Phillip M. Bailey

Political Editor

Phillip M. Bailey became WFPL's political editor in 2011, covering city, state and regional campaigns and elected officials. He also covers Metro Government, including the mayor's office and Metro Council. Before coming to WFPL, Phillip worked for three years as a staff writer at LEO Weekly and was a fellow at the Academy of Alternative Journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

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Local News
5:44 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Questions Remain in State Police Investigation as Louisville Police Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit

Louisville Metro Police officer Barron Morgan
Credit Louisville Metro Police

The Louisville Metro Police Department has settled a whistleblower lawsuit from an officer who alleged he was retaliated against for helping a woman whose conviction followed a Kentucky State Police investigation that's been called into question.

The lawsuit—filed initially by one-time narcotics detective Barron Morgan and later joined by Lt. Richard Pearson—also alleged that the state police trooper who led that investigation lied under oath, tampered with evidence and intimidated a witness to maintain the questionable conviction.

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Politics
1:40 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

National Supporter Has Doubts Matt Bevin Can Overcome Mitch McConnell

Matt Bevin speaking at a FreedomWorks event in Kentucky
Credit Phillip M. Bailey

Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin has failed to provide Kentucky primary voters with a compelling reason to replace incumbent Mitch McConnell in next month's election.

That's what conservative commentator Erick Erickson said in a blog post Wednesday, sharing his doubts about the Tea Party-backed challenger's chances.

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Politics
4:23 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes’ Fundraising Haul Cuts Mitch's McConnell Cash Advantage in Half

Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell
Credit Kentucky Secretary of State/U.S. Senate

For the second time since entering the Kentucky Senate race, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes' fundraising haul has outpaced Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell.

In the first three months of the year, Grimes raised $2.7 million compared to the $2.4 million McConnell generated for the quarter.

The money advantage still belongs to McConnell, who has raised $22 million overall in a duel campaign against Grimes and GOP primary challenger Matt Bevin.

Bevin announced Monday his campaign raised $1.1 million during the same period.

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Politics
11:23 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Louisville Minimum Wage Forum Highlights Tipped Worker's Struggles

A supporter of the minimum wage hike at Louisville City Hall
Credit Phillip M. Bailey

As lawmakers the nation over debate raising the minimum wage, one Louisville server says local elected leaders need to pay closer attention to the struggle of tipped employees especially.

Supporters of raising the pay rate to $10.10 testified before the Metro Council’s Community Affairs Committee Monday evening.

Less than a dozen people showed up and all voiced their support of the idea.

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Politics
3:22 pm
Sat April 12, 2014

Mitch McConnell Expresses Outrage at Sexual Harassment 'Cover-Up' in Kentucky House

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.,
Credit U.S. Senate

Calling it a "cover up," Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky contrasted how he handled a sexual harassment scandal differently than likely Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes has in recent months.

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Politics
2:55 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Staffers: Lack of African-American Women 'Decision-Makers' in Kentucky Behind Arnold Ethics Verdict

Cassaundra Cooper (l) and Yolanda Costner (r) filing an ethics complain against John Arnold with their attorneys
Credit Jonathan Meador/WFPL News

The absence of African-American women in Kentucky's halls of power is why former state Rep. John Arnold hasn't been held accountable.

That's according to Cassaundra Cooper and Yolanda Costner, two of the three statehouse staffers who have alleged they were sexually harassed and assaulted by Arnold over a three-year period.

Since August, the Arnold scandal has put the treatment of women in the legislature front and center.

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Politics
3:22 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Does Walmart Fit West Louisville’s Jobs and Economic Vision, Forum Asks

The proposed Walmart on 18th & Broadway
Credit Phillip Bailey/WFPL News

Does Walmart fit with the vision of west Louisville's economic and jobs plan?

That was a question the Louisville Forum tackled Wednesday afternoon in a debate featuring some of the deal's vocal critics and supporters.

Metro Council Democrats Attica Scott and David Tandy took opposing views on the deal and the need for public subsidies.

The two grappled with what the $25 million project will mean for the area.

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Politics
8:30 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Mum as Staffer Claims 'War on Women' in Kentucky State House

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes
Credit Creative Commons

A statehouse staffer says there is a clear "war on women" being waged in the Kentucky legislature after a questionable decision cleared former state Rep. John Arnold of any ethical wrongdoing.

The scandal is also threatening to entangle U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is in a difficult spot due to her connections to state Democrats involved.

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Politics
8:36 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

What Does 'Equal Pay Day' Mean for Kentucky Women, Especially Minorities?

Credit http://www.empowermagazine.com

President Obama penned a pair of executive actions on Tuesday tied to "Equal Pay Day," acting on an especially important issue for Kentucky women of all races and ethnicities.

The wage rates along gender lines overall are telling.

In the Bluegrass state, women earn 24 cents less than their male counterparts despite their growth in the workforce over the past three decades.

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Politics
3:35 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Andy Beshear Raises Over $1 Million for Kentucky Attorney General Race

Andy Beshear (l) and his father, Gov. Steve Beshear (r)
Credit andybeshear.com

Louisville attorney Andy Beshear announced Monday that he has raised $1.1 million for his Kentucky attorney general bid.

In the first three months of 2014, Beshear received $880,000 in contributions, but he has yet to file his campaign finance report.

Observers note that Beshear has been massaging donors across the state since announcing his candidacy last November to succeed incumbent Jack Conway, who is term-limited.

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