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.

Hoover names Laura Hendrix general counsel

12/05/2016 04:25 PM

House Speaker-elect Jeff Hoover continues the transition of power in the House of Representatives appointing Laura Hendrix as general counsel on Monday. Hendrix wills serve as legal aid to Hoover in the role of House Speaker. The GOP gained control of the legislative body during the Nov. election, effectively ending nearly a century of Democratic control in the lower chamber. “I am pleased to have Laura as a member of our team,” Hoover said in a press release. “Her experience... Read more 

Reforming the tax code, where the experts see the discussion ahead of 2017

12/01/2016 09:13 AM

Details are scant on what exactly a GOP tax reform package would consist of or even when a proposal could come, but tax insiders are speculating on which way the discussions could play out based on previous comments from the governor and others. Charles George, the government affairs director for the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants, and Mark Loyd, a partner and chair of the Bingham, Greenbaum, Doll’s tax and employee benefits practice group, broke down the need for... Read more 

Elaine Chao expected to be named Trump's transportation secretary

11/29/2016 11:39 AM

Elaine Chao, the former Labor Secretary under President George W. Bush, will be President-elect Donald Trump’s choice selection to lead the Department of Transportation, according to multiple national news outlets. Both The New York Times and Politico, among other outlets, are reporting that Chao will be formally announced as Trump selection on Tuesday. Chao is the wife of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and is the first Asian-American woman to hold a cabinet position. Chao met with... Read more 

Litany of business-friendly legislation under consideration for GOP caucus, Rep. Shell says

11/25/2016 10:45 AM

FRANKFORT — From his fourth floor office, Rep. Jonathan Shell, one of the key players in flipping control of the state House, is contemplating initiatives and positioning himself for a leadership role in the majority party. Shell, R-Lancaster, has not publicly stated which position he will seek, rather keeping it among the 64 members the Republican supermajority. Republicans are meeting on Nov. 30 to make leadership selections during their caucus retreat. Once the GOP elects their leaders they will officially... Read more 

Leadership stays the same for Senate GOP caucus heading towards 2017 session

11/22/2016 09:03 AM

Without much fanfare, the Senate Republican caucus re-elected their leadership team on Monday. The entire team of leaders includes Senate President Robert Stivers, Senate President Pro Tem David Givens, Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, Majority Caucus Chair Dan Seum and Majority Whip Jimmy Higdon. All were unopposed in this round of leadership elections. “I am excited to be working with such a strong group of leaders for the next two years,” Stivers said in a press release. “With a... Read more 

Capitol Education Center re-dedicated in honor of Gold Star Families

11/21/2016 05:13 PM

A building which gets heavy foot traffic from the commonwealth’s school children was re-dedicated on Monday in honor of Gold Star Families in Kentucky. The Kentucky Capitol Education Center, put in place and previously named for former First Lady Jane Beshear, got a new plaque which will soon be placed at its entrance and an updated entryway meant to honor Gold Star Families. The space will serve as a reminder to Kentuckians of the families who survive loved ones who... Read more 

Recanvass confirms Johnson, Cantrell and Nelson winners

11/17/2016 04:24 PM

Three candidates who sought to reverse the outcomes of their elections with a round of recanvassing got more bad news on Thursday as no changes to the vote counts were found. The vote totals will stand for Rep. Denny Butler, a Louisville Republican who lost his race to Democrat McKenzie Cantrell by 259 votes; Rep. Linda Belcher, a Shepherdsville Democrat who lost the 49th House District to Republican Dan Johnson by 156 votes; and Republican Chad Shannon, who was beaten... Read more 

Yarmuth, Democrats call on Trump to withdraw Bannon appointment

11/16/2016 04:45 PM

Democratic lawmakers, including Kentucky U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, are calling on President-elect Donald Trump to withdraw his appointment of Steve Bannon as White House chief strategist. Yarmuth, D-Louisville, joined more than 140 Democratic colleagues in penning a letter to the President-elect, calling for Bannon’s appointment to be withdrawn on Tuesday. In the letter, Yarmuth and his Democratic colleagues said they felt Trump struck the right chord in his election night speech calling for unity, but his appointment of the former executive... Read more 

McConnell re-elected majority leader of the U.S. Senate

11/16/2016 01:02 PM

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, was re-elected to his post as majority leader of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday. The Senate Republican Conference elected its leadership team for the 115th Congress behind closed doors, appointing McConnell to another two-year leadership role. “It’s an honor to once again have been chosen by my colleagues to continue serving as their leader,” said Sen. McConnell. “I know I speak for each of my Republican colleagues in expressing my gratitude to the American people... Read more 

Democratic leadership was absent when the party needed them, Democratic consultant says

11/14/2016 03:21 PM

After losing the state House in a crushing loss on Election Day, Democrats in Kentucky are looking at what went wrong after 95 years on top, and what they can do to rebuild their party. For Democratic consultant and Elizabethtown Independent School Board member Matt Wyatt, Election Day losses are to blame on a rudderless party with absent leadership. “I think that we have a structural problem within our party. We also have a problem with lack of leadership,” Wyatt... Read more 

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