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.

Kentucky Supreme Court will hear university funding cut case

06/27/2016 12:55 PM

The Kentucky Supreme Court will decide if Gov. Bevin has the ability to cut funding of state universities and colleges by 2 percent in the current fiscal year. The high court ruled on Monday that the case, brought by Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear, could skip the appeals court and head directly to the justices for review. Chief Justice John Minton has signed an order taking the case, and set a hearing for Aug. 18. The lawsuit brought by Beshear... Read more 

Gov. Bevin quotes opinion from former AG Conway, his gubernatorial opponent, in attempt to prove reorganization powers

06/24/2016 09:19 PM

UPDATED: FRANKFORT — The ongoing battle between Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear took a turn for the surreal on Friday, as the first-year governor cited an opinion from his former gubernatorial opponent, ex-Attorney General Jack Conway, in his defense of reorganizing the University of Louisville Board of Trustees. Republicans in the legislature quickly came to Bevin’s side as Conway sought to set the record straight and condemned the Republican governor’s actions as a re-write of state statute.... Read more 

Yarmuth among key group of House Democrats staging sit-in on gun control legislation

06/22/2016 06:34 PM

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are doing something rarely seen in modern politics — staging a sit-in and posing a threat to Republicans who control the chamber that they’ll hold up legislative business until they’re promised a vote on gun control legislation. Kentucky’s lone federal Democrat, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville, is one of a group of 20 who first began talking about the non-violent protest on Monday. When Pure Politics spoke to Yarmuth by phone on Wednesday,... Read more 

Former U.S. Senate candidate Sellus Wilder now acting as campaign manager for Nancy Jo Kemper

06/22/2016 05:10 PM

Sellus Wilder, who ran in a crowded Democratic primary campaign for U.S. Senate this year, has joined forces with 6th Congressional District candidate Nancy Jo Kemper. Wilder will transition from candidate to campaign manager in an attempt to defeat incumbent U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, who has held the seat since 2013. Describing the conversations to help Kemper take on Barr, Wilder called it an “easy decision” that came about “organically.” Wilder said the two candidates talked during the primary... Read more 

Bevin says Ramsey will leave UofL, Ramsey says he will tender resignation to new board

06/21/2016 08:12 PM

FRANKFORT — Gov. Matt Bevin is defending his dismissal of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees on Friday, and says contrary to speculation UofL President James Ramsey will be leaving his position. In defending his dismissal and partial reappointment of the UofL Board of Trustees, Bevin told one reporter he was mistaken in his assumptions that the governor does not have the power to disband the board. “I have absolute authority both constitutionally and legislatively, statutorily, to disband any board... Read more 

Bevin impanels 23-member council to review criminal justice policy ahead of 2017 session

06/21/2016 05:13 PM

FRANKFORT — As the prison population in Kentucky grows to 23,500 and recidivism rates sit at 43 percent, a new approach to criminal justice is being drafted. Speaking to reporters, onlookers and members of the newly created Criminal Justice Policy Assessment Council, Gov. Matt Bevin said he had been elected to fix problems in the state, and criminal justice will get his full attention. Bevin tapped Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary John Tilley to chair the 23-member panel, which... Read more 

Combatting food insecurity in Kentucky: How Ag Commissioner Quarles is fighting for food

06/20/2016 03:30 PM

As one-in-six Kentuckians face food insecurity GOP Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles is attempting to find a remedy by partnering with the agriculture community in the commonwealth. At the beginning of the month, Quarles announced the launch of a statewide Kentucky Hunger Task Force initiative, a first-of-its-kind effort to alleviate food insecurity in Kentucky. “What’s different about this initiative is that we’re starting from the farm level,” Quarles said. “Meaning we’re involving people who actually put the seeds in the ground... Read more 

Conversations shifting in General Assembly, but more work to do, Thayer says

06/17/2016 09:50 AM

Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer saw the conversation shift in the Capitol during the legislative session, but he says the Republican Party can’t get the rest of their agenda completed without a change in majority in the state House. Crediting first year Republican Gov. Matt Bevin with changing the political dynamic in the General Assembly, Thayer, R-Georgetown, said the first session for Bevin was “great.” “The governor is a fast learner. It’s a steep learning curve in Frankfort particularly for... Read more 

Sitting Democratic lawmaker and Secretary of State among those mentioned in FBI filings

06/15/2016 05:27 PM

A new court filing in the ongoing vote-buying case in Magoffin County names sitting state House Rep. John Short, D-Mallie, as having taken part in the scheme in 2012. The new filing details a vote-buying scheme in the eastern Kentucky area dating from 2002 to 2012. The filing includes sworn testimony from an admitted planner and perpetrator of voter fraud, who says Short asked for his help in his 2012 re-election. Larry Shepherd filed a motion in limine seeking to... Read more 

Connecting the dots: How an FBI analyst turned state senator sees the Orlando mass shooting

06/14/2016 09:06 PM

FRANKFORT — The Federal Bureau of Investigations knew of the Orlando homegrown extremist who killed 49 people, and wounded 53 others well before Sunday’s mass shooting. FBI Director James Comey told reporters on Monday that the gunman who went on a shooting rampage at a popular gay nightclub in Orlando had previously been on a terrorist watchlist from 2013 to 2014, but the agency was not able to collect enough evidence to charge him. On Tuesday, state Sen. Max Wise,... Read more