About Nick Storm

Nick Storm joined cn|2 in December 2011 as a reporter for Pure Politics. He is now the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics. Throughout his career, Nick has covered several big political stories up close, including interviewing President Barack Obama on the campaign trail back in 2008. Nick says he loves being at the forefront of Kentucky politics and working with the brightest journalists in the commonwealth.

Yarmuth says even though there's plenty of money in the bank he's not taking race against Dr. Macfarlane lightly

07/23/2014 09:24 PM

A well financed U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth is fighting a familiar battle in the Louisville district against Republican Dr. Michael Macfarlane, a urological surgeon and physician, who’s campaign has yet to pick up much financial steam. Macfarlane is targeting Yarmuth on the Affordable Care Act in what he calls a “unique” election year, but Yarmuth says he’s not going to take any chances. “I’m not taking this race lightly particularly because the funding advantage because obviously Eric Cantor lost in... Read more 

McConnell fires back on job creation and protection efforts in latest TV ad

07/23/2014 10:36 AM

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell is highlighting his record on fighting for Kentucky jobs in his latest TV ad — the day after the campaign for Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes started running an ad hitting the senior Senator on comments he made about his role in job creation. The ad from McConnell’s camp says that McConnell stepped in to save 400 jobs at Louisville’s Cardinal Aluminum after Beijing illegally subsidized aluminum in 2009. According to a 2010 article posted by the... Read more 

Latest Kids Count report a mixed bag for Kentucky kids

07/22/2014 02:29 PM

The 2014 report from the national Kids Count profile shows Kentucky is making strides in important areas of health and education, though there are still some troubling statistics embedded in the data. Terry Brooks, Director of the Kentucky Youth Advocates, said Kentucky is ranked 35th in the nation in overall child well-being, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s publication after accessing four key factors which include: economic well-being, education, health and family. Kentucky had ranked in the 40s for... Read more 

NBC News Chief Political Correspondent Chuck Todd boils down Senate race for Ky. Chamber crowd

07/21/2014 11:06 PM

LOUISVILLE — NBC News Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd told a group of business executives and Kentucky government leaders that the 2014 U.S. Senate race is already having an impact on the country even before the election is in the books. Todd said the easy part of the campaign will be explaining the strategy and storylines Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell or Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes will use to win election, the hard part is which... Read more 

Yarmuth expects Hillary Clinton will campaign for Alison Lundergan Grimes

07/20/2014 11:35 PM

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, said on Friday that while he has no specific knowledge of a visit he expects Hillary Clinton will come to Kentucky to campaign for Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in the U.S. Senate race. “I’ve always understood that she’s planning to come to the district for Alison at a time to be determined, and I think we can expect President Clinton back as well,” Yarmuth said Friday. The Hill also reported Friday that Yarmuth told ‘The... Read more 

State moves to drop contract with Seven Counties Services

07/19/2014 10:13 AM

The Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary Lori Flanery said she “understands the issues and concerns” raised by a legislative panel earlier this month and directed a state agency to cancel the contract with Seven Counties Services within 100 days. Eleven days ago the Government Contract Review committee voted not to approve a $3.7 million two-year contract for Seven Counties Services to provide in-home family services to 300 families through the Health Cabinet’s Department of Community Based Services. The moves was... Read more 

Fancy Farm Update: Big names, new rules and an updated stage for the annual political picnic

07/17/2014 04:11 PM

Event organizers of the 134th Fancy Farm Picnic are firming up the last of their speaking roster for this year’s event as the main attraction of Grimes versus McConnell has staff updating the venue, and guests are being warned to be respectful as a national TV audience descends upon the village of Fancy Farm. Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s staff confirmed that the senior Senator for the state will be at the event. McConnell’s Democratic challenger Secretary of State Alison... Read more 

Jensen playing catch up in fundraising with $234,000 on hand after Democratic primary

07/17/2014 11:59 AM

Democratic 6th District Congressional candidate Elisabeth Jensen of Lexington is reporting more than $234,000 in cash-on-hand for her campaign against U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington. In the last three months, Jensen raised $186,000 in campaign contributions. Of that total, $163,000 in contributions came in the two months following the primary, according to a fundraising report filed with the Federal Election Commission. Prior to the May primary, Jensen, at one point had $265,000 in cash-on-hand. So far in the cycle... Read more 

Former Ky. Democratic operative using Ky. campaign tactics in Kansas governor's race

07/17/2014 09:14 AM

Jason Perkey cut his teeth in politics working campaigns in the Bluegrass and now the Louisville, Kentucky native is applying the lessons he learned from his time in the state to the Kansas governor’s race. Perkey, who is the executive director for the Kansas Democratic Party, is applying a strategy first implemented in the 2011 re-election campaign of Governor Steve Beshear in Kentucky. Democrats in Kansas launched a secretive mass endorsement of high profile former and elected Republican officials which has... Read more 

Beshear plugs $90.9 million shortfall in state budget using a mix of state agency and unspent general funds

07/16/2014 06:10 PM

Gov. Steve Beshear announced Wednesday he had again re-balanced the state’s budget using millions in state agency funds, unspent General Funds and cash from the Budget Reserve Trust Fund to plug a nearly $91 million budget shortfall. In his 14th re-balance of the budget, Beshear said he was focused on making the government “as efficient and as lean as possible.” “And to protect as best we can the core services that offer help and hope to our people and represent... Read more