Grimes’ Week: Gambling, Ganja And Guns

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 26, 2014
Contact: Allison Moore 502-618-1372

LOUISVILLE – Team Mitch today released the following background information recapping Alison Lundergan Grimes’ week full of news revealing that she represented an illegal online gambling website against the Commonwealth of Kentucky, her apparent support for legalizing marijuana, and her support for further restrictions at gun shows.  

Grimes Open To Legalizing Marijuana’

AP: “McConnell, Grimes Differ on Marijuana” (Adam Beam, "McConnell, Grimes Differ on Marijuana,” Associated Press, 9/26/14)

Herald-Leader: “…Grimes says it’s time to discuss legalizing marijuana” (Sam Youngman, “Courting Big Blue Nation, Grimes says it's time to discuss legalizing marijuana, Herald-Leader, 9/25/14)  

Ganja News: “Alison Grimes "Realizes" the Economic Benefits Of #Marijuana” (Ganja News, 9/25/14)

“Politico: Grimes tackles pot…” (James Hohmann, “Grimes tackles pot, guns, gay marriage in interview,” Politico Pro, 9/25/14)

Grimes “Expressed Openness To Legalizing Marijuana.” “Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes expressed openness to legalizing marijuana during a rare live radio interview on Thursday.” (James Hohmann, “Grimes tackles pot, guns, gay marriage in interview,”Politico Pro, 9/25/14) 

Grimes Says Legalizing Marijuana A “Worthwhile” Discussion. “Appearing on a radio program for University of Kentucky sports fansThursday, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes said it's "worthwhile" to discuss legalizing marijuana and requiring background checks for all gun purchases at gun shows.” (Sam Youngman, “Courting Big Blue Nation, Grimes says it's time to discuss legalizing marijuana, Herald-Leader, 9/25/14) 

As An Attorney Grimes Fought Against Kentucky On Behalf Of Foreign Online Gambling Website

Alison Grimes Was An Attorney Representing Illegal Gambling Websites Against Kentucky. “When the state took the unprecedented move to seize 141 Internet domains accused of operating illegal online gambling websites in September 2008, it sparked a complicated legal case that continues to this day. On one side of the courtroom stood attorneys for the state. On the other, amid an army of lawyers representing holders of the domains snatched by the government, stood Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.” (Kevin Wheatley, “Grimes' defense of online gambling domains brings issue to Senate race,” CN2, 9/25/14) 

Alison Grimes Helped Goldenpalace.com And Goldencasino.com “Navigate Kentucky’s Legal Process. “Grimes, then an associate with Stoll Keenon Ogden, was one of three attorneys from the Lexington-based firm representing two of the seized domains, according to court records. Less than three years after first helping goldenpalace.com and goldencasino.com navigate Kentucky’s legal process” (Kevin Wheatley, “Grimes' defense of online gambling domains brings issue to Senate race,” CN2, 9/25/14) 

Grimes Stated In Court That Her Clients Were Located In The Netherlands. “Attorneys representing the Beshear administration would have to travel far in order to take action against her overseas clients. Grimes said in an August 2008 court hearing the registrar for goldencasino.comresides in the Netherlands.” (Kevin Wheatley, “Grimes' defense of online gambling domains brings issue to Senate race,” CN2, 9/25/14) 

Gov. Beshear Claimed That Online Gambling Posed “A Tremendous Threat” To Kentuckians.“Grimes’ representation of the online gaming industry, which Gov. Steve Beshear said at the time deprived Kentucky horse tracks of gambling revenue and posed “a tremendous threat” to Kentuckians”(Kevin Wheatley, “Grimes' defense of online gambling domains brings issue to Senate race,” CN2, 9/25/14) 

Grimes “Advocated For “Centerpiece Element Of Obama’s Gun Control Proposals” 

 Grimes Refused To Say How She Would Have Voted On The 1994 Crime Bill That Included The Assault Weapons Ban And The Violence Against Women Act. “Alison Lundergan Grimes refused to say Friday how she would have voted on an omnibus crime bill in 1994 that would have pitted her support for the Violence Against Women Act against her opposition to a provision that banned the sale of military-style assault rifles.” (Joe Gerth, “Alison Grimes avoids question on 1994 crime bill,” Courier-Journal, 9/26/14)

“Grimes Opposes 'Gun Show Loophole'.” "A week after running a dramatic TV ad in which Alison Lundergan Grimes said she disagreed with President Barack Obama on guns, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate told a radio interviewer Thursday she would work to close a loophole that allows private gun owners to sell guns at gun shows without a background check. Closing that loophole was a centerpiece element of Obama's gun control proposals..." (Adam Beam, "Grimes Opposes 'Gun Show Loophole,'" Associated Press, 9/25/14) 

Grimes Advocated For Closing Gun Show Loophole. “Grimes advocated closing the gun show loophole but came out against an assault weapons ban.  ‘I believe that it is worth having a discussion to actually work to close the gun show loophole that we see. It shouldn’t have different standards when you go to a gun store versus gun shows,’ she said.” (James Hohmann, “Grimes tackles pot, guns, gay marriage in interview,” Politico Pro, 9/25/14)

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