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September 26 2014


Mitch McConnell's campaign manager resigns amid 2012 fallout

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks at the Fancy Farm picnic August 2, 2014 in Fancy Farm, Kentucky. Win McNamee, Getty Images

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign manager resigned Friday amid fallout from a scandal in Iowa involving a presidential campaign he worked for in 2012. Jesse Benton said he didn't want to become a distraction as McConnell tries to win a tough re-election campaign in Kentucky.

"This decision breaks my heart, but I know it is the right thing for Mitch, for Kentucky and for the country," Benton said in a statement.

Benton's resignation, effective Saturday, comes barely two months before Kentucky voters choose between McConnell, a five-term incumbent and the top-ranking Senate Republican, and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.

In Iowa this week, former state Sen. Kent Sorenson pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from his switch of support from one Republican presidential candidate to another before the 2012 Iowa caucuses. He received thousands of dollars in "under the table payments" before switching loyalties from candidate Michele Bachmann, whose Iowa campaign he headed, to candidate Ron Paul, then lied to federal investigators about the money, the Justice Department said.

Prosecutors refused to say which campaign paid Sorenson. A representative for Bachmann didn't immediately return voice and email messages seeking comment Friday. A phone message for Paul also wasn't immediately returned.

Benton, a tea party insider, worked as a top aide to Paul. On Friday he said that he has been the target of "inaccurate press accounts and unsubstantiated media rumors" about his role in past campaigns that are "politically motivated, unfair and, most importantly, untrue."

In a separate statement Friday, McConnell's campaign said the senator "obviously has nothing to do with the Iowa presidential caucus or this investigation, so it would be inappropriate for his campaign to comment on this situation."

Charly Norton, a spokeswoman for the Grimes campaign, said in a statement, "Sen. McConnell owes the people of Kentucky a full account of what he knew and when he knew it."

Benton was mentioned in documents gathered during an Iowa state ethics probe of Sorenson, a complaint to the Federal Election Commission and e-mails purported to be from the Ron Paul campaign obtained by the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics, which monitors federal campaign finance issues, The Courier-Journal of Louisville reported.

Benton's hiring to oversee McConnell's campaign was seen as a way to appeal to more conservative elements of the Kentucky GOP. McConnell eventually faced a tea party-inspired opponent in the Republican primary, which he easily won.

Early in the campaign, Benton gained unwanted attention with the airing of a recording in which he was heard saying he was "holding my nose" to work for McConnell's re-election campaign.

Benton managed Rand Paul's successful U.S. Senate campaign in Kentucky in 2010. Rand Paul is Ron Paul's son.

In his statement Friday, Benton said he was troubled that media reports risked "unfairly undermining and becoming a distraction to this re-election campaign."

"I cannot, and will not, allow any possibility that my circumstances will affect the voters' ability to hear his (McConnell's) message and assess his record," he said. "This election is far too important and the stakes are way too high."

Benton said he was leaving the campaign with "a top-flight team of incredible people that are working tirelessly to ensure Mitch's re-election. They are a finely oiled machine and will not skip a beat without me."


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July 27 2014


Tracker: British Open, Second Round

Rory McIlroy and second rounds haven't always gone together like fresh-cut greens and made putts. Friday at the British Open, he'll try to improve his record in that area as he starts the day at Royal Liverpool with a one-shot lead.

He'll likely need another good round to remain atop the leaderboard, with World No. 1 Adam Scott and Tiger Woods among his closest pursuers, as well as Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler - all four among 17 players 3 shots back or less. We'll also keep an eye on the cut line, with is the top 70 and ties.

Read the whole story at Golfweek


July 16 2014


July 04 2014


Best South Carolina Murder Mystery Weekend Packages

Guest at a Murder Mystery WeekendPeople going to the great state of South Carolina who are looking for a little thrill may want to consider one of these murder mystery vacations. Guests who stay the night at one of these Southern spots can participate in events ranging from ghosts tours to good old fashion sleuthing parties. Some adventure-seeking visitors may even want to go on one of the cruises leaving from South Carolina that feature a murder mystery theme.

The Moore Farm House in Conway, South Carolina

The beautiful Moore Farm House was built in 1914 and is located in Conway, South Carolina. Guests who stay at the Moore Farm House are attracted to the rooms decorated in period antiques, home cooked meals and the nearby Myrtle Beach area. What many guests come for, however, is golf getaways fun north myrtle the Murder Mystery Weekend package that the inn offers. This package has activities ranging from hunting for clues to determining which character is the guilty party.

Kiawah Island Golf Resort on Kiawah Island, South Carolina

The Kiawah Island Resort's Annual Weekend of Mystery is becoming a popular destination for would be sleuthers and detectives. Guests who book this package take part in various fake crimes over the weekend. Individuals are given everything from suspect lists, clues and other information to determine who did what. The event also includes cocktails, meals and other activities. This year is the Fourth Annual Weekend of Mysteryand will be held on February 11-13, 2011.

House of Blues Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

One of the top tourist places in South Carolina is the Myrtle Beach coast. It is also home to the House of Blues Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre. This dinner theatre features a comedy show and meal while guests get to be part of the evening. During the show, a fake crime is committed and all of the diners get to become suspects. Families who are planning to visit should take note that it only recommended for guests age 13 and up.

South Carolina Murder Mystery Cruises and Boat Trips

Much to the delight of cruise fanatics, there are several local cruises in South Carolina that now offer themed cruises. One such company is Myrtle Beach Sailing Charters who offers a Murder Mystery Cruise. Participants set sail on a chartered boat and become engrossed in a tale of mystery and intrigue told by the Captain and his crew. Visitors are invited to take part complete with role-playing and costumes. The festivities are wrapped up with a meal aboard the boat.

It is important to note that most places require reservations and sometimes a minimum number of participants. Guests should also call ahead to check on age restrictions and other guidelines.


Brees gets a Super perk _ golf with Jack Nicklaus

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) -- For his first round of golf since becoming a Super Bowl champion, Drew Brees wore a slightly mismatched outfit.

Blue pullover with a Golden Bear logo. And a beige Purdue cap.

Jack Nicklaus -- remember, the Golden Bear is an Ohio State man -- noticed.

"Brees had a great year this year," Nicklaus said, "even if he was a Purdue guy."

With plenty of barbs like that expected to go his way over the 18-hole jaunt, Brees played in a Pro-Am on Wednesday before the Honda Classic with Nicklaus, Dan Marino and saxophonist Kenny G -- a trip that brought the New Orleans quarterback back to South Florida about a month after leading the Saints over the Indianapolis Colts for the Super Bowl title.

Brees, who can play to a 3 handicap, said it was the first time he'd gotten on the course since June, and acknowledged that he was nervous to play alongside the 18-time major winner.

"I have a signed Masters flag in my office with his signature on it," said Brees, who wanted to pick Nicklaus' brain about course design and other golf-related topics. "Obviously, you know what he's meant for the game of golf. Just to have the opportunity to not only meet him but then play with him, it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

The weeks since the 31-17 win over the Colts have largely felt the same way.

Calling the whirlwind that's followed "nuts and mayhem," Brees peeled off some of the highlights of his still-going victory tour: A parade at Disney ... television chats with Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and David Letterman ... Mardi Gras parade ... Super Bowl parade ... team celebrations ... the list goes on and on.

And the latest Super perk came Wednesday: Golf with Nicklaus.

"He's been able to revolutionize the sport," Brees said. "He was one of the guys who made golf popular, made it, I guess, what it is today. To play for the length of time that he's played and the number of championships that he's won, major championships especially, you just have to sit back and say 'Wow.' That's so difficult to do."

Nicklaus said he found that humbling, and added that his game -- while lauding Marino and Kenny G, both of whom he played with previously -- was no longer "for public consumption."

Wednesday was the first time Brees and Nicklaus played together, and Nicklaus saw a silver lining in Brees winning a Super Bowl.

"He was a Big Ten guy," Nicklaus said. "So that's good."

Brees said he intends to take maybe up to another month off to rest and recover, before starting to gear up for the 2010 season and hopes of a Saints repeat.

More golf, he vowed, will get played before football takes priority again.

"I think it's important to take time away and kind of recharge your battery both physically and mentally, emotionally, because that was quite a ride," Brees said. "It doesn't seem like it's slowed down at all here over the last three weeks, but I'm certainly going to take some time with my family and just relax and try to get away and not think about football for a while. Play some golf."


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