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.

Rep. Rick Nelson announces a run for Treasurer in 2015

12/02/2014 02:51 PM

Democratic state Rep. Rick Nelson of Middlesboro announced Tuesday that he will run for state treasurer in 2015. Nelson, who has served in the legislature since being elected in 2001, becomes the second Democrat to announce intentions for the race to replace term limited Treasurer Todd Hollenbach. Louisville Democrat Neville Blakemore announced his run in October. According to the secretary of state’s website, Nelson filed to run for the office Nov. 20. In a release about his decision Tuesday, the retired teacher... Read more 

Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul makes re-election bid official, mum on other 2016 plans

12/02/2014 12:29 PM

After many months of raising questions about whether or not he will run for re-election to the U.S. Senate and for president in 2016, Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul announced his intentions for one of the offices Tuesday as he said his name will be on the ballot for his Senate seat. But Paul remained quiet on a White House bid in the same year. In a statement, Paul said he is running for re-election because he still has many concerns... Read more 

State Rep. Bob DeWeese will not seek re-election to leadership post

11/20/2014 10:58 AM

State Rep. Bob DeWeese, R-Louisville, announced Thursday he will not seek re-election to his position as House Republican caucus chair. DeWeese, who has served as minority caucus chair since 2001, informed House Minority Leader Jeff Hoover of his decision in a letter explaining that after discussions with his family he has decided against another term in the post. “While I have enjoyed my 14 years in leadership for the House Republican Caucus, I believe now is the time for me to step... Read more 

State Rep. Ryan Quarles becomes main name for GOP in Ag. Commissioner race

11/19/2014 09:27 AM

After state Sen. Paul Hornback, R-Shelbyville, announced Tuesday that he would not run for Agriculture Commissioner in 2015, state Rep. Ryan Quarles becomes the focus of the potential GOP field. As the Lexington Herald-Leader first reported Tuesday , Hornback has taken his name out of the running and told the paper he would support Quarles, R-Georgetown, if he decides to run. Quarles, a 31 year-old farmer and attorney who was re-elected to the legislature Nov. 4, told Pure Politics he is going... Read more 

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell elected majority leader by caucus

11/13/2014 12:22 PM

Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell was unanimously re-elected to his leadership position by his Republican caucus colleagues in a closed door meeting Thursday, according to McConnell’s Senate office. By remaining in his position of leader of his caucus, McConnell will become the Senate majority leader in January when the new Congress convenes after Republicans picked up enough seats to take control of the chamber after the Nov. 4 elections. McConnell becomes the second Kentuckian to be named majority leader. Democratic U.S.... Read more 

State party groups reach out to voters through mail before Election Day

10/31/2014 04:15 PM

UPDATED WITH LETTER TO ATTORNEY GENERAL: The Republican and Democratic parties in the state are targeting voters before Election Day through letters addressed to voters to give them information before they head to their polling place Tuesday. The Republican Party of Kentucky has sent out a piece of mail that says in big bold capitalized text on the front of the letter “Election Violation Notice.” It then says “the information enclosed contains facts related to a possible fraud perpetrated on citizens... Read more 

After Warren's campaign says they plan to pull Miles' TV ad from the air, she releases a radio spot

10/31/2014 03:28 PM

State Rep. Suzanne Miles, R-Owensboro, has taken off the gloves in her tough re-election race, releasing back-to-back negative ads about her Democratic opponent John Warren on allegations of domestic violence in his past and an alcohol related arrest. On Thursday, Miles released an ad showing a mugshot of Warren alongside documents that show allegations of domestic violence by the Democratic candidate’s then-wife. After she released the ad, Warren’s campaign said they would be speaking to an attorney about having the... Read more 

Miles brings Warren's personal past to light in a TV ad right before the election

10/30/2014 03:41 PM

State Rep. Suzanne Miles, R-Owensboro, is bringing the domestic violence allegations against her Democratic opponent John Warren to the attention of voters with an ad that began running just five days before ballots are cast on Election Day. The ad obtained by Pure Politics shows a pair of protective order documents sought by Warren’s then-wife in 2004 as the couple’s marriage ended alongside a mugshot of the Democratic candidate. “The court documents tell the story. Demeaned his wife, raised his fist... Read more 

Dueling Dollars: Outside groups look outside of Kentucky to help in battle for control of House

10/29/2014 05:55 PM

The two outside groups getting most involved in this year’s state House races have relied as much or more on out-of-state donations than contributions from Kentucky in order to influence races that will determine control of the lower chamber. Democratic super PAC Kentucky Family Values and GOP machine Republican State Leadership Committee have made a lot of noise as they’ve spent hundreds of thousands dollars on advertisements in more than a dozen key districts. Kentucky Family Values, according to a... Read more 

Checking the facts behind claims in 6th state House District as race gets dirty ahead of election

10/27/2014 04:48 PM

A flood of negative calls, ads, and mailers are making an appearance in the 6th state House District as state Rep. Will Coursey, D-Symsonia, is attacked for his votes and a workplace lawsuit and Republican Keith Travis is hit on his tenure in a state position. A mailer from Washington D.C.-based group Republican State Leadership Committee has been sent out in the district that says “Thanks to Will Coursey, we’ve reached the bottom of the barrel.” The mailer, which features Coursey’s... Read more