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

McGrath's campaign says they're leading in polling; Gray campaign "don't buy it"

04/24/2018 05:40 PM

The campaign for 6th Dist. Democratic candidate Amy McGrath says they’ve jumped Lexington Mayor Jim Gray in polling by 7 points, but the Gray campaign isn’t buying the results. Citing a polling memo from Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group, Mark Nickolas says they’ve overtaken the popular frontrunner with their positive campaign advertisements. McGrath leads Gray in the polling memo, with 42 percent to Gray’s 35 percent, state Sen. Reggie Thomas comes in with 6 percent, other candidates gather 3 percent of the vote,... Read more 

The list: Who could run for the GOP if Bevin doesn't in 2019

04/23/2018 11:19 AM

Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, is underwater in popularity in the state, and according to the man himself he is not enjoying the job of governor. Bevin has not said if he will run for re-election, but the latest signs don’t look good for re-election. According to the “Big Red Poll” Bevin’s approval rating is at a dismal 32 percent, under performing former Gov. Ernie Fletcher, R-Kentucky, who had a 35 percent approval rating in Nov. 2016 as he was under... Read more 

Grimes, Homeland Security prepare for threats against local elections

04/19/2018 04:58 PM

FRANKFORT — Local election officials met in one of the first in the nation statewide trainings on cybersecurity and threats to elections. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, D-Kentucky, convened a meeting of Kentucky’s Election Integrity Task Force on Thursday before the announcement, in an effort to protect elections bringing in stakeholders from the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Kentucky Attorney General’s Office, Kentucky State Police and the state Board of Elections. After the meeting... Read more 

Republican PAC promises to spend $1.8 million on ads in support of Barr

04/18/2018 11:15 AM

A Republican super PAC is announcing a massive campaign ad reservation in an effort to support incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, of Lexington. Congressional Leadership Fund, a Republican group endorsed by House Republican leadership, announced an ad reservation of $1.8 million for broadcast and cable television advertising in the General Election. The Kentucky race is in the top ten races for the GOP super PAC in funding. Barr’s race and 29 other Republican races will also get $10 million in... Read more 

Treasurer Ball announces Financial Empowerment Coalition and database

04/16/2018 04:09 PM

State Treasurer Allison Ball, R-Kentucky, announced a first-of-its-kind Financial Empowerment Database on Monday morning during the launch of the Financial Empowerment Coalition and the Financial Empowerment Database. “As a former bankruptcy attorney, I understand the need of greater financial literacy in our state,” Ball said in a news release. “This is an exciting day in Kentucky, as this coalition and database will help bring greater financial empowerment to Kentuckians. With the passage of HB 132 this session, we now have an... Read more 

Heiner resigns as Sec. of Education and Workforce Development, accepts appointment to Board of Education

04/16/2018 10:51 AM

Gov. Matt Bevin’s one-time political rival Hal Heiner, resigned Monday as the cabinet Secretary of Education and Workforce Development, and has accepted the governor’s appointment to the Kentucky Board of Education. “I am grateful for Sec. Heiner’s skilled and selfless leadership of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet over these past two and a half years,” said Gov. Matt Bevin in a news release. “He has overseen a pivotal time of transformation, as we strengthen Kentucky’s education system and modernize... Read more 

Bevin threatens special session on tax reform and budget if lawmakers override his vetoes

04/13/2018 02:48 PM

FRANKFORT — As the House of Representatives took to the floor to debate a controversial tax overhaul that generates revenue in an effort to fund education and pension payments, Gov. Bevin threatened to call them back to Frankfort in a special session if the bills were not fiscally responsible. Minutes before the House voted to override the veto on the bill with a 57 – 40 vote, Bevin tweeted that he would call a special session if the means to... Read more 

Thousands of teachers rally at Capitol, McConnell building sign vandalized

04/13/2018 12:42 PM

FRANKFORT — Thousands of teachers from all across the Commonwealth gathered on the steps of the Capitol building in Frankfort on Friday, as lawmakers began their final hours of the 2018 legislative session inside. Teachers poured out by the busload at the base of the steps leading up to the state Capitol building on Friday, many carrying homemade signs aimed at Gov. Matt Bevin, and the many statements he has made this year — including calling some teacher’s thugs for... Read more 

What to watch for when lawmakers return for final days of session

04/12/2018 03:37 PM

Legislators from around the state return to Frankfort on Friday for one of the final days this legislative session, and they have several heavy lifts in front of them. After nearly three-months in session, lawmakers will make a final scramble in their remaining 48 hours to again pass a budget and revenue measure after Gov. Bevin vetoed their compromise plan. Overriding vetoes on tax and budget bills Lawmakers will have to carefully count their votes and decide if they can cobble together... Read more 

Bevin requests disaster declaration, Congressional delegation supports request

04/11/2018 03:46 PM

Gov. Matt Bevin is requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 35 Kentucky counties that were affected during severe weather in late February, a move backed by the entire Congressional delegation. Bevin reportedly sent a letter to President Trump on Monday seeking the deceleration for the weather event which caused over $24.7 million in damages statewide, with 75 percent of that total related to highways, bridges and local infrastructure, the Bevin administration said in a news release. “This requested Presidential Disaster... Read more