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
4:41 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Louisville Residents Slam Mayor’s LG&E Fee

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
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A review of the city’s information hotline and e-mails to the Metro Council found an overwhelming majority of Louisville residents are in opposition the Mayor Greg Fischer’s proposed LG&E fee hike.

City lawmakers are scheduled to vote Thursday on an ordinance that would attach to Metro Government's deal with the utility company a 3 percent increase on natural gas. This would trickle down to residents in Metro Louisville, but not incorporated cities.

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Politics
12:16 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Mitch McConnell Sponsors Coal Country Protection Act Targeting EPA Rules

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Speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky introduced legislation that would block pollution regulations on existing coal power plants.

It's dubbed the "Coal Country Protection Action" and would require the U.S. Labor Department to prove that any restrictions by the Environmental Protection Agency will not eliminate jobs, raise utility bills or reduce electricity reliability.

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Politics
3:46 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Both McConnell and Grimes Vow to Fight New EPA Regulations

Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell
Credit Secretary of State's Office/U.S. Senate

Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes jousted Monday over who better defends the Kentucky coal industry against new federal pollution standards.

The Environmental Protection Agency's groundbreaking regulations announced Monday aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions at power plants.

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Politics
5:35 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Greater Louisville Inc. Opposes Mayor Greg Fischer's LG&E Fee

Greater Louisville Inc.

Calling Mayor Greg Fischer's proposed LG&E franchise fee a "burdensome tax" Greater Louisville Inc. is urging its business members to oppose the idea ahead of a key vote.

The mayor wants a 3 percent fee on natural gas in order to generate a net worth of $4.8 million, which will go towards a more public safety spending.

According to Fischer's office the gas fee would add about $20 per year to an average household's bill.

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Politics
4:15 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Does Mayor Greg Fischer's Proposed Capital Budget Stiff Louisville's East End?

The Fourth Street streetscape would get funding in Mayor Greg Fischer's capital budget proposal.
Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's 2014-15 budget proposal has $63.7 million slated for capital spending, a 60 percent increase compared to last year.

But some Metro Council members are crying foul over the lack of funding for needed projects in the city's East End, which has experienced the greatest  population growth in recent years.

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Politics
12:47 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Inching Towards Obamacare Defense

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes

The campaign manager for Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is blasting Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell for saying Kentucky's health exchange is unconnected to the Affordable Care Act.

"Mitch McConnell has been in the fantasyland that is Washington for so long that he cannot tell the difference between fact and fiction," says Grimes campaign manager Jonathan Hurst.

Last Friday, McConnell repeated his call to repeal the president's health care law at a recent press conference.

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Politics
3:09 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Obamacare Presents Political Dilemmas for Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell

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

The health care law is a thorny subject for Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican Mitch McConnell in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race.

For Grimes, the health care law's political unpopularity is a political boulder.

When asked twice by the Associated Press whether she would have voted for the federal overhaul four years ago, Grimes balked.

"I, when we are in the United States Senate, will work to fix the Affordable Care Act," Grimes told the AP.

Observers commented on how Grimes was caught flat-footed at the outset of the general election.

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Politics
2:07 pm
Sat May 24, 2014

Council Republicans Plan to Contest Louisville Mayor's 'New Tax'

Councilman Kevin Kramer, R-11, says the GOP plans to oppose Mayor Fischer's LG&E franchise fee

A majority of the Louisville Metro Council praised Mayor Greg Fischer's 2014-15 budget proposal for investments in public safety, capitol projects and infrastructure.

But Republican lawmakers who pushed for more police officers in past budgets say they oppose the proposed 3 percent LG&E franchise fee as a "new tax" by the Fischer administration.

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Politics
4:00 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Proposes LG&E Fee to Fund 'Significant' Public Safety Increase

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
Credit File photo

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is proposing a franchise fee on LG&E that will be passed on to customers in his new budget, which would be used to strengthen the police force and expand youth development programs.

Fischer is putting in $6.8 million in additional revenue for law enforcement agencies and preventative measures in this spending plan.

That's just part of the spending plan the mayor unveiled to the Metro Council on Thursday, which includes for infrastructure, park maintenance, and Metro Government facilities.

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Politics
6:53 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Grimes Campaign Wants Mitch McConnell to 'Quit Playing Games' With Debates

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes
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The campaign to elect Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes to the U.S. Senate called on Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell to "quit playing games" with debates.

In a letter sent a day after the Kentucky primary elections, McConnell suggested holding three Lincoln-Douglass style debates beginning before July 4 to discuss various issues.

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