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.

Rand Paul wins third straight CPAC straw poll

02/28/2015 05:58 PM

For a third straight year in a row U.S. Sen. Rand Paul won the Conservative Political Action Conference presidential preference poll. The 3,000 libertarian-leaning young activists had Paul coming out on top of the crowded potential field of Republican candidates. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came in second place in the poll, according to the Washington Times Paul said he was “humbled by the enthusiastic support and encouragement” he received at CPAC. “Our party is filled with constitutional conservatives who have... Read more 

At CPAC Paul says he will soon unveil "largest tax cut in American history"

02/27/2015 03:06 PM

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s rock-star-like status was on full display Friday, eliciting cheers from the attendees of the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland. Paul, R-Ky., delivered a nearly 20-minute speech often interrupted by cheers and chants from the young libertarian-leaning crowd. In his speech Paul delivered a call to arms for lovers of liberty to join his vision and “reclaim our birthright.” During his remarks, Paul cited the Constitution — reminding the crowd their rights cannot be disparaged —... Read more 

Beshear says he wants needle exchange in heroin bill; will ask House and Senate leaders to discuss KTRS bonding

02/25/2015 06:54 PM

As lawmakers head toward a likely conference committee to negotiate an agreement on anti-heroin legislation, Gov. Steve Beshear says a provision to allow local needle-exchange programs should be part of a final bill. Speaking to reporters outside his Capitol office just hours after the Senate Judiciary Committee heard discussion on the House version of the heroin legislation, Beshear said he was in favor of the House version of the bill but applauded both the House and Senate for their work... Read more 

Comer releases first campaign ad of 2015 highlighting achievements as ag commissioner

02/25/2015 09:29 AM

In his first ad of the Republican primary race for governor, James Comer is highlighting his credentials as a conservative with a record of reducing government spending and improving the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. In the advertisement, which began airing Wednesday, Comer refers to himself as a “blue-collar guy” with a history of improving efficiency in government. “The average Kentuckian is having to do more with less,” Comer says in the ad. “We’re going to have to have the same mentality,... Read more 

GOP gubernatorial candidate Will T. Scott says his ticket has "got game"

02/24/2015 10:15 PM

Former Justice Will T. Scott left the Kentucky Supreme Court to run for the open governor’s seat in the four-way GOP primary because he wanted to right the wrongs he sees in state government. To paraphrase Scott, 67, he can’t leave politics alone — the people need him. “When I see something wrong in government and I know how to fix it, then I step into public service,” Scott said. “I fix it then I go back, you know, to... Read more 

Congressman Barr agrees with need to fight ISIS; says AUMF does not go far enough

02/23/2015 05:46 PM

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr agrees President Barack Obama is on the right course in pursuing military force against Islamic terrorists known as ISIS, but he said Obama is missing the mark when it comes to the campaign the commander-in-chief would wage. Speaking to Pure Politics by telephone last week, Barr, R-Lexington, said the “limited force with artificial timetables” is not a strategy which would produce victory against Islamic extremists. Obama’s Authorization for Use of Military Force, or AUMF, request to... Read more 

GOP attorney general candidate Whitney Westerfield publishes financial disclosures

02/23/2015 04:47 PM

Republican attorney general candidate Whitney Westerfield is releasing his financial disclosures and taking a swipe at the Democratic candidate Andy Beshear. Westerfield, a Hopkinsville attorney and state senator, faces Lawrence County attorney Mike Hogan in the May primary, but Westerfield has his sights set on Beshear. In a press release, Westerfield said he is keeping his promise to increase transparency in government by releasing his legislative and campaign financial disclosures, and he issued a challenge to his opponents to do... Read more 

Stivers hopes conference committee for heroin legislation can begin as soon as next week

02/21/2015 10:09 AM

FRANKFORT — With both chambers of the legislature passing separate bills intended to curb heroin abuse in the state and the likelihood of one side agreeing to the other’s proposal nil, Senate leadership is looking at the calendar and contacting House leaders to set up a conference committee. Speaking to reporters on the Senate floor Friday, Senate President Robert Stivers expressed frustration at the lack of action taken on his chamber’s version of a heroin bill, but he said the... Read more 

Gov. Beshear warns Kentuckians to get ready for round of ice, freezing rain

02/20/2015 04:11 PM

With another significant winter storm heading for the state, bringing a potentially dangerous mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain Gov. Steve Beshear is warning Kentuckians to prepare for hazardous driving conditions, flash flooding or power outages. “This weather system is changing as it approaches the state, so it’s very important to monitor local weather forecasts for the latest outlook for your community,” said Gov. Beshear. “As always, remember to check on your neighbors and the elderly, as ice... Read more 

Gov. Beshear to lead trade mission to Canada in May

02/20/2015 01:29 PM

Gov. Steve Beshear will add another stamp on his passport come May when he will lead a trade mission to Canada. The trade mission, which is part of the Kentucky Export Initiative, is set for May 25-30. The trip will focus on increasing commerce and building relationships between Kentucky’s small businesses and the Canadian market, the governor’s office announced in a news release Friday. The KEI delegation will make stops in Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto. “Canada is the largest destination for... Read more 

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