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

KDP Chair Ben Self expects "power of the people" will help propel candidates this election cycle

05/10/2018 05:16 PM

Kentucky’s Democratic Party chairman Ben Self is a new kind of party chairman, who is trying to bring Democrats in the state back into power using new technology and new ideas. Self is seeking to use technology to change the political landscape in the state, and he’s had success in the past using the internet in campaigns for Howard Dean and Barack Obama. “People really expect a different kind of campaign,” Self said. “Traditionally campaigns in the 80’s and 90’s... Read more 

KDP will receive innovation funds from national party

05/10/2018 12:36 PM

The Democratic National Committee is sending $30,000 dollars in an effort to help the Kentucky Democratic Party reach new voters, organize and update their voter files. The KDP revived the first-of-its-kind grant known as the State Party Innovation Fund (SPIF), that incentivizes early organizing through state parties and supports efforts to engage local communities, according to the national party. The Kentucky Democratic Party will receive $30,000, which will be used to expand engagement efforts in key communities this election cycle, and... Read more 

Edelen hopes for ideas based, 'raucous' Democratic gubernatorial primary; talks solar venture, platform

05/08/2018 04:57 PM

LEXINGTON — Potential Democratic gubernatorial candidates have been shadowboxing ahead of the 2019 primary election season, with former state Auditor Adam Edelen the latest to acknowledge his interest in a run, and the hopes for a raucous Democratic primary. Edelen allowed Pure Politics to come to his farm on the edge of Lexington on Monday, for a walk around the property and a conversation in his study on his life after leaving public office, and interest in a potential gubernatorial... Read more 

Tax attorney breaks down GOP tax changes; opportunities for more adjustments

05/08/2018 02:30 PM

Legislators in Frankfort passed, and upheld a veto override of a tax reform package this session, but one conservative attorney said there is more lawmakers can do in the space. Mark Sommer, an attorney specializing in tax law with Frost Brown Todd in Louisville, broke down the GOPs approach to reform in an interview with Pure Politics, and the secretive way they went about it. The Louisville attorney, said there are still plenty of areas ripe for reform in Kentucky.... Read more 

Barr, Chao announce TIGER grant in Frankfort; Avoid talking Blankenship

05/04/2018 04:28 PM

FRANKFORT — U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao appeared alongside U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, in at Second Street School in Frankfort to announce a grant to redevelop the street in the state’s capital city. Barr faces a tough re-election bid this year, as Democrats battle it out for the nomination to challenge the Republican in the swing district. The Lexington Congressman has brought other high level officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, to hold policy summits and make announcements... Read more 

Gray hosts opioid council, bashes McConnell, others saying actions "too little, too late"

05/04/2018 10:49 AM

LEXINGTON — Sixth Congressional District Democratic candidate and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray convened a new opioid advisory council on Thursday, seeking a solution to the opiate epidemic that is ravaging the state and nation. Gray brought together families, survivors, medical professionals and law enforcement to talk about ways to combat the drug scourge. Gray also touted his efforts in bringing an overdose reversing drug to first responders and implementing a needle exchange program during his time as mayor. The Mayor... Read more 

McConnell ducks question on migrant caravan at U.S. Mexico border

04/30/2018 03:52 PM

LOUISVILLE — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell side-stepped a question from Pure Politics Monday morning on the dozens of migrants now at the U.S. Mexico border. The Central American migrants traveled en masse to the United States where they are pleading for asylum. “We’ve got Mexico to work with us on stopping a lot of what’s pouring in, but we have the worst laws anywhere in the world,” President Trump said in response to the so-called migrant caravan. National... Read more 

McConnell promotes next phase in opioid fight

04/30/2018 03:28 PM

LOUISVILLE — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promoted his latest piece of legislation known as the CAREER Act, which is aimed at helping addicts find recovery and a path back to work. McConnell and business leaders with the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and Greater Louisville Inc. Metro Chamber of Commerce said the state’s business community is eager to get workers back into steady employment with the resources found in the legislation. The legislation authorizes up to $1 billion for... Read more 

Adkins says family is on board for gubernatorial run; Decision in the "very near future"

04/27/2018 02:45 PM

FRANKFORT — Democrats who ran successfully in 2015 essentially ran for two-years before the election; this year there are names floating and so far no one has declared their candidacy, but that could soon change. One potential candidate, House Minority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, says a decision from him could be imminent. The 31-year member of the House of Representatives is being mentioned as a potential candidate along with Attorney General Andy Beshear, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan... Read more 

Adkins looking towards frustrated electorate to help Democrats take control of state House

04/26/2018 04:36 PM

FRANKFORT – Another election cycle is upon Kentucky, and there is more disruption in the air. Two years ago, it was Trump who helped Republicans clear the hurdle they’d long faced in claiming the majority in the state House. Now, Democrats look to teachers to buoy their chances at reclaiming the majority. House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, says teachers across the state will be are engaged like he’s never seen his 31 years in office. Adkins is pointing... Read more