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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Politics
8:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Leaked McConnell Tape Lacks ‘Gotcha Moment’ But Underscores Democratic Narrative

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell speaking at the 2014 Fancy Farm event.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

A secret recording of Republican Senator Mitch McConnell telling a summit of wealthy conservatives that he plans to block many populist measures sent Democrats in a fury this week.

In a leaked audiotape released Wednesday by The Nation, McConnell vowed to block a raise to the minimum wage, tackling student loan debt, and extending unemployment benefits if he becomes majority leader.

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Politics
3:28 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Louisville Minimum Wage Ordinance Moving Forward

A minimum wage increase supporter holds a sign during an April public forum in Louisville on the issue.
Credit Phillip Bailey/WFPL News

Now that the Louisville Metro Council has been told it can move ahead on raising the local minimum wage, a group of Democratic lawmakers have announced they’re moving forward with a proposal.

As WFPL first reported Monday, Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell told council members they have the authority to establish a wage rate separate from the rest of the state.

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Politics
11:59 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Kentucky Libertarians Object to KET Senate Debate Criteria

David Patterson
Credit david4senate.com

Kentucky Libertarian David Patterson is taking KET to task for its new criteria excluding his participation from their scheduled Senate debate.

Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell last week accepted the public television network's invitation to face-off against Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes on Oct. 13. Grimes had accepted earlier in the summer.

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Politics
7:18 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Centre College Cancels McConnell-Grimes Senate Debate Efforts

Centre College President John Roush
Credit centre.edu

Centre College has canceled its efforts to host a Kentucky U.S. Senate debate between Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.

The decision comes days after Centre launched an online campaign asking voters to help persuade both campaigns to agree to their Sept. 2 date.

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Politics
1:26 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Council Can Establish a Minimum Wage Just for Metro Louisville, County Attorney Says

Mike O'Connell
Credit Jefferson County Attorney's Office

The Louisville Metro Council can legally establish a local minimum wage within the city limits, according to a legal opinion  issued Monday by Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell's office.

The opinion clears a legal hurdle for wage increase advocates: whether the council has the legal authority to increase the minimum pay rate in the city.

For months, advocates have argued for a raise in Louisville workers' minimum pay rate to $10.10 per hour.

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Politics
1:37 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Kentucky Democrats Seek Ethics Probe Into McConnell; GOP Files FEC Complaint Against Grimes

Kentuky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney—between Secretary Alison Lundergan Grimes and Senator Mitch McConnell—gave an introduction Wednesday to the “Measure the Candidates” forum in Louisville.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes were hit Friday with allegations of federal ethics and campaign finance violations by each other's respective political parties.

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Politics
11:47 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Louisville Councilwoman Scott Says WDRB General Manager’s ‘Violent’ Editorial Won’t Shut Her Up

Credit Eleanor Hasken/LPM

Editor's note: This article was removed from WFPL's website sometime after its publication on Fri., Aug. 22. It has since been reposted. WFPL is investigating the reason for its disappearance.

Calling it sexist and racially divisive, Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott shot back Thursday at WDRB President and General Manager Bill Lamb for a televised editorial criticizing her recent visit to Ferguson, Mo.

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Politics
11:14 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Pro-McConnell Super PAC Asks to Rent Grimes' Bus for Same 'Sweetheart Deal'

Alison Lundergan Grimes
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

A super PAC supporting Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell is taking advantage of Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes' tour bus controversy by asking if it can use the vehicle for a similar price.

Kentuckians for Strong Leadership sent a letter Thursday to Signature Special Events Services seeking to rent the 45-foot-long bus adorned with Grimes’ photo and logo for $456 per day.

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Politics
11:30 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Centre College Wants Answer on Grimes-McConnell Debate

John A. Roush, President Centre College
Credit centre.edu

The president of Centre College is asking Kentucky voters to help persuade Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Ludergan Grimes to commit to a debate at the school.

Last month, Centre partnered with AARP Kentucky and Louisville TV station WAVE-3 to host a public debate scheduled for Sept. 3. The group gave both campaigns a deadline before the Fancy Farm picnic, but neither side has provided a response.

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Politics
8:59 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Mitch McConnell, Alison Lundergan Grimes Trade Blows While Discussing Kentucky Farm Policy

Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes traded familiar barbs Wednesday while discussing agricultural issues at the Kentucky Farm Bureau headquarters in Louisville.

The 90-minute forum offered voters one of the few opportunities to contrast the two candidates in person, and covered a wide range of topics from the farm bill, immigration reform, and Affordable Care Act.

McConnell, 72, used the forum to showcase his role in tobacco settlements, Kentucky’s hemp pilot project and his overall clout in Washington.

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