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

Quarles names Sean Southard as Dept. of Agriculture Communications Director

07/05/2017 03:27 PM

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has a new communications director. Owensboro native Sean Southard, who formerly worked at Run Switch PR in Louisville, has been named the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s director of communications, Quarles announced on Wednesday. “Sean has gained valuable experience in the public and private sectors in a short time,” Quarles said in a news release. “As a native Kentuckian, he knows the values and the culture of the Commonwealth, and as a millennial, he is deeply familiar... Read more 

Bevin out, Beshear in for Fancy Farm 2017

07/05/2017 01:35 PM

Republican Governor Matt Bevin will be skipping the 137th annual Fancy Farm Picnic speaking event the first Saturday in August, but his Democratic rival Attorney General Andy Beshear will be taking the stage. Mark Wilson, chairman of the political speaking event, told Spectrum News Pure Politics that the governor’s scheduling office simply stated that Bevin had “other commitments.” The news was first reported by Adam Beam of the Associated Press. Meanwhile, Wilson said Beshear was the first Constitutional officer... Read more 

How the new Kentucky Lottery CEO plans to grow the lotto beyond $1 billion

07/04/2017 10:00 AM

A mere three-weeks as the CEO of the Kentucky Lottery Tom Delacenserie has lofty goals which include growing the lotto past $1 billion and sending more money to fund education. Delacenserie comes to Kentucky by way of the Florida Lottery. He beat out some 800 other candidates for the role, and replaces Arch Gleason, who died last year shortly after announcing his retirement. “A lot of it is attention to detail, taking care of the little things” Delacenserie said of... Read more 

State seeks tweaks to Medicaid transformation proposal

07/03/2017 11:33 AM

The Bevin administration is proposing additional tweaks to their proposed Medicaid waiver program, Kentucky HEALTH. In a letter sent to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Bevin administration asks CMS for their additional consideration of the 1115 Medicaid application and tweaks. The original application to transition Medicaid was submitted in August of 2016. Among the changes asked for in a detailed in a letter to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services include: “Since its inception, Kentucky HEALTH has... Read more 

Givens resigns from leadership post

06/30/2017 03:56 PM

Senate President Pro Tem David Givens, R-Greensburg, is resigning from his leadership post Friday. “Realizing the level of commitment needed to successfully serve in the Kentucky Senate Majority Leadership and reflecting on the pressing needs of my family, I have realized that, for this time, life calls me from my position as President Pro Tem.” Givens’ resignation from the constitutional office will become effective July 1, 2017. “David Givens is one of the most honest and most caring people I have ever met,”... Read more 

Bevin restores civil rights to 284 Kentuckians

06/30/2017 12:57 PM

Two hundred eighty-four Kentuckians who have completed their sentences and requested a restoration of their civil rights will soon be able to hold public office and vote. Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, restored the civil rights to the 284 Kentuckians pending final background reviews by the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. “As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day, it is fitting to reflect upon the many blessings that we enjoy as citizens of the United States of America,” Bevin said... Read more 

Russell Coleman nominated as U.S. Attorney for the Western Dist. of Kentucky

06/30/2017 10:06 AM

President Donald Trump has nominated Russell Coleman to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky. Coleman is an attorney with the law firm of Frost Brown Todd, LLC in Louisville, where he focuses on internal investigations, white-collar criminal matters, and government relations. The Louisville lawyer also serves as an Assistant Commonwealths Attorney for Kentucky’s 12th Judicial Circuit. Before returning to Kentucky, Coleman served as legal counsel to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell from 2010 to 2015.... Read more 

Two conventions back out of plans to come to Louisville after CA ban on state-employee travel

06/29/2017 02:24 PM

LOUISVILLE — Kentucky’s largest city is already feeling the impact of California’s travel ban. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced this afternoon that two conventions bringing in more than $2 million dollars in combined economic impact have backed out of plans to come to Louisville after a recent ban on state funded travel from California. The Louisville mayor said that he is worried about what else may come from the ban. “I am very concerned about this travel ban and citizens... Read more 

Bevin: GOP opposition to Senate health care plan should be wake up call to voters

06/27/2017 01:03 PM

Gov. Matt Bevin offered his support for the Senate plan to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, but voiced his frustration with Republican members of the caucus imperiling a vote on the bill. In an interview on “West Virginia talk radio”: with WVHU host Tom Roten on Tuesday, Bevin said he understood why conservative members are opposing the bill which he said wasn’t very good, still he turned his ire on “mushy moderates.” “Why are we continuing... Read more 

President Trump calls Paul to negotiate health care bill

06/26/2017 03:02 PM

LOUISVILLE — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is one of five Senate Republicans in opposition to the Senate health care bill meant to replace the Affordable Care Act, and now President Trump wants to know how to bring the Kentucky Republican on board. Paul along with several other Republicans say the bill does not do enough to lower health costs. The Bowling Green Republican told reporters in Louisville that the Senate bill would have the taxpayers propping up insurance companies. Appearing... Read more