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.

Gun violence a "vexing problem" for some politicians

08/27/2015 09:45 PM

LOUISVILLE — An attack carried out on live television Wednesday morning in Virginia again has politicians searching for answers to senseless acts of violence in the United States. Two journalists, Alison Parker and Adam Ward, were shot and killed by an apparently disgruntled former colleague in Roanoke, Virginia Wednesday. The killings are among a string of high-profile shootings in recent years that has gone largely unanswered by state and federal politicians. Chris Hurst, the boyfriend of Parker, told CNN that... Read more 

Congressman John Yarmuth sat with KSR host Matt Jones at DCCC meeting in D.C.

08/26/2015 08:46 PM

Kentucky’s lone federal delegate U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville accompanied Matt Jones to a sit-down meeting with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Washington, D.C., Yarmuth said in an interview with Pure Politics. Jones is being wooed by national Democrats in an effort to find a challenger to Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr of Lexington in the 6th Congressional District. “I think he’s an extremely bright, appealing guy,” Yarmuth said of Jones on Tuesday. “He has a built-in base. He... Read more 

Yarmuth "unsure" if Joe Biden would be better for Democrats than Hillary Clinton in 2016

08/25/2015 11:12 PM

After his recent criticism of Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, says Vice President Joe Biden’s entry in the race “could cause a lot of problems for a lot of Democrats (with) split loyalties.” Speaking to Pure Politics on Tuesday, Yarmuth said he’s “not sure yet” if a run from Biden would be better for Democrats seeking to keep the White House. “Joe is very popular. He is a great public servant,” Yarmuth said. (3:53) “I’ve known... Read more 

Pro-Jack Conway super PAC ad sharpens focus on Matt Bevin's refusal to release tax returns

08/25/2015 01:37 PM

Democratic super PAC Kentucky Family Values is sharpening their messaging in their latest TV with a focus on Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin’s refusal to release his tax returns. The 30-second ad released on Tuesday by the pro-Jack Conway PAC focuses on the “tradition” of gubernatorial candidates releasing their tax-returns for public inspection as a candidate. The ad also turns to the previous tax delinquency claims made by the campaign of U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in the 2014 GOP primary... Read more 

The Chatter: Matt Jones courted to challenge Andy Barr; Hillary email scandal "political bomb" in Ky.

08/24/2015 02:59 PM

Controversial sports radio host Matt Jones is considering challenging U.S. Rep. Andy Barr for the 6th District Congressional seat in 2016. Jones, an unabashed supporter of President Barack Obama, first confirmed he has been approached by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to the Lexington Herald-Leader’s Sam Youngman on Sunday. The host of affiliated sports program Kentucky Sports Radio, told his listeners on Monday that he was considering a run for office, but had not yet made up his mind. Jones... Read more 

Thayer: Gov. Beshear "has broken the law," Jack Conway is a "complicit partner"

08/23/2015 09:30 AM

GEORGETOWN — Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer is known for his ability to stir the pot when it comes to partisan politics. Thayer, R-Georgetown, is doing just that in the gubernatorial election by connecting Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jack Conway, the state’s attorney general, to an imbalance in university board appointments in the state which has landed a previous Republican governor in court. “The for sale sign is up” in the executive branch, Thayer said, pointing to reporting done by... Read more 

Matt Bevin refuses to endorse Rand Paul's presidential run

08/21/2015 09:12 PM

SOMERSET — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., stumped for Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin on Friday, but Bevin refused to endorse Paul’s presidential bid when asked by reporters after the event. Paul offered a Peyton Manning-style, two-minute-drill pitch to supporters asking them to back Bevin in the election against Democratic nominee Jack Conway and independent candidate Drew Curtis. “You know what I think people are really hungry for in Kentucky? A Republican governor,” Paul told the crowd. “I think that... Read more 

GOP state senators propose delaying start of Kentucky's school year

08/20/2015 05:22 PM

GEORGETOWN — Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, and Sen. Chris Girdler, R-Somerset, are working on legislation that would mandate schools in Kentucky not return from summer break until at least the Monday closest to August 26. Keeping kids on break longer will positively impact Kentucky’s tourism economy, Thayer said, remarking on a Georgetown water park and boaters at Lake Cumberland in mid-August. “There are no older high schoolers available to work and there are no families with kids out of school that... Read more 

McConnell says White House will need GOP to pass Trans-Pacific Partnership, wary of potential carve-outs

08/19/2015 06:45 PM

GEORGETOWN — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reiterated his wariness of potential carve-outs to a major multinational trade deal being negotiated in the Pacific Rim. Speaking to Pure Politics and other reporters in Georgetown on Monday, McConnell said that he is “concerned about what the final deal may look like,” referring to the potential exclusion of tobacco from the agreement. McConnell said he is also wary of a climate-change carve-out in the trade deal. As Pure Politics has previously... Read more 

The Chatter: Sen. Rand Paul did not transfer $250K to RPK; GOP columnist calls for Paul to drop out

08/19/2015 03:17 PM

Despite telling the Republican Party of Kentucky’s central committee that he had already transferred $250,000 to the party to pay for a presidential caucus, it turns out U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has not sent that money. The Lexington Herald-Leader’s Sam Youngman first reported the mix-up between the letter and what Paul’s camp has done on Tuesday. The $250,000 has not been transferred to the Republican Party, but aides to Paul say it has been set aside in a separate... Read more