About Jacqueline Pitts

Jacqueline Pitts joined the cn|2 political team in June 2012. A graduate of WKU, Jacqueline grew up in Nashville, TN and is looking forward to having a front row seat to Kentucky politics. She can be reached at jacqueline.pitts@twcnews.com.

Campaign bus controversy continues as Lundergan's company responds to an online inquiry "don't do transportation"

08/20/2014 12:59 PM

UPDATED: Signature Special Event Services says the Grimes campaign bus is being leased through the company and added they do have vehicles that can be rented, contrary to an initial inquiry they say their Baltimore office replied to. The he said, she said of the legal questions over how the campaign of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is renting her 45-foot campaign bus continued Wednesday as companies cited by the Grimes campaign take issue with the numbers and an... Read more 

Grimes campaign disputes possible legal trouble with information gathered on bus rental rates

08/19/2014 05:18 PM

After a Politico story stating that Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes could be in hot water over potentially lower rental rates on a bus provided by a company owned by her father, the Grimes campaign says they did their due diligence to find a reasonable rate and there are no legal concerns with the matter. The Grimes campaign says the story concerning the rate paid to rent her campaign bus from Signature Special Events Services—a company owned by Grimes’... Read more 

The Chatter: Grimes under fire for potential illegal contributions from father and in new super PAC ads

08/19/2014 01:37 PM

UPDATED WITH GRIMES CAMPAIGN STATEMENT: Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is under fire with questions about services provided to her campaign by companies owned by her father, which could potentially be considered an illegal in-kind contribution. Politico reporter Manu Raju was first to report on the cost difference in what a normal campaign bus rental and what Grimes is paying for the rental of a 45-foot-long bus she is using to campaign around the state. The bus, featuring a... Read more 

Ky. Agriculture Department finalizes deal with federal government on hemp seeds, pilot projects continue to spring up

08/18/2014 11:01 AM

As the Kentucky Department of Agriculture finally settles their disagreement with the federal government over the importing of hemp seeds, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says the crop will continue to be in high demand across the state. After suing the federal government over a shipment of hemp seeds being held by the DEA in May, Comer announced Friday that the Department of Agriculture reached a deal with the federal government and a motion has been filed to dismiss the lawsuit. The agreement... Read more 

As tensions rise in Missouri, Kentucky politicians speak out on unrest

08/14/2014 04:53 PM

A clash between residents of a Missouri community and police officers following the death of an 18-year-old boy has Kentucky lawmakers talking about the problem with the militarization of police forces. Police officers are using an amount of force that some are finding questionable against demonstrators of a community outside St. Louis after Michael Brown, a young resident of Ferguson, Missouri, was fatally shot by a police officer. In an op-ed on the issue on TIME Magazine’s website, Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand... Read more 

The Chatter: Democratic lawmakers weigh in on Chao coal controversy, new poll shows McConnell ahead

08/13/2014 12:13 PM

UPDATED: Democratic state lawmakers want former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, the wife of Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, to immediately resign from her position on the board of Bloomberg Philanthropies after reports of the group’s anti-coal agenda. Coal Association President Bill Bissett received a letter requesting him to denounce the groups actions and demand Chao step down from her position on the board, according to a Yahoo! News report . The letter came from eight Democratic state lawmakers, including: House Speaker... Read more 

Paul says president making a "mess" by going around Congress on big issues

08/12/2014 05:27 PM

Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul is not completely against targeted airstrikes in Iraq ordered by President Barack Obama, but he strongly disagrees with the approach the president is taking with action in the region among other things. As tensions continue to rise in Iraq and the United States begins to get involved, the president has ordered targeted airstrikes in the region, as well as the dropping of supplies for Iraqis fighting militant forces. In a speech at the Greater Louisville Inc. luncheon... Read more 

Whitfield potentially eyeing chairmanship, says current ethics investigation won't hurt chances

08/07/2014 11:32 AM

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Hopkinsville, is raising a lot of campaign cash to potentially help him grab a higher position in Congress. But the western Kentucky Republican is also under a House Ethics investigation which he says will not hurt his chances. While he faces a Democratic challenger in Charles Hatchet, who Whitfield defeated during his race in 2012, the first District Congressman has raised a lot of money that he will likely not have to use all on his own... Read more 

Seven Counties should come to the table to negotiate details of "divorce" from the state, Rep. Yonts says

08/05/2014 05:35 PM

As officials continue to consider what comes next in the Seven Counties pension saga, a state legislator close to the issue believes there is a path forward to help both the mental health agency and the state pay for the debt as long as the group comes to the table to talk with lawmakers. Representative Brent Yonts, D-Greenville, said he has been speaking with some Seven Counties officials and would like for agency to come to the table to sort out... Read more 

New McConnell ad stars wife Elaine Chao and seeks to grab attention of women voters

08/05/2014 12:12 PM

As the Kentucky U.S. Senate race remains in a dead heat, courting the vote of Kentucky women is becoming a main objective of both campaigns. And Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell has enlisted the help of his wife, former U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao. In a new ad released by the McConnell campaign Tuesday, Chao looks into the camera and criticizes the approach Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes takes with women voters. “Have you ever noticed how some liberals feel entitled to... Read more 

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