About Nick Storm

Nick Storm joined cn|2 in December 2011 as a reporter for Pure Politics. He is now the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics. Throughout his career, Nick has covered several big political stories up close, including interviewing President Barack Obama on the campaign trail back in 2008. Nick says he loves being at the forefront of Kentucky politics and working with the brightest journalists in the commonwealth.

Heroin deaths up 12 percent in 2013, Office of Drug Control Policy report says

07/31/2014 04:05 PM

The Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy says that the death toll attributable to heroin continues to rise in the state. While the 2013 deaths related to overdoses stayed steady from 2012 to 2013, at just over 1,000 fatalities in both years, but more deaths are now being attributed to heroin. “Of the 722 deaths autopsied by the Kentucky Medical Examiner last year that were determined to be from a drug overdose, 230, or 31.9 percent, were attributed to heroin,... Read more 

McConnell touting legislative victory for Kentucky fishermen in new ad

07/31/2014 10:52 AM

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell is touting his influence in a new ad on a 2013 legislative victory allowing boaters to fish below the Barkley and Wolf Creek Dams along the Cumberland River. The 60 second television ad features Western Kentuckians who say that if it were not for McConnell interceding in the decision to block fishing below the dams their economy, which is reliant on tourism, would have been devastated. “It protected our economy around here, it protected our local... Read more 

Louisville lawmaker says state should keep doing business with Seven Counties Services

07/30/2014 09:17 PM

Rep. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, says the state needs to keep contracts with Seven Counties Services in place and provide a way for the mental health agency to pay their obligations to the retirement system. Adams said while there is active litigation between the pension system and Seven Counties Services the state should determine the actual cost the agency owes for retirees and figure out a way for them to pay the obligation and then continue working with the agency.... Read more 

Grimes launches new ad aimed at hitting McConnell on Violence Against Women Act votes

07/30/2014 10:20 AM

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is focusing her latest question ad on U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s 2013 vote against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act — a familiar line in the campaign for Grimes. The latest television ad comes in a series of question posed by Kentuckians to McConnell which toes the line on attacking McConnell’s negatives while remaining folksy. The ad released Wednesday features Ilene Woods from Lynch, Kentucky asking McConnell, “Why did you vote two times... Read more 

Retiring Rep. Ben Waide indicted for alleged violations of campaign finance laws

07/29/2014 05:58 PM

Retiring Rep. Ben Waide, R-Madisonville, was indicted Tuesday by Attorney General Jack Conway for alleged violations of Kentucky campaign finance laws during his 2010 re-election campaign. Waide was indicted on two counts of “knowingly accepting contributions from a corporation,” and “causing funds in his campaign account to be expended for purposes that were not allowable campaign expenditures” which are Class D Felonies. Each count carries with it a penalty of one to five years in prison and up to a $10,000... Read more 

Yarmuth offers Democratic perspective on border bill and chances for broad immigration reforms

07/29/2014 04:10 PM

With what has been described as a “humanitarian crisis” continuing at the Southern border, Congress is down to the final days of session to come to an agreement on the problem before a one-month recess, and U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, has predicted a tough road ahead for President Obama’s funding plan. On Tuesday, House Republicans announced their version of a supplemental emergency funding package providing $659 million and policy changes to deal with the more than 50,000 Central American kids... Read more 

McConnell "encouraged" by compromise deal overhauling the V.A.

07/28/2014 06:14 PM

Congress could be very close to passing $17 billion in reforms to the Department of Veterans Affairs which U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell said he hoped could be accomplished quickly. The proposed legislation which was unveiled on Monday will give the secretary of the V.A. the authority to fire or demote senior officials, and it will offer veterans the ability to seek outside health treatment if V.A. doctors delay more than two-weeks, according to Politico . The agreement was reached... Read more 

Matt Bevin is helping raise campaign cash for like-minded state House candidates

07/28/2014 03:06 PM

Former U.S. Senate primary challenger Republican Matt Bevin is using his network to support conservative Republicans in state House races this year. Bevin has focused his efforts via a “money bomb” seeking donations for four Republicans running for state House. The term money bomb originated with Ron Paul, and it represents an often online, time-limited, grassroots donation platform — in this instance Bevin’s personal website. Sarah Durand, a spokeswoman for Bevin, said that Bevin wants to do his part to help conservatives... Read more 

Round 2: Former President Bill Clinton coming back to Ky. to campaign for Grimes

07/27/2014 02:15 PM

Former President Bill Clinton will return to Kentucky on Wednesday, August 6, for a campaign rally with Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes in Eastern Kentucky. This is Clinton’s second planned trip to campaign for Grimes in the 2014 U.S. Senate race against Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. Clinton’s first trip for Grimes came in February at a Louisville fundraiser at the Galt House which drew nearly 1,200 people. “We are humbled by President Clinton’s continued commitment to our... Read more 

Democrats rally around Grimes and keeping control of the state House

07/25/2014 04:52 PM

LOUISVILLE — High profile Democrats from across the state came together in Louisville Thursday night at the annual Wendell Ford Dinner to rally around Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes and roast Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. To the chant of “amen” Grimes rallied 700 Democrats in a showing of solidarity in her campaign against the most powerful Republican in the United States. With just months left to go Grimes and McConnell remain in a virtual dead heat in the... Read more