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.

Bevin submits updated Medicaid plan to federal government

08/24/2016 02:14 PM

After some tweaking Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, has submitted his Medicaid waiver plan to the federal government, but not everyone is on board with the proposal. The waiver, known as Kentucky HEALTH (Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health) was sent to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Sec. Sylvia Burwell on Wednesday — and reflects changes to the proposal after a public comment period. Among the changes to the proposal include allergy testing and... Read more 

Judge allows Bevin to reorganize KRS board, blocks removal of Elliott

08/22/2016 06:57 PM

UPDATED FRANKFORT — In a ruling released Monday evening a Franklin Circuit Court judge has allowed Gov. Bevin to reorganize the Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Trustees, but he has blocked the governor’s removal of the board chair. In a ruling on Monday, Judge Phil Shepherd granted a temporary injunction keeping Board Chair Tommy Elliott in place, despite an executive order from Bevin removing Elliott from the post. Pending a final judgement, Shepherd ruled that Elliott could once again serve... Read more 

Group pushing for school scholarship tax credits hopeful ahead of 2017 legislative session

08/21/2016 11:35 AM

It’s the time of year when kids are getting up early, packing a lunch and heading off to school, but for many parents where the bus drops off students is a major issue. While many groups call for charter schools, EdChoice Kentucky, is calling for a tax credit scholarship which would allow for some students living in impoverished areas to attend private educational institutions. Charles Leis is the recently named president of EdChoice Kentucky, and as he explained businesses and... Read more 

RPK, Political Action group targets House Democratic Leadership with radio ads

08/18/2016 05:44 PM

With the House once again hanging in the balance Republicans are taking their fight directly to the districts of House Democratic leaders. A series of ads from the Republican Party of Kentucky and an Independent Expenditure group, Kentucky Tomorrow, Inc. PAC, is casting House Speaker Greg Stumbo, Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins as out-of-touch with their districts. Former staffer for U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, Jennifer Krantz, President of Kentucky Tomorrow, which launched in late July, according to Federal Election Commission records... Read more 

Lawmakers grill finance secretary over $500K contract to investigate fmr. Gov. Beshear

08/15/2016 09:24 PM

FRANKFORT — A contract from the Finance Cabinet seeking to investigate allegations of pay-to-play politics in recent years narrowly moved forward in committee Monday despite the protests over the partisan makeup of the law firm hired to do the work. The Government Contract Review Committee heard testimony from Finance Cabinet Secretary William Landrum over the need to spend up to $500,000 over the next two years digging into claims of abuse in government under former Gov. Steve Beshear, a Democrat. The... Read more 

Test 400K launches 'Track It' at NCSL with help from Kentucky rape survivor

08/12/2016 02:46 PM

After successfully championing rape kit reforms in Kentucky, Michelle Kuiper helped kickoff the call for nationwide reforms for timely testing and tracking notifications of sexual assault kits. Test 400K, a national rape kit reform advocacy group, launched their “Track It” campaign from Chicago at the National Conference of State Legislatures this week. The group sent governor’s across the nation a rape kit along with tracking codes in an effort to garner attention to the fact that most kits don’t include... Read more 

Gray and Paul square off over debate schedule

08/10/2016 02:03 PM

With Fancy Farm in the rear view the U.S. Senate campaigns are gearing up for the final months of the general election and getting in front of voters before Nov. 8, but so far there’s no debates scheduled between the candidates. Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jim Gray took the offensive against U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, last week, calling out the state’s junior senator for, so far, not accepting any of the proposed debates. Gray’s campaign said that Paul’s campaign has... Read more 

Bevin issues executive order consolidating three boards

08/09/2016 02:27 PM

FRANKFORT — Gov. Matt Bevin added three more boards to his growing list of consolidations via executive order on Tuesday. The latest boards to be abolished handle tax appeals, crime victim compensation claims and state negligence claims. Bevin’s order creates the Kentucky Claims Commission and abolishes the Kentucky Board of Claims, Board of Tax Appeals and the Crime Victims Compensation Board. The newly created consolidated board will take up work on Oct. 1, with a slimmer staff, according to a... Read more 

New twists in the removal of Jane Beshear's name from Capitol Education Center

08/08/2016 07:34 PM

Former First Lady Jane Beshear’s name was removed from the Capitol Education Center on the grounds of the Capitol in July, but since its removal two agencies have been pointed to for their role in the soon to be renamed center. After a legislative committee meeting last week revealed the cabinet secretary who ordered the signs removed, Gov. Bevin told Pure Politics he was unaware of the committee meeting or the directive to replace the sign. Since Jane Beshear’s named... Read more 

Republicans unload on Jim Gray, absent Democrats at Fancy Farm

08/06/2016 08:36 PM

FANCY FARM — A thin Democratic bench caught the brunt of an energized Republican Party’s speakers at the annual political speaking event sponsored by St. Jerome’s Catholic Church. With the state’s lone statewide elected officials, Attorney General Andy Beshear and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, skipping the stage on Saturday the GOP sought to cast Democrats as cowards and tie them to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. In addition to the absence of Grimes and Beshear, no member... Read more