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
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
Credit Phillip M. Bailey

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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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
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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.
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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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