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
5:24 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Does Cloverlick, Ky., Exist? Eastern Kentucky Community Drawn Into Senate Ad Fact-Check

Alison Lundergan Grimes and Don Disney appear together in a recent campaign ad.
Credit Grimes campaign ad

Discord over a pair of campaign ads in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race has brought a rural area in Eastern Kentucky to the political spotlight and put Republican Mitch McConnell's team on the defensive.

Fact-checkers have shredded commercials released by McConnell and his Democratic challenger, Alison Lundergan Grimes, which attack each other over who Medicare costs.

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Politics
11:56 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Indiana Gov. Pence Wrong to Ignore Same-Sex Marriages, Marion County Clerk Says

Beth White
Credit www.bethwhite.org

The clerk of Indiana's largest county on Thursday rebuked Governor Mike Pence's order for agencies not to recognize same-sex marriages.

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Politics
6:07 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Rand Paul's Targeting of D.C. Gun Laws a Step Backwards Among Black Voters, Says Congresswoman

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in his most recent visit to west Louisville.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is once again seeking to roll back Washington, D.C.'s strict gun laws.

The legislative maneuver is under fire from gun control activists in the nation's capitol and their congressional delegate, who told WFPL Wednesday that Paul's amendment is undermining his national efforts to court black voters.

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Politics
7:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Rand Paul Doesn't Have a ‘Distinguished’ Civil Rights Record, Congressional Black Caucus Leader Says

U.S. Senator Rand Paul speaks with students on Monday at the Village Learning Center at Midwest Church of Christ in west Louisville.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

The vice chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus on Tuesday blasted Republican Senator Rand Paul for saying he is doing more for minorities than any other sitting U.S. lawmaker.

Paul touted his civil rights record a day earlier in a visit to west Louisville, where he discussed the importance of school choice. Gearing up for a 2016 presidential bid, Paul has tried to reach out to minorities and make inroads in the black community.

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Politics
5:02 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Uses Fellow Kentuckians to Target McConnell’s Medicare Vote

Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes delivers a speech Tues., July 8, in Louisville.
Credit Alix Mattingly / WFPL

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is defending a new TV ad targeting incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell over Medicare costs.

At a campaign stop Tuesday in Louisville, Grimes said McConnell has taken votes that have hurt seniors and increased their health expenses.

The 30-second campaign spot features Grimes sitting in front of a fire truck alongside retired coal miner Don Disney, who questions McConnell's vote for the controversial Paul Ryan budget plan.

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Politics
11:29 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Jack Conway Raises $750,000 Towards Kentucky Governor's Race

Jack Conway
Credit Kentucky Attorney General's Office

Attorney General Jack Conway has raised more than $750,000 since announcing his campaign for the Democratic nomination for Kentucky governor less than two months ago.

Conway has about $705,000 in cash on hand, according to the campaign's first report to the state election finance registry. He has donated only $1,000 of his own money to his campaign.

It's a significant amount in such as short period. Conway is the only Democratic candidate running in the primary so far.

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Politics
9:00 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Republican Hal Heiner Pours $4 Million Into Kentucky Governor's Race

Republican Hal Heiner gave his campaign for Kentucky governor $4 million out of his own pocket in the last few months, putting the Louisville businessman's campaign far ahead of any potential contenders.

Heiner's campaign announced Monday that it has raised $4.3 million, with no other Republican candidates yet in the race.

The new tally has Heiner with $3.9 million in cash on hand at the end of June.

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Politics
4:40 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Rand Paul Says No Other U.S. Lawmaker Has Better Civil Rights Record

U.S. Senator Rand Paul, of Kentucky, speaks with the Rev. Jerry Stephenson at Stephenson's church, Midwest Church of Christ, in west Louisville.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky said no other U.S. lawmaker is doing more for minorities and their civil rights than his latest efforts.

The libertarian-leaning senator made the comments during an event Monday in west Louisville, at least his fifth stop in the predominantly African-American area in the last eight months. 

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Politics
2:33 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Kentucky Attorney General Candidate Andy Beshear Flexes Fundraising Numbers, Endorsements

Attorney Andrew Beshear
Credit Stites & Harbison PLLC

Democrat Andy Beshear is continuing to build-up a massive treasure chest in his bid for the 2015 Kentucky attorney general.

The campaign reported Thursday it raised nearly $160,000 this past quarter, and has approximately $1.2 million cash on hand.

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Politics
2:16 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Releases Plan to Tackle Mine Safety, Black Lung Disease

Alison Lundergan Grimes vistited a Floyd County coal mine earlier this year.
Credit Grimes campaign

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes unveiled a plan Thursday to improve mine safety and address black lung diseases—an offensive campaign move on the Kentucky coal issue.

Her plan also takes Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell to task for vowing to repeal a key provision in the Affordable Care Act that helps coal miners receive benefits for black lung disease.

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