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

Kentucky State Police Lab becoming training ground for other state labs because of low pay, lab director says

03/23/2017 11:11 AM

Editor’s note: This is part two in a two-part series on Kentucky’s attempts to clear the backlog of untested sexual assault cases. Part one can be viewed here. As Kentucky State Police Lab analysts recheck thousands of previously untested sexual assault kits there exists a frightening possibility that despite best efforts a new backlog will be created because of incredibly low pay, and high turnover rates. While earning more than others in state government, analysts, who undergo between six months and two... Read more 

Member of Bevin administration joins Top Shelf Lobby as partner

03/22/2017 03:23 PM

Justin Clark, who recently served in the administration of Gov. Matt Bevin as general counsel for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, is joining Top Shelf Lobby as a partner, effective April 1, 2017. “Top Shelf Lobby is excited to have Justin join our firm as partner,” said Top Shelf partner, Marc Wilson. “His skill sets, his legal experience and knowledge of the process in state government is a tremendous asset that will help grow our firm to the... Read more 

Previously untested sexual assault kit links with serial rapist; As kits come back work continues to inform victims

03/21/2017 03:15 PM

Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series on Kentucky’s attempts to clear the backlog of untested sexual assault cases. The first batches of previously backlogged sexual assault kits have been returning to Kentucky, rechecked by Kentucky State Police analysts and entered into the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Combined DNA Index System database. Victims are beginning to be notified by law enforcement in an effort to reopen cases and potentially prosecute offenders. In Louisville, the metro police department’s special... Read more 

Paul anticipates House health bill will fail in Congress ahead of Trump visit

03/20/2017 03:28 PM

LOUISVILLE — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, is perhaps the chief Republican critic of the House GOP plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, and Monday Paul appeared at an event in Louisville speaking on the GOP plan ahead of a visit from President Trump. Around 100 people were registered to attend Monday’s conversation with Paul at the St. Matthews Chamber of Commerce meeting in Louisville, where Paul bashed the GOP Affordable Care Act replacement plan and predicted its demise... Read more 

Son of state senator banned from 3rd floor of Capitol Annex says he will hire an attorney to clear his name

03/16/2017 02:54 PM

Dan Seum Jr., a medical marijuana advocate and the son of Sen. Dan Seum, R-Fairdale, has been banned from the third floor of the Capitol Annex after racially charged comments, according to a letter detailing the ban. But the younger Seum says the whole incident is a misunderstanding and that he plans on hiring an attorney to help clear his name. News of the incident first broke on Wednesday in an article written by Tom Loftus for the Louisville Courier-Journal which... Read more 

RPK Targets two House Democrats for missing votes

03/14/2017 04:39 PM

UPDATED: The Republican Party of Kentucky is continuing to keep pressure on House Democrats who have missed votes, or are voting against bills being promoted by the Republican supermajority with a round of targeted posts and websites launched on Tuesday. Rep. James Kay, D-Versailles, and Rep. Russ Meyer, D-Nicholasville, have been singled out by the Republican Party with the round of Facebook posts and micro-sites calling them out for missing votes this session on the House floor. The RPK tells... Read more 

Vice President Pence will discuss Affordable Care Act replacement plan on Saturday in Louisville

03/10/2017 10:59 AM

UPDATED WITH REACTION FROM GOV. BEVIN — Vice President Mike Pence will participate in a discussion on health care with small business owners and job creators in Louisville on Saturday, according to the White House. The Vice President will be joined by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, to hear from local small businesses convening at Harshaw Trane of Trane Parts and Distribution Center. Pence is expected to discuss President Trump’s economic agenda, the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act,... Read more 

Hacker known as KYAnonymous sentenced to 2 years in federal prison

03/09/2017 09:51 AM

Deric Lostutter, formerly of Winchester, Ky., who previously pleaded guilty on to charges of conspiring to illegally access a computer and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigations has been sentenced to 24 months in federal prison. Lostutter, 29, now lives in North Carolina, but returned to Kentucky to appear in court on Wednesday for hacking into a fan website for the Steubenville High School football team in December 2012 in an attempt to draw national attention to a rape... Read more 

Louisville Jewish Community Center targeted by bomb threat; Yarmuth calls on Justice Dept. to investigate incidents

03/08/2017 05:14 PM

The Louisville Jewish Community Center is the latest facility in the United States to be targeted with a bomb threat. According to the Louisville Metro Police Department, around noon on Wednesday the LMPD 5th Division responded to a call of a possible bomb threat at the Jewish Community Center. The LMPD indicated that police, along with Louisville Metro EMS, Louisville Fire, and “some of our federal partners” responded to the call. “The building has been evacuated and all occupants has... Read more 

Checking the pulse of charter school legislation in the Senate

03/07/2017 07:23 PM

FRANKFORT — Republicans in the state Senate have proposed and passed charter school legislation in recent years, and while two members we spoke with on Tuesday still are in favor of the concept they were less detailed in their thoughts on a version of the idea the House chamber passed last week. Senate President Pro Tem David Givens, R-Greensburg, told Spectrum News the Senate received the bill from the House clerk on Monday, and the chamber would be giving the... Read more