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

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes launches "transparency portal"

03/14/2017 02:47 PM

Kentucky’s Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced the launch of a website providing information on Kentucky’s boards and commissions on Tuesday. The launch of the transparency portal comes after a recent Civic Health Index report, released from the Secretary of State’s Office, found that citizens have lost trust in institutions like state government. In a press release, Grimes said that she was committed to engaging voters and rebuilding trust between government and constituents. “My office is committed to rebuilding the... Read more 

Bowling Green chapter of Black Lives Matter seeks to take control of the narrative

02/28/2017 02:24 PM

BOWLING GREEN – The Black Lives Matter chapter in Bowling Green is less than a year old, but the founders of the chapter are coming together to start their own narrative about the role of the movement within their city. The Bowling Green chapter was founded in June of 2016. The four founders: Brandon Render, Veronica Reed, Lydia Billion and Chasity Rodgers created the chapter to help organize those wanting to take action, but they say some didn’t know how... Read more 

Reebok releases McConnell inspired T-shirt

02/13/2017 11:56 AM

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The words U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell used to end a floor speech from U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, have become a rallying cry among feminists and Democrats, and now Reebok is putting the phrase on a shirt. Last Tuesday, McConnell, R-Kentucky, defended the use of rule 19, a regulation that bars Senators from speaking negatively about one another during debate over U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, President Trump’s Attorney General. “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless,... Read more 

United States Congress requests election information from Kentucky

02/08/2017 12:03 PM

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and Attorney General Andy Beshear received a request from members of the United States Congress for information regarding confirmed incidents of voter fraud in federal elections on November 8, 2016. The letter, was sent on January 25, 2017, and signed by U.S. Rep Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, U.S. Rep Robert Brady, D-Pennsylvania, and James Clyburn, D-South Carolina. The three U.S. Representatives cited claims of voter fraud for their inquiry. “We are writing given recent claims... Read more 

Elaine Chao confirmed as Secretary of Transportation

01/31/2017 02:47 PM

Elaine Chao breezed through the confirmation process, being confirmed to serve as the next Secretary of Transportation by the United States Senate on Tuesday afternoon. This will not be Chao’s first time serving in a President’s cabinet, serving under President George W. Bush as the Secretary of Labor. Chao is the first Asian-American woman and the first Taiwanese-American in U.S. history to be appointed to a President’s Cabinet. She is also the wife of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell,... Read more 

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray focuses on the economy in state of the city address

01/24/2017 04:32 PM

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is moving forward after an election night loss to Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul, and focusing on the economy in his city. Delivering the state of the city address on Tuesday, Gray started his speech acknowledging the tension and concerns of the presidential election, and reassuring people that Lexington is moving in the right direction. “There are people from all points of view asking honest and legitimate questions about the direction of our country.” Gray continued, “I’m here... Read more 

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner excited to work with Trump administration on trade

01/23/2017 01:55 PM

During his first Monday in office, President Donald Trump signed three executive orders, including withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). TPP is a trade agreement with 12 Pacific Rim nations. It was never ratified by the United States, due to congressional opposition, but it was strongly supported by the previous administration, and was the largest trade deal from President Obama. The deal would have created free trade stretching from Japan to Chile. Kentucky’s Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles warned... Read more 

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes meets with Chinese officials to talk economic development

01/18/2017 03:41 PM

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes met with Chinese Embassy officials in hopes of strengthening the relationship between the Commonwealth and the People’s Republic of China, and discuss economic development in Kentucky. In a press release Grimes stated that “as Secretary of State she looks for every opportunity to help grow Kentucky’s economy and further develop connections for our state and its businesses.” Grimes went on to say that she hopes a continued relationship with China will help bring... Read more 

Martin Luther King Jr Day events around the Commonwealth

01/14/2017 07:00 AM

The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights is sharing a list of different events taking place around the Commonwealth and Cincinnati, Ohio on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Ashland Monday, January 16 events 10 a.m. The Annual Ashland-Boyd County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March, Service and Lunch at the St. James AME Church. Located at 333 MLK Jr. Blvd, Ashland, Ky, 41101 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Lunch at First Presbyterian Church located at 1600 Winchester Av Ashland,... Read more 

Schedule for week one of U.S. Senate confirmation hearings

01/10/2017 10:36 AM

Confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet picks start Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Below is the schedule for the first week of confirmation hearings, including updates on the proceedings. Tuesday, January 10 9:30 a.m. Senate Judiciary Committee: Attorney General nominee, U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama. 3:30 p.m. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee: Secretary of Homeland Security nominee, retired General John F. Kelly, USMC. Wednesday, January 11 9 a.m. Senate Foreign Relations Committee: Secretary of State nominee, Rex Tillerson. 9:30 a.m. Senate... Read more