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

Attorney General Andy Beshear gives glimpse into Gov. Steve Beshear's response to Trump

02/24/2017 04:03 PM

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, the son of former Gov. Steve Beshear, expects his father will focus on the Commonwealth when he delivers the Democratic Party’s rebuttal to President Trump’s speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday. “If you’ve ever watched my dad, former Gov. Steve Beshear, you know he takes every opportunity to shine the brightest and best light on Kentucky,” he said in an interview with Spectrum News. “Places in the world that have never heard... Read more 

Fmr. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear will deliver Democrats response to Trump's Tuesday speech

02/24/2017 10:25 AM

UPDATED: Kentucky’s former Governor Steve Beshear will deliver the Democratic Party response to President Donald Trump’s speech on Tuesday. Trump is scheduled to address a joint session of Congress and deliver his vision and policy agenda for the United States on Tuesday evening. Gov. Beshear drew applause from President Barack Obama after the 2013 roll out of the Affordable Care Act in Kentucky. Beshear attended Obama’s State of the Union address in January of 2014. In a tweet sent after the... Read more 

Franklin Co. Sheriff Pat Melton was under FBI investigation, KREF says

02/23/2017 04:07 PM

UPDATED 2/24 WITH REACTION FROM MELTON FRANKFORT — Over the last two years Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton and his 2014 campaign have been under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance (KREF) regarding Melton’s campaign account, and donations from a suspect in an on-going drug investigation, according to testimony from KREF and Melton’s former campaign treasurer Yvonne Hill. According to testimony and an interview by Spectrum News with Hill on Thursday, the... Read more 

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul makes stop in Louisville to discuss repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act

02/22/2017 02:31 PM

LOUISVILLE — Mere miles from where U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was being hounded by protestors Kentucky’s junior U.S. Sen. Rand Paul strolled into a meeting without small business leaders to discuss repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act. The stop was Paul’s third this week meeting with groups to talk about the national health care law, and the repeal and replacement, which he says will come in the next month from Congress. Paul, a Bowling Green eye surgeon,... Read more 

Trump's behavior "terrifying," Congressman Yarmuth says

02/21/2017 12:21 PM

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, is becoming increasingly alarmed with the actions and words from President Donald Trump. Kentucky’s lone federally elected Democratic official, who is now the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, summed up Trump’s presidency after a recent press conference in a word as “terrifying.” “It’s terrifying from a number of perspectives,” he said in an interview with Spectrum News on Monday. “One is he’s incoherent; President Trump literally cannot express a thought that is coherent. Secondly,... Read more 

House Democrat files medical marijuana bill

02/19/2017 10:58 AM

As more lawmakers hear from their constituents advocating for access to medical marijuana, freshman Rep. John Sims, D-Flemingsburg, has filed a bill which would allow patients access to the drug. House Bill 411, is barely two-pages in length and would essentially allow physicians the ability to prescribe the drug to patients, and not hold those doctors liable for recommending marijuana. Sims is filing the legislation for Eric Crawford, a quadriplegic of 23-years, who lives in Mason County and is a... Read more 

Fiddler in the Senate: Friday's reason to smile

02/17/2017 02:27 PM

FRANKFORT — There’s a reason many individuals tune out from politics — it’s tough, at times demoralizing and disheartening to constantly filter the political rhetoric. I can only speak for myself, but, personally, I try very hard to bring the most informative, unbiased, analytical, state-based political reporting you’ll find anywhere; I’m grateful to anyone who has spent an evening on the couch watching our coverage on Pure Politics, or reading this website. However, I’d be lying if I said it doesn’t... Read more 

Quarles named chair of GOP national agriculture organization

02/15/2017 07:40 PM

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has been named the chairman of Ag America, the national organization that represents Republican Commissioners and Secretaries of Agriculture. “Ryan Quarles exemplifies the future of agriculture, and the future of the Republican Party,” said Ag America President Tim Barnes in a press release. “When he was elected Commissioner in 2015 he was the youngest statewide elected official, of any party, in the country. He’s the face of our ag future and we look forward to his... Read more 

Keeping kids out of court: KYA advocates for age appropriate responses to youth behavior

02/15/2017 03:44 PM

Extremely young children can end up locked up in secure detention facilities in Kentucky, but legislation filed before the General Assembly is seeking to set a minimum age of criminal responsibility in an effort to keeps kids out of the justice system. Advocates pushing for reforms in the General Assembly describe Kentucky’s juvenile justice system as a maze in which children as young as 4, 5, and even 6-years-old can become entrapped. Tara Grieshop-Goodwin, the chief policy officer for Kentucky Youth... Read more 

McConnell: Flynn may be investigated by Senate Intelligence Committee

02/14/2017 03:31 PM

It is “highly likely” former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will be called before the Senate Intelligence Committee, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters on Tuesday, according to NPR. Flynn resigned from his post on Monday night following reports that he discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador to the United States before President Trump’s inauguration. The White House is saying that Trump asked General Flynn to resign over “an eroding trust” issue. The administration says the White House... Read more 

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