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

Updated pension reform bill in the works, new pension oversight co-chair says

11/16/2017 10:50 AM

As the House of Representatives finds it’s footing amid an alleged sexual harassment settlement which that caused Rep. Jeff Hoover’s resignation as speaker and sparked an investigation, the new co-chair of the Public Pension Oversight Board says work is underway to re-craft the proposal. Rep. Jerry T. Miller, R-Eastwood, told Pure Politics this week that “changes need to be made” to the legislation for it to pass the House of Representatives. “We’ve gone back and continuing to meet with groups... Read more 

Grimes plans to convene medical marijuana task force with aim at legislation

11/15/2017 01:31 PM

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, D-Kentucky, will soon co-chair a task force with a focus on crafting legislation to legalize, study and propose potential implementation and regulation processes for medical marijuana. “Too many Kentuckians are suffering from debilitating physical and mental illnesses. Most have lived with the effects of these illnesses for years,” Grimes said in a news release on Wednesday. “We must do more to relieve their pain and suffering, and there is significant evidence that cannabis is beneficial... Read more 

Bevin administration asks for second chance at cost of KTRS plan

11/14/2017 01:43 PM

A day after denying the public access to the cost scoring analysis of the Kentucky Retirement Systems, now the Bevin administration is asking for a mulligan on the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement cost analysis. The Associated Press previously reported the KTRS plan would cost an extra $4.4 billion over the next 20 years. Bevin’s administration now contends that the consulting firm Cavanaugh Macdonald used different assumptions to calculate the cost for the teacher’s retirement plan. On Tuesday, State Budget Director John... Read more 

McConnell on Roy Moore allegations: "I believe the women"

11/13/2017 11:30 AM

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, is calling for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore to step down, and for another Republican to run in his place. Moore is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year old girl when he was a 32-year old assistant district attorney, according to a report from the the Washington Post. Moore threatened to sue the newspaper in a campaign speech Sunday night. Moore has denied the allegations, but on Monday McConnell told reporters he “believe... Read more 

Hoover hospitalized days after resignation as House Speaker

11/10/2017 10:02 AM

Rep. Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, has been hospitalized with a heart related issue, according to a statement from House Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne, R-Prospect. “A member of Rep. Jeff Hoover’s family has confirmed that he was admitted to a hospital for testing due to a heart related issue,” Osborne said in a statement sent to media on Friday morning. “At this time, his family requests that their privacy be respected until further information is available.” Hoover resigned as House Speaker on... Read more 

Appeals court allows medical review panels to continue

11/09/2017 05:37 PM

A controversial law allowing medical review panels in Kentucky is being allowed to move forward, despite the law being struck down as unconstitutional last week. The Kentucky Court of Appeals granted a stay of Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ruling last week, which called the law unconstitutional and adding it presents “an expensive and unnecessary obstacle” for those seeking relief in medical malpractice lawsuits. Eighty-nine current cases will proceed, and all prospective malpractice cases will be required to proceed through... Read more 

Dealing with the effects of sexual harassment: A survivor speaks out and urges others to come forward

11/09/2017 04:00 PM

For many who survive sexual harassment the effects are long lasting. For Michelle Kelty who was sexually harassed in the workplace three-years ago, the trauma continues to this day. Kelty said she suffers from flashbacks, nightmares and continues with therapy. “I reported, it wasn’t just me, it involved more than just myself in the workplace, so we reported and we just kept hitting roadblocks and obstacles,” she said. Kelty is a member of the Survivors Council which advises and assists... Read more 

Alleged Rand Paul attacker pleads not guilty

11/09/2017 02:20 PM

The man who allegedly assaulted U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, outside his Bowling Green has pleaded not guilty. Rene Boucher pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault in the fourth degree during an arraignment in Warren District Court Thursday morning. Boucher allegedly tackled the Kentucky junior Senator to the ground last Friday, breaking six ribs and bruising Paul’s lungs. There was no change in the charges on Thursday, and no change in Boucher’s bond. Boucher is also an anesthesiologist and pain specialist. Some... Read more 

House minority leader calls for independent harassment investigation; discusses culture in General Assembly

11/08/2017 04:20 PM

UPDATED FRANKFORT — Democrats in the House of Representatives are calling for an independent investigation into allegations of sexual harassment that led to a settlement with a high profile member of the House of Representatives, and some reports indicate several other GOP House members. House Minority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, and other Democratic leaders say Republicans in the House should not be in charge of hiring lawyers to investigate their caucus regarding allegations which have already forced Rep. Jeff... Read more 

Longtime Louisville Rep. Jim Wayne will not seek re-election

11/07/2017 10:17 AM

After 27-years in the House of Representatives Rep. Jim Wayne has announced he will not seek another term. Wayne had been diagnosed with cancer of the larynx and lymph nodes in May of 2015, and endured 35 rounds of radiation and chemotherapy treatments in an effort to eradicate the cancer. He announced a clean bill of health and remission of the cancer in December of 2015, as he sought a 14th term in the House. The Louisville Democrat remarked on... Read more