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.

GOP invokes terrorism connection to illegal immigrants in mailer against Rep. Jim Gooch

10/30/2014 03:51 PM

UPDATED: The Republican Party of Kentucky is targeting conservative Democratic Rep. Jim Gooch of Providence in a mailer referencing the 9/11 terrorist attack on New York, terrorist Mohammed Atta and ISIS. It has been a tough re-election season for Gooch, his remarks to Pure Politics about a pair of women’s underwear resurfaced in a television ad from his GOP challenger in September, and he has been under attack from outside groups including the state Republican Party. Gooch said he was “shocked”... Read more 

Former lawmakers Belcher and Nemes fight to return to Capitol in open seat race

10/30/2014 09:01 AM

One election cycle removed from legislative power former Representatives Linda Belcher and Mike Nemes are trying to get back to Frankfort and carry their respective parties into legislative control. If Republicans want to take the helm in the lower chamber, which Democrats have controlled since 1921, they will likely need to win all six open seat races which includes the 49th District in Bullitt County. Democrats outnumber Republicans in the district in registration, but as Belcher found out in 2012... Read more 

Beshear plans round of positive economic announcements to districts with Dems facing tough races

10/28/2014 10:18 PM

Gov. Steve Beshear is planning to do his best Publishers Clearing House impression as he heads to western Kentucky Wednesday to deliver oversized checks and make state transportation and other project announcements along side three incumbent House Democrats who face tough re-election fights on Nov. 4. Beshear will join Rep. Jim Glenn, D-Owensboro, at noon in Owensboro Wednesday to announce a County Agriculture Investment Program for Daviess County, Green River Area Beef Improvement Group, the governor’s office announced late Tuesday.... Read more 

McConnell says world is watching Ky. U.S. Senate race

10/28/2014 04:35 PM

GLASGOW — Campaigning with country music artist Lee Greenwood, the singer of “God Bless the USA,” U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell wrapped up his two-day swing across Kentucky on Tuesday. On the “Kentucky Leads America Bus Tour,” McConnell made 14 stops across the commonwealth where he delivered a familiar version of his stump speech, speaking on coal regulations, President Barack Obama, dysfunction in Congress and his opponent, Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. McConnell also noted that the Kentucky U.S.... Read more 

McConnell, Grimes go positive in latest round of statewide ads

10/28/2014 02:02 PM

In a nod back to his first election in 1984, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell is bringing back the bloodhounds in one of his last ads of the 2014 electoral season as his Democratic challenger Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes also aims for a personal touch in her latest ad. Kentuckians still brave enough to watch commercials in this $50 million dollar ad season will soon be seeing positive campaign spots featuring both McConnell and Grimes in the coming... Read more 

New poll shows majority of Kentuckians in favor of personal injury lawsuit reforms

10/27/2014 07:38 PM

A new survey paid for by the Partnership for Commonsense Justice, or PCJ, shows a majority of Kentuckians support legal reforms to personal injury law. The PCJ is a 501(C )4 advocacy group which to is aimed at educating the public on “commonsense legislation to reform Kentucky’s legal system.” A look at the bills in their legal tracker include issues like medical review panels which drew vigorous debate between Democrats and Republicans in the state Senate. In the past two sessions Republican... Read more 

Alvarado files civil suit against Palmer for defamation

10/27/2014 10:18 AM

UPDATED: Republican state Senate candidate Dr. Ralph Alvarado filed a civil defamation suit against his Democratic opponent Senate Minority Floor Leader R.J. Palmer over an ad running in the district. The ad which began airing last week essentially calls Alvarado a drug dealer using edited 2010 courtroom footage. On Monday morning Alvarado’s attorney, Christopher Hunt, filed a complaint in Clark County Court against Palmer, his reelection campaign, and Democratic consultant Dale Emmons. The complaint cites falsehoods in the ad including “deliberately editing... Read more 

Washington, D.C.-based GOP group targeting nine races to flip state House

10/26/2014 01:59 PM

Kentuckians in nine targeted state House districts are about to get a case of Potomac fever as hundreds of thousands of dollars in mailers and digital and television ads will soon begin flooding into nine targeted races against Democrats. The Republican State Leadership Committee, a Washington, D.C.-based GOP group focused on electing down-ballot Republicans, has already been active in several state House races and now will be begin launching a series of attacks in close races. “Our ads are educating voters... Read more 

Siddique Malik shares his thoughts on running for Ky. state Senate as a Muslim

10/26/2014 09:33 AM

Current state Rep. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, is running against Democrat Siddique Malik, a Muslim who immigrated from Pakistan 40 years ago at the age of 18, to represent the 36th Senate District on Louisville’s east side. Malik has only put together $1,100 to run for the seat vacated by Sen. Julie Denton, R-Louisville, who is pursuing a Louisville Metro Council position. Adams has raised more than $80,000 for the election. While there is a funding disparity, Malik is holding... Read more 

Palmer casts Dr. Ralph Alvarado as drug dealer in negative campaign ad using spliced courtroom footage

10/24/2014 08:08 PM

In perhaps the nastiest ad of the 2014 Kentucky electoral season, state Sen. R.J. Palmer’s campaign portrays his Republican opponent, Dr. Ralph Alvarado, essentially as a drug dealer. The ad released Thursday on cable and two local affiliates uses courtroom video from 2010 carefully spliced together to cast Alvarado, who unsuccessfully challenged the Senate Democratic floor leader for the seat in 2010, in a negative light. In the 30-second advertisement, a defendant addresses a judge in a Montgomery County courtroom... Read more 

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