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.

Bevin's closing pitch to GOP primary voters: Pick me because McConnell won't win in November

04/23/2014 06:45 PM

CARROLLTON — Matt Bevin is continuing to crisscross Kentucky trying to convince Republican voters a dozen at time that he is their only hope to keep the U.S. Senate seat from Democrats. U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, Bevin says, has “no chance of winning in November.” “It’s why I’ve got to win this nomination in the primary,” Bevin said. “We will lose this seat in the General Election if Mitch McConnell is the nominee. There is such a weariness for him. There is... Read more 

Beshear doubles down on embracing Affordable Care Act in Ky. as 413,000 have signed up for insurance

04/22/2014 07:22 PM

Gov. Steve Beshear offered his latest deflection of criticisms and offered state Democrats a campaign strategy heading into the fall elections in Tuesday’s pep-rally of sorts for Kentucky’s health exchange. Beshear unveiled the tally of 413,410 Kentuckians who have received health insurance through Kentucky’s health care exchange, which was created by the Affordable Care Act. At a press conference in the state Capitol, Beshear announced the latest enrollment numbers and said they would only climb as the Commonwealth draws into... Read more 

Key House Republican outlines which takeaways from session will be campaign themes and which won't

04/22/2014 10:57 AM

House Republicans must tread carefully when using the saga surrounding sexual harassment against a former Democratic lawmaker, said Rep. David Osborne, R-Prospect. The issue for voters is not necessarily the alleged conduct but how Democratic leaders have dealt with it, he said. “I think it’s difficult to make someone else’s tragedy a campaign issue, so I’m going to say ultimately it will not be a campaign issue,” said Osborne, who also is the Republican Party of Kentucky’s chief fundraiser as... Read more 

Voter alleges Republican challenging Rep. Tom Burch doesn't live in district he's running in

04/21/2014 04:20 PM

Republican House candidate Brian Krueger will have to prove his residence in court if he wants to take on longtime Rep. Tom Burch, D-Louisville, who has served in the legislature for the better part of 40 years. Louisville voter Jim Stammerman has filed a lawsuit in Jefferson County Circuit Court alleging that Krueger does not live in the 30th House District in central Jefferson County, which Burch first won in 1972. Stammerman says Krueger is not a qualified candidate, and requests... Read more 

AG candidate Andy Beshear says lawmakers must agree on heroin bill before any special session

04/21/2014 02:12 PM

While Gov. Steve Beshear hasn’t decided to call a special session for lawmakers to pick up the heroin bill again, his son and Democratic attorney general candidate Andy Beshear said Monday there should be a session but only if details of the bill were worked out in advance. “Heroin is both deadly and cheap, and is killing Kentuckians in every walk of life. I am disappointed that the General Assembly was unable to agree on legislative solutions to address... Read more 

Sen. Julie Denton leaves legacy of efficiency and passion for issues

04/17/2014 11:37 AM

After 20-years in the legislature Sen. Julie Denton, who chairs the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, has prescribed herself a dose of get-out-of-Frankfort. Denton is looking to move from statewide politics to Louisville Metro Council where she says she can have a more pronounced effect on policy. It was the addition of a state House district in the 2013 special session redistricting process that opened up the door for Denton to leave the legislature. Incumbent Republican Metro Councilman Jerry... Read more 

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