About Jacqueline Pitts

Jacqueline Pitts is the producer of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. In addition to booking guests and pulling all of the information from the field together into a half-hour show, Jacqueline is also a regular contributor to “The Grind.” That’s a weekly segment with the cn|2 political staff to take a closer look at some of the most important, most interesting and often least talked about happenings in Kentucky politics. Jacqueline is from Nashville, but she’s a proud Western Kentucky University graduate. She can be reached at jacqueline.pitts@twcnews.com.

Dueling Dollars: Outside groups look outside of Kentucky to help in battle for control of House

10/29/2014 05:55 PM

The two outside groups getting most involved in this year’s state House races have relied as much or more on out-of-state donations than contributions from Kentucky in order to influence races that will determine control of the lower chamber. Democratic super PAC Kentucky Family Values and GOP machine Republican State Leadership Committee have made a lot of noise as they’ve spent hundreds of thousands dollars on advertisements in more than a dozen key districts. Kentucky Family Values, according to a... Read more 

Checking the facts behind claims in 6th state House District as race gets dirty ahead of election

10/27/2014 04:48 PM

A flood of negative calls, ads, and mailers are making an appearance in the 6th state House District as state Rep. Will Coursey, D-Symsonia, is attacked for his votes and a workplace lawsuit and Republican Keith Travis is hit on his tenure in a state position. A mailer from Washington D.C.-based group Republican State Leadership Committee has been sent out in the district that says “Thanks to Will Coursey, we’ve reached the bottom of the barrel.” The mailer, which features Coursey’s... Read more 

Ad being pulled from Paducah radio after claims on tolls rated false by station

10/24/2014 04:22 PM

A radio ad from the Kentucky House Democratic Caucus Campaign Committee is being pulled from the air in the 3rd District state House race after the group twisted the wording of the Republican candidate on tolls. In the re-election race of state Rep. Gerald Watkins, D-Paducah, the Democratic group launched a radio ad saying Republican Randy Bridges’ top issue in the campaign is to impose tolls on western Kentucky roads. The citation behind the claim comes from a question and answer portion... Read more 

Republicans Quarles and Mitchell targeted in ads from Kentucky Family Values

10/23/2014 09:43 AM

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part two in a series of stories by Pure Politics examining claims being made in contentious House races in the state. Part one can be found here . An agenda being pushed by the House Republicans and the legitimacy of the co-author designation of a Republican House candidate for a book are just some of the attacks being launched by Kentucky Family Values. Kentucky Family Values PAC is getting involved in the open seat race in the 39th... Read more 

Logo and lingo of Democratic Kentucky Family Values PAC under question from Republicans

10/22/2014 12:59 PM

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a series of reports examining claims being made in a handful of the most contentious state House races of 2014. Amid this year’s fight for control of the state House, two groups now are squabbling over the use of terms like “conservative” and “family values.” The Kentucky Family Values PAC, a Democratic group, has launched ads in many state House races where they have supported the Democratic candidates and described many of them as... Read more 

McConnell leading Grimes in two new polls, but both within the margin of error

10/20/2014 06:44 PM

Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell is leading Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes among likely Kentucky voters in two new polls released Monday. The latest Bluegrass Poll results show McConnell regaining a slim lead over Grimes 44 percent to 43 percent with Libertarian candidate David Patterson receiving 5 percent and eight percent of respondents saying they are still undecided. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percent. The poll of 655 likely voters was conducted Oct. 15 to 19... Read more 

DeWeese and Hunt working hard in 48th House District race

10/20/2014 04:05 PM

State Rep. Bob DeWeese, R-Louisville, is facing a challenge in his re-election race from Democrat Gretchen Hunt. And the two candidates are focused on the issues of not only their district, but the state as well. In an interview at his Louisville home, DeWeese said that as he goes door-to-door in the district he is hearing concerns about jobs and job security from his constituents. The 20-year incumbent legislator says that business friendly tax reform would solve many of the state’s... Read more 

Grimes radio ad claims McConnell is working to take away voting rights

10/17/2014 03:40 PM

UPDATED: The campaign of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is reaching out to different demographics, including the urban areas of the state with a radio ad claiming McConnell is not only implementing policies hurtful to the communities but also trying to take away their right to vote. Politico was first to report on the ad, which they say is running in Louisville and likely other areas of the state. In the ad, which can be heard below, a man... Read more 

Outside groups seek to make argument for campaign finance reform in U.S. Sen. race

10/17/2014 10:23 AM

While Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell continues to fight a battle for his re-election in a race against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, other outside groups focused on campaign finance reform are bringing another fight to him in the election year as they launch attacks against him in the state. With the expectation that the Kentucky U.S. Senate race will be the most expensive Senate race in history and each of the candidates bringing in millions of dollars from outside the state,... Read more 

Grimes campaign shows Democratic women of the U.S. Senate supporting her in new ad

10/16/2014 11:09 AM

Half of all the Democratic women in the U.S. Senate are featured in a new video voicing their support for Kentucky Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes. The video, released Thursday after first being shown at Grimes’ event with Hillary Clinton Wednesday evening, shows six women in the U.S. Senate saying “Shatter the glass. Break the ceiling. It’s time for Alison!” Of the twelve women in the Senate Democratic caucus, U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY),... Read more 

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