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

Mayors of Louisville and Lexington ask to be exempt from California's state-funded travel ban

06/27/2017 02:50 PM

Mayor Jim Gray of Lexington is joining Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer in asking the attorney general of California to exempt their cities from California’s ban on state-funded trips to Kentucky. Last week California Attorney General Xavier Becerra added Kentucky to a list of states where employee travel is restricted. Gray sent a letter Tuesday asking Becerra to exempt Lexington form that ban. “Eighteen years ago, Lexington become one of the first cities in the South to pass a Fairness Ordinance,”... Read more 

California bans state-funded travel to Kentucky

06/23/2017 01:24 PM

The Attorney General of California, Xavier Becerra, is blocking California tax dollars from funding trips to four states including Kentucky. Last year, California lawmakers passed legislation banning non-essential travel to states with laws that discriminate against the LGBT community. State-funded travel to North Carolina, Kansas, Mississippi and Tennessee was already banned, and on Thursday four more states were added to the list. Texas, Alabama, South Dakota and Kentucky were all added to the list of places where California state employee travel... Read more 

GE Appliances CEO steps down

06/21/2017 11:26 AM

GE Appliances CEO Chip Blankenship has elected to leave his position at the end of the year, according to a press release from the company. Blankenship served as CEO for the Louisville-based company for six years. He will be succeeded by Kevin Nolan, who is the current vice president and chief technology officer for GEA and its parent company Qingdao Haier. China-based Qingdao Haier purchased GEA last year. Liang Haishan, chairman of Qingdao Haier’s board of directors, praised Blankenship’s leadership... Read more 

Governor Matt Bevin says he will alter executive order by Friday, June 16

06/15/2017 10:40 AM

Governor Matt Bevin has told Attorney General Andy Beshear that he intends to alter his executive order reorganizing education boards by Friday, June 16, according to a press release from Beshear’s office. Last week Beshear announced that he would give the Governor a week to rescind an order dissolving and reorganizing eight education boards or he would pursue legal action. The letter from Bevin’s office to the Attorney General read in part, “[i]n light of your letter, and due to... Read more 

Lawsuit filed against Gov. Bevin and AG Beshear over medical marijuana

06/14/2017 12:42 PM

Three Kentuckians are suing Governor Matt Bevin’s administration and Attorney General Andy Beshear over Kentucky’s law banning medical marijuana. The suit, filed in Franklin Circuit Court on Wednesday, argues that forbidding the possession and use of marijuana for medical purposes violates provisions of the Kentucky Constitution that protect individual privacy and prohibit arbitrary conduct by the government. The suit says thousands of people “are often given no choice but to use prescription opioids – the same opioids which have killed... Read more 

Attorney General to present first-ever Distinguished Service Award

06/12/2017 12:48 PM

As part of ongoing efforts to strengthen victim advocacy resources, the Office of the Attorney General will recognize its first-ever Distinguished Service Award winner during the Victims Assistance Conference in Frankfort this week. Marlene Zimmerman is a victim advocate with the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office of Domestic Violence and will be recognized for “her tireless commitment, distinguished service and significant contribution to protecting victims’ rights to justice, and improving the treatment of crime victims over the past 23 years.” The conference,... Read more 

McConnell confident in Christopher Wray as FBI Director

06/07/2017 04:37 PM


President Donald Trump announced his nomination of Christopher Wray to become the next Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations on Wednesday morning with a tweet. Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey on May 9. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, expressed his confidence in Trump’s selection of Wray on Wednesday afternoon in a news release. “The work of an FBI Director is difficult, but I am confident that Christopher Wray is more than qualified and quite capable of shouldering... Read more 

TwinSpires moving its headquarters to Kentucky

05/30/2017 01:04 PM

LOUISVILLE – Churchill Downs announced on Tuesday that the TwinSpires headquarters will relocate to Louisville from Mountain View, CA, bringing with it more than 70 jobs. TwinSpires is a division of CDI and the official mobile betting partner of Churchill Downs Race Track. CDI is investing $2.2 million to build out the TwinSpires headquarters on the third floor of its existing offices at 600 North Hurstbourne Parkway. Mary Ellen Wiederwohl, Chief of Louisville Forward, told those gathered today for the... Read more 

Auditor Mike Harmon hopes all parties will commit to put KFC Yum! Center on stable financial ground

05/19/2017 03:16 PM

State Auditor Mike Harmon is concerned that the KFC Yum Center could fail to make their bond payments as early as 2020. The financial review of the Louisville Arena Authority, released on Thursday by Harmon’s office, found that the group missed annual payment deadlines under a lease agreement with its key tenant – the University of Louisville Athletic Association. The report attributes the delay in payment to ULAA and LAA not providing information to each other in a timely manner.... Read more 

U.S. House passes the American Health Care Act

05/04/2017 03:57 PM

The United States House of Representatives passed a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on Thursday by the slimmest of margins. The American Health Care Act passed the House 217-213, with 20 Republicans voting “no” alongside all 193 Democratic Representatives. Four of Kentucky’s six U.S. Representatives voted in favor of the measure. U.S. Rep James Comer, R-Tompkinsville, praised the passing of the AHCA as vital to Kentucky. “Repealing Obamacare is critically important for Kentucky, where the individual market... Read more