Phillip M. Bailey http://wfpl.org en 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 Does Walmart Fit West Louisville’s Jobs and Economic Vision, Forum Asks http://wfpl.org/post/does-walmart-fit-west-louisville-s-jobs-and-economic-vision-forum-asks <p>Does Walmart fit with the vision of west Louisville's economic and jobs plan?</p><p>That was a question the Louisville Forum tackled Wednesday afternoon in a debate featuring some of the deal's vocal critics and supporters.</p><p>Metro Council Democrats Attica Scott and David Tandy took opposing views on the deal and the need for public subsidies.</p><p>The two grappled with what the <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/walmart-supercenter-be-built-west-louisville">$25 million project </a>will mean for the area.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:22:50 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9101 at http://wfpl.org Does Walmart Fit West Louisville’s Jobs and Economic Vision, Forum Asks Alison Lundergan Grimes Mum as Staffer Claims 'War on Women' in Kentucky State House http://wfpl.org/post/alison-lundergan-grimes-mum-staffer-claims-war-women-kentucky-state-house <p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9098 at http://wfpl.org Alison Lundergan Grimes Mum as Staffer Claims 'War on Women' in Kentucky State House What Does 'Equal Pay Day' Mean for Kentucky Women, Especially Minorities? http://wfpl.org/post/what-does-equal-pay-day-mean-kentucky-women-especially-minorities <p>President <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/04/07/obama-equal-pay-executive-action/7423401/">Obama penned a pair of executive actions</a> on Tuesday tied to<a href="http://www.pay-equity.org/day.html"> "Equal Pay Day,"</a>&nbsp;acting on an especially important issue for Kentucky women of all races and ethnicities.</p><p><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">The wage rates along gender lines overall are telling.</span></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:36:39 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9097 at http://wfpl.org What Does 'Equal Pay Day' Mean for Kentucky Women, Especially Minorities?