Phillip M. Bailey http://wfpl.org en After Defending Nevada Rancher, Rand Paul Denounces Clive Bundy's 'Negro' Remarks http://wfpl.org/post/after-defending-nevada-rancher-rand-paul-denounces-clive-bundys-negro-remarks <p>A week after <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XLDXK-iMUo#t=26">defending controversial Nevada rancher Clive Bundy</a> against federal agencies, Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is denouncing his comments about African-Americans.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:01:13 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9207 at http://wfpl.org After Defending Nevada Rancher, Rand Paul Denounces Clive Bundy's 'Negro' Remarks A New Low in Latest Senate Ad Featuring Republican Matt Bevin's Children? http://wfpl.org/post/new-low-latest-senate-ad-featuring-republican-matt-bevins-children <p>A new low?</p><p>The nasty Kentucky U.S. Senate Republican battle for incumbent Mitch McConnell's seat has now embroiled one of primary challenger Matt Bevin's children.</p><p>In a new 30-second TV ad, one of Bevin's daughters, Olivia, tells viewers not to be fooled by "a bunch of lies" McConnell is telling about her father.</p><p>Overall, it's meant to be a positive commercial featuring Bevin's children.</p><p>They are praising their father's military record, leadership, and role as a family man.</p><p>Watch:</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:53:45 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9197 at http://wfpl.org A New Low in Latest Senate Ad Featuring Republican Matt Bevin's Children? Matt Bevin Campaign Spokeswoman Departs Ahead of Primary Election http://wfpl.org/post/matt-bevin-campaign-spokeswoman-departs-ahead-primary-election <p>In the final weeks of the Kentucky Republican primary election, U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin's chief spokeswoman has left the campaign for an unknown reason.</p><p>Rachel Semmel joined Bevin's bid to unseat GOP leader Mitch McConnell last September after <a href="http://dailycaller.com/2013/09/05/gop-aide-leaving-job-after-helping-mcconnell-challenger/">leaving an Arizona GOP lawmaker’s</a> office.</p><p>But in recent weeks Semmel had missed several campaign events and failed to respond to follow-up questions.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:14:46 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9184 at http://wfpl.org Matt Bevin Campaign Spokeswoman Departs Ahead of Primary Election Journalist Matt Taibbi Takes on America’s Widening 'Justice Gap' in New Book http://wfpl.org/post/journalist-matt-taibbi-takes-america-s-widening-justice-gap-new-book <p>Matt Taibbi describes writing his latest book—"The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap"—as a journalistic revelation of sorts.</p><p>Originally, "The Divide" was going to focus on Wall Street criminals and why those behind the economic downturn haven't been imprisoned.</p><p>As Taibbi started researching how the criminal justice system operates, it became difficult to ignore how the sentences and treatment of average Americans were far more punitive than wealthier culprits of far worse crimes.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:47:52 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9160 at http://wfpl.org Journalist Matt Taibbi Takes on America’s Widening 'Justice Gap' in New Book Questions Remain in State Police Investigation as Louisville Police Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit http://wfpl.org/post/questions-remain-state-police-investigation-louisville-police-settle-whistleblower-lawsuit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:44:52 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey & Jonathan Meador 9152 at http://wfpl.org Questions Remain in State Police Investigation as Louisville Police Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit National Supporter Has Doubts Matt Bevin Can Overcome Mitch McConnell http://wfpl.org/post/national-supporter-has-doubts-matt-bevin-can-overcome-mitch-mcconnell <p>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.</p><p>That's what conservative commentator Erick Erickson said in a blog post Wednesday, sharing his doubts about the Tea Party-backed challenger's chances.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:40:13 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9150 at http://wfpl.org National Supporter Has Doubts Matt Bevin Can Overcome Mitch McConnell Alison Lundergan Grimes’ Fundraising Haul Cuts Mitch's McConnell Cash Advantage in Half http://wfpl.org/post/alison-lundergan-grimes-fundraising-haul-cuts-mitchs-mcconnell-cash-advantage-half <p>For the second time since entering the Kentucky Senate race, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes' fundraising haul has outpaced Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell.</p><p>In the first three months of the year, Grimes raised $2.7 million compared to the $2.4 million McConnell generated for the quarter.</p><p>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.</p><p>Bevin announced Monday his campaign raised $1.1 million during the same period.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:23:06 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9146 at http://wfpl.org Alison Lundergan Grimes’ Fundraising Haul Cuts Mitch's McConnell Cash Advantage in Half Louisville Minimum Wage Forum Highlights Tipped Worker's Struggles http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-minimum-wage-forum-highlights-tipped-workers-struggles <p>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.</p><p>Supporters of raising the pay rate to $10.10 testified before the Metro Council’s Community Affairs Committee Monday evening.</p><p>Less than a dozen people showed up and all voiced their support of the idea.</p><p>But those in attendance said they were disappointed even fewer council members—save Democrats Attica Scott, David James and Chairwoman Barbara Shanklin—attended the special hearing.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 03:23:42 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9143 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Minimum Wage Forum Highlights Tipped Worker's Struggles Mitch McConnell Expresses Outrage at Sexual Harassment 'Cover-Up' in Kentucky House http://wfpl.org/post/mitch-mcconnell-expresses-outrage-sexual-harassment-cover-kentucky-house <p>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.</p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:22:55 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9132 at http://wfpl.org Mitch McConnell Expresses Outrage at Sexual Harassment 'Cover-Up' in Kentucky House Staffers: Lack of African-American Women 'Decision-Makers' in Kentucky Behind Arnold Ethics Verdict http://wfpl.org/post/staffers-lack-african-american-women-decision-makers-kentucky-behind-arnold-ethics-verdict <p>The absence of African-American women in Kentucky's halls of power is why former state Rep. John Arnold hasn't been held accountable.</p><p>That's according to <span class="st">Cassaundra</span> 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.</p><p>Since August, <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-statehouse-staffers-accuse-rep-john-arnold-sexual-harassment-assault">the Arnold scandal</a> has put the treatment of women in the legislature front and center.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:55:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9106 at http://wfpl.org Staffers: Lack of African-American Women 'Decision-Makers' in Kentucky Behind Arnold Ethics Verdict