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
2:27 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Walmart Job Openings Trump Store Design, Says Louisville Civil Rights Group

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Though a coalition of west Louisville neighborhood leaders are demanding an urban-styled Walmart, a prominent civil rights organization says the 300 expected jobs matter more to residents.

Those who oppose a suburban superstore for the 18th & Broadway location want Mayor Greg Fischer and other city officials to stand up to the big-box retailer, which is seeking an exemption from the city's land code.

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Politics
10:16 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Louisville Metro Council Passes Budget That Includes Heavy Police Emphasis

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The Metro Council on Thursday evening passed a $551 million operating budget, including Mayor Greg Fischer's push to augment Louisville's police force with a focus downtown.

City lawmakers made some important changes to the mayor's initial spending plan while continuing to bicker over a 2 percent LG&E fee on natural gas.

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Politics
8:08 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

African-American Council Members, Civil Rights Group Raise Concerns Over Dan Johnson's Top Aide

Bryan Mathews (background) and Councilman Dan Johnson during Thursday's Democratic caucus meeting.
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The controversy surrounding the alleged use of a racial slur by the new legislative aide to Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson boiled over into a Democratic caucus meeting Thursday evening.

Some African-American council Democrats expressed concern over Johnson aide Bryan Mathews' presence in City Hall, and one council member accused Johnson of suggesting he'd pursue an ethics complaint against a colleague in reaction to criticism of the hiring.

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Politics
6:42 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Top 4 Changes to Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's Budget

Louisville City Hall
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After a month of hearings, the Louisville Metro Council is set to vote on Mayor Greg Fischer's 2014-15 budget proposal this evening.

Of all the items in Fischer's $553-million spending plan, one of the most notable was a proposed 3 percent fee on natural gas, a revenue-producer that would among other things pay for more police downtown.

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Politics
3:15 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Senator Mitch McConnell Spearheads GOP 'Working Families' Agenda

Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell
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Speaking on the Senate floor, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a bill Wednesday to assist working-class Kentucky parents take care of their children.

The "Working Parents Home Office Act" would give parents a tax deduction for their home office if they have a baby crib.

Currently, federal law does not allow work-at-home parents the opportunity to deduct those costs.

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Politics
11:02 am
Wed June 18, 2014

State Auditor Adam Edelen Won't Run for Kentucky Governor

Adam Edelen
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Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen won't be a candidate for governor in 2015.

Political observers considered Edelen a serious contender. He'd made in-roads toward a run for governor, including courting Democratic donors and nailing down a running mate who was never publicly identified.

Edelen released this statement today announcing his decision:

In 2015, I will be a candidate for re-election as State Auditor.

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Politics
3:16 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

President Obama Fundraising for Super PAC Linked to Kentucky Senate Race

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President Barack Obama is raising money for a political action committee that has been running attack ads in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race against Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

From the Associated Press:

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Politics
2:57 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Councilman Dan Johnson Declines to Share Legal Opinion Regarding Aide’s Dual Roles

Councilman Dan Johnson, D-21
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Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson, D-21, is refusing, for now, to share the contents of a legal opinion on whether Jefferson County Judge-Executive Bryan Mathews can also serve as Johnson’s legislative aide.

This comes as many constituents in Johnson's district are demanding more answers from the councilman on the hire, and raising concerns about Mathews' firing by a former employer for allegedly using racial slurs.

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Politics
5:48 pm
Sat June 14, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Firmly Opposes Using U.S. Troops to Assist Iraq

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is against using U.S. military troops to assist the Iraqi government in its fight against a band of militants.

A group called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an off shoot of al-Qaeda, has taken over Iraq's second-largest city as of late, and threatens to topple the government.

American officials have been debating how the U.S. should respond to the escalation of violence.

For most the Kentucky's Senate race Grimes has sparred with Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell over domestic issues.

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Politics
8:14 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Neighborhood Leaders, Residents Slam West Louisville Walmart's Suburban Design

An urban-designed Walmart.
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A coalition of west Louisville neighborhood leaders on Friday night hammered Walmart for seeking to build a suburban-styled superstore in their community at the old Philip Morris site.

Since Mayor Greg Fischer announced the $25 million project, the debate on the big-box retailer's emergence at 18th and Broadway has shifted from jobs and retail needs to the superstore's design.

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