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

Former superintendent called out by Bevin proposes 'shared responsibility' pension plan

11/06/2017 11:46 AM

Tom Shelton, the Executive Director of the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents, was recently bashed by Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, for proposing school teachers and others have their voices heard in the state Capitol, if the special session took place during the school year. Shelton recently stopped by the Pure Politics studio to discuss the pension situation and areas he felt the Governor’s plan falls short. Shelton is also backing a “shared responsibility” pension proposal, which proposes alternatives to Bevin’s... Read more 

Lynne Givens, wife of Sen. David Givens passes away

11/01/2017 05:44 PM

Lynne Givens, the wife of state Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg, has passed away after a battle with cancer. The Senate Republican leadership team issued a statement Wednesday afternoon offering their condolences. “It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Lynne Givens, wife of our colleague and friend, Senator David Givens. We offer our sincerest condolences and sympathy for the family’s loss, and we ask that you please keep Senator Givens and his family in your prayers in... Read more 

Kentucky poll shows split on Bevin, Trump and disapproval for McConnell

11/01/2017 01:52 PM

Kentuckians have mixed emotions when it comes to state and federal Republican leaders, according to a survey released this week by Western Kentucky University. The “Big Red Poll,” conducted by the WKU Social Science Research Center surveyed 562 Kentuckians between Oct. 16 and Oct. 27, for their approval and disapproval of key political figures in the state and in the White House. President Donald Trump has proven polarizing across the nation, according to recent national polling, but in Kentucky the Republican... Read more 

Three interesting things from the draft version of the pension reform bill

10/30/2017 03:22 PM

The 505 page draft of the pension reform bill which will likely debated in a yet-to-be-called special session of the General Assembly, has several new points that expand on the recently released reform outline. The overall bill could change before the special session as this is just a “draft” of the final legislation, and this list is not comprehensive, but rather a first pass at the ideas we’re just discovering inside the proposal. If agencies under any of... Read more 

Former KRS Trustee watching for counties and cities to declare bankruptcy under proposed pension plan

10/26/2017 01:56 PM

By shifting debt towards counties, cities and school districts the state could be looking at reducing billions in pension liabilities through bankruptcy, something the state itself can’t declare, said former Kentucky Retirement Systems board member Chris Tobe. “The only way to cut a pension legally is in the bankruptcy process; states cannot go bankrupt, but counties, cities can — so I think that’s kind of a background thing that may be going on is a shifting of these liabilities to... Read more 

Staggering historical increases in disability in KY will prompt call for changes

10/25/2017 12:40 PM

A recent report issued earlier this month shows a staggering rise in the rate of combined disability enrollment, which up 249 percent over 35-years, with childhood enrollment growth was 449 percent. Division of Income Support Deputy Commissioner Bryan Hubbard said the purpose of the study was to find the impact of the Social Security Disability program on the state digging into the numbers as far back as the Kentucky’s Disability Determination Services (DDS), located within the Cabinet for Health and... Read more 

Stivers seeks to clear misconceptions about pension plans, talks 'tweaks'

10/24/2017 05:23 PM

FRANKFORT — Nearly a week after the framework for massive changes to the state’s pension systems were announced Senate President Robert Stivers is trying to clear up some of what he calls misunderstandings about the plan. Speaking to Pure Politics in his Capitol Annex office, Stivers said that he’s heard from several groups and hopes to continue gathering input as lawmakers prepare to enter a special session aimed at shoring up $64 billion in pension underfunding. Chief among the misconceptions,... Read more 

Pegasus backed plan calls for increased cigarette tax

10/24/2017 08:15 AM

Lawmakers will soon return to Frankfort to deal with billions in under funding to the state’s pension systems, but then they’ll have to return again months later to write a 2-year state spending plan — and the call for more revenue will be loud, that call could kick start a debate on curbing unhealthy habits, like smoking. Legislators in the Kentucky General Assembly have already warned of cuts to come, but two groups are working towards proposing an increase in... Read more 

Juvenile justice population drops by 60%, State closes several detention centers

10/23/2017 12:53 PM

Fewer youths are ending up locked in detention centers around Kentucky as a result of legislation passed in 2014 reforming the juvenile justice system in Kentucky. The Department of Juvenile Justice reports a 60 percent drop in the population of youth from the Fall of 2013 through May of 2017. There have been three detention centers which have closed this year including: Owensboro Treatment Center, Lincoln Village Regional Juvenile Detention Center and Audubon Youth Development Center which has been converted... Read more 

McGarvey prefiles bill to protect individuals for rescuing animals from hot vehicles

10/20/2017 03:50 PM

State Sen. Morgan McGarvey, D-Louisville, has prefiled a bill which would amend current ‘look before you lock’ laws to include household pets. McGarvey’s bill offers civil protection for individuals who have damaged a vehicle to rescue a domestic pet locked inside a hot car. The legislation amends current statute to offer civil liability immunity to those who damage a vehicle for the purpose of removing an animal. “This is about protecting animals,” McGarvey said in a news release. “It is... Read more