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

Democratic Congressional candidate Reggie Thomas says health care is the top issue, and he wants a single-payer model

09/14/2017 11:17 AM

State Sen. Reggie Thomas, D-Lexington, jumped into the Democratic primary for the 6th Congressional District this summer citing a vote by U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, to repeal the Affordable Care Act. “That led me to believe that, look, Reggie it’s time for you to do something and so I began to think about seriously getting into the race, and ultimately decided that I can be better for the people of the 6th Congressional District than he can,” Thomas said.... Read more 

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch will speak at UofL

09/13/2017 01:52 PM

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch will be speaking at the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville next week. Gorsuch will take part in the center’s Distinguished Speakers Series Thursday, Sept. 21, according to a news release from the university. The U.S. Supreme Court’s newest justice will speak and answer questions at the public event, which has featured other high ranking politicians and judges including Chief Justice John Roberts in 2009 and Associate Justice Clarence Thomas in 2000. Gorsuch is... Read more 

Number of insured Kentuckians continues to rise

09/12/2017 02:43 PM

The number of Kentuckians with health insurance jumped again, propelling the state to nearly 95 percent of all people covered in 2016, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau; however funding challenges loom at both the state and federal level. The data shows the percent of people with health insurance in Kentucky increased from 85.7 percent in 2013 to 94.9 percent in 2016, according to Kentucky Youth Advocates. Nearly 97 percent of children under the age of 19-years... Read more 

McConnell, Bevin release 9/11 memorial videos

09/11/2017 11:24 AM

Sixteen years ago terrorists attacked the United States and forever changed the country. On Monday, state elected leaders released videos reflecting on the events of September 11, 2001. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, released a video message on Monday honoring first responders and families of the victims. “Today, we remember the victims of the horrific terrorist attacks of September 11th.” McConnell narrates in the video. “We honor their families. We show our gratitude for the courageous... Read more 

Sen. Jimmy Higdon elected to serve as Senate President Pro Tempore

09/08/2017 12:07 PM

The Senate Majority Caucus has selected Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, to replace former Senate President Pro Tempore David Givens in the Kentucky Senate. Higdon won’t officially be elected until the full Senate convenes. Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg, resigned from Senate leadership in June citing personal reasons. “I was sad to see Senator Givens step down, but I am honored to serve in this new capacity in Senate leadership, and I appreciate all of my colleagues for granting me this special... Read more 

6th Dist. Democratic Congressional candidate Amy McGrath lays out her vision

09/08/2017 11:03 AM

Sixth Congressional District Democratic primary candidate retired Lt. Col. Amy McGrath explained her decision to seek political office after retiring from the Marine Corps as an opportunity to continue her service and bring leadership to the country. McGrath found herself about to retire from a 20-year career in the armed services during the 2016 election, and was compelled to do something in response to the election of President Donald Trump. “The actual campaign changed me — the fake news, the idea... Read more 

COLA adjustments "highly unlikely," legislative leader says

09/06/2017 02:56 PM

FRANKFORT — A week after consultants recommended sweeping changes to state pension plans one lawmaker expressed doubt on one of the more controversial suggestions. House Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, told reporters that rolling back pensions of retired state employees that have increased due to cost of living adjustments would be “highly unlikely.” “There may be some variation, but I mean it’s highly unlikely that this group that has been working on that would consider that recommendation,” Hoover said. Hoover told... Read more 

Dreamland author Sam Quinones talks with Kentucky doctors about opiate epidemic and their role

09/05/2017 02:40 PM

LOUISVILLE — Kentucky has been hit hard by the opiate epidemic, a scourge which has caused large upticks in the number of overdoses across the nation. Journalist and author Sam Quinones knows about the opiate crisis well, he penned a book on the subject entitled Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic. The book has been lauded by many, including Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky. Recently Quinones was brought back to the commonwealth by the Kentucky Medical Association for their fall conference,... Read more 

Justice Action Network executive director, former Comer campaign manager Holly Harris charged with suspicion of DUI

08/25/2017 03:39 PM

Holly Harris, a veteran of Frankfort and Washington, D.C., politics, was arrested on Wednesday in Lexington under suspicion of driving under the influence. Harris reportedly struck a parked vehicle at low speed on Wednesday night at the corner of Alexandria Drive and Cambridge Drive in Lexington, according to a collision report. Lexington police were flagged to the scene of the incident where a spokesperson says Harris was still in the driver’s seat of a Toyota RAV4. A Lexington police officer... Read more 

Congressman Massie disagress with Trump, calls for withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan

08/25/2017 01:04 PM

LOUISVILLE – As President Donald Trump seeks to extend the longest war in U.S. history, Kentucky U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie is calling on the Commander-in-Chief to follow his campaign promises. On Monday, Trump told the nation he would continue the war in Afghanistan, but would not be nation building. Trump did not say how many more troops would be sent to the country, but many say up to 4,000 more troops could be called on to serve. “We will not... Read more