About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, 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 the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead.

McConnell previews his Tuesday speech at RNC

07/18/2016 11:38 PM

CLEVELAND — When U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, takes the stage on day two of the Republican National Convention he will cast likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton as bad for the economy. McConnell’s speech comes as part of the “Make America Work Again” theme and will focus on jobs and the economy and why Clinton will be an extension of the Obama years. “I’m clearly going to talk about what Hillary Clinton will be — four more years just... Read more 

Kentucky Democrats preparing for national convention

07/15/2016 02:57 PM

FRANKFORT — As Republicans from across the nation gather in Cleveland for their national convention next week, Democrats are preparing to head to Philadelphia the week of July 25 to nominate their presidential candidate. Speaking to Pure Politics from the Kentucky Democratic Party headquarters in Frankfort, KDP Chairwoman Sannie Overly said Kentucky’s delegation, which is split between pledged Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton delegates, will be treated to a “once in a lifetime opportunity.” “We have a number of events scheduled... Read more 

Sen. Alvarado tapped for primetime speaking role at RNC

07/14/2016 08:41 PM

State Sen. Ralph Alvarado has been added to the primetime line up of speakers at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Alvarado, R-Winchester, will speak on Wednesday night around 9 p.m., according to the Republican Party of Kentucky. “It is an honor to be asked to speak at the convention and to represent Kentucky on the national stage,” Alvarado said in a statement. “I strongly believe that the Republican Party is the party of opportunity for voters of all backgrounds,... Read more 

U.S. Senate sends bill addressing opiate addiction as health problem to President Obama

07/14/2016 10:11 AM

With a 92 to 2 vote the U.S. Senate approved comprehensive addiction legislation in a bipartisan manner. The bill known as the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, or CARA, will essentially change the way police and health care professionals treat people struggling with opioid addiction. CARA contains numerous proposals passed in recent years in the House and Senate. The bill which is expected to be signed by President Obama would strengthen treatment programs and increase access to the overdose halting... Read more 

Treasurer Ball defends motion to intervene in KRS case

07/13/2016 05:51 PM

Kentucky state Treasurer Allison Ball has stopped payment on two checks amounting to $50,000 from the Kentucky Retirement Systems to defend Thomas Elliott, who was ousted from his position as board chair in April. In an interview with Pure Politics on Tuesday, Ball said as treasurer she feels “strongly” about pension funds and making sure they’re used to aide retirees. Elliott is challenging Bevin’s authority to remove him from his post three years before his term was set to expire.... Read more 

UofL professor analyzes the data on police involved shootings and the 'war on cops'

07/12/2016 05:20 PM

The images are ingrained in our collective subconscious — police-involved shootings and the resulting social outcry, and now outright attacks against the police in Dallas, Texas, but what is the actual prevalence of what we see on social media? Justin Nix, an assistant professor of criminology at the University of Louisville, has been studying the trends of police-involved shootings. In recent studies, Nix has found that police-involved shootings have not gone up as some might presume. Nix and his colleagues studied... Read more 

Treasurer Allison Ball files lawsuit against former KRS board chairman Tommy Elliott

07/11/2016 02:02 PM

UPDATED: Republican Treasurer Allison Ball has filed a lawsuit to intervene in the case between ousted Kentucky Retirement Systems’ Board Chairman Tommy Elliott and Gov. Matt Bevin. On Monday, Ball filed a motion in Franklin Circuit Court to intervene in the lawsuit between Elliott and Bevin. Ball is attempting to stop the former KRS Trustee from using state funds to pay for his legal counsel. “My obligation as the State Treasurer is to the people of Kentucky and our retirees,”... Read more 

Indictment returned against Kentucky Anonymous activist who sought to expose Steubenville rape case

07/08/2016 11:36 AM

Deric Lostutter, the former online activist known as “KYAnonymous” who helped garner national exposure of the rape and alleged cover-up of a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, Ohio, has been indicted on four felonies by a Kentucky federal grand jury. The federal indictment handed down in Lexington alleges that Lostutter, who was living in Clark County in 2012, violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act when he joined with at least one other person online and accessed computers without permission to... Read more 

GOP delegates are preparing for the Republican National Convention July 18-21

07/07/2016 03:10 PM

Forty-six delegates and 43 alternate delegates will soon travel to Cleveland, Ohio, to nominate their presidential candidate and weigh in on the national party platform when the Republican National Convention commences in 11 days. The Republican Party of Kentucky is still getting last-minute details ironed out between the Republican National Committee and the campaign of likely Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, but the convention acts as more than just a nominating procedure. “Every four years we have these conventions... Read more 

Yarmuth: Bevin's 'very devious attempt' to force the feds to disapprove Medicaid waiver

06/29/2016 04:12 PM

It’s no secret that not everyone is a fan of Gov. Matt Bevin’s plan to change the healthcare delivery model for those on Medicaid, but U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth says the Republican governor is actively trying to put forward a plan he’s knows can’t be approved. Kentucky’s lone Democratic Congressman is “furious” with Bevin’s administration over the “very devious attempt” to change healthcare. “What they’ve done is come up with a plan that cannot possibly be approved by [Centers for... Read more