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.

Gov. Beshear tees off with Tiger Woods at Greenbrier Pro-Am

07/01/2015 03:32 PM

Governor Steve Beshear took to the greens with golf legend Tiger Woods on Wednesday as part of the Greenbrier Classic Pro-Am. Beshear played in a foursome with Tiger Woods teeing off at 7:00 am Wednesday morning in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Responding to questions from Pure Politics, Terry Sebastian, the governor’s communications director said Beshear, who is an avid golfer, was “thrilled” to play with Woods who has won every major event in the sport. Woods has not... Read more 

Acting interim LRC director Marcia Seiler to retire; LRC launches search for permanent director

07/01/2015 11:06 AM

Nearly two-years after former Legislative Research Commission Director Bobby Sherman stepped down and Marcia Seiler was named acting interim director the agency has officially begun its search for a permanent director. In a press release sent Tuesday Seiler, who took the helm of the 67-year old commission as acting interim director in October of 2013 , announced that she would retire at the end of July. Seiler said she will not seek the permanent director’s job. Seiler filled a gap for the... Read more 

Fairview Independent schools special investigation reveals $360K in "out of control" spending

06/30/2015 05:50 PM

A special investigation from the state Auditor Adam Edelen’s office into the Fairview Independent School District reveals hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on sports and activities from the general fund. Edelen said the 63-page special investigation report released Monday reveals that $360,000 was moved to fund school athletics over the course of three years with little or no school board knowledge. The report is being sent to law enforcement and the Education Professional Standards Board. Fairview Independent in... Read more 

Attny. General Jack Conway files lawsuit against EPA over Waters of the U.S. rule

06/30/2015 11:27 AM

Fresh off the heels of a multiyear fight against the Environmental Protection Agency over coal regulations, Attorney General Jack Conway is announcing another suit against the federal EPA over waterways. In late May the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers finalized a rule regulating waterways of the United States, which some farmers and Republican lawmakers have openly worried could turn into a federal land grab. Conway, who is running for governor, announced on Tuesday that he was joining eight other... Read more 

Supreme Court blocks coal fired power plant rule, calling on costs to be taken into account

06/29/2015 02:04 PM

UPDATED: With another split decision the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency must take cost into account while calling on a limit to emissions of mercury and other toxins from coal fired power plants. The case stems from a 2011 rule to reduce airborne pollutants from coal fired plants. The case, Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency, decides the matter. Monday’s decision will reverse a federal appeals courts upholding of the tougher standards. In the 5... Read more 

In-depth, long-format debates needed, but voters will have to take a stand, John David Dyche says

06/28/2015 04:25 PM

Calling for a series of six 75-minute, single-issue debates to take place in each congressional district before the general election, conservative columnist John David Dyche is seeking to reformat how Kentuckians learn about the issues during gubernatorial elections. Dyche first penned his call for the singularly focused approach June 4 as a way to reach a depth candidates are currently not delivering to voters. Since that call the campaigns for Democratic candidate Jack Conway and Republican candidate Matt Bevin have... Read more 

Former Rep. Keith Hall convicted of bribing state mine inspector

06/26/2015 06:31 PM

Former state Rep. Keith Hall has been convicted of bribing a former state coal mine inspector to win favor at his Pike County mining operations. Multiple media outlets are reporting that a Pikeville jury brought back a guilty verdict after 90 minutes of deliberation. Hall, a Democrat who represented the 93rd House District until his defeat in the 2014 primary against Rep. Chris Harris of Forest Hills, faces up to a decade behind bars and a $250,000 fine for the... Read more 

Supreme Court rules gay marriage legal in all 50 states, striking down Kentucky's ban

06/26/2015 10:25 AM

UPDATED WITH REACTIONS: In a landmark ruling the Supreme Court of the United States ruled 5 to 4 that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states striking down bans in more than a dozen states, including Kentucky. The court ruled on the Obergefell v. Hodges case, which includes Kentucky’s “Freedom to Marry” lawsuit, Bourke v. Beshear with liberal leaning justices in favor of same-sex marriages and conservative justices dissenting. Read the full 103 page ruling here. Six couples from... Read more 

U.S. Supreme Court upholds tax subsidies under the Affordable Care Act

06/25/2015 11:31 AM

UPDATED WITH REACTION FROM GOV. BESHEAR: In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld tax subsidies within the Affordable Care Act. The ruling upholds all healthcare marketplaces as they stand. The underlying question in the case of King v. Burwell was the intent of a phrase dealing with exchanges and whether or not states that did not setup their own exchanges were forbidden from receiving federal government subsidies. The decision likely would not have affected Kentucky... Read more 

Independent candidate for governor Drew Curtis and his plan for state pensions

06/24/2015 04:59 PM

Independent candidate for Kentucky governor Drew Curtis is an unlikely entrant into the race for governor, and the founder and operator of Fark.com plans on tackling some of the state’s biggest problems without the backing of a standard political organization. Curtis said friends encouraged him to run for the office, but he did not want to go the standard route and run as a member of either party. “I flipped it around and I said, ‘OK, forget what people care... Read more