Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is 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 his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News or anytime with Spectrum On Demand.Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or

Government shutdown as Senate fails to reach budget agreement

01/20/2018 07:54 AM

Senate Republicans and Democrats were unable to reach an agreement Friday before the midnight deadline to pass a spending bill forcing a government shutdown. Thousands of federal employees will be placed on furlough Monday as agencies and departments considered nonessential shutdown. On Friday, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, sought to position a shutdown as Democrats fault. McConnell attempted to frame the choice as one between extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program for 9 million kids for six-years, or Democrats push for... Read more 

Bill updating criteria for subtance abuse treatment clears House committee

01/18/2018 04:40 PM

FRANKFORT — A House bill aimed at enhancing comprehensive standards and criteria for substance use disorder treatment and recovery services and mandating a review of treatment outcomes by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services easily cleared a House Committee on Thursday. House Bill 124 , filed by Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, and co-sponsored by Rep. Kim Moser, R-Taylor Mill, calls for enhanced standards and criteria for substance abuse treatment and recovery programs in Kentucky. As Wuchner explains, there are... Read more 

Survivors Council issues recommendations including new minimum age for marriage

01/17/2018 04:56 PM

FRANKFORT — Members of the Attorney General’s Survivors Council shared their recommendations on how the state can improve to better support victims of violent crimes. Of the more than 50 recommendations, at least one has been filed as legislation in the state Senate; a bill which would increase the minimum age for marriage in Kentucky. Senate Bill 48 filed by Sen. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, prohibits people under the age of 18-years old from getting married. Attorney General Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky,... Read more 

Stirring the pot; Sen. Seum files recreational marijuana bill, calls for Bevin to "open his mind"

01/17/2018 04:05 PM

FRANKFORT — Sen. Dan Seum, R-Fairdale, is the latest member of the General Assembly to file legislation to allow the use of marijuana in Kentucky. In a Capitol press conference on Wednesday, following Tuesday night’s budget address, Seum said marijuana, casino gaming and sports wagering could bring hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue to the state. Seum told members of the media he had used marijuana after a surgery to relieve pain rather than using opiates prescribed by a... Read more 

Bevin announces deep cuts and program reductions, but pension funding and other investments in budget address

01/16/2018 07:35 PM

FRANKFORT — Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, announced deep cuts, but increased spending in other areas in his 2018 State of the Commonwealth and Budget Address to the General Assembly. Bevin’s budget proposal, which is expected to be filed as a bill on Wednesday, calls for spending reductions in almost all areas of state government, with an across-the-board cut of 6.25 percent to most agencies. He’s also proposing “strategic cuts” to programs and the the complete elimination of 70 programs, according to... Read more 

Sen. Bowen announces he is not seeking re-election; Rep. Castlen says he will run for Bowen's seat

01/15/2018 10:50 AM

State Sen. Joe Bowen, R-Owensboro, will not be seeking a return to Frankfort in 2018, but a freshman Republican in the state House has announced he will seek the now open seat. Bowen has served in the Senate since 2011; he previously served in the state House for a term in 2005. “It’s been a good ride with a lot of good folks doing a lot of good things but for me it’s time to hang up my spurs. Thanks... Read more 

Carroll accuser, Jason Geis welcomed on Senate floor Thursday

01/12/2018 11:08 AM

The Senate got a surprise on Thursday afternoon when Jason Geis, the man who was allegedly propositioned for sex by Sen. Julian Carroll, D-Kentucky, in exchange for help getting into art school, appeared on the Senate floor as a guest of the upper chamber. The 86-year old former governor waved at Geis as he and his son were announced in the Senate. Carroll was kicked out of Democratic leadership by the Senate Democratic caucus last year following a report... Read more 

Lawmakers cancel session on Friday ahead of weather threat

01/11/2018 05:07 PM

With predictions for ice and snow on Friday across Kentucky the General Assembly has canceled their normal legislative work day. Session will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 4pm, the same day as the State of the Commonwealth address from Gov. Matt Bevin. There is a winter storm warning issued for western Kentucky, and Louisville. Lawmakers will not be in session on Monday, acknowledging Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Read more 

CMS allows states to enact work requirements for Medicaid

01/11/2018 02:21 PM

A major shift from the Trump administration will likely clear the way for a controversial requirement in Medicaid delivery. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued guidance to states on Thursday allowing them to compel people to work or prepare to join the workforce in order to receive Medicaid. Kentucky’s 1115 waiver, known as Kentucky HEALTH, contains such a work requirement — and the administration is expected to soon approve the waiver, according to testimony from the Cabinet for... Read more 

Treasurer Ball announces bill aimed at returning all General Fund appropriations

01/11/2018 09:43 AM

FRANKFORT – In an era where more is less in Frankfort, Treasurer Allison Ball, R-Kentucky, is finding a craft solution in an attempt to return all remaining General Fund appropriations to the state. In total Ball will seek to return more than $2.5 million to the state, by relying more heavily on a new system which could lead to the Treasury being operated without General Fund appropriations. “This is a huge step for the Treasury, because it is something that... Read more 

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