About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead.

Medical marijuana advocates see potential partner in Gov.-elect Bevin

11/28/2015 12:00 PM

Advocacy group members with Kentuckians for Medicinal Marijuana are gearing up for another year pushing for legislation legalizing medical access to cannabis in the General Assembly, but this year they’re hoping they have momentum in the form of the new governor. For Jaime Montalvo of Kentuckians for Medicinal Marijuana, Gov.-elect Matt Bevin could be a major ally in the push for medical access. “He was the only one willing to come forward and talk about it (during the campaign). I... Read more 

Gov.-elect Bevin names Chad Meredith deputy general counsel

11/27/2015 01:28 PM

Gov.-elect Matt Bevin has added another name to his roster with 10 days until he is sworn into office. Lexington attorney Chad Meredith has been named as Bevin’s deputy general counsel in the Governor’s Office. Meredith is an attorney with Ransdell and Roach in Lexington, where he practiced commercial litigation, constitutional law, banking litigation, civil rights litigation, appellate advocacy, labor and employment litigation, and tort litigation, according to the firm’s website. “Chad is an impressive lawyer with the rare distinction... Read more 

Gov.-elect Bevin names senior advisor and deputy chief of staff for policy

11/25/2015 03:34 PM

Gov.-elect Matt Bevin has named two more members of his inner circle. In a press release Wednesday, Bevin named Andrew V. McNeill as his senior advisor and Adam M. Meier as his deputy chief of staff for policy. “We continue to add depth to the bench as we carefully fill key roles in the administration,” Bevin said. “Andrew McNeill has decades of experience in the public and private sector. He will be a key advisor as we make the important decisions... Read more 

Auditor-elect Mike Harmon joins calls for KRS director's resignation; names early members of transition team

11/24/2015 01:19 PM

Incoming Auditor-elect Mike Harmon is joining the call among his GOP colleagues for Bill Thielen, the executive director of the Kentucky Retirement Systems, to step down and give up a 25 percent salary increase. In an interview with Pure Politics on Tuesday, Harmon said “it’s almost a slap in the face to all those people in the system who have not received raises…so I think it would be good for him to eventually fade out into the sunset as it... Read more 

CPE requests budget increase, will tie dollars to performance

11/23/2015 09:44 PM

The Council on Postsecondary Education is seeking an additional $86.7 million, or half of where colleges and universities were at in the 2007-08 biennium, and tie the request to performance criteria. As part of their request to lawmakers for the next two-year budget, Kentucky’s public universities will ask for the money to doled out based on the number of students who earn degrees, improved graduation rates, and increased retention rates. Another performance metric will focus on “closing the gap” between low-income... Read more 

Matt Jones will not run for Congress

11/23/2015 12:36 PM

UPDATED — Kentucky Sports Radio host Matt Jones has opted out of a run for the 6th Dist. Congressional race in 2016 against incumbent U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington. In a blog post, Jones said that he’s not ready to move on from his sports radio show just yet. “I am extremely proud of what we have built here at KSR and the amazing opportunity I get to have as a part of it daily,” Jones wrote on his website.... Read more 

Running down-ballot in Kentucky a tedious task, campaign operative says

11/20/2015 10:25 AM

With lower bankrolls, a disengaged electorate and lack of significant media attention, it can be tough to run a statewide campaign in Kentucky if you’re not involved in a top-tier race. That’s what Tres Watson found waiting for him as he toured the state in 2015 as Agriculture Commissioner-elect Ryan Quarles’ campaign manager. “When you’re a down-ticket candidate it can sometimes be difficult, you know, getting media out. TV is hard to come by when you’re down ticket, unless... Read more 

2016 candidate filings roundup: Matt Butler drops out of 38th District Democratic primary

11/19/2015 10:41 PM

The Republican Party holds a supermajority in the state Senate and with the election of Matt Bevin regains control of the governor’s office for just the second time in 44 years, but the real test will be to see if the GOP can gain control of the last Democratic-controlled chamber in the south — the state House. Since 1923 Kentucky Democrats have held control of the chamber, but the flip in allegiances from Democrat to Republican by Rep. Denny... Read more 

Louisville Rep. Denny Butler switches party affiliation to GOP

11/19/2015 10:16 AM

UPDATED WITH REACTION FROM STUMBO, STIVERS, MCCONNELL: Rep. Denny Butler of Louisville has switched his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican. Butler has served two terms in the House of Representatives as a Democrat, but according to a filing with the Secretary of State’s website he has changed his registration to Republican when he filed for re-election on Wednesday. Republican House Leader Jeff Hoover tweeted out the change in party affiliation and welcomed Butler into the GOP caucus. Hoover’s office... Read more 

Gov.-elect Bevin names Scott Brinkman as secretary of the executive cabinet

11/18/2015 12:36 PM

Gov.-elect Matt Bevin has tapped lawyer Scott Brinkman to serve as the secretary of his executive cabinet. “Scott has a proven track record in the General Assembly and private sector,” Bevin said in a statement. “He brings the right leadership qualities to effectively manage the Executive Cabinet and build the consensus we need to move our agenda forward.” Brinkman is an attorney with Stoll Keenon & Ogden where he has practiced law since 1997, according to his company biography. Brinkman is... Read more