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.

Stumbo says new clean energy project in Pike Co. a glimmer of hope for the region's economy

08/30/2014 07:25 AM

RCC Big Shoal and Pike County officials announced the beginning of a new project to build a natural gas-to-liquids plant in Pike County Thursday which they say will help the eastern Kentucky economy with the new natural resource. As the region looks to find new ways to re-build the economy as the the coal industry continues to decline, the new plant in the region would use natural gas extracted throughout the region to create new products. According to the officials at the... Read more 

The Chatter: Grimes new ad touts time as Secretary of State, more questions about bus, hits McConnell on MSNBC

08/29/2014 11:50 AM

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is taking a break from her series of ads hitting Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell on votes he has taken to introduce herself to voters in a new positive television ad. The thirty-second spot which began running in the state Friday is titled “It’s Time” and focuses on Grimes’ tenure as Secretary of State and her legal background to say it is time for Kentucky to have a new U.S. Senator. In the ad, Grimes... Read more 

On poll questions being asked about GOP candidates, Stumbo says "almost everything is fair" in war and politics

08/29/2014 10:40 AM

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said the negative message testing against Republican candidates in push poll calls in competitive districts are legitimate because “in war and politics, almost everything is fair.” In a series of automated new push polls targeting the districts of incumbent Republican House members and even some new GOP candidates, Democrats are message testing with remarks about the voting records of Republicans in the House. A recorded message asks voters about a vote against a pay increase... Read more 

GOP House candidates targeted in push polls in districts using negative attacks

08/28/2014 01:48 PM

At least a half dozen Republican state House candidates say they are the targets of survey calls that have gone beyond message testing for Democrats and crossed into push-poll territory. Republicans, who are in the minority with 46 members compared to 54 Democrats in the House, are seeking to grab control of the chamber for the first time since 1921 with their crop of challengers to incumbents. But Democrats have put up top-flight contenders against entrenched incumbents in some of... Read more 

The Chatter: McConnell being hit by Democrats on secret recording plus Romney coming to Kentucky

08/27/2014 11:32 AM

A recording of Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell talking strategy and policy with a group of wealthy conservatives has Democrats claiming the remarks prove the senator is only looking out for millionaires and billionaires and not the needs of Kentucky families. In an article from The Nation , a recording of McConnell speaking at a conservative strategy conference hosted by the Koch Brothers on June 15 about issues like the minimum wage, unemployment insurance and other topics. According to the recording,... Read more 

GOP primary candidates in governor’s race agree on blame for decline in coal industry, disagree on approach to fixing it

08/25/2014 02:31 PM

The Republican candidates in the 2015 governor’s race agree on the idea that the coal industry is in decline in large part to the regulations put in place by President Barack Obama. But while one candidate is looking at other ways to help the region beyond coal, the other says it is time to take some of the harmful federal regulations to court. After recent comments from state Rep. Tom Burch, D-Louisville, about the state needing to “get coal out... Read more 

Barr defends spending on mail to constituents saying it comes with cuts of other spending in office

08/25/2014 09:29 AM

Spending more taxpayer dollars on mailing in his first term in office than most other members of Congress, Kentucky U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, says he will not apologize for communicating with his constituents and defends his office’s fiscal record of cutting other wasteful spending. Barr’s use of franked communications, where members of Congress use their signature as postage on mail, has totaled a $190,000 in taxpayer money to send mail and conduct other constituent services during his first term in... Read more 

Barr wants divide between police and military but worries about cost to local businesses

08/22/2014 04:28 PM

As unrest in Ferguson continues and many lawmakers discuss the possible need for legislation to demilitarize the police forces, Kentucky U.S. Rep. Andy Barr says the federal government needs to make sure they are not hurting businesses selling that type of equipment in the process. As reported by WFPL , Congress voted down a measure proposed by a Democratic Congressman to de-militarize the police forces. The bill would have banned the use of funds to transfer a wide range of very... Read more 

Comer looking to 2015 general election saying he is not scared of running against Conway

08/22/2014 10:46 AM

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is already looking beyond the Republican primary for governor with a message to Democratic candidate Jack Conway saying he has “no fear” of Conway “what so ever.” In a recent poll on the 2015 race, Conway was ahead of all potential Republican challengers. But of those head-to-head matches, the poll had Comer only three points behind Conway. At this point, Conway is the only Democrat to announce his candidacy in the race with many of the other big... Read more 

McConnell says donation from Delta CEO made because he is a friend, not because of meal in Senate dining room

08/21/2014 03:06 PM

After a large donation and a report detailing a breakfast between Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and Delta Airlines CEO Rick Anderson, some are saying the Senator used the meeting to get the campaign donation. But McConnell disputes the claims saying it is not unusual for a friend to support his campaign. A story by the National Journal prompted questions about a large donation made by the Delta CEO in relation to a breakfast he had with McConnell in the Senate... Read more 

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