About Nick Storm

Nick Storm joined cn|2 in December 2011 as a reporter for Pure Politics. Throughout his career, Nick has covered several big political stories up close, including interviewing President Barack Obama on the campaign trail back in 2008. Nick says he loves being at the forefront of Kentucky politics and working with the brightest journalists in the commonwealth.

Stivers: Failure to pass heroin legislation 'tragic'; Will ask Beshear to call special session on the issue

04/16/2014 01:35 AM

Calling the failure of the House to pass a heroin bill “tragic,” Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, vowed to meet with Gov. Steve Beshear Wednesday and urge him to call a special session. Before the 2014 legislative session even began, a bipartisan group of lawmakers unveiled legislation aimed at curbing the rising scourge of heroin in Kentucky. The three-tiered bill would have provided education, treatment and tougher penalties for those people caught trafficking the drug. The bill hit speed bumps... Read more 

Road bill hangs in the balance as leaders trade accusations on eve of session's final day

04/14/2014 09:31 PM

As legislators prepare for the final day of the 2014 session, House and Senate leaders exchanged charges Monday night about who was at fault for a last minute communication breakdown over funding for priority road and bridge projects. Sen. President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, began Monday by saying House leaders had gone back on their word from a weekend compromise to the road funding plan. Stivers told reporters if lawmakers can’t agree on a road plan he would be in favor... Read more 

Stine preemptively moves to approve provisions of compromise on heroin legislation

04/14/2014 04:24 PM

UPDATED: Senator Katie Stine, R-Southgate, on Monday moved to salvage a bill to tighten penalties on heroin dealers and increase drug treatment and education by attaching an amendment with the hallmarks of a compromise onto a road-related bill during a hastily-called Senate Transportation Committee meeting. Stine said she took the step to signal to the House what a majority of senators could agree to on the heroin bill as the original version, Senate Bill 3, has stalled on the House... Read more 

Gov. Beshear uses veto pen to ax public private partnership bill; give back flexibility to KCTCS

04/11/2014 06:20 PM

Governor Steve Beshear on Friday struck down an entire bill aimed at encouraging public-private partnerships because of language excluding tolls from the Northern Kentucky bridge project, and he vetoed a provision in the budget to allow for more community college projects. The public-private-partnership bill, nicknamed P-3, would follow the example set by the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky set when they built new dorms using private firms. Private companies are then paid back using income from residence fees.... Read more 

AG candidate Beshear recruits prominent Democrats, including his dad's appointees, as fundraiser hosts

04/10/2014 03:16 PM

Of the $885,000 in donations 2015 attorney general candidate Andy Beshear collected in the last three months, more than half of it came from 42 fundraising events, most of which were held by prominent Democrats and allies of the Beshear family. And out of those 42 hosts who held events for Beshear, 15 of them were appointed by Beshear’s father, Gov. Steve Beshear, to cabinet positions or various boards and commissions, according to a review of Beshear’s finance reports. That... Read more 

Of $286K Heiner raised in a month, $200K came from Heiner, $20 from 'Aqua Budda'

04/08/2014 11:18 AM

Since announcing their slate on March 4, Louisville developer Hal Heiner and former Lexington councilwoman K.C. Crosbie raised $286,350 in campaign contributions with $200,000 of that coming directly from Heiner himself. The campaign finance report also showed a $20 donation from “Aqua Budda” (sic) — an apparent reference to Aqua Buddha, which became Kentucky political legend in the 2010 U.S. Senate race. In fact, the mysterious donor, who listed “mystic” as his job title, used Jack Conway’s Louisville address on... Read more 

Last-minute compromise possible on lifting land-line requirements for phone companies, senator says

04/08/2014 10:11 AM

For the third consecutive session, proponents of a bill to further deregulate telephone service for Kentucky’s urban areas are trying to reach a last-minute deal before the clock runs out on the legislative session. The sponsor of the legislation Sen. Paul Hornback, R-Shelbyville, said he spent the last few weeks working with the Kentucky Cable Association among other parties to negotiate over the bill, which would eliminate the requirement for phone companies to lay land lines to new developments in... Read more 

Andy Beshear raises more than $1 million in race for Attorney General

04/07/2014 12:00 PM

Louisville lawyer Andy Beshear, the first and so far only Democrat to enter the race for Attorney General, announced Monday that he has raised more than $1.1 million so far in the campaign. A big name Democratic endorsement in the form of Wendell Ford accompanies the campaign report from Andy Beshear, who is the son of current Governor Steve Beshear. “I encouraged Andy to enter this race early and raise the necessary funds,” said Ford in a statement accompanying the release.... Read more 

Restoration of felon voting rights bill: Is there a path to compromise?

03/31/2014 09:51 PM

On what might have been the second-to-last day of the 2014 General Assembly, a litany of bills moved Monday, but one high-profile bill that even had the support of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is still stuck in legislative purgatory. The bill pushed by Rep. Jesse Crenshaw, D-Lexington, would amend the Kentucky constitution to return voting rights to convicted felons after they serve jail time has been in the state Senate’s possession since March. The House refused to accept the Senate’s... Read more 

House and Senate still at odds over bill allowing Rand Paul to appear on ballot twice

03/31/2014 05:28 PM

A bill which would allow Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul to run for re-election and for the White House at the same time is only one step away from the House floor, but the bill’s sponsor state Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, says passage is possible — but unlikely. SB 205 , if passed, would amend current state statute to allow a federal candidate to run for two federal offices at the same time. The bill has passed the full Senate 25-13,... Read more