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.

GOP groups target Rep. John Short in 92nd House District

10/22/2016 02:41 PM

The Republican Party of Kentucky and super PAC Kentuckians for Strong Leadership have launched a bevy of attacks against Democratic Rep. John Short, of Mallie, in an effort to bring the 92nd House District under GOP control. The Republican Party has dropped a website targeting the lawmaker over being named in a 2012 vote-buying scheme in Magoffin County. Pure Politics first reported on Short being named in court documents in June. In a phone interview with Short on Friday,... Read more 

Judge denies Gov. Bevin's request to vacate UofL board of trustees ruling

10/21/2016 11:19 AM

UPDATED — In a decision released Friday, Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd has refused to vacate his ruling stating the governor can’t abolish and replace the University of Louisville’s board of trustees. Shepherd ruled last month that Gov. Matt Bevin had exceeded his authority in abolishing and revamping the University of Louisville board in June, a decision Bevin sought to have the same judge overturn. In an 11-page ruling released early Friday, Shepherd struck down the four primary grounds Bevin’s... Read more 

Pension plan "in far worse shape than people realize," Sen. McDaniel says

10/20/2016 12:14 PM

FRANKFORT — Even after substantial reforms to the state pension systems Republicans and Democrats in the state Capitol have serious concerns about the state of the retirement system. Senate Budget Chairman Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, says the “biggest thing” lawmakers need to do is “be honest with ourselves” about the state of the Kentucky Retirement Systems. “The fact of the matter is some of the underlying assumptions inside of this pension system are just not holding true,” McDaniel said, pointing... Read more 

REAL ID "Hitleristic" GOP House candidate says

10/18/2016 03:46 PM

Republican House candidate Dan Johnson disagrees with the post 9-11 move for states to update driver’s licenses in an effort to curb terrorists’ ability to evade detection by using fraudulent identification, so much so that he is invoking Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. Johnson, a pastor of the Heart of Fire Church in Southeast Louisville and candidate for the 49th District House seat, said he understands why Congress made the move to update identification documents in 2005, but hopes Congress will... Read more 

GOP candidate previously disavowed by party cited for keeping pet alligator in 2013

10/14/2016 08:14 PM

Republican candidate Dan Johnson is no stranger to controversy, the 49th District House candidate recently made national headlines for racially charged social media posts, but upon looking further at his past it seems he’s also kept some strange pets. Amos Moses, a Louisiana alligator, was removed from Johnson’s property in 2013 after the GOP candidate was cited by Kentucky Fish & Wildlife. The 2013 citation obtained by Pure Politics reads, “Above subject had an alligator in a metal tub outside... Read more 

RPK launches website in 12th House District attacking Jim Townsend over expenses

10/14/2016 11:44 AM

The Republican Party of Kentucky has launched a website alleging 12th House District Democratic challenger Jim Townsend has wasted taxpayer dollars traveling the state and Europe. The RPK is casting the former Webster County judge-executive and retired farmer as “Travelin’ Jim Townsend” on a website they have created. The GOP is using digital ads targeted at voters in the district to redirect them to the website. “While Jim Townsend stayed at 5 star hotels at taxpayer expense, the people of... Read more 

Kentucky Homeland Security, law enforcement hold exercise simulating attacks on power grid, government computer networks

10/13/2016 10:39 AM

Kentucky government officials, law enforcement and private-sector representatives ran through a worst-case scenario test on Wednesday, preparing for how the state would react if hackers took down the power grid to a quarter of the state while simultaneously attempting to steal data from government computer networks. The exercise comes amid the growing rise of hacking incidents, including hacks of the Democratic National Committee, with U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is pointing the finger at Russia, saying the foreign... Read more 

Gross misdemeanor bill 'gateway' to penal code reforms, Yonts says

10/11/2016 02:25 PM

FRANKFORT — With the 23 members of the Criminal Justice Policy Assessment Council meeting to dig into potential penal code reforms, Rep. Brent Yonts says the bill he first proposed during the 2016 General Assembly could serve as the starting point for the sweeping reforms. Yonts proposed creating an entirely new class of crimes qualified as a gross misdemeanor. The legislation would include reducing sentencing guidelines for three crimes including: flagrant nonsupport (child support), forgery second degree and possession of... Read more 

Trump's lewd comments about groping women "repugnant," McConnell says

10/08/2016 10:36 AM

Republicans across the state and country issued statements condemning lewd remarks Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was caught saying in an audio tape first reported by the Washington Post on Friday. In the 2005 audio recording reported on by the newspaper, Trump boasts about groping and attempting to have sex with women in vulgar terms. In a video posted to Trump’s Facebook page, the New York business mogul offered a defiant apology for the remarks, then went on the... Read more 

McKenzie Cantrell ready to take on opponent's family name, advocate for families in 38th House Dist.

10/07/2016 11:48 AM

Political newcomer McKenzie Cantrell is competing in one of Kentucky’s hottest House races of the fall against Democrat turned Republican Rep. Denny Butler in south Louisville’s 38th District. Cantrell, an attorney for the non-profit Kentucky Equal Justice Center, is running for the seat to advocate for a statewide minimum wage increase, keeping families safe as drugs creep into the area, protect public schools and fight for unions as some in the legislature seek a “right to work” law. “That’s what... Read more