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.

New McConnell ad seeks to highlight experience and humanize Senator with personal story of constituent

09/29/2014 02:57 PM

Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell puts his influence on display in a new TV ad released Monday telling the personal story of a Kentucky mother’s mission to get her daughter back after she was taken by her ex-husband. Dr. Noelle Hunter is the focus of the ad titled “Home” which will air statewide and tells the story of Hunter whose daughter, Muna, was abducted and taken to Africa by her ex-husband. Hunter explains in the ad that she did not know where... Read more 

Grimes campaign launches initiative aimed at online demographic with ad from her husband

09/29/2014 11:22 AM

The campaign of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is reaching out to the online community to show the support behind her campaign through social media and other outlets. The Grimes campaign released a statement Monday morning about the new initiative called “#AlisonCares” which is aimed at encouraging voters of all political affiliations to show their support for the candidate by “submitting letters to the editor, sharing photos and videos online and using the hashtag #AlisonCares on Facebook and Twitter.” The... Read more 

Moffett and Miller focused on issues facing the district despite personal attacks

09/25/2014 04:33 PM

The race to replace state Rep. Julie Raque Adams in an east Louisville district has become contentious as the candidates are facing personal attacks but say they want to continue talking about the issues. After redistricting, the area currently represented by Adams—who is leaving the position to run for state Senate—now contains more registered Democrats, but the candidates say the area still leans conservative. Both of the candidates are hearing the economy and health care are the issues on the minds... Read more 

As Democrats targeted in new calls, candidates on both sides say they want clean campaigns

09/23/2014 05:02 PM

Now that Democrats are targets of a new round of phone calls, House candidates on both sides of the aisle say they’re irritated with the tactics of outside groups in competitive state House districts. Democratic candidates confirmed to Pure Politics that an unknown group or groups have paid for robo calls and survey-like calls making accusations about their records and personal lives. This comes after Republicans were targeted in calls featuring some message testing. One of the most targeted Democrats... Read more 

The Chatter: McConnell in NYC with Trump, Grimes puts out another ad on missed meetings

09/22/2014 11:56 AM

The campaign of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes released a new ad Monday morning again hitting Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell on his absence from committee meetings in Washington. The missed meetings have been a common attack from the Grimes campaign as they released an ad on the topic the day before Grimes and McConnell met at the Kentucky Farm Bureau Candidate Forum. At the forum, McConnell addressed the absences from the committee by stating that his job as a... Read more 

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 

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