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.

Matt Bevin drops first radio ads in GOP gubernatorial primary

03/26/2015 01:25 PM

Republican gubernatorial primary candidate Matt Bevin is dropping two radio ads with less than two-months to go before the May 19 gubernatorial primary election. One of the two 60 second radio spots plays off of the NCAA basketball tournament and the “final four” candidates vying for the GOP nomination. MAN: Bevin’s running for Governor? WOMAN: He sure is. Bevin was the first candidate to come out with a Blueprint for a Better Kentucky, a jobs plan so good other teams are... Read more 

2015 General Assembly had "one of the most productive sessions in recent history," Beshear says

03/25/2015 07:39 PM

FRANKFORT — In the final year of his term, Gov. Steve Beshear says lawmakers stepped up to the plate and delivered for the people of Kentucky in his last session as governor. Legislative leaders in the House and Senate agreed that key bills made it out of their chambers and onto the governor’s desk. “When you look at the laundry list of measures that are going to become law in Kentucky. Obviously, the heroin bill was a top priority for... Read more 

Lawmakers walk away without action on KTRS; leaders say issue can be studied in interim

03/25/2015 11:47 AM

FRANKFORT — Legislative leaders say they will continue looking into the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System and be back at the table in the 2016 legislative session over the issue. House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, told reporters that he thought the House would be back next year with a “similar proposal” to alleviate the nearly $14 billion unfunded liability at KTRS. Stumbo proposed bonding $3.3 billion for KTRS while lawmakers study the pension agency. The Senate asked for more time during... Read more 

House, Senate roll into day 29 passing gas tax, dating violence bills

03/25/2015 01:21 AM

FRANKFORT — With ten minutes until midnight Tuesday, the state Senate moved a compromise version of a fix to the gas tax drop with a constitutional majority. The state House wrapped their voting on the measure just as the clock rolled over on 12:30 a.m., day 29 of the legislative session. The gas tax compromise would set a new gas tax floor at 26 cents per gallon. That’s lower than the current 27.6-cents-per-gallon rate but above the expected 22.1-cent-per-gallon rate... Read more 

Tax checkoff bills in peril as confusion over amendment reigns in final day

03/24/2015 11:15 AM

A battle between the House and Senate over tax write-offs seems to be mired in confusion over services that Kentucky’s 13 rape crisis centers provide. Senate Bill 82, sponsored by Sen. Max Wise, would allow state residents to donate their income tax returns directly to the pediatric cancer research trust fund via a check box on the front of the tax return. Wise, R-Campbellsville, says the bill is personal to him because his son Carter is a stage four... Read more 

Senate moves two heroin bills out of committee late Monday

03/24/2015 01:11 AM

FRANKFORT — Seeking to get the ball rolling with the clock winding down on the session, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed two new versions of anti-heroin legislation late Monday night. Pointing to a collapsed agreement with the House, Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, said with sine die approaching, the Senate was still willing to move a compromise bill to deal with heroin abuse in Kentucky. The Senate amended House Bill 412 with a compromise deal Stivers and others said had... Read more 

Congressman Barr endorses Quarles in GOP primary for Commissioner of Agriculture

03/23/2015 03:25 PM

With less than two months to go before the May 19 primary U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, is tossing his support behind state Rep. Ryan Quarles who is vying for the GOP nomination for state agriculture commissioner. Quarles, R-Georgetown, faces fellow Republican Rep. Richard Heath, R-Mayfield, who filed in the final days of the filing deadline to run for agriculture commissioner, setting up the primary. In his endorsement Barr said Quarles has “farming in his blood.” “Ryan’s background in agricultural economics and... Read more 

Lawmakers "still talking" about bonds for Ky. Teachers' Retirement System

03/20/2015 07:14 PM

FRANKFORT — When lawmakers adjourned negotiations on a proposal to pump $3.3 billion in bonds into the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System on Friday evening they said progress was made on the negotiations, but no agreement had yet been reached. The House and Senate start off far apart in their approach to the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System, which faces nearly $14 billion in unfunded liabilities. Senate Republicans prefer to study the system in the interim and come back to the table... Read more 

McConnell taking fight with EPA to states across the nation

03/20/2015 11:47 AM

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell is urging governors across the states to defy the Environmental Protection Agency in their request for carbon reduction plans. In a letter sent to all 50 Governors McConnell called on the group to reject the EPA’s proposed regulation aimed at reducing carbon emissions by 30 percent by the year 2030, based on 2005 emissions numbers. The rule is expected to be finalized this summer, and the plan calls on giving flexibility to states to meet the... Read more 

Latest statewide TV ad from Heiner focuses on job creation including e-verify program

03/19/2015 01:59 PM

UPDATED: With 60 days until the May 19 primary for governor, GOP candidate Hal Heiner is sharpening his policy message as a job creator by laying out an e-verify plan to “protect jobs for legal Kentuckians.” Heiner’s latest 30-second statewide television ad re-emphasizes his business background laying out part of his “Kentucky First” plan for the state. The ad mention three main points in his jobs plan: fighting Obama’s mandates, reducing personal taxes and implementing e-verify to prevent illegal immigrants from... Read more 

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