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.

State Parties attack each other after personal information leaked in DUI mailer

10/20/2014 02:42 PM

The Republican Party of Kentucky and 23rd District GOP candidate Jeff Jobe are calling on the attorney general to investigate the Kentucky Democratic Party and Democratic Rep. Johnny Bell of Glasgow after a campaign mailer surfaced over the weekend. The mailer calls out Jobe, who is challenging Bell in the district, for drunk driving arrests. However, the Republican Party says the Democratic Party, who sent the mailer on behalf of Bell, released Jobe’s personal information including his social security number... Read more 

More than a dozen contested state House seats leave fate of the chamber in flux

10/18/2014 08:47 AM

The road map for majority control of the state House will lead through multiple districts as Democrats have their slimmest majority in years and Republicans mount a campaign to take control of the lower chamber which has evaded them since 1921. Democratic and Republican analysts say there are more than a dozen state House races in play which will shape control of the chamber. The races are geographically diverse with several hotly contested races in West Kentucky — including the epicenter for... Read more 

Hillary Clinton to Kentucky: 'I'm back for one reason. That's because Ky. deserves a change in Washington'

10/15/2014 11:09 PM

LOUISVILLE — Making her case as a “Clinton Democrat” who would spend more time in office under the next president “no matter whom he or she might be,” U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes rallied the Democratic base in downtown Louisville alongside former U.S. Sen. and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. A standing-room-only crowd of more than 4,500 people turned out to hear Grimes and Clinton speak at the Kentucky International Convention Center on Wednesday night. The duo delivered speeches... Read more 

Breaking down the debate, what the Kentucky analysts are saying

10/14/2014 02:29 PM

Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes clashed in their lone television debate before Kentucky voters on KET Monday night; while the talking points were largely recycled from the 15-month long campaign the exchanges and non-answers are providing fodder for the nation’s political junkies. The race for the office remains tight heading into the home stretch and the campaigns are likely to quickly pounce on any perceived missteps from the debate. Republicans, who... Read more 

Grimes releases ad featuring Wendell Ford saying he 'believes in Alison'

10/13/2014 04:30 PM

Former U.S. Senator and governor Wendell Ford is endorsing the candidacy of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes in her bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in his bid for a sixth-term in office. The 30 second ad started running statewide Monday features Ford, 90, who was diagnosed with lung cancer in July. In the ad, Ford says when he was in Congress the parties worked together. “Mitch McConnell, he doesn’t understand the problems. He’s just been against everything.... Read more 

McDaniel makes pitch for right-to-work legislation; Has concerns about Medicaid expansion

10/13/2014 03:44 PM

Making a pitch for right-to-work, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, said he and James Comer will be focused on economic issues heading into the 2015 GOP gubernatorial primary. Comer’s pick of McDaniel as a running mate on his gubernatorial slate was promoted at the September campaign roll out in Tompkinsville, and since that time he and Comer have crisscrossed the state raising cash and talking issues with voters. “I spend almost every night on the road somewhere working diligently... Read more 

Jensen suffers major campaign setback as several staffers, including campaign manager, split ways

10/10/2014 01:59 PM

UPDATED 3:20 p.m.: Two of three campaign staffers say Democratic 6th Congressional District candidate Elisabeth Jensen fired them and that they did not walk out on the campaign “amicably” as previously stated. Melanie McCormick, the campaign’s former finance director, and Gracey Wise, the campaign’s former field and political director, issued a statement to Pure Politics seeking to clarify prior statements from the Jensen campaign. “We’d like to set the record straight. No one walked out. We were fired,” McCormick and Wise... Read more 

Grimes blasted for dodging question on Obama votes

10/10/2014 09:47 AM

Hours after an interview with The Courier-Journal’s editorial board, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes was blasted by pundits for failing to answer questions about her previous support of Democratic President Barack Obama. With three weeks until Election Day, national pundits are casting Grimes’ non-answers as an unforced fumble that could change the election narrative in the final hours. NBC News’ political director Chuck Todd told a panel on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that Grimes “disqualified herself” with the... Read more 

GOP power broker Nate Morris named to Fortune's top 40 under 40

10/09/2014 04:03 PM

Kentucky Republican fundraiser and “power broker”, Nate Morris, the CEO of Rubicon Global, a waste and recycling service firm was named to Fortune’s top 40 “most powerful, influential, important people in business under 40.” Making Fortune’s list with giants in the tech sector like Mark Zuckerberg is Kentuckian Morris whom Pure Politics highlighted as a possible political contender in the state. “We just got the news this morning and I feel incredibly grateful. And obviously its a reflection on all... Read more 

In 23rd House Dist. GOP challenger casting Rep. Bell as 'liberal' and 'extreme' in new ad

10/09/2014 02:04 PM

Two pieces of legislation dealing with immigration issues, one from 2013 and another from 2009, are at the heart of a new attack ad hitting seven-year incumbent Rep. Johnny Bell of Glasgow in the Southern Kentucky state House race. Bell, a Democrat who has represented the district since 2007, is under fire in a new ad released last week by the campaign for Republican Jeff Jobe on cable and television affiliates WBKO and WNKY, out of Bowling Green. The campaign says... Read more 

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