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.

Secretary Larry Hayes to retire from Economic Development Cabinet, Beshear to conduct national search

05/21/2015 03:34 PM

A member of Gov. Steve Beshear’s senior staff announced he was retiring after seven years in his role as Economic Development Cabinet secretary. Larry Hayes has seen Kentucky’s ups and downs in his time as a cabinet head for Beshear, but as Kentucky searches for term-limited Beshear’s replacement, now Hayes has signaled the time to move on. “The opportunity to lead this Cabinet under the Governor’s and Partnership Board’s direction has been the highlight of my career in both business... Read more 

Rand Paul begins hours long "filibuster" of Patriot Act

05/20/2015 04:52 PM

Taking to the U.S. Senate floor just after 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul began to “filibuster” the Patriot Act and the warrantless wiretapping of American citizens under the program. The issue over the surveillance program has been a key point in Paul’s campaign for president. In his speeches in early primary states and announcing his presidential bid from Louisville Paul says, “Our phone records are none of their damn business.” “I remember having this debate about three years ago... Read more 

Westerfield, Ball and Quarles form GOP down ballot for the general election

05/20/2015 12:51 AM

As a recanvass takes place to determine the top of the ballot for the GOP, down-ticket candidates now have a slate to face Democrats in November. In the race for attorney general, Republican Sen. Whitney Westerfield of Hopkinsville bested Lawrence County Attorney Mike Hogan by 12,217 unofficial votes. “I’m thankful that Republicans of Kentucky have selected me as the Republican attorney general nominee,” Westerfield told Pure Politics in a phone interview Tuesday evening. Westerfield said that Hogan was “very gracious in... Read more 

Recanvassing the GOP primary for governor what happens now?

05/19/2015 11:49 PM

With 83 unofficial votes separating Matt Bevin and James Comer from the Republican nomination for governor the Primary Election will come down to a careful review of the ballots. As Agriculture Commissioner Comer unofficially falls less than 100 votes shy of Bevin he has signaled that he would call for a recanvass of the votes. “We overcame a lot and I owe it to our supporters to ask for a recanvass,” Comer told a crowd of supporters in Frankfort Tuesday... Read more 

A quiet start to 2015 Kentucky primary elections

05/19/2015 11:53 AM

UPDATED: Election staffers across the state are experiencing a slow start to the 2015 Kentucky primary elections where state Republicans will decide their gubernatorial nominee, among other constitutional races. With official predictions for statewide turnout set at 10 percent by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, county clerks across the state said it was too early to see if the prediction holds, but things are slow on their ends. Lynn Zellen, a spokesperson for Grimes, confirmed the “quiet” start when... Read more 

No matter which GOP candidate becomes nominee, Democratic group says negative race has weakened candidates

05/18/2015 12:39 PM

An out-of-state Democratic group says the negative twists and turns in the GOP primary for governor have woefully hurt whomever emerges as the Republican nominee. In a web ad released Monday, the Democratic Governors Association sought to highlight the negative turns of the GOP primary in Kentucky. The DGA ad, titled “The Ugly Turn,” relies heavily on Kentucky political news stories to make the point of the nasty race being waged and the negative effect it could have on Republicans... Read more 

McConnell doesn't want the U.S. to "go dark" over NSA bill, explains split with Paul on issue

05/17/2015 05:25 PM

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell further illustrated the split between himself and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul over government surveillance programs while speaking on a Sunday morning program. McConnell told ABC’s “This Week” the surveillance program operated by the National Security Administration that bulk collects Americans’ telephone records under the Patriot Act, which is set to expire at the end of the month, is vital to protecting the United States. “We know the terrorist overseas are trying to recruit people in our country... Read more 

GOP treasurer candidate Allison Ball says office should be used as financial watchdog

05/16/2015 12:30 PM

The three-way race to become the Republican nominee for state treasurer is largely a geographic contest with each of the candidates representing a portion of the state. Prestonsburg bankruptcy attorney Allison Ball faces western Kentucky state Rep. Kenny Imes of Paducah and former Fayette County Judge-Executive Jon Larson in the primary Tuesday. Ball, who was the first entrant in the race, says she was influenced by her work in bankruptcy to make sure Kentuckians find a “sound financial footing.” “Whoever holds that... Read more 

Imes thinks negative stories in GOP gubernatorial primary could affect treasurer's race

05/14/2015 09:28 PM

As the hotly contested Republican primary for governor scoops up headlines, the three-way primary for state treasurer could also be impacted by the negative story lines. State Rep. Kenny Imes, R-Mayfield, said there is the possibility that negative campaign tactics and allegations of abuse could turn off voters in the primary. “If we’re turning voters off in this primary, and they’re saying, ‘What the heck. I can’t decide, you know, who’s being truthful or not about this.’ So, obviously that’s... Read more 

T.J. Comer makes pitch on behalf of her husband; Bevin plays off of negative politics in latest ads

05/13/2015 03:56 PM

In some of their final pitches to voters, candidates seeking the Republican gubernatorial nomination are taking softer approaches on the television airwaves as Tuesday’s primary nears. Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has tapped his wife, T.J. Comer, to stand in on his behalf in the latest ad after a tumultuous week of negative stories alleging he physically and mentally abused a college girlfriend. The campaigning got so bad, that the Washington Post declared Kentucky’s primary the “nastiest race” of 2015. In the... Read more