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.

Republican Cathy Bailey still considering run in 2015, but focused on 2014 elections for now

07/23/2014 01:36 PM

Cathy Bailey, the Louisville philanthropist and former U.S. Ambassador to Latvia, is working hard to bring in money to help Republican state House candidates as well as some at the federal level, but she said she is still looking at her own political future as she “closely considers” a run for governor. Bailey formed her federal PAC Kentucky Rise in February with the intention to focus on the 2014 House races. Other names in the 2015 GOP PAC pool include Louisville... Read more 

Comer and Heiner preview potential 2015 GOP primary while talking issues with chamber

07/22/2014 05:14 PM

Business leaders in the state got a taste of what they can expect out of the Republicans in the 2015 governors race when Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and Republican gubernatorial candidate Hal Heiner shared a stage to talk issues Tuesday. At the annual Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Business Summit, Comer and Heiner answered questions from a panel about what policies they support. The two were joined by State Auditor Adam Edelen, who decided not to run for governor last... Read more 

Grimes' ad series continues with new TV spot hitting McConnell on jobs comments

07/22/2014 10:36 AM

UPDATED: Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is again bringing in Kentuckians to hit Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell on various issues. And this time, it is comments made by McConnell about his role in job creation. The Grimes campaign is running a series of ads during the election cycle where she sits with Kentuckians who ask a question of McConnell on his record. And this time, it is comments made by McConnell in the Beattyville Enterprise interview when asked... Read more 

Kentucky lawmakers want to see more sanctions against Russia from U.S. and Europe after plane crash in Ukraine

07/21/2014 03:53 PM

After a plane crash in the Russian rebel-controlled region of the Ukraine killing nearly 300 people, U.S. lawmakers—including members of Kentucky’s federal delegation—are looking to find a solution to the conflict in the region. A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 298 passengers from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur Thursday was shot down when flying over an area of Eastern Ukraine controlled by Russian rebels. The United States has concluded that a missile shot down the plane but have not been willing to place blame... Read more 

Local Kentuckians play role in helping U.S. Senate candidates get messages across in new ads

07/18/2014 04:43 PM

Kentuckians continue to play a starring role in the campaign ads of Kentucky U.S. Senate candidates as each campaign released new ads Friday. Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell released a minute long commerical Friday morning touting his record on coal with the help of coal industry employees. The ad, titled “Different Direction”, uses clips of McConnell speaking on the issue—including at a coal related press conference in February— and placing blame on the declining coal industry on President Barack Obama. Coal miners... Read more 

Another U.S. Senate debate offer on the table, but still no agreement between campaigns

07/17/2014 03:37 PM

The campaigns of both candidates in the Kentucky U.S. Senate race again expressed interest in having the two share a stage to talk issues after Centre College made a formal proposal Thursday to host a debate. But still, no one debate offer has been accepted by both candidates. Partnering with AARP and WAVE3 News in Louisville, Centre College announced Thursday that it would like to host a debate between Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes. Centre College... Read more 

Gender issues remains at center of U.S. Senate race with debate over women's health care

07/15/2014 05:04 PM

The issues of gender equality and women’s rights are being used by Democrats in the Kentucky U.S. Senate race to illustrate the disconnect between Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and women voters as a pro-choice group begins to run ads in the state and a big name McConnell foe criticizes his stances. NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC, a group which has endorsed Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes and called her a “pro-choice champion”, released an ad Tuesday to run statewide in Kentucky... Read more 

U.S. Sen. McConnell raises $3.1 million in 2nd Quarter, has $9.8 million cash-on-hand

07/15/2014 03:20 PM

Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell brought in $3.1 million in the second quarter of 2014, according to fundraising numbers announced by his campaign Tuesday. The more than $3 million raised by McConnell puts his total at just under one million dollars less than Democratic opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes who brought in $4 million in the quarter. The new numbers bring McConnell’s fundraising totals for the election cycle to $25 million. And of that, the McConnell campaign still has $9.8 million cash-on-hand compared... Read more 

The Chatter: Kentucky U.S. Senators on the offensive against claims on their stances

07/14/2014 12:47 PM

The Medicare claims from a budget plan proposed in 2011 are again at the center of the Kentucky U.S. Senate race as the campaign of Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell released another ad on the topic Monday defending his record. The McConnell campaign released a new web ad Monday morning hitting Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes on her campaign’s first negative TV ad , which caused controversy because of claims made by Grimes. The ad, titled “Asked and Answered”, uses clips... Read more 

As President Obama ramps up request for emergency border funds, McConnell criticizes approach to crisis

07/10/2014 04:09 PM

UPDATED WITH GRIMES REACTION TO OBAMA REQUEST: Two days after a request from the president for emergency funds to address the influx of child migrants crossing the border, Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell wants to make it clear that Congress will not hand over a blank check. On Tuesday, President Obama asked Congress for $3.73 billion to address the crisis by supplying additional funds to Health and Human Services to aid unaccompanied minors in the care of the agency as well... Read more