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

First of two Medicaid transition open hearings to be held Friday in Somerset

07/13/2017 11:55 AM

A top deputy in charge of policy for Gov. Matt Bevin will join the Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and others when they go before concerned individuals in Somerset to discuss changes to the state’s Medicaid transformation proposal. The meeting on Friday is part of a 30-day public comment period meant to gather the public’s input on proposed operational modifications to the 1115 Kentucky HEALTH demonstration waiver currently before the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services... Read more 

Volunteers sought for review of child foster care cases

07/13/2017 11:09 AM

The Citizen Foster Care Review Boards are in need of volunteers in more than half of Kentucky’s counties to review cases of youth placed in care because of dependency, neglect or abuse. Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in 71 Kentucky counties are seeking the volunteers for local youth in foster care and other out-of-home care, according to a news release. The counties in need of volunteers to be trained soon are: Barren, Bath, Bell, Boone, Boyd, Bracken, Breathitt, Bullitt, Butler,... Read more 

What political observers are expecting from the stage and behind the scenes at Fancy Farm

07/12/2017 01:27 PM

Even though this year is an off-cycle year political analysts say Fancy Farm has not lost its importance, adding every year is an opportunity for politicians to mix it up and interact with voters. Les Fugate, a Republican, the executive vice president of RunSwitch PR and the former deputy assistant secretary of state, and Sherman Brown, a Democrat, principal at McCarthy Strategic Solutions and the veteran of numerous Democratic campaigns, recently sat down with Pure Politics to talk about the... Read more 

Situation with North Korea filled with "bad answers," Yarmuth says

07/11/2017 01:13 PM

With escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth says that none of the options are good adding he has little faith in President Trump to fix an issue that has baffled previous Democratic and Republican presidents. North Korea tested a long-range missile on July 4 capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and reaching the Pacific Northwest. After the launch President Trump promised that the United States would deal with the country “very strongly,” in... Read more 

Vice President Pence will discuss Affordable Care Act in Lexington on Wednesday

07/11/2017 10:39 AM

UPDATED: With the replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act still in question in the United States Senate Vice President Mike Pence will visit Lexington on Wednesday to discuss the future of health care. Pence is expected to meet with small business owners and local job creators to talk about replacing the ACA, according to a White House advisory sent Tuesday. The former Indiana governor will be joined by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, and U.S.... Read more 

General fund revenues fall $138.5 million short of estimates for fiscal year

07/10/2017 04:40 PM

Despite rising growth in General Fund receipts for the seventh consecutive year, the fiscal year fell short of budgeted predictions. Final fiscal year revenue is $138.5 million shy of budgeted predictions, falling 1.3 percent short of official estimates for the fiscal year, according to the Office of the State Budget Director. Analysts had predicted 2.7 percent growth over the fiscal year. “While I am pleased with the sustained growth, collections for FY17 were below forecasted levels by 1.3 percent,” State... Read more 

Fighting violence in Louisville: Pegasus Institute's LIVE plan

07/10/2017 02:35 PM

Six months into the year and already Louisville has seen the deadliest half-year in the city’s history, according to Josh Crawford the co-executive director of the Pegasus Institute. The Louisville-based think tank is promoting their plan to curb violence entitled the Louisville Initiative for Violence Eradication (LIVE). The plan takes into account four main ideas: policing, revitalization, lighting and gang enhancement law. Earlier in the year Jordan Harris, the co-executive director for the institute addressed focused deterrence policing — which... Read more 

U.S. Sec. of Transportation Elaine Chao will speak at GLI on Friday

07/10/2017 11:17 AM

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao will be making a speaking appearance back home in Kentucky this week. Chao will be talking about transportation policy to Greater Louisville Inc. at the Brown Hotel in Louisville on Friday. Chao is expected to address issues at the Department of Transportation and answer questions pertaining to Greater Louisville’s business community. Registration is required to attend the event and space is limited. Those wishing to take part in the event can register online at Read more 

Lt. Gov. Hampton will not appear at Fancy Farm

07/10/2017 10:30 AM

Republican Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton will be joining Gov. Matt Bevin in not attending the 137th annual Fancy Farm Picnic speaking event the first Saturday in August. A spokesperson for Hampton confirmed to Pure Politics on Sunday night via email that the Lt. Governor would not be taking part in the event. The spokesperson did not immediately respond to a question about her schedule on Saturday August 5. Last week, Gov. Matt Bevin’s staff informed Fancy Farm organizers that... Read more 

Yarmuth: McConnell may not want health care bill to pass the Senate

07/07/2017 01:47 PM

With Republicans in both chambers of Congress, President Trump in the White House and 7 years of campaigning to revoke the Affordable Care Act, the GOP is still struggling to find votes to complete their promise to voters and repeal and replace the law also known as Obamacare. After being forced to postpone a vote to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act last week the hunt for 51 votes is a top priority for U.S. Senate Majority... Read more