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

Fischer: Kentucky Derby an economic boon for city of Louisville

05/04/2017 02:31 PM

It’s called the most exciting two minutes in sports, but the Kentucky Derby also shines a light on the city of Louisville as thousands flock to Churchill Downs, and millions more see the track and the city on televisions across the globe. “This is on everyone’s global bucket, so you can feel it in the air,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said of the event when Spectrum News caught up with him on the backside Thursday morning. With a chill settled... Read more 

Bevin names religious leader as state "adoption czar"

05/03/2017 10:50 AM

UPDATED: Governor Matt Bevin has appointed a Louisville religious leader to lead changes to the state’s adoption and foster care system. In a news release, Bevin announced Daniel Dumas, a senior vice president at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, would oversee the changes to the system starting June 19. Dumas has served with the seminary in Louisville since 2007. According to the governor’s office, Dumas is a published author and professor of Christian ministry and leadership. “There is no reason a... Read more 

RPK seeks to convince pro-life Democrats to join the Republican Party

05/02/2017 11:15 AM

With an online ad highlighting a partial statement from the chairman of the national Democratic Party the Republican Party of Kentucky is seeking to convince registered Democrats in the commonwealth to join the GOP with an abortion related message. With a four-figure Facebook ad buy targeting Democrats in Kentucky the Republican Party of Kentucky is highlighting a quote from Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez. In an April 21 story by the Huffington Post Perez told the left leaning... Read more 

Shell expresses interest in dealing with homelessness; Homeless and Housing Coalition offers solutions

05/01/2017 02:09 PM

One major lawmaker in the House of Representatives says it’s his obligation and in Kentucky’s best interest for the General Assembly to look into homelessness. House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell told Spectrum News that he has been looking into the issue in recent weeks. “It’s no longer an issue for the churches or really communities that are looking at it — the police are dealing with it the most, and there’s a cost associated with it,” Shell said... Read more 

Pegasus Institute calls for consumption based approach to tax reform

04/30/2017 09:06 AM

A new player in the realm of Kentucky public policy is advocating for Kentucky lawmakers to consider consumption based taxing during a special session later this year. The Pegasus Institute is the first millennial-led, state-based think tank in the nation, and by all accounts they’re already making a splash on the government scene — hosting U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell earlier this month, and traveling across the state seeking input on Kentucky’s challenges. The right-leaning group is led by founder and... Read more 

Louisville pediatrician seeing signs of toxic stress associated with increased deportations

04/27/2017 05:31 PM

LOUISVILLE — With a more aggressive approach to enforcing immigration from the federal government, families have become fearful for their future together, and the anxiety has health care professionals concerned. Dr. Julia Richerson, a pediatrician who sees patients full-time in Louisville and serves on the state chapter and in a national role for the American Academy of Pediatrics, says parents and children face serious health challenges associated with the fear and reality of deportation raids. “It’s a horrible stress for... Read more 

Bevin to announce aluminum plant in northeastern Kentucky

04/25/2017 01:29 PM

On Wednesday, Gov. Matt Bevin will announce a $1.3 billion investment in Kentucky by an aluminum plant in northeastern Kentucky. Three sources with information about the deal tell Spectrum News that the project is the “mystery project” for which lawmakers approved an extra $15 million in bonding authority during the session. One source with knowledge of the aluminum plant said the facility will likely do stamping, but more information would be available during Wednesday’s press conference. During the last day... Read more 

Consumption based taxing structure would be "tax shift" not tax reform, KCEP says

04/24/2017 03:47 PM

Revamping the state tax code in order to generate new revenue to pay down pension debt is being discussed by the executive branch, but how the state gets there could be “very problematic” depending on the actions taken, according to one economic advocate. Jason Bailey of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy said a shift to a consumption based taxing model, which has been floated as a potential change to the tax code, will cut taxes for the wealthy and... Read more 

Ball: Transparency website redesign is promise kept

04/23/2017 04:12 PM

A joint collaboration between the Office of the Treasury and the Finance Cabinet is beefing up the state’s transparency website. The enhanced website, was formerly known as Kentucky Open Door, and is now being touted by Treasurer Allison Ball as having improved navigation and search tools making it easier to access information quickly. The website contains data for the executive and judicial branches and includes such things as agency spending, contracts with businesses, employee salaries, and buildings owned or... Read more 

Former Kentucky hacker sentenced to federal prison opens up in exclusive interview

04/21/2017 04:06 PM

GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA — Days before being called back to Kentucky and found to be in violation of the terms of his release, Deric Lostutter sat in his North Carolina apartment reliving the past and contemplating his future. Lostutter, the former online activist and hacker known as “KYAnonymous,” was put behind bars weeks earlier than anticipated after a federal judge found him to be in violation of the conditions of his release — something he disputes from a jail cell... Read more