t get it but we get it and we will hold him accountable,’ Grimes told a crowd of more than 500 people at Prestonsburg’s Mountain Arts Center on Thursday. The plan calls for tax breaks for businesses that provide childcare to their employees, additional tax credits for companies focused on research and development, full funding of the Appalachian Regional Commission and federal investment in infrastructure, tourism and entrepreneurship laboratories. It calls for spending more federal money for clean coal research, providing more training and more access to healthcare for veterans, increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour and closing the pay gap that sees women earning less then men. ‘Our plan does not involve any tax increases on the backs of Kentuckians,’ Grimes said in an interview before she unveiled her proposal. ‘This was developed with the people of Eastern Kentucky specifically in mind.’”

CN|2: Grimes says federal government owes Eastern Ky. job training, education and infrastructure investment
“Repeating a mantra that U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell ‘just doesn’t get it,’ Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes called for more resources for computer education, worker retraining and infrastructure…. And in the course of the 35-minute-long address, Grimes alternated between trying to paint McConnell as being out-of-touch with the needs of Kentuckians and endorsing concepts she says should lead to more jobs.”

Lexington Herald-Leader: Alison Lundergan Grimes lays out jobs plan during Eastern Kentucky speech
“Kentucky needs to expand math, science and computer education in order to improve its economy, Democrat U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes said Thursday evening in releasing her 20-page jobs plan for the state. If elected, Grimes said she would focus on investing in infrastructure, diversifying the state’s economic base, expanding certain types of education and ‘taking full advantage of the natural resources and people we have.’… She didn’t waste the opportunity to smack McConnell, saying he is out of touch with Kentucky and more interested in playing politics than helping people.”

WKYT: Grimes unveils six-point Kentucky jobs action plan

WPSD: Grimes’s plan includes raising the minimum wage, boosting job training, making child care more affordable, and expanding internet access to rural areas

WYMT: Grimes talks coal, Obamacare at stop in Prestonsburg
“‘Eastern Kentucky has been forgotten by our senior senator, somebody who’s been there 28 years,’ Grimes told WYMT in her only television interview of the evening. ‘He’s given a lot of chatter to the people of this state, especially in the eastern region and they are ready and in need of a champion in Washington, D.C.’ … ‘As those here in Eastern Kentucky know, I’m an independent voice and an independent thinker,’ she said.” 



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