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
3:51 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Kentucky Lawmaker: Republicans Would Have Handled Arnold Investigation More Thoroughly

State Rep. Robert Benvenuti, R-Lexington,
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A Republican lawmaker says Democrats abandoned Kentucky women during the special investigation of former state Rep. John Arnold's alleged sexual harassment of a female legislator and two legislative staffers.

And if the GOP controlled the state House, he argues a probe of the Legislative Research Commission would have been handled more thoroughly.

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Politics
3:10 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Expiring Unemployment Benefits Will Affect Thousands of Kentuckians

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A Kentucky think tank is warning that unemployment benefits for tens of thousands of people in the commonwealth will expire Dec. 28 if Congress does not act.

The emergency benefits were created five years ago under President George W. Bush to combat the recession, and it now gives workers up to 73 weeks of unemployment compensation.

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Politics
8:59 am
Wed December 18, 2013

PPP: Kentucky Voters Favor GOP Takeover of State Government

Kentucky state Capitol
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A growing number Kentucky voters want Republicans to assume control of the governor's office and most will support the GOP in state legislative elections, according to a new survey released this week.

The results are a good sign for the GOP as prospective contenders for the 2015 gubernatorial contest and as the Democratic majority narrows in the House.

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Politics
11:51 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell Opposes Ryan-Murray Budget Agreement

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After days of speculation on where Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., stood, the GOP leader says he will vote against the two-year budget agreement forged by Democrats and Republicans.

The Ryan-Murray plan seeks to relieve around $63 billion of automatic spending cuts known as sequestration while continuing to slash the nation's deficit by a projected $23 billion over the next decade.

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Politics
7:01 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Senator Rand Paul Hails Federal Judge for Protecting Fourth Amendment Rights Against NSA

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.,

Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is praising a federal judge for ruling against the National Security Agency's collection of U.S. phone records.

In a blistering 68-page decision, Judge Richard Leon shot down much of the intelligence agency's chief arguments to gather large swaths of telecommunications data.

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Politics
8:00 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Kentucky GOP Launches ‘Ask Alison’ to Press Grimes on Campaign Trail

The Republican Party of Kentucky launches 'Ask Alison'
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Kentucky Republicans are launching a new initiative to force Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes to be more forthright on the campaign trail.

"Ask Alison" will feature a series of questions by the state GOP delivered weekly in an effort to get the first-term secretary of state to clarify her positions on the president's health care law and environmental regulations, among other issues.

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Politics
8:01 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Majority of Kentucky Congressional Delegation Favor Budget Compromise

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The majority of Kentucky's congressional delegates approved of a two-year budget agreement Thursday that will avoid a federal government shutdown.

In a bipartisan 332-94 vote, House members favored a deal brokered by Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and Democratic Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray.

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Politics
2:07 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

FEC Says Facebook PAC Gave Mitch McConnell Too Much Money

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The political action committee tied to Facebook has apparently given Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign an excessive amount in contributions.

This is the second letter from the Federal Election Commission this week questioning if the McConnell campaign received more than the legal limit in donations from various individuals and groups.

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Politics
12:42 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh Won't Seek New Term

Tina Ward-Pugh
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The Louisville Metro Council is losing one of its most outspoken progressive voices. Democrat Tina Ward-Pugh won't seek re-election next year.

Ward-Pugh served on the old city Board of Alderman, and was an inaugural member of the Metro Council since 2002. She represents District 9, which includes the Crescent Hill and Clifton neighborhoods.

While serving on the council, Ward-Pugh sponsored and co-sponsored several proposals for increased ethics and more transparency and accountability in government, including the Ohio River Bridges Project.

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Politics
2:13 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Senator Rand Paul Proposes Economic 'Freedom Zones' for Detroit, Other Depressed Areas

Saying Detroit residents deserve a chance to "bail themselves out" U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., is unveiling a recovery plan for the troubled city and other economically depressed areas.

The proposal is being viewed as another part of the libertarian-leaning Kentuckian's outreach to minority voters in urban centers, constituents the GOP has traditionally struggled to attract.

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