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.

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 

The Chatter: McConnell hits Grimes on question of Obama votes while Grimes goes after McConnell on amnesty

10/13/2014 12:57 PM

Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell is using clips of media outlets criticizing Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes’ avoiding a question about whether or not she voted for President Barack Obama in a new ad released Monday. After Grimes was highly criticized for her non-answer to the Courier-Journal editorial board about her votes in 2008 and 2012, the McConnell campaign has released an ad using the news clips following the interview. Most notably, NBC News’ political director Chuck Todd told a panel on MSNBC’s... Read more 

In competitive Louisville race, Hunt says Deweese has been in Frankfort too long

10/09/2014 01:19 PM

Democratic candidate Gretchen Hunt is introducing herself and her family to the voters of the 48th House District with a new ad saying incumbent state Rep. Bob DeWeese, R-Louisville, has been in Frankfort too long. Hunt told Pure Politics while her campaign has knocked on over 11,000 doors in the district; she wanted to put the ad out to reach as many voters as possible going into the election. The ad, produced by newSouth Strategies, began running in the Louisville media market... Read more 

Report shows Democratic operatives around the state downplaying Grimes' support for coal

10/06/2014 11:06 AM

Democrats across the state say Grimes is using the pro-coal message to get elected and will not necessarily support the industry if elected, according to a report released Monday with undercover video from Democratic offices around Kentucky. The Washington Free Beacon was first to have a write up on the undercover report done by Project Veritas Action Fund . In the report, undercover videographers speak with supporters of Grimes working in the Democratic offices for her campaign where they talk about... Read more 

McConnell uses comments from President Obama about policies to tie Grimes to his agenda

10/03/2014 02:29 PM

Just one day after President Barack Obama made comments about his policies being on the ballot in 2014, the campaign of Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell quickly launched an ad linking Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes to the president. In an effort to continue to associate Grimes with Obama in the minds of voters across the state, the McConnell campaign announced a new ad hitting the airwaves Friday using remarks by President Obama Thursday about his policies being on the ballot this... Read more 

Mitt Romney endorses McConnell in Ky. and says country needs him as Senate majority leader

10/02/2014 09:07 PM

(UPDATED WITH VIDEO) LEXINGTON — Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell brought former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to Kentucky Thursday to help raise money and publicly back McConnell’s re-election campaign. After a fundraising event in Lexington, Romney joined McConnell and his wife Elaine Chao at a press availability on the property organized by the McConnell campaign where the former presidential hopeful voiced his support for the Senate Republican leader. “I’m here to officially endorse Mitch McConnell, and I’m looking forward to seeing... Read more 

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