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

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 

Rep. Kay announces run for Woodford Co. Judge Executive

01/09/2018 11:31 AM

Another Democratic House lawmaker, Rep. James Kay, of Versailles, will not seek re-election next year, instead opting to run for a local office. The attorney will seek to replace current Woodford County Judge-Executive John Coyle who will retire at the end of the year. Kay first joined the legislature in 2013 replacing former Education Committee Chairman Rep. Carl Rollins, who resigned after being promoted to be director of the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority. Kay announced his run for local office... Read more 

Hoover resigns as House Speaker with fiery floor speech condemning Gov. Bevin and others

01/08/2018 04:44 PM

For a second time, Rep. Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, has resigned as Speaker of the House of Representatives. On Monday, Hoover made an impassioned speech from the House Floor condemning characterizations made against him by Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, and others — seemingly pointing to House Republican Communication Director Daisy Olivo who alleges that a female colleague took part in a “sexual relationship” with Hoover. Hoover, said that he never had sex with the former staffer, and that both Bevin and... Read more 

Kim Davis files for re-election as Rowan Co. Clerk

01/08/2018 03:20 PM

Embattled Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis will seek another term in the position which brought her national headlines in 2015. The clerk, who will run as a Republican, grew to notoriety after denying marriage licenses in 2015 following an order from the U.S. Supreme Court to allow same-sex marriages. Davis filed paperwork last week to seek another term in office. Four Democratic opponents: James Jessee, Nashia Fife, Elwood Caudill and David Ermold — who Davis denied a marriage license... Read more 

Rep. Darryl Owens not seeking re-election in 2018

01/08/2018 02:15 PM

FRANKFORT — After more than a decade in the General Assembly Rep. Darryl Owens announced he would not be seeking another term this year. Owens, D-Louisville, has been in office since 2005, and has been in public service from more then four-decades serving as a district judge, assistant attorney general, and Jefferson County C District commissioner. “The highest honor of my life has been to serve as a state representative and I am profoundly grateful to have been elected by... Read more 

2018 candidate filing update: More intraparty skirmishes on tap

01/08/2018 11:41 AM

There’s more intraparty skirmishes lining up as candidates continue to file for the 2018 election season with the filing deadline looming on the 30th. Some of the more hotly contested races could come in the form of repeats from previous elections, like the 8th District House race which will feature a familiar face, but in a much different environment than candidates last saw in 2016. State House: 3rd Dist. Democratic candidate Martha B. Emmons, of Paducah, is the first candidate from... Read more 

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