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.

Yarmuth: Sony Pictures made the right call to pull 'The Interview'

12/18/2014 09:18 PM

Filmmakers and Sony Pictures knew the risk to make a movie about the assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, said U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, but they made the right choice to not release the film after threats of terrorism. Yarmuth’s remarks to Pure Politics Thursday come one day after major theaters pulled the comedy due out Christmas day, leaving Sony to ultimately not distribute the film on any platform. “I questioned their decision initially to make the movie,”... Read more 

Charter schools again a focus in 2015, Senate Education Committee chair says

12/17/2014 04:17 PM

The push for charter schools will again be before the legislature come 2015, the chairman of the Senate Education Committee said Tuesday. With only 30 days for legislators to complete their work and several of those days reserved for organizational meetings, Sen. Mike Wilson, a Bowling Green Republican and chairman of the Senate Education Committee, said one of the top issues for the committee will be a perennial bill to start five charter schools in the state. As GOP members... Read more 

Marshall Co. Judge-Executive Mike Miller dead at 70

12/15/2014 02:44 PM

UPDATED: Longtime Marshall County Judge-Executive Mike Miller passed away Monday at the age of 70. Several news outlets are reporting that Miller collapsed in his office Monday morning and later passed away at the Marshall County Hospital. Miller won re-election to the position in November and was recently honored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo for his 40 years of service. Miller was first elected in 1974. Gov. Steve Beshear issued a statement calling the passing of Miller a “terrible loss... Read more 

Andy Beshear releases endorsements after again declining to list companies he's represented against the state

12/15/2014 09:38 AM

Democratic attorney general candidate Andy Beshear is releasing a list of prominent endorsement days after telling the Lexington-Herald Leader he will not be disclosing his client list — a question Pure Politics has posed to Beshear since the summer of 2013. Beshear, the son of current Gov. Steve Beshear, is currently the lone candidate in the race for attorney general in 2015 and has been breaking records with more than $1.48 million already raised for the race. On Saturday... Read more 

Jean-Marie Lawson Spann defends Obama vote, says she too will be against EPA if elected ag commissioner

12/13/2014 10:03 AM

Jean-Marie Lawson Spann is currently the lone Democratic candidate running for agriculture commissioner in 2015, but she says the party label won’t be a factor in her statewide race — even if her GOP opponent wants to make one. Lawson Spann, who hosts a weekly talk radio show on agriculture that airs in the Bowling Green and Glasgow radio markets on the AM band, announced her candidacy for the post in June. And in an interview on Pure Politics... Read more 

Senate Democrats preparing for 2016 focusing on candidate recruitment and fundraising

12/11/2014 11:00 PM

LEXINGTON — With Democratic membership in the state Senate at a measly 11 legislators, a newly elected leadership team is preparing to hit the road in an effort to make up lost ground. Democrats elected Sen. Ray Jones to the post of minority floor leader last week after a tumultuous election season for state Senate Democrats in Kentucky and national southern Democrats. The state House, meanwhile, stayed in Democratic control due in large part to candidate recruitment efforts and... Read more 

Protests over Eric Garner and Michael Brown deaths sign for policymakers, political science professor says

12/10/2014 04:09 PM

With the deaths of several African-American men at the hands of police this year, the issue of race and justice in America has become a topic of conversation for the media and politicians seeking higher office. University of Louisville political science professor Dewey Clayton said public opinion polls show the issue is resonating with the public and politicians are starting to react. The issues of race-based policing and grand jury non-indictments have been happening for a long time, Clayton said.... Read more 

Sunday Chatter: McConnell meets with Ky. House GOP ahead of '16; Paul talks pot

12/07/2014 10:01 PM

With more three weeks left of 2014 House Republicans met up with U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, on Saturday to talk strategy before the 2016 House races. The Lexington Herald-Leader first reported McConnell’s meeting with members of the House Republican caucus who again came up short in their hopes to flip the state House — the lone Democratically held chamber in the south. As Pure Politics first reported in late November House Republicans formed a committee to identify potential... Read more 

Quarles says his focus will be on expanding Ky.'s int'l ag reach and EPA in ag commissioner campaign

12/05/2014 09:48 AM

Calling the position of agriculture commissioner a “childhood dream,” Rep. Ryan Quarles, R-Georgetown, said he is honored to run for the post in 2015. The 31-year-old lawmaker announced a run for the position Monday , just weeks after winning a third term to the Kentucky House of Representatives in the re-drawn Scott County-centric district by nearly 18 percentage points. “In politics it’s all about timing,” Quarles said. “After Election Day the party — it was apparent we needed a strong candidate.... Read more 

Beshear named to DNC "Democratic Victory Task Force" after dreadful 2014 election cycle

12/04/2014 02:39 PM

Gov. Steve Beshear was named Thursday to the Democratic National Committee’s “Democratic Victory Task Force” to assess the party’s strengths and weaknesses ahead of future elections. Beshear was selected by DNC Chair and U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz, D-Florida, alongside nine other appointees. “We are proud to announce the members of the Democratic Victory Task Force, and are eager to work with them to build on what we’ve done that works, identify and prioritize challenges and ultimately improve our... Read more 

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