Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is 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 his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News or anytime with Spectrum On Demand.Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or

Louisville pediatrician seeing signs of toxic stress associated with increased deportations

04/27/2017 05:31 PM

LOUISVILLE — With a more aggressive approach to enforcing immigration from the federal government, families have become fearful for their future together, and the anxiety has health care professionals concerned. Dr. Julia Richerson, a pediatrician who sees patients full-time in Louisville and serves on the state chapter and in a national role for the American Academy of Pediatrics, says parents and children face serious health challenges associated with the fear and reality of deportation raids. “It’s a horrible stress for... Read more 

Bevin to announce aluminum plant in northeastern Kentucky

04/25/2017 01:29 PM

On Wednesday, Gov. Matt Bevin will announce a $1.3 billion investment in Kentucky by an aluminum plant in northeastern Kentucky. Three sources with information about the deal tell Spectrum News that the project is the “mystery project” for which lawmakers approved an extra $15 million in bonding authority during the session. One source with knowledge of the aluminum plant said the facility will likely do stamping, but more information would be available during Wednesday’s press conference. During the last day... Read more 

Consumption based taxing structure would be "tax shift" not tax reform, KCEP says

04/24/2017 03:47 PM

Revamping the state tax code in order to generate new revenue to pay down pension debt is being discussed by the executive branch, but how the state gets there could be “very problematic” depending on the actions taken, according to one economic advocate. Jason Bailey of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy said a shift to a consumption based taxing model, which has been floated as a potential change to the tax code, will cut taxes for the wealthy and... Read more 

Ball: Transparency website redesign is promise kept

04/23/2017 04:12 PM

A joint collaboration between the Office of the Treasury and the Finance Cabinet is beefing up the state’s transparency website. The enhanced website, was formerly known as Kentucky Open Door, and is now being touted by Treasurer Allison Ball as having improved navigation and search tools making it easier to access information quickly. The website contains data for the executive and judicial branches and includes such things as agency spending, contracts with businesses, employee salaries, and buildings owned or... Read more 

Former Kentucky hacker sentenced to federal prison opens up in exclusive interview

04/21/2017 04:06 PM

GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA — Days before being called back to Kentucky and found to be in violation of the terms of his release, Deric Lostutter sat in his North Carolina apartment reliving the past and contemplating his future. Lostutter, the former online activist and hacker known as “KYAnonymous,” was put behind bars weeks earlier than anticipated after a federal judge found him to be in violation of the conditions of his release — something he disputes from a jail cell... Read more 

Retiree group worried about what may happen if new contributors placed in 401(k)-style pension plan

04/20/2017 06:14 PM

As the executive branch works behind closed doors to develop its plan to reform the tax code and pension systems, one group is both thankful for the push and weary of certain changes. Jim Carroll, co-founder of the group Kentucky Government Retirees, remarked on the previous legislative fixes, which have included more money dedicated to paying down the liabilities to the retirement systems, and what he’s watching for in a special session in an interview with Spectrum News this week.... Read more 

Hoover follows through on promise to appoint interim adoption work group

04/19/2017 02:50 PM

House Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, has appointed eight members of the House of Representatives to serve on a bipartisan Adoption Work Group. In appointing the work group, Hoover is making good on a promise to House Majority Caucus Chair David Meade, R-Stanford, who withdrew a concurrent resolution during the session that would have established a task force to recommend changes to the state’s adoption system. Meade withdrew the resolution after the Senate removed the task force requirement and instead included... Read more 

Westerfield sends letter asking for state agencies to collect data on disproportionate minority contact

04/19/2017 12:54 PM

The defeat of legislation aimed at reducing disproportionate minority contact in the juvenile system, and setting a base for the age at which children would be allowed to be put in secure detention facilities was “easily the biggest disappointment and frustration,” for Senate Judiciary Chair Whitney Westerfield during the legislative session. “This is a problem that exists. Senate Bill 20 is aimed at addressing disproportionate minority contact,” Westerfield said in an interview with Spectrum News on Tuesday. “It is a... Read more 

"No matter what we do it is going to be controversial," Thayer says on tax reform

04/17/2017 12:32 PM

FRANKFORT — Gov. Matt Bevin has been crystal clear in his calls for a special session to address tax and pension reform later this year, but in the General Assembly there exists a lot more questions on what that will entail. Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, says currently the two bills, pension and tax reform, are not written and he envisions is taking several months to find agreement on the details once they are put together. Because of the... Read more 

GOP strategist reviews Trump's first months in office

04/16/2017 08:32 PM

Scott Jennings, a Kentucky Republican political operative and PR guru, is paying close attention to President Trump’s first 100 days in office, and has plenty of positive things to say about the president’s action overseas. “We’ve seen a no nonsense president who makes decisions quickly, decisively,” Jennings said in an interview on Friday. “We’ve seen him take a strong hand with China, North Korea, Afghanistan, Syria.” “I think what we’re seeing is that American leadership is restored,” he continued. “People will have... Read more