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

Way-too-early look at 2019: Democratic and Republican benches for Secretary of State

06/22/2017 02:16 PM

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reaching the end of her second term in office and will soon be term-limited. While the Democratic politician considers her next move there are many on both sides of the aisle potentially waiting to fill the open position. Here’s a way-too-early look at the Republican and Democratic benches and some of the names which have been floated, but not confirmed for the position. Republicans: Michael Adams — The election lawyer and Republican insider Michael... Read more 

In first official visit in Kentucky after shooting Paul says security will likely change

06/19/2017 05:04 PM

SHEPHERDSVILLE — US Sen. Rand Paul’s appearance at Gordon Food Services in Shepherdsville on Monday marked the first time the Bowling Green Republican was publicly back in Kentucky since the shooting in Alexandria, Virginia last week at the GOP Congressional baseball practice. Paul was taking batting practice when the first shots rang out hitting four people including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. “It makes you a little more cautious,” Paul said after being on the field as shots rang out.... Read more 

Senate prepares to rush ACA replacement plan, Paul says process should be transparent

06/19/2017 04:49 PM

SHEPHERDSVILLE — Republicans in the U.S. Senate are working on a replacement to the Affordable Care Act, but the bill is not expected to take the normal process of open committee hearings before it reaches a floor vote. Multiple outlets are reporting that the Senate will vote soon, much to the frustrations of Democrats and some Republicans, including Kentucky’s junior U.S. Sen. Rand Paul. “I’m not a huge fan of the way it’s unfolding,” Paul said, speaking to reporters in... Read more 

Could repurposing unemployment benefits help end poverty in Kentucky?

06/16/2017 01:52 PM

The latest national report card on the well-being of Kentucky’s children shows familiar challenges with poverty for youth in the state. Kentucky ranks 34th in the nation for overall child well-being, according to the 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book, released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report says the state has essentially stayed stagnant from where we were in 2016. “The narrative in 2017 looks a whole lot like the narrative in 2016,” said Dr. Terry Brooks,... Read more 

RPK names Sarah Pickerel new executive director

06/15/2017 04:17 PM

The Republican Party of Kentucky has named Sarah Pickerel as the organization’s new executive director. Pickerel replaces former executive director Mike Biagi who left his position to join Louisville based lobbying firm the Rotunda Group. The Glasgow native has worked for the Republican Party of Kentucky for more than 3 years as Finance Director and, most recently, Deputy Executive Director. “Sarah’s contributions at the Party over the last few election cycles have been vital to the successes we have... Read more 

Rand Paul unharmed after gunman opens fire at members of Congress practicing baseball

06/14/2017 09:32 AM

Update: President Trump has confirmed that the shooter died due to injuries sustained in a gun fight with Capitol Police. The Congressional baseball game is still scheduled for Thursday. U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, was one of multiple GOP congressman practicing for the upcoming Congressional baseball game when a shooter opened fire, hitting U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., and several others according to first hand reports. Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator was in the batting cage when the shots rang out. Speaking to... Read more 

Bevin furthers aim at beefier workforce with executive order establishing a task force

06/13/2017 04:16 PM

FRANKFORT — With an executive order signed Tuesday, Governor Matt Bevin established the Kentucky Work Matters Task Force. The 23 member task force brings together cabinet officials from every part of state government and with members of the private sector. The mission of the group is to address barriers to employment and promote inclusion among people with disabilities, foster children, disabled veterans, and those with histories of substance abuse and criminal records. Deputy Assistant Secretary Jennifer Sheehy of the U.S.... Read more 

Sen. Wise plans to prefile bill allowing victims of terrorism to sue in civil court

06/07/2017 11:04 AM

After recent terrorist attacks in England, state Sen. Max Wise is again filing a bill aimed at giving victims and their families an avenue to sue in civil court. The Campbellsville Republican is a national security expert and former FBI analyst, and he would like to change Kentucky statutes after watching other state’s enact legislation known as “Andy’s law.” The legislation is named for Private First Class Andy Long, who was shot and killed at an Arkansas military recruiting office. “There’s not... Read more 

Grimes prepares to visit Taiwan on weeklong economic development trip

06/02/2017 01:32 PM

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes will visit Asia next week on an international trade mission to Taiwan with a delegation from the United States. Grimes, a Democrat, is one of four secretaries of state participating in a trip that the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) is coordinating and funding, according to a news release. This is the second trip to Taiwan for Grimes, who is in her second term in the office. “I am proud of the... Read more 

Trump announces withdraw from climate deal, lawmakers UofL professor discuss the consequences

06/01/2017 04:23 PM

President Donald Trump has withdrawn the United States from a deal struck with all but two countries aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The 2015 Paris accord agreed to by the United States under President Obama and 147 parties or countries in an attempt to keep global temperatures from rising. In calling off the deal, Trump said he was protecting the United State and citizens and that there could be a new deal put in place. “..but begin negotiations reenter... Read more