Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is 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 his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News or anytime with Spectrum On Demand.Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or

Rep. Kay announces run for Woodford Co. Judge Executive

01/09/2018 11:31 AM

Another Democratic House lawmaker, Rep. James Kay, of Versailles, will not seek re-election next year, instead opting to run for a local office. The attorney will seek to replace current Woodford County Judge-Executive John Coyle who will retire at the end of the year. Kay first joined the legislature in 2013 replacing former Education Committee Chairman Rep. Carl Rollins, who resigned after being promoted to be director of the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority. Kay announced his run for local office... Read more 

Hoover resigns as House Speaker with fiery floor speech condemning Gov. Bevin and others

01/08/2018 04:44 PM

For a second time, Rep. Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, has resigned as Speaker of the House of Representatives. On Monday, Hoover made an impassioned speech from the House Floor condemning characterizations made against him by Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, and others — seemingly pointing to House Republican Communication Director Daisy Olivo who alleges that a female colleague took part in a “sexual relationship” with Hoover. Hoover, said that he never had sex with the former staffer, and that both Bevin and... Read more 

Kim Davis files for re-election as Rowan Co. Clerk

01/08/2018 03:20 PM

Embattled Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis will seek another term in the position which brought her national headlines in 2015. The clerk, who will run as a Republican, grew to notoriety after denying marriage licenses in 2015 following an order from the U.S. Supreme Court to allow same-sex marriages. Davis filed paperwork last week to seek another term in office. Four Democratic opponents: James Jessee, Nashia Fife, Elwood Caudill and David Ermold — who Davis denied a marriage license... Read more 

Rep. Darryl Owens not seeking re-election in 2018

01/08/2018 02:15 PM

FRANKFORT — After more than a decade in the General Assembly Rep. Darryl Owens announced he would not be seeking another term this year. Owens, D-Louisville, has been in office since 2005, and has been in public service from more then four-decades serving as a district judge, assistant attorney general, and Jefferson County C District commissioner. “The highest honor of my life has been to serve as a state representative and I am profoundly grateful to have been elected by... Read more 

2018 candidate filing update: More intraparty skirmishes on tap

01/08/2018 11:41 AM

There’s more intraparty skirmishes lining up as candidates continue to file for the 2018 election season with the filing deadline looming on the 30th. Some of the more hotly contested races could come in the form of repeats from previous elections, like the 8th District House race which will feature a familiar face, but in a much different environment than candidates last saw in 2016. State House: 3rd Dist. Democratic candidate Martha B. Emmons, of Paducah, is the first candidate from... Read more 

After 42 years in legislature Rep. Jody Richards will retire at the end of 2018

01/08/2018 11:07 AM

FRANKFORT — After serving in the House of Representatives since 1976 Rep. Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green, will retire his legislative career this year. Richards served 14 years as Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives, an unmatched record in the Commonwealth’s history, according to a news release announcing the retirement. “It has been an unbelievable honor to represent the wonderful Bowling Green-Warren County community in the Kentucky General Assembly for more than 42 years,” Rep. Richards said. “I believe the... Read more 

The top 5 most influential people of the week in Frankfort

01/05/2018 05:00 PM

FRANKFORT — It was a rocky first week back in the Capitol for lawmakers, as sides were drawn in a GOP civil war in the House, and members were chosen to investigate House Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, who has refused to step down from his position. This session I’ll take a look each week and pick the most influential people in the General Assembly. With little legislation being discussed in the first four days back in Frankfort, this week’s list... Read more 

Rep. Steve Riggs will not seek re-election in 2018

01/05/2018 03:45 PM

After 26 years in the General Assembly, Rep. Steve Riggs, D-Louisville, is announcing he will not seek re-election to his seat this year. Riggs, who was the former longtime chair of the House Local Government Committee, made the announcement noting he was wrapping up his term of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators. “I just finished my elected term as President of a 50-state organization, the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL),” he said. “For about 20 years I was... Read more 

What can the Legislative Ethics Commission investigate when it comes to Hoover settlement?

01/04/2018 01:00 PM

How deep can an agency meant to keep lobbyists and campaigns separate from the General Assembly go when it comes to actions of members not related to money — especially since sexual harassment is never mentioned under Kentucky’s legislative ethics laws? With an investigation underway, the people of the commonwealth could soon find out. House Speaker Jeff Hoover is holding on to the reins of power in the House of Representatives as the Legislative Ethics Commission investigates the circumstances of a... Read more 

Eight GOP members file complaint seeking expulsion of Hoover

01/03/2018 05:25 PM

Eight Republican members of the House of Representatives are using a new rule to investigate and possibly expel Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, after he refused to step down from leadership — despite a promise to do so in November. Rep. Phil Moffett, R-Louisville, told Pure Politics that the members “feel like we have a duty and responsibility to discipline our members.” The complaint utilizes a new House rule to form a committee to investigate the actions of Hoover, who admitted... Read more 

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