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
11:51 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Mitch McConnell Mocks Alison Lundergan Grimes in Christmas Parody Ad

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

Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky delivered a politicized version of 'Twas A Night Before Christmas poking fun at Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in a new radio ad released Monday.

The 60-second spot features the senator rhyming an overview of President Obama's agenda and once again tries to link Grimes to the administration.

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Politics
8:40 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Two Louisville Attorneys Seeking Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh’s Seat

Two Louisville attorneys are vying for Democratic Metro Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh’s seat next year.

Ward-Pugh announced earlier this month she won't seek re-election from the 9th District seat she's held since the inaugural council formed in 2002.

The race is expected to draw a crowded field of candidates, but Democrat Christopher Hartley and Republican Laura Rice, both attorneys, are the first to file.

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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,
Credit robertbenvenuti.com

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
Credit Wikipedia Commons

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'
Credit RPK

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

Credit Wikimedia Commons and U.S. Senate

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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