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
11:27 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Mitch McConnell, Alison Lundergan Grimes Have 'Sharp Differences' on Campaign Finance Rules

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell
Credit Kentucky Secretary of State/U.S. Senate

Republican Senator Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes sit on opposite sides of the debate about the role of money in U.S. elections.

A deluge of campaign cash is playing a significant role in Kentucky's Senate race thus far.

The money raised by the campaigns and outside groups is expected to top the $100 million mark and go down as the most expensive in U.S. history.

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Politics
9:36 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Senator Mitch McConnell's Campaign Bars LEO Weekly from 'Private' Press Conference

Credit File photo

The campaign to re-elect Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell barred a Kentucky reporter from covering a press conference Monday afternoon.

Louisville Metro Police were called to stop LEO Weekly's Joe Sonka from entering a hotel conference room where McConnell was holding an event with fellow Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte and a group of veterans.

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Politics
8:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Bill Raising Metro Louisville Minimum Wage Underway

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Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1, is moving forward with an ordinance that would eventually raise local workers' hourly wages to $10.10 over the next three years.

Last month, Scott asked for a legal opinion as to whether the council can mandate wage rates within the Metro area. The county attorney's office has said she can move forward with the bill while they seek more answers from the state Attorney General’s office about enforcing such a plan.

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Politics
10:25 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Attorney General Refers Metro Councilman David James' Dueling Jobs Case to Louisville Prosecutor

Democratic Louisville Metro Councilman David James

The question of whether Louisville Metro Councilman David James, D-6, is holding incompatible jobs is being been referred to the Commonwealth Attorney's office.

In a controversial memorandum, Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell argued James has taken conflicting oaths as a council member, where he was first elected in 2010, and as a major with the University of Louisville police department.

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Politics
5:30 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte to Speak at the University of Louisville, Stump for Mitch McConnell

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH.,
Credit Wikimedia Commons and U.S. Senate

U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., will be in Louisville on Monday to speak at Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's leadership center and rally for his re-election campaign.

First elected in 2010, Ayotte is considered a leading voice on national security and foreign affairs as a member of the Senate’s Armed Services and Homeland
Security committees.

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Politics
6:55 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Louisville Metro Council Votes 26-0 to 'Ban the Box'

A supporter urges Metro Council to pass 'ban the box'
Credit Phillip M. Bailey

The Louisville Metro Council unanimously approved the so-called "ban the box" ordinance Thursday after a debate filled with contention and compromise.

Under the measure, people seeking jobs with the city and many of its vendors will no longer have to fill out applications asking if they have a criminal conviction.

Mayor Greg Fischer's office initially said the measure was unnecessary given Metro Government already does not ask about a person's record.

But supporters who held a rally before Thursday's meeting argued the policy needed to be codified into law.

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Politics
1:18 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

John Yarmuth Suggests House May Need to Investigate CIA for Alleged Congressional Spying

Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky
Credit U.S. Congress

Saying the House may need to get involved, Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., worries the Central Intelligence Agency is "going rogue" if accusations the agency spied on a Senate committee turn out to be true.

The allegations stem from an eye popping floor speech by a veteran lawmaker this week.

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Politics
11:20 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Republican Matt Bevin Receives Endorsement from Northern Kentucky Mayor

Newport Mayor Jerry Peluso
Credit http://www.newportky.gov

Saying small businesses are the country's backbone, the mayor of Newport, Ky., is endorsing Republican Matt Bevin for U.S. Senate in the upcoming primary election.

Republican Jerry Peluso was first elected mayor of the Northern Kentucky city, which sits across from Cincinnati, in 2008. He previously served on the city commission and as vice mayor.

In a news release, he says Bevin understands the challenges of running multiple businesses and how they work.

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Politics
8:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Seeks Changes to 'Ban The Box' Ahead of Metro Council Vote

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Threatening a veto, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's office is proposing a half dozen exemptions to the ban the box ordinance ahead of Metro Council members voting on the proposal Thursday.

The bill prohibits the city and its private contractors from asking about an applicant's conviction history until it has been determined they're qualified for the job.

But the mayor's office has objected to the ordinance on a number of fronts.

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Politics
4:47 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

New Louisville Republican Ad Campaign Seeks to Win Over Black Voters

The Jefferson Co. Republican Party is running these ads in the Louisville Defender
Credit Louisville GOP

Louisville Republicans have a new ad campaign aimed at winning over African-American voters.

The GOP is running a half-page ad in the Louisville Defender that says the party of Abraham Lincoln is listening.

This follows the lead of U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., who has made a noticeable effort to court minorities as he gears up for a presidential bid.

In an interview with WFPL, Jefferson County Republican Party Chairman Nathan Haney says the newspaper ad is the just the first of many targeting black voters.

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