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

Major problems still remain with pension bill, former KRS trustee says

03/05/2018 03:31 PM

The latest version of a pension reform bill to be amended in committee is “among the worst bills” former KRS trustee Chris Tobe has seen because it’s bad for both retirees and the solvency of the plans, he said. Tobe thinks many of the provisions of the bill will have to withstand legal challenges. More than 20 provisions of the bill have been identified by by the Attorney General as violating the inviolable contract with retirees. “The bill itself,... Read more 

Bill aimed at ending child marriages dealt another setback as Family Foundation weighs in

03/01/2018 03:49 PM

A bill which would raise the legal age for most marriages to 18 years old and would establish a ceiling of 4 years age difference between 17-year-olds and the adult that they are seeking to marry was dealt another setback on Thursday. On Thursday morning, Sen. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, the sponsor of Senate Bill 48, tweeted that opposition to the bill had resulted in the legislation being pulled from the Senate Judiciary Committee’s agenda. Senate Judiciary Chair Whitney... Read more 

With bill ending child marriage hitting a snag, advocate forges ahead

02/28/2018 11:31 AM

Donna Pollard was married at 16 to a 29 year old man, that marriage resulted in domestic violence and sexual exploitation and she is now attempting to change the law in the Commonwealth, so no other child can be married underage without judicial consent. Senate Bill 48, is sponsored by Sen. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, and is aimed at raising the legal age for most marriages to 18 years old and would establish a ceiling of 4 years age... Read more 

AG Beshear says pension bill violates inviolable contract for current and future retirees

02/28/2018 10:59 AM

Attorney General Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, has sent a six page letter to lawmakers in the General Assembly, informing them that the proposed pension reform bill violates the inviolable contract for current and future retirees. Senate Bill 1, which was filed last week, is a departure from Gov. Matt Bevin’s 2017 pension proposal, but Beshear says it goes too far in changing benefits for those retirees. The letter was posted on social media along with a video from Beshear, hours... Read more 

GOP retains 89th Dist. seat in special election

02/27/2018 09:26 PM

Republican candidate Robert Goforth, R- has won the special election to replace Rep. Marie Rader in the 89th Dist. special election. Goforth, of East Bernstadt, won with 2,809 votes to Democratic candidate Kelly Smith’s 1,399 votes in the district which encompasses all of Jackson and part of Laurel and Madison County. Republicans hold a two-to-one voter registration advantage in the eastern Kentucky district. Which brings Republicans to 63 seats held in the House of Representatives. Gofroth’s campaign manager T. J.... Read more 

Kentucky ophthalmologist fights against HB 191

02/27/2018 11:42 AM

Louisville ophthalmologist Dr. Frank Burns is joining eye doctors from around the state in rallying against a bill in Frankfort which they say will impact patient care and technology in the Commonwealth. House Bill 191 would force Kentuckians seeking a prescription to visit ophthalmologists and optometrists for a “real-time” consultation, rather than visiting some online retailers who offer similar services and renew prescriptions — with an online exam. Burns says the legislation would also affect eye doctors, in how... Read more 

Kentucky Lottery hits $5 Billion turned over to Commonwealth

02/27/2018 10:25 AM

The Kentucky Lottery has hit a milestone as they have delivered $5 billion to the state of Kentucky, which has directly impacted education. When the lottery was first created the General Assembly assumed just $65 million annually would be returned to the Commonwealth. This means it would have taken more than 76 years to reach this milestone. “I think it’s a combination of making sure you a good product, you start with that, you market it well and you have... Read more 

Massie pushes for repeal of gun free school zones in Meet the Press interview

02/26/2018 01:42 PM

Kentucky’s 4th Dist. U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie appeared on Meet the Press this Sunday where he argued for more lax attitude on where guns are permitted and how old you have to be to purchase them — in an effort to protect students. The Vanceburg Republican advocated for armed educators in an effort to reduce mass shootings at schools. Massie said that lawmakers need to take off the “gun free” labels from schools. Massie was also asked about efforts to... Read more 

Former Secret Service officer, CIA contractor Carl Nett announces run for Secretary of State

02/23/2018 09:19 AM

Former intelligence officer Carl B. Nett, an author and former candidate for the state House, has declared his intent to run in the Republican primary for Secretary of State in 2019. Nett is the third candidate into the race vying for the Republican nomination, and is counting on his background as a native Kentuckian, who protected President George W. Bush and various dignitaries and world leaders. Nett also pursued terrorists in Afghanistan working within the CIA’s National Clandestine Service. The GOP... Read more 

Democratic women's training group predicting 2018 will be, "real year of the woman"

02/22/2018 01:46 PM

With a record number of women running for office in the Kentucky General Assembly, Emerge Kentucky Board chair Jennifer Moore says efforts are reaching a critical mass in the Commonwealth. Spurred into action by divisiveness within the system, the 2016 election of President Trump and the “me too” movement, Moore said there are nearly 200 women who are finding their voice and running for elected office this year. There are 23 Emerge Kentucky Democratic women’s training group candidates running for... Read more