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.

Democratic state Sen. Dorsey Ridley considering run for 1st Congressional District seat

10/02/2015 04:57 PM

Democratic state Sen. Dorsey Ridley says he’s “in the paddock being saddled” for a Congressional run. Ridley, D-Henderson, told Pure Politics on Friday that he’s not prepared to announce a run for Congress yet, but he’s been on the phone the last 24 hours being encouraged to run for the post. In 2016 the position will be an open seat as longtime U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Hopkinsville, announced this week he would not be seeking a 12th term. The... Read more 

Matt Bevin releases new campaign ad touting military service, Christian values

10/02/2015 04:42 PM

With an ad titled “Fresh Start,” Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin begins to reintroduce himself to Kentucky voters. Bevin’s latest campaign ad, officially his third of the general election, seeks to discredit the attacks from Democratic candidate Jack Conway and build up his outsider image. “Bevin came from humble beginnings, served in the U.S. Army and started his own business,” a narrator says in the ad. “Now Bevin is running for Governor to improve education and create better jobs for... Read more 

Sabato's Crystal Ball moves governor's race to "pure toss-up"

10/01/2015 02:02 PM

With 32 days before Election Day, the University of Virginia Center for Politics’ “Sabato’s Crystal Ball” has moved Kentucky’s gubernatorial election to a “toss-up” instead of “leans Republican.” The Republican Governor’s Association’s decision to go dark in Kentucky “was a real eye opener” as well as GOP nominee Matt Bevin’s “inconsistent performance as a candidate” both led the non-partisan group to change the outlook in the race, according to Crystal Ball Managing Editor Kyle Kondik. “There’s not one thing that necessarily... Read more 

Fmr. Missouri state Sen. Jeff Smith details need for prison reforms after year behind bars

09/30/2015 10:22 PM

Former Missouri state Sen. Jeff Smith found out first hand how easy it is to go from politician to prisoner, joining 1.62 million other Americans in the prison system at the time. In 2009, Smith was serving in the Missouri General Assembly when a campaign violation from his 2005 run for Congress came to light. During Smith’s run for the U.S. House of Representatives, his campaign illegally coordinated with an outside third-party group — a fact he lied about to federal... Read more 

Rand Paul will headline Matt Bevin rally; Bevin says he is supporting Ben Carson in GOP presidential primary

09/30/2015 12:19 PM

Republican presidential candidate and Kentucky junior U.S. Sen. Rand Paul will be headlining a “rally to resist” rally for GOP gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin, but it’s Bevin who is resisting Paul in the presidential race. On Wednesday, in response to a question, Bevin told Kentucky Sports Radio host Matt Jones that he initially would vote for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in the Republican presidential primary. Walker, Bevin said, is an executive who “split the divide between conservatives and the establishment crowd.”... Read more 

James Comer announces run for 1st Dist. Congressional seat

09/30/2015 10:30 AM

On the heels of U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Hopkinsville, announcement that he will not seek re-election, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer announced he will seek the open post in 2016. Comer first announced his decision to the Associated Press on Wednesday. In a press release, Comer said “it is important to me that we have a conservative representative in Washington.” Comer is months removed from an 83-vote loss in the GOP gubernatorial primary to Republican nominee Matt Bevin. After the loss... Read more 

As RGA goes dark Bevin fumes at reporter; Conway sticks with campaign strategy

09/29/2015 10:10 PM

LEXINGTON — Republican candidate for governor Matt Bevin took aim at journalists on Tuesday when confronted with questions about the state of his candidacy heading down the home stretch. With nearly a month left in the race, the Republican Governor’s Association has stopped running ads, leaving Bevin for now to fend for himself against a fully primed Democratic ad barrage from Jack Conway and independent expenditure groups supporting his candidacy. On Tuesday, Bevin and Conway spoke before nearly 200 educators,... Read more 

Hampton, Overly debate hot button issues in second lt. governor debate

09/28/2015 10:40 PM

LOUISVILLE — In their second joint appearance of the general election candidates for lt. governor met for a televised debate where recent hot button topics took center stage. Sannie Overly, the Democratic running mate of Jack Conway, and Jenean Hampton, the Republican running mate of Matt Bevin, met before a live studio audience in Louisville for the half-hour long discussion held at WAVE-3 TV with support from nine women’s groups. Overly and Hampton tackled recent charged topics including the sexual... Read more 

Republican businesswoman and former client stumps for Andy Beshear in latest campaign ad

09/28/2015 09:45 AM

UPDATED: Democratic candidate for attorney general Andy Beshear is continuing a major statewide advertising campaign with a commercial featuring a Republican businesswoman and former client singing his praises. Debby Mobley, the co-owner of Truck America Training in Shepherdsville, which had been awarded $11.4 million by a Bullitt County jury in August 2012, said Beshear led her legal team in a suit against the city of Hillview. “He took on City Hall — and won,” Mobley said in the ad.... Read more 

House Speaker John Boehner will resign Oct. 30

09/25/2015 10:44 AM

UPDATED WITH KENTUCKY REACTIONS: House Speaker John Boehner will retire from Congress at the end of October ending five-years in his role as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. An aide to Boehner confirmed that the Ohio Congressman had planned on leaving Congress in 2014, but stayed in his roll after the surprise defeat of Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia. “Boehner believes that the first job of any Speaker is to protect this institution and, as we saw yesterday... Read more