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

Beshear asks state Supreme Court to continue with UofL case despite Gov. Bevin's motion to dismiss

01/20/2017 01:29 PM

On Saturday morning, the newly re-formed University of Louisville Board of Trustees will meet for the first time since the legislature passed a bill reorganizing the board and Gov. Matt Bevin appointed board members, but the court case challenging Bevin’s attempt to reorganize the board via executive order still sits before the Kentucky Supreme Court. An attorney for the governor has argued the case is “moot,” since the legislature has acted and the legislation has become law, but in court... Read more 

Stivers, Hoover, Westerfield, Fischer file amicus brief in defense of abortion law

01/19/2017 04:15 PM

Four Republicans lawmakers have filed a brief in defense of an anti-abortion bill passed during the first week of the General Assembly, because at least one of the men believe the Attorney General is “giving a pretty weak effort” at defending the new law from a legal challenge brought by the American Civil Liberties Union. House Bill 2, which was signed into law last week, requires that a woman receive an ultrasound before an abortion. The law also says... Read more 

Fmr. Louisville Mayor, Obama appointee Jerry Abramson takes role with Bellarmine University

01/18/2017 03:25 PM

Jerry Abramson, Kentucky’s 55th Lt. Gov. and Louisville’s “Mayor for Life,” is returning to Louisville after serving in the Obama administration to join Bellarmine University. Abramson will join Bellarmine University next week as an Executive in Residence. Abramson returns to Kentucky from Washington D.C. where he served as President Obama’s director of intergovernmental relations the past two years. The former local, state and federal official will teach courses on leadership and civics and be available as a guest lecturer in... Read more 

Cabinet for Health and Family Services-backed bill deletes several commissions and numerous required reports

01/18/2017 02:13 PM

UPDATED: Legislation requested by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services which will adjust membership in one commission, do away with another and delete mandatory reporting requirements for multiple areas is being put before the General Assembly as part of an effort to reduce red tape. Senate Bill 95, carried by Sen. Ralph Alvarado, would effectively scrap several commissions which are “inactive” and reduce reporting requirements for multiple reports from the cabinet, the Republican physician from Winchester told Pure Politics. “There are... Read more 

Majority of Kentuckians not fearful of losing insurance; Congressional Budget Office says repeal will raise costs, leave millions without insurance

01/18/2017 10:00 AM

A new study suggests less than one-fifth of Kentucky adults with health insurance were concerned with losing their coverage, at least in the weeks leading up to the November elections. The most recent study from the Kentucky Health Issues Poll, funded by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Cincinnati-based Interact for Health, showed voters were not concerned about losing their coverage, but were split on their opinion of the Affordable Care Act, also referred to as Obamacare. The poll... Read more 

President Obama commutes sentences of 18 with local ties days before leaving office

01/17/2017 06:16 PM

In what could be his last round of commutations, President Obama has cut short the prison sentences for 18 individuals with ties to Kentucky in his final days in office, the White House announced Tuesday. Obama has now commuted sentences for 1,385 individuals, far more than recent predecessors. Tuesday’s commutations followed the recent trend from Obama by cutting time for inmates serving sentences for non-violent drug crimes. Many of those which Obama granted clemency to on Tuesday were convicted of... Read more 

Congressman Yarmuth will boycott Trump inauguration

01/17/2017 09:23 AM

Kentucky’s lone federally elected Democratic Congressman will be sitting out the Presidential inauguration of Donald Trump. In a statement issued Monday evening, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, said it’s not his intention to protest the election results, but rather a statement of “respect” that led to his decision not to participate in the transition of power. “I will not be attending the inauguration because I believe the office of the President deserves our respect, and that respect must begin with... Read more 

Congressman Rogers serving on three appropriations subcommittees

01/16/2017 08:00 PM

With more than three decades of experience in the appropriations committees in the House of Representatives, U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, is adding to his biography by serving on three appropriations subcommittees in the 115th Congress. Rogers, who served as Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee from 2011 to 2016, is serving on three U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittees during the 115th Congress, according to a press release. The longest serving Kentucky Republican to hold federal office, is chairing the U.S.... Read more 

SACS says "chill" on accreditation concerns at UofL; Stivers raised concerns with nominating commission

01/13/2017 03:51 PM

FRANKFORT — Days after the the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges issued a letter to the University of Louisville detailing why they placed the institution on probation, Senate President Roberts Stivers says the accrediting body is not placing UofL’s accreditation at risk. Reading a quote on his phone from SACS president Dr. Belle Wheelan, calling on “everybody to take a chill pill and exhale,” Stivers said the reorganization of the UofL board of trustees under state... Read more 

Advocates urge legislature to protect all animals from sexual abuse; make connection to pedophilia

01/12/2017 12:50 PM

Last week freshman Rep. Wesley Morgan, R-Richmond, introduced legislation which would ban sex with cats and dogs, but the bill stopped short by not including protections for other animals. Morgan proposed House Bill 143 during the General Assembly’s first week in Frankfort. Kentucky is one of only eight states in the nation without a bestiality law on the books, and advocates say it’s not only imperative to protect pets, but all animals from sexual abuse. Sexual abuse of animals... Read more 

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