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
5:19 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Metro Employee Minimum Wage Bill Expected to Have Little Effect on Local Movement

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An ordinance raising the minimum wage for city employees sailed through the Louisville Metro Council last week without much fanfare or opposition. 

Though the ordinance affects only five city workers, some see it as significant in a larger citywide minimum-wage push.

The legislation sponsored by Councilman Rick Blackwell, D-12, will increase the hourly pay of the city's approximately 5,500 full-time employees to $10.10.

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Politics
4:22 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Louisville Metro Council Members Seek to Bar ‘Hate Speech’ by City Hall Speakers

Councilwoman Attica Scott
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The language used by a controversial City Hall gadfly has a handful of Louisville Metro Council members seeking to change the rules for public comment at meetings.

For years, Connie Marshall, a former candidate for mayor, has used the lectern at public meetings to riff about different conspiracies against her, often in explicit terms.

Those speeches have made some council members uncomfortable.

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Politics
8:25 am
Sun June 8, 2014

Rand Paul, Louisville GOP Open West End Headquarters to Reach Black Voters

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Joined by dozens of residents and elected officials, the Jefferson County Republican Party opened new headquarters in west Louisville on Saturday in an effort to better reach black voters.

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Politics
9:00 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Hal Heiner Launches First TV Ad in Kentucky Governor’s Race

Republican gubernatorial candidate Hal Heiner of Kentucky

Republican Hal Heiner is once again taking the lead in Kentucky’s 2015 gubernatorial contest by launching the first TV ad in the race.

The 30-second spot features Heiner, an engineer and former Louisville councilman, touting hay at his farm along the Jefferson-Shelby county border.

In the ad, Heiner tells voters state government needs a political outsider who is willing to shake things up and stand up against federal regulators.

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Politics
6:00 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Louisville Metro Council Approves Mayor Greg Fischer's LG&E Fee

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After an intense 90-minute debate, the Louisville Metro Council Thursday night approved a measure allowing a 2 percent fee on natural gas that will likely be passed on to customers. 

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Politics
3:10 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Council GOP Highlight Rising Cost of Louisville Taxes, Fees

Metro Council Republicans speaking out against Mayor Greg Fischer's LG&E fee
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Louisville Metro Council Republicans rallied this morning against Democratic Mayor Greg Fischer’s proposed ordinance to add a fee to LG&E’s natural gas rates.

The mayor had proposed a 3 percent fee that would be applied to some resident's utility bills in order to pay for more public safety in response to downtown violence. The proposal comes up for a vote at tonight's Metro Council meeting.

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Politics
11:51 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Raises Stakes on Senate Debates

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes wants to debate Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell across Kentucky, and before an audience.

Grimes outlined her criteria for debates—and accepted McConnell's challenge for a possible debate series—in a letter sent Thursday to the Republican Senate leader.

Last month, McConnell issued a challenge to Grimes for a number of "Lincoln-Douglas" style debates, with the first taking place before July 4.

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Politics
3:54 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

5 Louisville Council Democrats to Watch Ahead of LG&E Fee Vote

Louisville City Hall
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The overwhelming opposition to Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's proposed LG&E fee is forcing Metro Council leaders to find a compromise ahead of Thursday's vote.

As WFPL News reported earlier this week, a vast majority of the citizens weighing in on the proposed fee have been against the idea. Hundreds have lodged their complaints with lawmakers and the mayor's office.

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Politics
8:30 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Mitch McConnell's Coal Bill 'Inadequate,' Says Alison Lundergan Grimes Campaign

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Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes isn't giving an inch in the coal wars that federal regulators have ignited in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race this week.

In reaction to Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell's so-called "Coal Country Protection Action" the Grimes campaign said the measure isn't good enough.

From Grimes campaign manager Jonathan Hurst:

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Politics
6:17 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Louisville Council GOP Demand Democratic Budget Chair Resign Over East End Funding Flap

Council Budget Committee Chair Marianne Butler, D-15,
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Calling it a case of "political bullying" Louisville Metro Council Republicans are demanding Budget Committee Chair Marianne Butler step down after failing to deliver a list of their spending priorities to the mayor's office.

This comes a week after WFPL News reported on the lack of city-funded projects in East End districts in Mayor Greg Fischer's 2014-15 budget proposal.

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