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.

Most memorable moments from an otherwise lethargic Fancy Farm

08/02/2015 01:46 PM

FANCY FARM — The 135th annual Fancy Farm political speaking event did not draw the most energized crowds, but there were moments from the stage which drew cheers and jeers from the partisan on-lookers. McConnell flips the script U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell returned to Fancy Farm as the majority leader of the U.S. Senate just a year after Gov. Steve Beshear predicted McConnell’s unseating. Beshear memorably snapped a selfie with the incumbent senator in 2014, remarking that he “wanted one last... Read more 

Beshear, Westerfield go "toe-to-toe;" Edelen, Harmon square off on values

08/01/2015 07:51 PM

FANCY FARM — Democratic attorney general candidate Andy Beshear and Republican candidate Whitney Westerfield traded barbs face-to-face on Saturday with both referencing cosmetic treatments to feet and toes. The reference dates back to a 2007 personnel report first detailed by Pure Politics in mid-July. An August 2007 entry in Westerfield’s personnel file cites complaints with courtesy, professionalism and attitude. The file says that, “Personal interests often take priority over work duties,” including “Teeth Cleaning vs. Jury Trial,” “Pedicure vs.... Read more 

McConnell keeps pressure on Obama in effort to protect tobacco in multi-national trade deal

07/31/2015 02:47 PM

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell is warning President Barack Obama and top officials negotiating the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership to ensure the tobacco industry is not negativity impacted in the trade deal. On Thursday, the Senate majority leader sent a letter to Ambassador Michael Froman, the top trade representative of the Obama administration, calling on tobacco to be protected in the massive trade deal that some say is close to wrapping up. Pure Politics obtained the letter on Friday from McConnell’s staff. McConnell,... Read more 

Ryan Quarles fundraising against potential tobacco carve out in Trans-Pacific Partnership deal

07/30/2015 04:11 PM

Rep. Ryan Quarles, R-Georgetown, is organizing his supporters in an effort to fight back against a potentially bad deal for Kentucky farmers being negotiated on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact and help him become the next agriculture commissioner. Quarles first warned of a possible carve out in 2011 telling the state interim joint Agriculture Committee that the TPPA could lead to tobacco being excluded from a 12-country trade agreement in the Pacific Rim, something he calls a “slippery slope” for... Read more 

Analysts predict sharp elbows in fight for earned media at Fancy Farm

07/29/2015 10:56 PM

With rhetoric heating up between gubernatorial candidates Kentuckians can expect one-liners sprinkled with vitriol at Fancy Farm, but Matt Bevin and Jack Conway will also be competing for air time and column inches in what has so far been a sleepy open-seat general election. “Last year when we all went to Fancy Farm to me it felt like … we were coming out for the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. This year it feels more like the kickoff —... Read more 

Bevin, Conway clash over policy at Chamber forum

07/28/2015 10:34 PM

In their third joint appearance of the general election gubernatorial candidates Matt Bevin and Jack Conway traded barbs as policy took center stage. The forum between Bevin and Conway keynoted the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s annual business summit in Louisville on Tuesday. The forum was moderated by former Pure Politics managing editor Ryan Alessi. The next governor will assume office in December and will quickly have to produce a budget to guide the state over the next two years. A... Read more 

Attorney general candidate Andy Beshear rolls out seven-point plan to combat child abuse

07/27/2015 10:39 PM

Democratic candidate for attorney general Andy Beshear has released a series of proposed reforms to prevent child abuse in the commonwealth. On Monday Beshear announced a seven-point plan aimed at cracking down on child abuse in Kentucky. Nearly 23,000 kids in Kentucky were found to be in need of services in 2014, according to Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky upon their review of data from Child Protective Services and the Department for Community Based Services. According to the group, the number of... Read more 

Miss Kentucky USA Katie George on Donald Trump comments: "I wish he hadn't said it"

07/27/2015 07:16 PM

Those who tuned in to NBC earlier this month hoping to catch the Miss USA pageant might have missed Louisville native Miss Kentucky USA Katie George as she placed 11th in the competition. That’s because controversial comments about Mexican immigrants by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, who co-owns the pageant, caused NBC and Spanish-language challenge Univision to drop the pageant. During Trump’s June campaign launch, the billionaire real-estate mogul said some Mexican immigrants crossing the borders are drug smuggling “rapists” and “killers.” The... Read more 

National KIDS COUNT report card shows improvements and setbacks for Ky. kids

07/26/2015 09:33 AM

The latest national KIDS COUNT data shows children in the state are getting healthier, but the state has persistent problems in areas of economic well-being, which is impacting some base line education metrics like reading and math scores. On Tuesday, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released its yearly review of data coming from states on an index of 16 indicators, a sort of “national report card for kids,” said Terry Brooks, the director for Kentucky Youth Advocates. The report uses... Read more 

Bevin adds $1k from McConnell PAC in latest fundraising report; Conway still holds major cash advantage

07/24/2015 01:00 PM

The political action committee of Matt Bevin’s former political rival — U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell — provided the lone new donation in the last month for the Republican gubernatorial nominee. The $1,000 check from McConnell’s Bluegrass Committee leadership PAC brings Bevin’s campaign coffers to $2,954.64 in cash-on-hand, according to a 60-day post-primary report filed with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance. McConnell’s PAC also sent $1,000 donations to the other GOP candidates running for Constitutional offices. In late August... Read more