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

University of Louisville racetrack clinic gets national recognition

04/27/2017 11:03 AM

The Kentucky Racing Health Services Clinic has been designated an innovative model by the American Academy of Nursing, the University of Louisville announced in a news release Thursday. The clinic is a nonprofit run by the U of L School of Nursing and funded by the Kentucky Racing Health and Welfare Fund. KRHSC opened its doors in 2005 to provide comprehensive health care services to the backside workers of the Thoroughbred racing industry and their families. The clinic is funded by... Read more 

Westerfield will file Marsy's Law again in 2018

04/25/2017 08:05 PM

State Senator Whitney Westerfield says he will continue to fight for a proposed constitutional amendment known as Marsy’s Law despite failing to pass a bill two years in a row. Westerfield filed the bill, known as Marsy’s Law, both in 2016 and in 2017. It was one of a handful of constitutional amendments filed during this year’s session, with none of them making it to the Governor’s desk. Despite back-to-back failures, Westerfield has hope for the 60-day session next year. “A... Read more 

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