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

ACLU will challenge law banning specific abortion method

04/11/2018 11:55 AM

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit against a new law banning a specific abortion method, which was signed into immediate effect on Tuesday by Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky. The law bans physicians from providing the abortion method known as dilation and evacuation, or “D&E”. The new law was sponsored by Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, bans the method which involves removing the fetal and placental tissue with a combination of suction and instruments, 11 weeks or later into the... Read more 

Bevin announces veto of entire budget, tax reform legislation

04/09/2018 01:31 PM

FRANKFORT — In a Monday press conference Gov. Matt Bevin announced he would veto the entire budget bill and tax reform legislation passed by the General Assembly, which is under a GOP super majority in both chambers. Legislative leaders in the House and Senate have dug in on their plan, and are calling on Bevin to meet with them before signing the veto. Bevin said he was vetoing the bills, because of concern that they were not fiscally responsible. He... Read more 

Thomas campaign says they're not worried about polls as Gray, McGrath release polling, fundraising numbers

04/08/2018 08:04 PM

As the campaigns for Jim Gray and Amy McGrath release internal polling memos and their early first quarter FEC campaign finance reports, the campaign of Reggie Thomas is seeking to avoid the fray and find space in the crowded campaign field for the Democratic nomination in the 6th Congressional District. Thomas’ campaign says they’re not worried about the poll numbers being released this week by the Gray and McGrath campaigns. “I’ve heard from voters across the sixth district, and... Read more 

Gray rakes in fundraising haul, releases polling; McGrath Campaign remains close in fundraising, offers their own poll

04/06/2018 12:16 PM

LEXINGTON — Democratic 6th Dist. Congressional candidate Jim Gray has brought in a significant first quarter fundraising haul, reporting more than $790,000 dollars for the first three months of the year. The campaign also released an internal polling memo which shows Gray leading by double digits in the final 7 weeks of campaigning. Meanwhile, the campaign of first-time candidate Amy McGrath is also releasing their fundraising report, and calling into question Gray’s chances to win in November. Gray’s campaign has... Read more 

RPK targets Democrats voting against budget with robocalls

04/04/2018 04:34 PM

The Republican Party of Kentucky has launched a series of robocalls against Democrats who voted against the biennium budget bill. The calls seem to be targeting rural Democrats, mainly House members, with Republican challengers in the general election. The calls are meant to inform voters a Republican Party spokesperson said on Wednesday, when asked about the calls by Pure Politics. “We felt it was important to communicate directly with voters in these districts and let them know the truth about... Read more 

McGrath's kids play starring role in latest 6th Dist. campaign ad

04/04/2018 09:53 AM

Days after pulling her ads from Sinclair television stations, Democratic 6th Dist. Congressional candidate Amy McGrath has dropped a new advertisement highlighting her priorities if elected. McGrath’s children play a starring role in the advertisement, which features her push to protect the Affordable Care Act. The television spot also references her time as a Marine Corps fighter pilot, flying 89 combat missions. “I think health care is a fundamental right that should be guaranteed,” she says in the ad. “It’s why... Read more 

Ethics complaint dismissed against three Republican lawmakers

04/03/2018 05:55 PM

FRANKFORT — Three Republican lawmakers who settled a secret sexual harassment settlement with a former House staffer had their charges dismissed on Tuesday by the Legislative Ethics Commission. Charges against Representatives Brian Linder, Jim DeCesare and Michael Meredith were all dropped by the commission following numerous requests from their lawyers claiming the complaint was not valid. A complaint against former House Speaker Jeff Hoover will continue at a meeting likely to take place on Tuesday, April 10. Legislative ethics commission... Read more 

Jim Gray goes on TV with his first ads of Congressional campaign

04/02/2018 08:39 PM

LEXINGTON — Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has launched his first television ad buy of the 6th District Congressional campaign with two sopots, joining former Marine Corps fighter pilot Amy McGrath who first went on air during the NCAA tournament. The Democratic candidate for Congress launched two television advertisements for his campaign on Monday, nearly two-months before the Democratic primary election in the contested primary race to take on incumbent U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington. One of the ads titled: Grayisms... Read more 

Joe Biden to appear in Louisville in June

04/02/2018 12:43 PM

LOUISVILLE — Former Vice President Joe Biden will appear in Louisville this June as part of his “American Promise Tour.” The speech will take place on Thursday, June 7, at 8:00 PM, and will be held at Whitney Hall in the The Kentucky Center. The tour is being promoted as a series of conversations that will go beyond the 24-hour news cycle and 140-character arguments to connect friends and neighbors around the topics that matter most. Biden is expect to discuss his memoir... Read more 

GOP lawmakers in budget conference committee agree on two-year plan

04/02/2018 11:24 AM

FRANKFORT — After 10 days in conference committee Republicans announced a compromise budget plan on Monday morning, which Democrats on the committee said did not include their input. Lawmakers restored funding in a handful of areas in their compromise budget, which works hand-in-hand with a tax reform revenue package that generates hundreds of millions of dollars in funding over the biennium. A handful of areas see additional funding, including social workers which will receive a 10 percent pay increase,... Read more