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.

NY Times poll shows close Ky. Senate race, but are respondents representative of '14 voters?

04/23/2014 11:15 AM

The latest national media poll shows Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes still neck-and-neck. The New York Times Upshot/Kaiser Family Foundation poll of the 891 registered Kentucky voters shows McConnell leading Grimes by one point, 44 percent to 43 percent with eight percent undecided. Grimes does beat Republican candidate Matt Bevin in a hypothetical match up by six percentage points. But as Aaron Blake of the Washington Post first pointed out in a tweet , the... Read more 

Yarmuth says statehouse harassment case puts Grimes in 'delicate' situation on responses and with donation

04/18/2014 11:04 AM

Kentucky U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, said Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes probably should have spoken up earlier about her frustration with the Legislative Ethics Commission handling of a sexual harassment case. In an interview that aired Monday on Pure Politics, Yarmuth said he believes the absence of members at the Legislative Ethics Commission is a problem that state leaders must address. And he said the commission should hold another hearing on the sexual harassment case regarding former Democratic... Read more 

Grimes brings in $2.7 million in first quarter of 2014, outraising McConnell

04/15/2014 03:53 PM

The campaign of Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes announced fundraising numbers Tuesday, showing Grimes outpaced Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell by $300,000 in the first three months of 2014. According to a press release from the campaign, Grimes had her best fundraising quarter yet as she brought in $2.7 million, bringing her total amount raised for the cycle to $7.3 million. The Grimes campaign touted the candidates quarter numbers, noting that the total surpassed the amount raised by McConnell .... Read more 

Lawmakers call for a re-do on Arnold hearing as the commission considers motion by women in the case

04/14/2014 09:06 PM

Lawmakers and politicians from both parties are calling for the Legislative Ethics Commission to hold a do-over hearing on the sexual harassment complaints brought against former Democratic Representative John Arnold. In a motion filed Friday by the women in the case, Cassaundra Cooper and Yolanda Costner, asked the commission to re-open the case because they were not aware that only five members would be present for their hearing and would like to have the case heard again in front of all... Read more 

McConnell pulls in $2.4 million to add to warchest in first months of 2014

04/14/2014 06:38 PM

The campaign of Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell announced Monday that the five-term Senator had his best fundraising quarter yet, raising $2.4 million in the first quarter of 2014. In a statement, the McConnell campaign announced that the new fundraising quarter brings the total amount raised by Senator McConnell to $22.3 million for the cycle with $10.4 million remaining cash on hand. The full report will be posted on the Federal Election Commission site later this month. “Senator McConnell’s re-election campaign... Read more 

McConnell challenger Matt Bevin raises $1.12 million in first quarter of 2014

04/14/2014 11:24 AM

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin announced his largest fundraising quarter yet Monday, raising $1.12 million in the first quarter of 2014 as his race to challenge Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell enters the home stretch. The Bevin campaign announced Monday that the Republican candidate raised more than a million dollars with help from 33,000 different donors to date. He entered the race last July. In a press release about the numbers, Bevin says he is encouraged by the show of... Read more 

Grimes says women in Arnold case told her Wednesday to keep $250 from disgraced former lawmaker

04/09/2014 07:18 PM

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes announced that she spoke Wednesday with two of the state House Democratic staffers who raised the allegations of sexual harassment against former state Rep. John Arnold. According to the campaign, Grimes talked with Yolanda Costner and Cassaundra Cooper about issues affecting women in the workplace and asked them what to do with the $250 campaign contribution Arnold gave her campaign last year. And the campaign did confirm that Grimes will keep the contribution from... Read more 

Legislative Ethics Commission processes under a microscope following Arnold decision

04/09/2014 04:45 PM

Legislators and state leaders have expressed near unanimous concern about the Legislative Ethics Commission — and are now questioning its appointment structure — in the wake of its vote regarding harassment charges facing former Representative John Arnold. The commission, currently made up of eight members, contains an even number of appointees from both the speaker of the House and the Senate president with one vacant position that is supposed to be filled by an appointee agreed on by leaders of both... Read more 

With missing members, ethics panel passes on charging John Arnold

04/08/2014 07:54 PM

With only five members of the Legislative Ethics Commission present, the sexual harassment charges against former state Rep. John Arnold, D-Sturgis, were voted down. The commission fell short of the five votes needed on Tuesday when one of the members of the commission, Elmer George of Lebanon, voted no on charging Arnold, Jack Brammer of the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. George was just appointed to the commission in January 2014 by House Speaker Greg Stumbo. Stumbo said the following about Tuesday’s hearing: “We stand... Read more 

Glenn Beck tells tea party crowd that Bevin is someone 'we have been praying for'

04/05/2014 07:13 PM

LOUISVILLE — Radio personality Glenn Beck told a national tea party crowd in Louisville on Saturday that U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell is a “danger to this country” and Kentucky Republicans must choose Matt Bevin as the GOP nominee on May 20. Bevin and Beck were in the lineup of candidates and tea party personalities who spoke at an event Saturday in Louisville organized by FreedomWorks. As the last speaker, Beck said he had not yet met Matt Bevin in person... Read more