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
8:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Bill Raising Metro Louisville Minimum Wage Underway

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Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1, is moving forward with an ordinance that would eventually raise local workers' hourly wages to $10.10 over the next three years.

Last month, Scott asked for a legal opinion as to whether the council can mandate wage rates within the Metro area. The county attorney's office has said she can move forward with the bill while they seek more answers from the state Attorney General’s office about enforcing such a plan.

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Politics
10:25 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Attorney General Refers Metro Councilman David James' Dueling Jobs Case to Louisville Prosecutor

Democratic Louisville Metro Councilman David James

The question of whether Louisville Metro Councilman David James, D-6, is holding incompatible jobs is being been referred to the Commonwealth Attorney's office.

In a controversial memorandum, Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell argued James has taken conflicting oaths as a council member, where he was first elected in 2010, and as a major with the University of Louisville police department.

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Politics
5:30 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte to Speak at the University of Louisville, Stump for Mitch McConnell

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH.,
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U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., will be in Louisville on Monday to speak at Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's leadership center and rally for his re-election campaign.

First elected in 2010, Ayotte is considered a leading voice on national security and foreign affairs as a member of the Senate’s Armed Services and Homeland
Security committees.

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Politics
6:55 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Louisville Metro Council Votes 26-0 to 'Ban the Box'

A supporter urges Metro Council to pass 'ban the box'
Credit Phillip M. Bailey

The Louisville Metro Council unanimously approved the so-called "ban the box" ordinance Thursday after a debate filled with contention and compromise.

Under the measure, people seeking jobs with the city and many of its vendors will no longer have to fill out applications asking if they have a criminal conviction.

Mayor Greg Fischer's office initially said the measure was unnecessary given Metro Government already does not ask about a person's record.

But supporters who held a rally before Thursday's meeting argued the policy needed to be codified into law.

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Politics
1:18 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

John Yarmuth Suggests House May Need to Investigate CIA for Alleged Congressional Spying

Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky
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Saying the House may need to get involved, Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., worries the Central Intelligence Agency is "going rogue" if accusations the agency spied on a Senate committee turn out to be true.

The allegations stem from an eye popping floor speech by a veteran lawmaker this week.

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Politics
11:20 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Republican Matt Bevin Receives Endorsement from Northern Kentucky Mayor

Newport Mayor Jerry Peluso
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Saying small businesses are the country's backbone, the mayor of Newport, Ky., is endorsing Republican Matt Bevin for U.S. Senate in the upcoming primary election.

Republican Jerry Peluso was first elected mayor of the Northern Kentucky city, which sits across from Cincinnati, in 2008. He previously served on the city commission and as vice mayor.

In a news release, he says Bevin understands the challenges of running multiple businesses and how they work.

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Politics
8:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Seeks Changes to 'Ban The Box' Ahead of Metro Council Vote

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Threatening a veto, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's office is proposing a half dozen exemptions to the ban the box ordinance ahead of Metro Council members voting on the proposal Thursday.

The bill prohibits the city and its private contractors from asking about an applicant's conviction history until it has been determined they're qualified for the job.

But the mayor's office has objected to the ordinance on a number of fronts.

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Politics
4:47 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

New Louisville Republican Ad Campaign Seeks to Win Over Black Voters

The Jefferson Co. Republican Party is running these ads in the Louisville Defender
Credit Louisville GOP

Louisville Republicans have a new ad campaign aimed at winning over African-American voters.

The GOP is running a half-page ad in the Louisville Defender that says the party of Abraham Lincoln is listening.

This follows the lead of U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., who has made a noticeable effort to court minorities as he gears up for a presidential bid.

In an interview with WFPL, Jefferson County Republican Party Chairman Nathan Haney says the newspaper ad is the just the first of many targeting black voters.

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Politics
10:42 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Needs to do 'Serious Soul Searching,' Says Mitch McConnell

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes (l) and Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell (r)
Credit Kentucky Secretary of State/U.S. Senate

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is scolding Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes for not coming out against a climate change "talk-a-thon" staged by her party this week.

During a marathon of speeches lasting from Monday afternoon to Tuesday morning, 28 Democrats took over the Senate floor to bring attention to how human activity and carbon emissions are changing weather patterns.

The Grimes campaign has dodged repeated questions about whether she opposes, supports or would have participated in the climate change discussion.

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Politics
7:35 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Glenn Beck Headlining FreedomWorks Rally in Louisville

Glenn Beck

Conservative radio show host Glenn Beck will be in Louisville next month to host a rally and training session sponsored by FreedomWorks, a national Tea Party group that has endorsed Republican Matt Bevin in the Senate primary election.

Organizers says FreePAC Kentucky will feature grassroots activists from the state and across the country, including FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe. Those in attendance will gather to hear from conservative pundits, entrepreneurs and community leaders.

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