Madeline Janicki

Madeline is a producer for Spectrum News. You can watch her work on Pure Politics, the only statewide nightly show dedicated solely to Kentucky Politics. Madeline is an Indiana native and received her degree in Communications from Indiana University. Her background is as a news producer but her passion for civic engagement and drive to bring voters information on issues that impact their lives brought her to Pure Politics. Here she gets to work on projects like her multi-part digital series on how the national group Teach For America is working in Eastern Kentucky Schools. If you have a story idea, email her at

McConnell tells KKK & neo-nazis they are not welcome in Kentucky

08/16/2017 10:50 AM

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, is telling white supremacist groups planning to rally in Lexington that they are not welcome in the Bluegrass State. “The white supremacist, KKK, and neo-Nazi groups who brought hatred and violence to Charlottesville are now planning a rally in Lexington,” McConnell said in a statement. “Their messages of hate and bigotry are not welcome in Kentucky and should not be welcome anywhere in America.” Groups such as the KKK announced their plan to... Read more 

Trump digs in on Charlottesville "both sides" argument

08/16/2017 10:43 AM

It took President Donald Trump more than two days after the events in Charlottesville, to condemn, by name, white supremacy groups like the KKK and neo-Nazis. But Tuesday, the President is doubling down on his words from Saturday, saying “both sides” are to blame for the violence. Washington, D.C. bureau Reporter Alberto Pimienta has more. Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin made similar comments Tuesday when talking about the removal of Confederate statues from government property. “There’s no side in any of... Read more 

State Rep. plans to file legislation to eliminate Confederate holidays in Kentucky

08/15/2017 02:31 PM

LOUISVILLE – Kentucky State Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville, plans to file legislation for the 2018 session that does away with Confederate-related holidays in the state. “I think it’s important that we as Kentuckians say who we are,” Nemes said. “I decided that I’m going to prefile a bill to get rid of the Jefferson Davis holiday and the Confederate Memorial holiday.” However, Nemes wanted to make clear that this is not about the removal of statues. He says that he... Read more 

Confederate monument toppled in Durham, North Carolina, more fallout from weekend violence

08/15/2017 11:26 AM

Protesters pulled down a statue from a Confederate monument in Durham, NC Monday night. The statue was dedicated to soldiers who fought in the Civil War and was located on a monument outside the old Durham County Courthouse. Spectrum News reporter Ryan Breslin has the details. A fourth CEO has resigned from a presidential business council in response to President Donald Trump’s initial remarks on the violence in Charlottesville, VA. Scott Paul is the head of the Alliance for American... Read more 

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer calls for review of all public art

08/14/2017 02:33 PM

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is directing the Louisville Commission on Public Art to review its catalogue of public art and make a list of any and all pieces that could be interpreted to honor bigotry, racism and/or slavery. In a press release Fischer said that this review is to prepare for a community conversation about the public display of such art. “I recognize that some people say all these monuments should be left alone, because they are part of our... Read more 

Confronting food scarcity: Gray Street Farmers Market bringing fresh produce into downtown Louisville

08/10/2017 12:20 PM

LOUISVILLE – Every Thursday, from the middle of May to the end of October, vendor booths dot the area where hospital campuses intertwine in downtown Louisville. As the lunchtime crowd begins to trickle in just a few short hours after opening time, the Gray Street Farmers Market comes alive. A line of people dressed in scrubs begins to form in front of food trucks while others examine the variety of fresh produce lining tables that stretch an entire block. Bright green... Read more 

Trump goes after McConnell on Twitter

08/10/2017 11:13 AM

President Donald Trump took to Twitter again on Thursday morning to slam Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, for failing to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The tweet sent just before 7 a.m. chastised McConnell for campaigning on repealing and replacing the ACA for seven years and then not being able to get the votes necessary to follow through with the pledge. This morning’s attack echoed one from Wednesday afternoon when the President first lashed out against McConnell for something he... Read more 

Threats fly between Trump and North Korea

08/09/2017 11:02 AM

President Donald Trump is sending an unprecedented warning to North Korea, threatening “fire and fury” against the country if its government continues to make threats. Trump’s extraordinarily strong words come amid reports that the regime of Kim Jong-un is now able to produce nuclear warheads small enough to fit inside missiles. Meanwhile, North Korean state media says Pyongyang would fire missiles to the U.S. territory of Guam, if they see signs of provocation. Washington D.C. Bureau reporter Alberto Pimienta has more.  Read more 

Trump latest: POTUS on working vacation, report: VP Pence looking at 2020 run

08/08/2017 10:34 AM

On his 200th day in the White House, President Trump returned to Twitter to tout what he views as victories and declare that he will be working hard during his vacation in New Jersey. Our Washington bureau reporter Alberto Pimienta has the story. The New York Times story that Vice President Mike Pence is looking at a potential run for the presidency came out on Saturday. The report also mentions other potential Republican rivals in 2020, including Ohio Governor... Read more 

Morning recap: Mueller issues grand jury subpoenas, Governor of West Virginia switches parties, $1.6 billion car factory announced

08/04/2017 10:07 AM

Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller has issued grand jury subpoenas related to Donald Trump, Jr.‘s 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower. The move suggests that Mueller is prepared to subpoena records and take witness testimony, but it does not necessarily mean he plans to bring charges against President Donald Trump or other White House officials. Here is a brief refresher of what a grand jury is and what powers they have: Grand juries make preliminary decisions about whether... Read more