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
3:22 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Does Walmart Fit West Louisville’s Jobs and Economic Vision, Forum Asks

The proposed Walmart on 18th & Broadway
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Does Walmart fit with the vision of west Louisville's economic and jobs plan?

That was a question the Louisville Forum tackled Wednesday afternoon in a debate featuring some of the deal's vocal critics and supporters.

Metro Council Democrats Attica Scott and David Tandy took opposing views on the deal and the need for public subsidies.

The two grappled with what the $25 million project will mean for the area.

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Politics
8:30 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Mum as Staffer Claims 'War on Women' in Kentucky State House

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes
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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.

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.

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Politics
8:36 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

What Does 'Equal Pay Day' Mean for Kentucky Women, Especially Minorities?

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President Obama penned a pair of executive actions on Tuesday tied to "Equal Pay Day," acting on an especially important issue for Kentucky women of all races and ethnicities.

The wage rates along gender lines overall are telling.

In the Bluegrass state, women earn 24 cents less than their male counterparts despite their growth in the workforce over the past three decades.

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Politics
3:35 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Andy Beshear Raises Over $1 Million for Kentucky Attorney General Race

Andy Beshear (l) and his father, Gov. Steve Beshear (r)
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Louisville attorney Andy Beshear announced Monday that he has raised $1.1 million for his Kentucky attorney general bid.

In the first three months of 2014, Beshear received $880,000 in contributions, but he has yet to file his campaign finance report.

Observers note that Beshear has been massaging donors across the state since announcing his candidacy last November to succeed incumbent Jack Conway, who is term-limited.

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Politics
12:24 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Tired of Mitch McConnell's Attacks, Matt Bevin Supporters Believe Upset Possible

Matt Bevin speaking at FreePAC Kentucky
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With the Kentucky primary election six weeks away supporters of Republican Matt Bevin believe the tea party-backed challenger to Mitch McConnell still has a chance to pull off an upset. 

McConnell leads Bevin by double-digits in every poll and has brutalized his challenger in attack ads, calling him a "con man" and "fraud" in campaign materials.

A Wenzel Strategies survey shows McConnell's negative attacks are working.

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Politics
8:30 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Republican Senate Contender Matt Bevin 'Called of God,' Says Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck

Republican Matt Bevin is a Heaven-sent choice for Kentucky voters in the upcoming U.S. Senate primary election.

That's according to conservative radio show host Glenn Beck, who gave a rousing speech at a rally for conservative grassroots  activists over the weekend.

Beck was the keynote speaker at FreePAC Kentucky on Saturday afternoon.

The event that was organized by FreedomWorks and featured a number of tea party activists and candidates from across the country and state, including Bevin, who spoke on a variety of issues.

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Politics
11:00 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Exploring 'Legal Avenues' Against Parents, Stricter Teen Curfew

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
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In the wake of a violent outbreak in downtown Louisville led by a group of teenagers, Mayor Greg Fischer is looking for "legal avenues" to hold the parents of delinquent children accountable.

That's according to a letter obtained by WFPL, which Fischer is set to release to citizens sometime this weekend.

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Politics
5:44 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Republican Donors Set to Benefit Most from SCOTUS Removing Overall Campaign Gift Limits

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Republican donors are set to be the chief beneficiaries of a Supreme Court ruling that eliminates overall campaign contribution limits.

The justices sided with the plaintiff, Alabama businessman Shaun McCutcheon, in a 5-4 decision that ruled government regulations on aggregate donations violate a donor's free speech rights.

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Politics
8:30 am
Thu April 3, 2014

As Kentucky Enrollees Rise Don't Expect Alison Lundergan Grimes to Embrace Health Care Law

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes of Kentucky
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Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes isn't likely to embrace the Affordable Care Act even as Kentucky is being heralded for a high volume of enrollees.

Earlier this week, Gov. Steve Beshear's office announced over 370,000 people have signed up thus far.

That includes over a quarter of a million Kentuckians who will be insured for the first time ever thanks to the law.

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Politics
3:32 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Mitch McConnell ‘Extraordinarily Helpful’ in SCOTUS Ruling Eliminating Overall Campaign Gift Limits

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Republican Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was "extraordinarily helpful" in the Supreme Court case overturning overall campaign gift limits, according to the lead attorney for the plaintiff in the groundbreaking case, which is likely to pour even more money into U.S. elections.

In a 5-4 decision Wednesday, the high court found that government regulations on aggregate contributions violate the First Amendment rights of donors.

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