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
10:11 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Meeks Beats Tea Party Candidate in State House Primary

State Representative Reginald Meeks thumped Tea Party challenger Wendy Caswell in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

Meeks carried 80 percent of the vote in the race for the state House’s 42nd District seat, which covers parts of Old Louisville, downtown and the West End. Caswell is the founder and former president of the Louisville Tea Party, who said she has always been a registered Democrat.

Meeks said Caswell was a fraud and he pressured party leaders to file suit against her candidacy, though they never did.

No Republican is vying for the seat.

Politics
10:04 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Wine Wins Commonwealth’s Attorney Race

Former Judge Thomas Wine has won the four-way Democratic primary to be Jefferson County’s newest Commonwealth’s Attorney.

Wine beat out Carol Cobb, Steve Ryan and Tom Van De Rostyne by more than 2,000 votes. Because no Republican is vying for the seat, Wine is expected to be the first new attorney in the top prosecutor’s office in 15 years. Wine says his experience as a circuit court judge and appeals court judge played a role in his victory. Current Commonwealth’s Attorney Dave Stengel is retiring.

Local News
4:56 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

TARC Approves Fare Increases, Service Reductions Under Review

The board of directors for the Transit Authority of River City approved across-the-board fare increases that will take effect July 1 to help offset a projected $4.6 million budget shortfall.

Base fare for a one-way trip will increase from $1.50 to $1.75 and a monthly pass will cost $50 compared to the current $42 rate. The cost for individuals with disabilities who use TARC3 services will also go up from $2.50 to $3.00.

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Politics
3:30 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

McConnell Camp Sets Forceful Tone in First Web Ad

The campaign to re-elect Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has released a strong web ad praising the Republican lawmaker for standing up against President Obama for the past four years.

The 3 minute video is entitled "Refuse to be Defeated", and documents McConnell's opposition to the president's agenda in a positive light. It begins with Mr. Obama's acceptance speech and finds several clips praising McConnell for blocking key legislation in the Senate.

Check it out:

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Politics
11:55 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Rash of Violence Impacts District 1 Race

A brazen shooting in the Parkland neighborhood is having an impact on the race for the Louisville Metro Council District 1 seat in the final days of the campaign.

Last week, six people were shot and three died in a spree of shootings in the west Louisville district that made national headlines. In the wake of the violence, community and elected leaders have called for unity and cooperation from residents, but the five-way Democratic primary race is still a horse race.

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Politics
11:22 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Opponents Pummel Scott Over King Contributions

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Woodson Scott, D-1, is defending hefty contributions from individuals outside her district, but rivals in the Democratic primary are criticizing donations from Council President Jim King, D-10, and allege he’s buying influence.

Scott has raised over $20,000 in the May 22 election, which is six times more than her closet rivals. During WFPL’s District 1 debate, opponents grilled the incumbent for taking campaign cash from people outside the district and questioned Scott's relationship with the council president.

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Politics
10:38 am
Mon May 14, 2012

After Rebuke, Metro Council Candidate Accepts Anti-Gay Activist Frank Simon's Support

Louisville Metro Council Candidate Ray Barker has received a $1,000 contribution from anti-gay activist Dr. Frank Simon despite distancing himself from the controversial religious leader months earlier.

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Politics
2:40 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Sneak Preview III: Noise & Notes Podcast

On this preview edition of Noise & Notes, I sat down with Kentucky Public Radio’s Kenny Colston and LEO Weekly’s Joe Sonka about the scathing audit of former Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer. It appears the only question left besides how far Farmer has fallen is will the former basketball star and lieutenant governor candidate be prosecuted.

Politics
11:12 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Yoder Will Face Young for Ninth Congressional District Seat

Democrat Shelli Yoder will face Republican Congressman Todd Young in the general election for Indiana’s Ninth Congressional District seat.

The 43-year-old Yoder is a first-time candidate, who works a professional development director at Indiana University's business school. She won the five-way primary race with 46 percent of the vote and beat notable opponents, such as retired Air Force Gen. Jonathan George and Robert Winningham, who was an aide to former Congressman Lee Hamilton.

Politics
11:10 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Mourdock Wins Indiana Senate Primary

Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock has defeated longtime incumbent Dick Lugar in the Republican Senate primary, according to NBC News.

The political obituary of Lugar began at home.

From National Journal:

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