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

Sen. Mike Wilson elected as Senate Majority Whip

09/22/2017 12:34 PM

Sen. Mike Wilson, R-Bowling Green, has been elected by his Republican colleagues to serve in Senate leadership as the new Majority Whip in the Kentucky state Senate. Wilson replaces Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, in the position who was elected by the GOP caucus at the beginning of the month to replace Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg, as Senate President Pro Tem. Senator Givens resigned from his seat in Senate Leadership in June citing personal reasons. “I want to thank my colleagues in... Read more 

Is health care a basic right? Here's what the candidates currently in the race for the 6th Congressional Dist. told us

09/21/2017 05:01 PM

In America there’s the presumption of being endowed certain unalienable rights, like, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, which are set forth in the Declaration of Independence. But does health care fit into those rights? Four candidates seeking to represent the people of the 6th Congressional district were asked if health care is a basic human right and their views on health care by Pure Politics. Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Andy Barr of Lexington, who has represented... Read more 

More Kentuckians have health care coverage, but major hurdles loom to keep them covered

09/20/2017 06:43 PM

As the number of Kentuckians with access to health care continues to increase, moves in Congress and within the administration of Gov. Matt Bevin have advocates concerned. Data released recently shows 97 percent of Kentucky kids, and 95 percent of all Kentuckians now have health insurance. Dr. Terry Brooks, the executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, said the numbers are really powerful as health insurance rates continue to be on the rise. “We all have to hit the pause button... Read more 

Perennial candidate Geoff Young seeks Democratic nomination as he sues KDP, fellow Democratic candidates

09/20/2017 02:29 PM

Democratic 6th District Congressional candidate Geoff Young of Lexington is vying for the nomination of his party even as he brings a lawsuit against the Kentucky Democratic Party, and is trying to add fellow Democratic candidates for the post to his lawsuit. Young has twice run and lost for the Democratic nomination for the 6th Congressional District, but this year he thinks will be different — pointing to a lawsuit. The Lexington Democrat alleges his campaign rivals; former Marine Corps fighter... Read more 

Two Democrats prefile gaming bill in an effort to generate pension revenue

09/18/2017 04:34 PM

Two state House Democrats have prefiled a bill that would expand gaming in Kentucky, in an effort to generate revenue to pay down billions in pension debt. Reps. Dennis Keene, D-Wilder, and Rick Rand, D-Bedford, announced the prefiled legislation on Monday. Bill Request 149 calls on expanded gambling to be overseen by an expanded Kentucky Lottery Board, according to a news release. The legislation would legalize gaming in the state via a constitutional amendment to be voted upon by Kentuckians.... Read more 

Rep. Wayne "disappointed" with separation of pension and tax reforms; Critical of lack of response from administration on tax proposal

09/18/2017 01:43 PM

As Republican legislative leaders and members of Bevin’s administration work towards a package reforming the state’s struggling retirement systems, Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, says he’s frustrated with recent decisions to separate tax revenue from the discussion. Wayne, one of the more progressive lawmakers, told Pure Politics on Monday that Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, had been a “pretty effective leader” with his calls tying tax and pension reform together earlier this year. “I’m really disappointed in what transpired in the last... Read more 

Senate confirms Russell Coleman as U.S. Attorney for Western Dist. of Kentucky

09/15/2017 09:03 AM

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Russell Coleman to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky; he was nominated by President Trump for the position in late June. Coleman is an attorney with the law firm of Frost Brown Todd, LLC in Louisville, where he focuses on internal investigations, white-collar criminal matters, and government relations. The Louisville lawyer also serves as an Assistant Commonwealths Attorney for Kentucky’s 12th Judicial Circuit. “I congratulate Russell Coleman on his confirmation as the... Read more 

Satisfaction and morale improving at LRC, NCSL survey finds

09/15/2017 08:55 AM

Three years after an audit of the Legislative Research Commission found low staff morale, a new survey is showing signs of a turn-around at the agency. Staff satisfaction and morale are improving, according to a new National Conference of State Legislatures survey release this week by the LRC. The survey nearly mirrored the questions in the “2014 NCSL study.”: Results from 2014 and 2017 are shown side-by-side, and in nearly every case there were improvements shown in... Read more 

25 percent of Kentucky kids continue to live in poverty, new data shows

09/14/2017 01:11 PM

One in four Kentucky children still live in poverty, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau and distributed by Kentucky Youth Advocates. New data estimates from the American Community Survey shows the number of Kentucky kids living in poverty did not a significantly change from the 2015 estimate. The percent of Kentucky children living in poverty remains higher since the Great Recession began in 2008 (23.5 percent), according to Kentucky Youth Advocates. “Children thrive when their parents... Read more 

Democratic Congressional candidate Reggie Thomas says health care is the top issue, and he wants a single-payer model

09/14/2017 11:17 AM

State Sen. Reggie Thomas, D-Lexington, jumped into the Democratic primary for the 6th Congressional District this summer citing a vote by U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, to repeal the Affordable Care Act. “That led me to believe that, look, Reggie it’s time for you to do something and so I began to think about seriously getting into the race, and ultimately decided that I can be better for the people of the 6th Congressional District than he can,” Thomas said.... Read more