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.

Labor Sec. Ramsey says the time is now for state to bolster apprenticeship program

09/21/2016 09:50 PM

FRANKFORT — Labor Cabinet Secretary Derrick Ramsey is pushing hard to match more potential employees utilizing a long developed but often forgotten program of apprenticeships. To pair more work-ready employees with employers, Ramsey and his team are traveling the state and challenging the culture against vocational programs. As the former UK quarterback looks across the hills and hollers of the Bluegrass, he sees a commonwealth ready to receive the apprenticeship initiative, and he is calling the play. “As you look... Read more 

Gov. Bevin directs Kentucky to join with 20 other states in challenging overtime rule

09/21/2016 04:21 PM

Twenty-one states, including Kentucky, have joined together to challenge a federal rule change which would effectively mandate more salaried workers get paid for overtime. First-year Republican Gov. Matt Bevin released a statement on Wednesday decrying the federal rule as unconstitutional and potentially costly to the state and businesses. “This new Obama Administration rule is another example of the federal government’s never-ending attempt to encroach upon the rights of individual states. This is a direct violation the Tenth Amendment to the... Read more 

Paul, Gray weigh in on weekend terror attacks

09/20/2016 06:33 PM

After a string of explosions and bombs were found in New York and New Jersey on Saturday, law enforcement quickly tracked down and arrested Ahmad Khan Rahami on Monday after a shootout with the suspect. As the investigation into the bombings continues, politicians, including Kentucky’s U.S. Senate candidates, are speaking out about the incidents and about domestic terrorism. On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch spoke to reporters in Richmond, Ky., about the attacks, which she said is being investigated... Read more 

Bevin, Rogers hold pep rally for KentuckyWired after "radio silence"

09/16/2016 04:01 PM

FRANKFORT — Earlier this year Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin was attempting to scale back the more than 3,000 miles of fiber optic lines that will carry high-speed broadband into every single county of Kentucky, but now both he and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers are on the same page and want to remind Kentuckians the project is moving forward — despite delays. In a press conference in the Capitol Rotunda, Bevin said the project was running months behind schedule. The announcement... Read more 

Paul touts charitable eye surgery in first ad of general election

09/14/2016 09:11 AM

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s campaign released its first ad of the general election cycle with a positive spot focusing on the Bowling Green eye surgeon’s pro bono surgery’s performed in Kentucky and around the world. The advertisement titled “caring for Kentucky” is running as part of a “significant buy” according to the campaign. An announcer in the spot says, Paul’s “work as a surgeon says a lot about who he is.” “For over 20 years, Rand Paul has performed free... Read more 

Bevin administration launches apprenticeship initiative

09/07/2016 03:43 PM

In an effort to address the skilled-labor gap Gov. Matt Bevin and Labor Cabinet Sec. Derrick Ramsey announced a new apprenticeship initiative on Wednesday. The program known as “Kentucky Trained. Kentucky Built.” will focus on apprenticeships to match needs in the workforce, by drawing attention to the training tool and the non-traditional businesses that could benefit. “In our efforts to make Kentucky the manufacturing hub of excellence in America, we recognize the value of apprenticeships and their ability to help... Read more 

Jim Gray launches introductory first ad of general election

09/06/2016 11:18 AM

With an ad promoting his familial ties to the commonwealth Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jim Gray launched his first television ad of the general election. The introductory ad is running in the Louisville media market on cable and affiliate television stations as part of what the campaign is calling a “significant” advertising buy. The ad titled, “seven generations” tells of Gray’s business experience building up the family construction company that he “helped build it into a billion dollar a year company,... Read more 

Underdog Nancy Jo Kemper brings bark to 6th Dist. campaign, issues

09/05/2016 08:47 PM

Despite being heavily outraised in campaign donations, Democratic 6th Congressional District candidate Nancy Jo Kemper expects the political climate will help deliver a victory for her against two-term U.S. Rep. Andy Barr. Kemper is an anomaly in Kentucky politics, at 73-years old she’s taken up her first political campaign. She’s also a grandmother and minister who has taken leave from the church to pursue the Congressional campaign, and Kemper would make history if elected to federal office in the commonwealth.... Read more 

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has concerns over Bevin's Medicaid waiver

09/04/2016 10:19 AM

As Gov. Matt Bevin’s transition of Medicaid known as Kentucky HEALTH goes under federal review, one foundation that seeks to address the unmet health care needs of Kentuckians has major concerns about the transition. Susan Zepeda, the former President and CEO for the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, who stepped down at the end of August, said the group is concerned over multiple points within the plan which could affect the health of those currently receiving care under Medicaid. After three... Read more 

Top 15 House races to watch - September edition

09/03/2016 09:02 AM

In yet another election cycle Democrats in Kentucky’s state House find their backs against the wall in their attempt to retain majority control in the last Democratically controlled chamber in the southern United States. There are multiple open seat races this election cycle which are worth paying attention to as potential pick-ups in an unsettled environment. In addition candidates who flipped affiliation from Democrat to Republican have become targets, and Democrats are energized to reclaim the seats their party once... Read more