Fiddler in the Senate: Friday's reason to smile

02/17/2017 02:27 PM

FRANKFORT — There’s a reason many individuals tune out from politics — it’s tough, at times demoralizing and disheartening to constantly filter the political rhetoric.

I can only speak for myself, but, personally, I try very hard to bring the most informative, unbiased, analytical, state-based political reporting you’ll find anywhere; I’m grateful to anyone who has spent an evening on the couch watching our coverage on Pure Politics, or reading this website.

However, I’d be lying if I said it doesn’t take a toll on my personal life.

Don’t get me wrong, I love covering, watching and scrutinizing elected officials and public policy. However, not being able to tune out occasionally can be a damper — let’s just say I’m not a ton of fun at parties — that’s why I search for the reasons to smile, to remember at our core we’re all Americans searching for our more perfect union.

Friday’s reminder to smile happened on the floor of the state Senate chambers when 10-year-old Mackenzie Bell Flener, from Ohio County, played the National Anthem at the start of the session.

Regardless of your political leanings and what’s happening in your life, I think we can all find harmony in Mackenzie’s moment, may it remind all of us to take stock of what’s important to us and smile.

Video produced by Spectrum News’ Don Weber.

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. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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