That reference was apparently to The Courier-Journal newspaper in Louisville.
An aide pointed out that Judd was a supporter of President Obama, abortion rights, gay marriage and climate change legislation, and that she was "anti-coal."
There also was discussion of Judd's religion.
"She is critical ... of traditional Christianity," an aide said. "She sort of views it as a sort of vestige of patriarchy. She says Christianity gives a God like a man, presented and discussed exclusively with male imagery, which legitimizes and seals male power, the intention to dominate even if that intention is nowhere visible."
The aides also discussed Judd's Tennessee residency.
The group later turned to Grimes, who has been mentioned as a possible Democratic challenger against McConnell.
Someone at the meeting said a Freedom of Information Act request had been made about Grimes' activity while in office "through a third party."
"The best hit we have on her is her blatantly endorsing the 2008 Democratic national platform," an aide said. He also claimed "she definitely has a very sort of self-centered, sort of egotistical aspect."
Grimes had no immediate comment on the Mother Jones article.
Dale Emmons, a Democratic consultant and close friend of Grimes, said strategy sessions for campaigns are not uncommon, "but I find the topics discussed in this recording uncommon and over the line."
Emmons said he suspects that a McConnell staffer leaked the recording to Mother Jones with the campaign's knowledge, "so the campaign could use this as a bully tactic."
"If someone secretly recorded it and leaked it, shame on them," he said. "But I just can't buy their line that someone on the left did it and they need to call in the FBI. They apparently have no ethics."
Asked whether Grimes is going to enter the race, Emmons said, "It's to be determined."