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.

The first 10: Most interesting (primary) races to watch

02/07/2016 01:08 PM

For yet another election cycle the collective minds at Democratic and Republican Party headquarters will be spent trying to outwit and outlast their opponents for control of the state House. Outside of the March 8 special elections, parties will be watching the May 17 primary to see how the races unfold so they can determine which recruited candidates will emerge from the primaries, the flow of capital in the general election and which incumbents can outlast internal challengers. The roster... Read more 

Sen. Westerfield plans push for additional juvenile justice reform, synthetic drug legislation

02/04/2016 06:35 PM

FRANKFORT — After passing a sweeping series of reforms to the state’s juvenile justice system in 2014, Senate Judiciary Chair Whitney Westerfield tells Pure Politics he will be back with additional legislation this session. In an interview on Thursday, Westerfield said he will focus in on the problem of disproportionate minority contact within the juvenile justice system. The Hopkinsville Republican is planning on confronting this issue by establishing an audit of sorts on the system. Over three years, Westerfield wants... Read more 

Former U.S. Sen. Marlow Cook dies at 89

02/04/2016 12:37 PM

UPDATED — Marlow Cook, who served in the U.S. Senate from 1968 to 1974, has passed away at the age of 89 according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. The Louisville moderate Republican served as a mentor to both U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth. Cook served two terms in the Kentucky state House of Representatives from 1957 to 1961 before being elected Jefferson County Judge-Executive in 1961 and re-elected in 1965. After leaving the U.S.... Read more 

Services announced for former senator and civil rights leader Georgia Powers

02/03/2016 02:53 PM

Funeral and memorial arrangements for Georgia Powers, a civil rights leader and the first African American and female member of the Kentucky state Senate have been set. Powers will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort on Thursday, February 4 from 1:30 – 4:00 pm, with a memorial service scheduled at 2:00 pm. The service on Thursday will be followed by a funeral service and interment in Louisville on Friday, February 5, according to a press release from... Read more 

Gov. Bevin names former LG&E VP deputy secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

02/03/2016 02:29 PM

Governor Matt Bevin has tapped Greg Thomas as the Deputy Secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Thomas, who lives in Louisville, previously worked for LG&E and KU Energy for more than 25 years, according to a press release. “I am thrilled to have Greg Thomas joining the Transportation Cabinet as Deputy Secretary,” Bevin said in a release sent Tuesday evening. “His extensive private sector experience in providing statewide services and managing large budgets will be extremely beneficial for the Transportation Cabinet.” Secretary... Read more 

Rand Paul suspends presidential campaign

02/03/2016 09:11 AM

UPDATED WITH REACTION, VIDEO MESSAGE FROM PAUL – After a fifth place finish in Iowa, and the very real probability of not qualifying for ABC’s Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire on Saturday, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has suspended his campaign for the White House. In a statement, Paul said it had been “an incredible honor to run a principled campaign for the White House.” “Today, I will end where I began, ready and willing to fight for the cause of... Read more 

Treasurer Allison Ball says her office could halt payment on checks that don't pass legal scrutiny

02/02/2016 11:04 PM

With less than a full month in office, Treasurer Allison Ball is gearing up to keep her promises of fiscal responsibility and oversight of the commonwealth’s finances — even if that means going to court or halting payment on a state check. In recent sessions some members of the General Assembly, and even some candidates vying for the office, have made a case that the position is not needed. Ball says not only is the office needed, but it’s mandatory... Read more 

Alison Lundergan Grimes' campaign documents subpoenaed by grand jury

02/02/2016 10:56 AM

Campaign finance documents from Alison Lundergan Grimes’ U.S. Senate race and run for Secretary of State have come under subpoena from a federal grand jury. According to a press release from Grimes’ attorney the U.S. Attorney’s Office asked Kentucky’s Secretary of State to provide “certain documents from her Senate and Secretary of State campaigns.” The news was first reported by the Courier Journal. David Guarnieri, one of two attorney’s representing Grimes, said she will cooperate with the request for documents. “While... Read more 

After 5th place finish in Iowa Rand Paul vows to 'fight on,' calls on ABC to include him in next debate

02/02/2016 09:25 AM

After coming in fifth place in the Iowa caucuses Kentucky Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul indicated the race for the White House is “wide open,” and he called on debate organizers to put him on the stage for the next GOP debate in New Hampshire. Paul finished with 4.5 percent of the vote in Iowa coming in behind U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; New York real estate mogul Donald Trump; U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida; and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.... Read more 

Conservative issues front and center with start of six-week ad campaign

02/01/2016 09:55 PM

An issues based non-profit group which played a major role in the 2014 U.S. Senate race is revamping their efforts with a new ad campaign focusing on public policy issues in Frankfort. The Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, a 501(c )4 non-profit organization dropped their first ad of a six week campaign spotlighting spending, pensions and tort reform. The first ad of the six week campaign says the state is facing “major financial problems, but longtime Frankfort politicians and insiders refuse to... Read more 

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