About Nick Storm

Nick Storm joined cn|2 in December 2011 as a reporter for Pure Politics. He is now the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics. Throughout his career, Nick has covered several big political stories up close, including interviewing President Barack Obama on the campaign trail back in 2008. Nick says he loves being at the forefront of Kentucky politics and working with the brightest journalists in the commonwealth.

Taking a shot at Rand Paul, Edelen says he's only going to run for one office at a time

09/01/2014 09:10 AM

After making the decision not to run for governor in 2015 state Auditor Adam Edelen is gearing up for a re-election bid for a second term in the office and he says “whatever happens after that happens.” Edelen has made no bones about one day wanting to be governor of Kentucky, but his name has also been included on the short list of potential Democrats to run for U.S. Senate in 2016. While taking a jab at U.S. Sen. Rand... Read more 

What Jesse Benton's departure means for McConnell's campaign & the possible attacks to come

08/30/2014 02:47 PM

UPDATED: With the resignation of McConnell’s campaign manager Jesse Benton amid a growing Iowa bribery scandal Democrats and Republicans are seeking to make their case for why it does or does not matter in Kentucky. Benton has been acting as McConnell’s campaign manager since September of 2012 and at stake for Benton is his role in the bribery of former Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson — who has plead guilty to receiving thousands for switching his support from Michelle Bachmann... Read more 

Next up for Edelen: Kentucky Teacher's Retirement System audit

08/30/2014 12:27 PM

Calling for bold solutions to the “extraordinary” problem of growing debt within Kentucky Teacher’s Retirement System Auditor Adam Edelen says all options should be on the table to deal with the liabilities— including bonding. Edelen’s next audit will focus on the governance of the Kentucky Teacher’s Retirement System. A new accounting rule changes will mean that the fund’s debt — or unfunded liability — will nearly double to $23 billion in 2015. The rule change, Edelen said, is essentially ending... Read more 

McConnell Campaign Manager Jesse Benton resigns amid Iowa bribery scandal

08/29/2014 07:07 PM

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager Jesse Benton resigned late Friday amid allegations connected to an Iowa bribery scandal. In a statement, Benton says that accounts in the press tying him to an Iowa U.S. Senator who plead guilty to federal bribery charges after switching support in the 2012 GOP presidential race are false and “hurtful.” Benton says the reason he is leaving the campaign is because the allegations risk becoming a distraction for McConnell’s re-election race against Democrat Alison Lundergan... Read more 

Edelen predicts 'some pain' in battle over CVG airport board

08/28/2014 11:55 AM

Changing the geographic and political power structure of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport board won’t come without “some pain”, says state Auditor Adam Edelen. Edelen wrapped up a nine-month special investigation into the governance of the CVG board and called on a major restructuring of the appointees less than one week ago. In an interview with Pure Politics on Wednesday, Edelen said there will be a fight with entrenched political leaders in the region for who controls the airport. “Certainly... Read more 

How Seven Counties Services is illustrating for lawmakers why they could not keep paying into the pension system

08/27/2014 06:43 PM

Representatives for mental health provider Seven Counties Services have been making the rounds in Frankfort to plead their case to lawmakers threatening to take away contracts if the quasi-governmental agency does not pay pension liabilities, but part of what Seven Counties representatives are doing when meeting with lawmakers is explaining just why they had to make the difficult decision to leave the retirement system. Part of how Seven Counties is explaining their fiscal debacle is through a graph which... Read more 

Massie and Yarmuth disagree on U.S. military actions in middle east

08/26/2014 05:57 PM

As President Barack Obama approves U.S. spy flights over Syria to identify Islamic militant forces which have been plaguing Iraq and have beheaded an American journalist in the region, two Kentucky congressmen disagree on the need for military action — and the authority to take the action. U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Vanceburg, and U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, have a different view on what rights the president can take to bomb targets in Iraq — which has been on-going over... Read more 

Heiner says Frankfort leaders not paying attention when it comes to pensions

08/26/2014 08:15 AM

Equating the financially struggling public pension system to an ocean liner heading towards an iceberg, Republican primary candidate for governor Hal Heiner says the state needs to come up with an overall plan to deal with the pension system. Heiner said his campaign would have a “holistic plan” to deal with the pension systems in the state which are ranked among the worst funded in the nation. “If it was a liner a — ocean liner it’s an ocean liner... Read more 

Fmr. FBI analyst Max Wise says local police have benefited from federal military programs, but for some towns it is "too excessive"

08/25/2014 04:07 PM

After a week of images coming from Missouri on national television of heavily armed and armored police clashing with American protesters outside of St. Louis, President Barack Obama has ordered a White House review of the federal government’s strategy of sending military grade equipment to local police departments. Kentucky national security expert and former FBI analyst Max Wise, who won the Republican 16th District Senate primary in May, says local police departments have benefited from counter terrorism efforts after the September... Read more 

Beshear says focus will be on jobs and education in final session as governor

08/24/2014 09:00 AM

Gov. Steve Beshear says he will continue to focus on the “basic tools” that Kentucky has to have to compete among the top states in the country in his final 16 months in office. Beshear said the state is breaking through the last vestiges of the economic downturn which will help fuel expansion of jobs and businesses in the state. “We’re going to continue to create great jobs for our people. We are coming out of this great recession... Read more 

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