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
1:27 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Bill Clinton Will Campaign for Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky as Feud With Rand Paul Escalates

Former President Bill Clinton and Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes

The last Democratic presidential nominee to carry Kentucky is coming to campaign for Alison Lundergan Grimes this month.

As first reported by The Courier-Journal's Joe Gerth, former U.S. President Bill Clinton will be in Louisville on Feb. 25.

The visit further underscores the importance of the Senate race for Democrats and Republicans nationally, as Grimes vies for GOP Leader Mitch McConnell's seat.

From the C-J:

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Politics
9:17 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Poll: Alison Lundergan Grimes Leads Mitch McConnell 46-42 Among Kentucky Voters

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

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's popularity is lower than President Barack Obama in Kentucky and less than one-third of registered voters across the state hold a favorable view of the Republican lawmaker.

That's according to a new Bluegrass Poll conducted by the Louisville Courier-Journal, WHAS-TV, Lexington Herald Leader and WKYT-TV in Lexington, which was released Thursday evening.

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Politics
4:49 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Potential Walmart Plays Role in Louisville Metro Council District 1 Election

Challenger Jessica Green (l) is taking on incumbent Attica Scott in the Metro Council District 1 Democratic primary.

The debate over a potential Walmart in west Louisville is beginning to influence a city election.

In the Democratic primary election for the Metro Council Distirct 1 seat, attorney Jessica Green is challenging incumbent Attica Scott in a closely watched contest.

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Politics
11:30 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Kentucky Tea Party Groups Urging House Delegation to Oppose Immigration Reform

The United Kentucky Tea Party is putting members of the state’s congressional delegation on notice to oppose any attempt at overhauling the U.S. immigration system this year.

Late last week House Republicans unveiled a one-page set of standards that would allow those who immigrated to the U.S. illegally to obtain citizenship.

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Politics
5:00 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

No Kentuckians Give to Kentuckians for Strong Leadership Super PAC

Credit http://kentuckiansforstrongleadership.org/

A pair of super PACs supporting Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes may want to consider a name change.

Campaign finance records show Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, which is aiding McConnell, raised about $1.2 million in the last six months of 2013, but not one dollar came from the Bluegrass.

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Politics
4:08 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

West Louisville Neighborhood Leaders Want Transparency in 'Walmart Deal'

The old Philip Morris site at 18th and Broadway

Neighborhood leaders in west Louisville want more information about a development project at the old Philip Morris plant.

Last November, WFPL reported a deal was in the works to bring a Walmart to the southwest corner of Dixie Highway and Broadway in the California area.

Since then community leaders, labor groups and elected officials have engaged in an at times fiercely worded debate over the retail giant.

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Politics
9:00 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Growing Number of Kentucky Women Running for State Legislature

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A growing number of women are vying for seats in the Kentucky General Assembly this year.

Of the 220 candidates running for either the state House or Senate in the 2014 election cycle, about 20 percent are women.

That’s a five-point increase compared to four years ago when the same offices were up for a vote.

Observers credit organizations aimed at recruiting and training women to run for public office.

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Politics
3:23 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Raises $2.1 Million, Outpacing Fellow Democratic Senate Candidates

Surpassing other top Democratic incumbents and contenders in contributions, Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes raised $2.1 million during the last three months of 2013.

Grimes's campaign announced the totals on Friday afternoon, which are down from the $2.5 million she raised in the previous quarter.

The first-term secretary of state has generated over $4.5 million from supporters to date, and has $3.5 million in cash-on-hand.

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Politics
12:53 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Conservative Group Bucks Team Mitch, NRSC by Hiring Blacklisted Consulting Firm

A prominent conservative group is hiring a consulting firm which had been all but excommunicated by national Republicans at the behest of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell last year.

The Club for Growth has yet to endorse in Kentucky's GOP primary battle between McConnell and Tea Party-backed businessman Matt Bevin, but the group has said it is paying close attention to the race.

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Politics
12:35 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Senator Mitch McConnell Urges IRS Commissioner to Resist Proposed Changes

Calling it a war on free speech, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is urging the head of the Internal Revenue Service to resist rule changes regarding politically active groups that are tax-exempt.

The Obama administration is tightening the tax code for non-profits under section 501(c)4 to curb the influence of "social welfare" groups, which are often involved in political campaigns and activities.

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