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
12:53 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

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

Alison Lundergan Grimes
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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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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.,
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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
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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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Politics
1:30 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Centre College Makes Pitch for Hosting Kentucky U.S. Senate Debate

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Centre College wants to host the first debate between Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.

The university announced Thursday that it's partnering with AARP Kentucky and Louisville TV station WAVE-3 News to present a debate on Sept 3.

Though the stage is set, it's unclear if the candidates will be there.

The McConnell and Grimes campaigns have been unable to come to an agreement on any debates, instead jousting through the media over locations or format.

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Politics
12:52 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Louisville Council Democrats Reprimand Johnson Aide For Disparaging Council Member

Legislative aide Bryan Mathews (background) and Councilman Dan Johnson.
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The Louisville Metro Council Democratic Caucus has reprimanded an aide to Caucus Vice Chair Dan Johnson for making disparaging comments about a council member, according to documents obtained by WFPL.

The memorandum, issued June 24, said Johnson must provide a corrective plan for legislative aide Bryan Mathews to follow.

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Politics
5:48 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Kentucky Independent Ed Marksberry Ends U.S. Senate Bid

Independent Ed Marksberry
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Independent U.S. Senate candidate Ed Marksberry is ending his effort to be on the Kentucky ballot this fall.

In a Thursday announcement, Marksberry, an Owensboro contractor, said he will stop collecting the needed signatures to run as an independent against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell.

Citing health problems, Marksberry said he doesn't have the energy to continue and also lacks the funds to hire a team to get the required 5,000 signatures before the Aug. 12 filing deadline.

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5:31 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Yarmuth Leads Democratic Effort to Craft an 'Action Plan' Ahead of Fall Election

John Yarmuth
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Congressman John Yarmuth of Louisville is spearheading a 100-day action plan that Democrats hope will provide a push to regain the House this fall.

The legislative package unveiled by House Democratic leaders Wednesday emphasizes the middle-class and calls out the Republicans' record of accomplishment.

Among the ideas being pushed are raising the minimum wage, increased infrastructure spending, and creating tax incentives for U.S. companies operating in the country.

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