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
1:11 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

McConnell Seeks to Keep Unaccompanied Immigrant Children Out of Kentucky

Mitch McConnell
Credit U.S. Senate

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell filed an amendment Thursday seeking to stem the flow of young migrants from Central America into Kentucky and other states.

The Senate is currently debating a bill that would allocate $2.7 billion toward what President Obama and congressional leaders have called a humanitarian crisis.

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Politics
12:40 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes' Foreign Policy Knowledge Questioned Over Israeli Iron Dome Remark

Credit Grimes campaign

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is being criticized for suggesting Israel's missile defense system helps the country defend against tunnels used by Hamas militants.

The comments have inserted foreign affairs back into Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race as Grimes  seeks to defeat longtime Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell this fall.

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Politics
8:17 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

5 Takeaways From McConnell-Grimes Bluegrass Poll

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

Republican U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell has a slight edge over Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes going into this weekend's Fancy Farm picnic, according to the Bluegrass Poll released Monday.

McConnell leads Grimes by two points among likely U.S. Senate voters in a survey conducted by Survey USA for The Courier-Journal and WHAS-TV, along with the Lexington Herald-Leader and WKYT-TV.

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Politics
9:56 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Rand Paul Will Outline His Agenda For Minority Voters In National Urban League Address

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul speaking with the Rev. Jerry Stephenson of Louisville
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul speaks before the National Urban League this Friday to outline an agenda relevant to minorities.

In a one-on-one interview with WFPL Thursday morning, Paul previewed a speech that will focus on criminal justice reform, school choice, and economic freedom zones.

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Politics
12:53 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Presses Mitch McConnell to 'Change Tune' on Outsourcing Jobs Bill

Alison Lundergan Grimes
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is urging Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell to "change his tune" on a proposal that would end tax breaks for U.S. companies that ship jobs overseas.

The statement made Wednesday continues a debate between Grimes and McConnell over Kentucky jobs, which has been the subject of their dueling ads this week.

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Politics
7:09 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Kentucky Unaffected By Contradictory Health Care Rulings

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A pair of conflicting appeals court rulings about the Affordable Care Act issued Tuesday will not impact Kentucky's implementation of the federal overhaul, state officials told WFPL.

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Politics
4:53 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

D.C. Lawmaker Challenges Ky. Congressman Thomas Massie to End Gun Prohibition on Capitol Hill

Congressman Thomas Massie, R-Ky.,
Credit U.S. Congress

A fellow member of Congress challenged Kentucky Republican Thomas Massie on Tuesday to propose legislation allow firearms on Capitol Hill.

Last week, Congressman Massie, whose district spans Ashland to east Louisville, targeted Washington, D.C.'s gun laws, introducing an amendment to the 2015 D.C. Appropriations Bill to block the city from enforcing its firearm restrictions.

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Politics
10:59 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Despite Senator Rand Paul's Suggestion, Fort Knox Won’t House Immigrant Children, Says HHS Official

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Unaccompanied immigrant children taken into custody at the U.S.-Mexico border will not be coming to Fort Knox in Kentucky.

That’s according to an e-mail from the U.S. Department Health and Human Services sent to WFPL, which contradicts a statement Monday by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., at a business event in Louisville.

Speaking at the Kentucky Chamber Business Summit, Paul said the federal government was sending some of the children who had been apprehended to the Kentucky military installation.

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Politics
12:51 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Mitch McConnell's Aid to Mississippi Republican Incumbent Angers Kentucky Tea Party Activists

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After serving on the Daviess County Republican Party's leadership team for almost three years, Owensboro native Barbara Knott had enough.

She resigned on July 10 and the reason was simple; Knott cannot support Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell this fall.

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Politics
3:26 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Libertarian Kentucky Senate Contender David Patterson Gets Closer to Making November Ballot

David Patterson
Credit david4senate.com

The Libertarian Party of Kentucky is close to completing its effort to have a candidate on the ballot this fall for U.S. Senate.

The Libertarian Party announced Thursday that its candidate, 42-year-old David Patterson of Mercer County, appears poised to be able to take on Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell, providing voters with a third option.

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