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.

Heiner stresses job-creation credentials in latest campaign commercial

04/17/2015 01:21 PM

GOP gubernatorial candidate Hal Heiner is pointing to his business developments with Capstone Realty at Louisville’s Commerce Crossings as proof of his experience at attracting and keeping Kentucky jobs. The commercial features aerial shots of the south Louisville business park which features companies like Yum Brands, JP Morgan, Passport Health, National Processing Co. and Jordan Technologies. In the ad Heiner points to the diverse businesses operating in the area, saying that the way to grow jobs in Kentucky is to know... Read more 

GOP gubernatorial candidates take aim at one another over gun rights

04/15/2015 06:11 PM

UPDATED: As time winds down, the gloves are coming off in the GOP gubernatorial primary as the candidates begin to seek space between each other on core issues — like guns. With just over four weeks to go before primary Election Day in Kentucky, the GOP candidates for governor have been competing over the television and radio airwaves to outflank each other on the right — railing against Democratic boogeyman President Obama and the Affordable Care Act. One area few... Read more 

Thayer says short session suffered because of too many bills filed

04/14/2015 06:00 PM

During this year’s 29-day short session, lawmakers filed 209 bills in the Senate and 548 bills in the House, a pace that has one leader calling for change. Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, said lawmakers found success within divided government in the 2015 session — though he said the number of bills hinders the process. “Part of the problem is there are so many bills being filed — as the floor leader I see them all,” Thayer said.... Read more 

Bevin brands himself as "real-deal conservative," promotes economic plan in new ad

04/14/2015 11:01 AM

As three candidates in the four-way GOP gubernatorial primary continue to pump out the ads, Louisville investment manager Matt Bevin is branding himself a “real deal conservative.” In his second TV ad of the campaign, Bevin promotes his economic plan, a seven-point position paper calling for right-to-work legislation, repealing common core and “dismantling” kynect — the state-based health exchange under the Affordable Care Act. Bevin also says he will “protect us from Obama’s war on Kentucky.” The ad is airing... Read more 

Two GOP gubernatorial candidates get hit in the face with a pie to benefit reading program

04/13/2015 05:40 PM

With 35 days until the May 19 primary election two candidates for governor took a pie to the face in an attempt to garner publicity and perhaps as campaign strategy. For the second time in the campaign Matt Bevin has been able to position himself in a place to play follow-the-leader with the pie stunt Monday. (If you don’t want to read about the political maneuvering and just want to see a politician take a pie to the face scroll... Read more 

Paul prepares to drop anti-Hillary ad in early primary states as Clinton announces presidential bid

04/12/2015 05:24 PM

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is wasting no time jumping on the airwaves in four critical states, running a minute-long ad against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Clinton announced her run for president on Sunday in a two-minute video. In Paul’s ad, slated to start running Monday, a dystopian projection of the former secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady appears in the first 30 seconds of the ad as an announcer ties Clinton’s second run to “a road... Read more 

The list: Adam Edelen leads Democratic chatter for 2016 U.S. Senate candidates

04/11/2015 04:33 PM

With U.S. Sen. Rand Paul officially running for president and planning on running for re-election in 2016, state Democrats are looking at their roster ahead of another U.S. Senate race in the state. As political observers look to the governor’s race as the premiere battle in Kentucky in 2015, behind the scenes state Democrats are laying plans for what could amount to their best chance to recapture the seat since Wendell Ford retired in January of 1999. Nearly everyone Pure Politics... Read more 

Former Rep. Ben Waide pleads guilty to campaign finance violations

04/10/2015 06:37 PM

Former Republican state Rep. Ben Waide pleaded guilty on Friday for attempting to accept illegal campaign contributions and attempted unlawful campaign expenditures in Franklin Circuit Court. Waide, of Madisonville, received a 12-month jail sentence, though he won’t see the inside of a correctional facility thanks to a probated sentence with two years of supervision, the Attorney General’s Office said in a news release. As part of his sentence Waide has agreed to pay restitution to Liberty Rehabilitation, Waide’s former employer,... Read more 

Gov. Beshear to court Asian businesses this weekend

04/10/2015 01:04 PM

In his final year in office Gov. Steve Beshear has been promising to keep his foot on the accelerator and continue to attract jobs to Kentucky — something he plans on doing over the next two weeks with help from the Far East. Beshear along with First Lady Jane Beshear and 30 delegates from the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce will leave Kentucky Saturday to travel to Taiwan, Singapore, Japan to meet with business leaders and political figures, Beshear’s office announced Friday... Read more 

Henderson running for treasurer as blue-collar candidate with focus on unclaimed property

04/09/2015 06:52 PM

Former state Rep. Richard Henderson is running in the five-person Democratic field for state treasurer on a grassroots, blue-collar platform after coming up short in his re-election contest by 893 votes and being dogged by comments made at a pro-cockfighting rally in 2014. With eight years in the General Assembly and four as a small town mayor, Henderson says he has the right mix of small budget, big budget thinking and rural know-how to be the state treasurer. Several... Read more 


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