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.

Doctors and concerned parents say government should "be ashamed" of lack of funding for pediatric cancer

09/17/2014 03:19 PM

LOUISVILLE — In an emotional meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on Health & Welfare Tuesday, parents of young cancer patients and the doctors who treat them pleaded with lawmakers to make funding for pediatric cancer a priority. Lobbyist Jamie Bloyd was first to testify in front of the interim committee Wednesday at the office of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky where she told legislators the story of her son’s diagnosis. Her son, Paxton Bloyd was diagnosed with Stage 4... Read more 

State Sen. Dennis Parrett decides against run for Agriculture Commissioner in 2015

09/16/2014 01:32 PM

After months of mulling over a run for statewide office, state Sen. Dennis Parrett, D-Elizabethtown, decided over the weekend that he will not run for agriculture commissioner in 2015. Parrett told Pure Politics in a phone interview Tuesday his decision came as a result of a number of factors, but namely the indecision he felt leading up to his final choice which he reached Saturday. The first term state senator said while he is not one to have a hard time making... Read more 

The Chatter: Bill Clinton criticizes McConnell in Iowa, both campaigns raising big money in D.C.

09/15/2014 02:54 PM

Former President and avid supporter of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, Bill Clinton, used his remarks at an Iowa political event to hit Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell on his stance on limiting campaign cash. The former president slammed McConnell in a speech talking about McConnell’s stance on campaign finance reform on Sunday when speaking at a political event in Iowa hosted by U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin. In his remarks, Clinton referenced the recording of McConnell speaking at a... Read more 

Comer has Democratic support in hometown, but can that spread across the state?

09/11/2014 04:20 PM

Now that Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has made his bid for governor official, his ticket will begin traveling the state gathering support for their campaign. Comer says in order to win, they will need the support of members of all parties, but can he achieve that? Soon after Comer made his 2015 decision known, he soon began to discuss the kind of support that they will need to win the election and that they’re looking to the past as an... Read more 

U.S. Senate campaigns touting drastically different September poll results

09/10/2014 01:46 PM

The Kentucky U.S. Senate race is still neck-and-neck but one candidate is leaving the other in the dust, according to which campaign you ask, with less than two months from election day. The campaign of Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes held a press conference call with campaign manager Jonathan Hurst and pollster Mark Mellman to discuss an internal poll that showed Grimes up by one percent on Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and pulling higher job approval numbers than the five... Read more 

Comer campaign says issues and support set them apart from other candidates in the race

09/09/2014 03:17 PM

Directly after the official announcement of his candidacy for governor and running mate, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and his campaign team held a press conference Tuesday to discuss the details of the policy and strategy behind the ticket. Because of the large role the Affordable Care Act is playing in recent elections, Comer was asked about what he would do about Governor Steve Beshear’s decision to go through with a health exchange through the law and expand Medicaid. Comer said that... Read more 

Comer officially kicks off gubernatorial campaign alongside running mate state Sen. Chris McDaniel

09/09/2014 12:01 PM

A large crowd gathered in Tompkinsville Tuesday to see Agriculture Commissioner James Comer officially kick off his campaign and introduce his running mate, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill. The crowd of around 1,000 Kentuckians were in attendance in Comer’s hometown where the Republican gubernatorial candidate pointed to landmark locations in the town from the stage to talk about how he grew up. “We have a lot of family values in this community,” Comer said. “So many hard working middle class families... Read more 

The Chatter: Grimes to fundraise with Hollywood donors, group launches ad campaign against McConnell

09/08/2014 02:18 PM

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is headed back to Hollywood to raise campaign cash in the final months before the November election. According to The Hollywood Reporter , Grimes will attend a fundraiser in Los Angeles being held for her on September 18 by DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffery Katzenburg. The fundraiser is part of a push by national Democrats to get more funds for Democratic Senate candidates like Grimes before the elections as an email about the events asked... Read more 

Bevin "absolutely considering" potential run for another office, says no one should vote Grimes in 2014

09/06/2014 09:35 AM

Former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin is looking past his race against Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and says he is considering the encouragement of those around him to run for another office. Bevin told Pure Politics at the annual Fancy Farm picnic that he has been encouraged to run for another office. And in a poll about the 2015 governors race, Bevin topped the list of potential Republican candidates with 25 percent. On Wednesday, Bevin told Pure Politics he has... Read more 

U.S. Sen. race ads chatter: McConnell uses current events to illustrate leadership while Grimes uses absence from meetings

09/05/2014 11:29 AM

In the most recent round of ads in the U.S. Senate race, Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell says the current problems the country faces requires someone with experience and leadership while Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes says the senator should be fired for missing committee meetings. Showing clips of recent news reports about struggles across the world leading to big decisions having to be made by the United States, the McConnell ad—titled “Serious Times”—seeks to illustrate the role that McConnell’s leadership position... Read more 

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