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

Bevin announces deep cuts and program reductions, but pension funding and other investments in budget address

01/16/2018 07:35 PM

FRANKFORT — Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, announced deep cuts, but increased spending in other areas in his 2018 State of the Commonwealth and Budget Address to the General Assembly. Bevin’s budget proposal, which is expected to be filed as a bill on Wednesday, calls for spending reductions in almost all areas of state government, with an across-the-board cut of 6.25 percent to most agencies. He’s also proposing “strategic cuts” to programs and the the complete elimination of 70 programs, according to... Read more 

Sen. Bowen announces he is not seeking re-election; Rep. Castlen says he will run for Bowen's seat

01/15/2018 10:50 AM

State Sen. Joe Bowen, R-Owensboro, will not be seeking a return to Frankfort in 2018, but a freshman Republican in the state House has announced he will seek the now open seat. Bowen has served in the Senate since 2011; he previously served in the state House for a term in 2005. “It’s been a good ride with a lot of good folks doing a lot of good things but for me it’s time to hang up my spurs. Thanks... Read more 

Carroll accuser, Jason Geis welcomed on Senate floor Thursday

01/12/2018 11:08 AM

The Senate got a surprise on Thursday afternoon when Jason Geis, the man who was allegedly propositioned for sex by Sen. Julian Carroll, D-Kentucky, in exchange for help getting into art school, appeared on the Senate floor as a guest of the upper chamber. The 86-year old former governor waved at Geis as he and his son were announced in the Senate. Carroll was kicked out of Democratic leadership by the Senate Democratic caucus last year following a report... Read more 

Lawmakers cancel session on Friday ahead of weather threat

01/11/2018 05:07 PM

With predictions for ice and snow on Friday across Kentucky the General Assembly has canceled their normal legislative work day. Session will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 4pm, the same day as the State of the Commonwealth address from Gov. Matt Bevin. There is a winter storm warning issued for western Kentucky, and Louisville. Lawmakers will not be in session on Monday, acknowledging Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Read more 

CMS allows states to enact work requirements for Medicaid

01/11/2018 02:21 PM

A major shift from the Trump administration will likely clear the way for a controversial requirement in Medicaid delivery. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued guidance to states on Thursday allowing them to compel people to work or prepare to join the workforce in order to receive Medicaid. Kentucky’s 1115 waiver, known as Kentucky HEALTH, contains such a work requirement — and the administration is expected to soon approve the waiver, according to testimony from the Cabinet for... Read more 

Treasurer Ball announces bill aimed at returning all General Fund appropriations

01/11/2018 09:43 AM

FRANKFORT – In an era where more is less in Frankfort, Treasurer Allison Ball, R-Kentucky, is finding a craft solution in an attempt to return all remaining General Fund appropriations to the state. In total Ball will seek to return more than $2.5 million to the state, by relying more heavily on a new system which could lead to the Treasury being operated without General Fund appropriations. “This is a huge step for the Treasury, because it is something that... Read more 

Senate priority bill would carve out pharmacy reimbursements from MCOs

01/10/2018 03:52 PM

One of the top priority Senate bills filed this year would move reimbursement for pharmacies under the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and away from Managed Care Organizations. Sen. Max Wise, R-Campbellsville, said the measure is meant to “protect” retail and independent pharmacies in Kentucky. Senate Bill 5, which was filed by Wise, would make the Department for Medicaid Services the administrator of all benefits payouts to pharmacies. “It’s the reimbursement rates, of having to go through... Read more 

U.S. Sen. Paul endorses Dan Ballou for Kentucky Supreme Court

01/10/2018 11:48 AM

Kentucky’s junior U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, is throwing his support to Circuit Judge Dan Ballou in the race for the 3rd judicial district justice for Kentucky’s Supreme Court. In statement, Paul said he was excited to endorse Ballou, the Chief Circuit Court Judge for Kentucky’s 34th Judicial Circuit, in his 2018 election bid to replace Justice Daniel Venters. “I am excited to endorse Judge Dan Ballou’s campaign for the Kentucky Supreme Court. Judge Ballou has dedicated his life to defending... Read more 

Candidates set for 89th Dist. Special Election

01/09/2018 08:41 PM

The candidates have now been named in the special election to replace Republican Rep. Marie Rader, who resigned from office earlier this year. Robert Goforth, of East Bernstadt, will represent the Republican Party in the district which favors the GOP. Goforth opened up his campaign account for the Nov. 2018 in November with $100,000 of his own money. Kelly Smith, an Eastern Kentucky University librarian from Madison Co., has the Democratic nomination. The district encompasses all of Jackson and part... Read more 

Alvarado files state Constitutional amendment to allow tort reform

01/09/2018 08:21 PM

FRANKFORT — One of the Senate’s top priorities this year will be a Constitutional amendment which allows lawmakers to address tort reform. Senate Bill 2 was filed by Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester, a physician, who said that the legislation would allow the General Assembly to eventually set limits on liability claims. The Winchester Republican said he would talk with each member in the upper chamber in an effort to reach a Constitutional majority. “Once it’s in the House it’s a much... Read more 

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