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
9:05 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Senator Rand Paul Proposes Constitutional Amendment

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky introduced a constitutional amendment that would forbid Congress from passing laws that don't apply equally to lawmakers, Executive Branch and U.S. Supreme Court.

According to Paul himself, the proposal is aimed at Chief Justice John Roberts over his swing vote last year upholding the constitutionality of the president's health care law.

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3:18 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Opposition to Felon Voting Rights Thawing, Kentucky Lawmaker Says

Credit Courtesy of Alex Lee, Wikimedia Commons

Saying Kentucky state senators have been the historical roadblock, Democrat Gerald Neal of Louisville has pre-filed a bill to restore voting rights to certain former felons.

Movement on the proposal comes weeks after U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., spoke out in favor of restoring felons' voting rights at the state and federal levels, which many observers argue is an indication the GOP may be changing its view on the issue.

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Politics
11:18 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Senate Conservatives Fund Endorses Matt Bevin

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin
Credit mail.com

The Senate Conservatives Fund is endorsing Kentucky businessman Matt Bevin over incumbent Mitch McConnell in next year's Republican primary election.

The nod for the Tea Party backed challenger comes days after McConnell struck a deal with Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid to reopen the government and avoid default.

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Politics
9:45 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Metro Louisville Domestic Violence Panel Makes Recommendations to Curb Incidents, Deaths

Credit Louisville Metro Government

In recognition of October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Louisville Metro Government is releasing its second biennial report to help curb incidents and attacks.

"Domestic violence touches every person in our community, in one way or another," Mayor Greg Fischer said. "It may be happening to a friend, family member or even a co-worker, so it is extremely important that we use this opportunity and this data to help build awareness and provide information to our residents about the available services and resources."

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Politics
4:10 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Olmsted Dam Supporters Defend $3 Billion for Kentucky Project in McConnell-Reid Deal

Olmsted Lock and Dam

Pushing back against criticisms that's it's a "kickback" for Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, business leaders in Western Kentucky are defending efforts to pay for the Olmsted Dam and Lock in the bill ending the government shutdown.

The language in the McConnell-Reid deal increased the funding cap on the project from $775 million to $2.9 billion, which conservative critics blasted as a so-called "Kentucky Kickback" earmark.

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Politics
7:16 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

McConnell-Reid Deal Includes $3 Billion Earmark for Kentucky Project

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.,
Credit File photo

A proposal to end the government shutdown and avoid default orchestrated by Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Harry Reid includes a nearly $3 billion earmark for a Kentucky project.

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3:50 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Kentucky Congressmen Reticent on McConnell-Reid Deal as Moderates Take Lead on Shutdown, Default

Senators Mitch McConnell (l) and Harry Reid (r)

Kentucky Congressmen John Yarmuth and Hal Rogers support Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's plan to reopen the federal government and raise the debt ceiling, but the rest of Kentucky's federal delegation are withholding judgment until huddling with GOP House leaders.

The deal struck with Democratic Leader Harry Reid appears to have bipartisan support in the Senate, but could face an uphill battle in the GOP-controlled House.

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Politics
4:14 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Congressman John Lewis Reflects on Civil Rights Past and Future in New Graphic Novel

U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-GA,

Democrat John Lewis is more than an ordinary member of Congress in the view of many Americans.

The child of southern sharecroppers, Lewis became a pillar of the Civil Rights Movement as a student activist and is a legend in U.S. history for his direct protests against racial segregation.

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11:05 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Alison Lundergan Grimes Surpasses Mitch McConnell in Latest Fundraising Total

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes

The campaign to elect Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Tuesday it raised over $2.5 million in the third quarter, topping Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell's fundraising totals for the same period.

Over the past three months Grimes received support from all 120 Kentucky counties and all 50 states with around 13,300 contributors, which is more than twice the number of McConnell's donors.

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Politics
5:43 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Congressman John Yarmuth Admonishes Senator Rand Paul for Debt Ceiling Comments

Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., (l) and Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., (r)
Credit Phillip Bailey / WFPL News

Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth is scolding fellow Kentuckian and Republican Senator Rand Paul for downplaying the significance of default if the U.S. government doesn't raise the debt ceiling.

The borrowing limit is currently set at $16.7 trillion for things such as publicly traded bonds and Social Security payments.

Most experts on the matter say the U.S. won't be able to pay off those loans after the Oct. 17 deadline and could run out of money by the end of the month unless Congress raises the ceiling.

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