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
10:30 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Third Democrat Enters Louisville Metro Council District 9 Race

Democratic Council candidate Mollie Younger Noe
Credit www.mollieforlouisville.com

A third Democratic candidate has jumped in the race to replace retiring Louisville Metro Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh.

Mollie Young Noe is a real estate broker who lives in the Crescent Hill neighborhood. She also owns a franchise restaurant in the St. Matthews area.

The contest for the District 9 seat has already drawn a competitive field of candidates. Attorney Chris Hartley and gay rights activist Greg Bourke have also filed to run in the Democratic primary.

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Politics
8:00 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Report: Mitch McConnell, John Yarmuth Among Wealthiest Members of Congress

Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth (l) and Republican Senator Mitch McConnell (r)

A new report shows that for the first time in U.S. history, a majority of lawmakers in Washington are millionaires. And two members of Kentucky’s federal delegation are among the wealthiest.

The analysis of personal financial disclosure records released by the Center for Responsive Politics shows most members of Congress have an average net worth of $1 million.

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Politics
2:29 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Republican Senate Candidate Matt Bevin Outlines Key Differences With Mitch McConnell

Sen. Mitch McConnell and Matt Bevin
Credit File photos

Saying the Republican Party needs to adopt a new vision, U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin is hoping to shift Kentucky's race to issues, rather than surface-level politics and attacks.

The Tea Party-backed Bevin has often given speeches focusing on policy, and he decried Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes for failing to discuss them in-depth.

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Politics
5:02 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Congressman John Yarmuth Urges House Colleagues to Extend Unemployment Benefits

Speaking on the House floor Wednesday afternoon, Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky marked the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty by urging Republicans to support an extension of unemployment benefits.

The Senate surprised political observers earlier this week when a bipartisan push moved the measure forward by a 60-37 vote. But senators still disagree over whether the 3-month extension of benefits should be offset with cuts elsewhere.

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Politics
1:27 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Kentucky Senate Candidate Ed Marksberry Offered Different Stories of Alleged Bribe from Democrats

Independent Ed Marksberry and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes are running for U.S. Senate in Kentucky

Call it a tale of two Marksberrys.

The Democrat-turned-independent candidate for Kentucky’s U.S. Senate seat dropped a bombshell this week when he accused his former party—and by extension, likely Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes’ campaign—of offering him money and incentives to drop out of the race.

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Politics
9:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Report: History on Mitch McConnell's Side for Re-Election, But Senate Leaders Are More Vulnerable

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell
Credit File photo

A new report shows defeating Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky in this year’s election would be a historical rarity given his status as minority leader.

An analysis of Senate elections over the past 90 years by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota finds sitting party leaders have won re-election 87 percent of the time.

In only one case has a minority leader—Democrat Tom Dashcle in 2004—lost a re-election bid.

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Politics
7:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Jim King Elected Council President 4th Consecutive Year; Democrats Divided Along Racial Lines

Council President Jim King, D-10, re-elected for a fourth consecutive term
Credit Louisville Metro Council

The Louisville Metro Council re-elected Democrat Jim King to an unprecedented fourth consecutive term as president on Monday by an unanimous vote.

But King's fellow Democrats were fractured after the 17-member majority caucus ousted their party leader in a vote mirroring the verdict of Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin's removal trial.

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Politics
1:03 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Barbara Shanklin Verdict Leads to Leadership Struggle Among Louisville Council Democrats

Councilman David James, D-6, and Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch, D-13, are vying for caucus chair.
Credit Louisville Metro Council

The controversial ethics trial for Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin has been over for months, but it's still causing infighting among council Democrats.

City lawmakers are meeting Monday afternoon to appoint leadership positions, including council president, party chair and vice-chair.

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Politics
8:00 am
Mon January 6, 2014

There Hasn’t Been a Black Woman in Kentucky’s Legislature Since 2000

Democrat Ashley Miller is vying for a Kentucky House seat this year. If elected, Miller would be the first black woman to serve in the General Assembly since 2000.

The special election of Democrat Reggie Thomas to the Kentucky Senate may have had little political consequence last December, but it did make history.

Voters made Thomas just the eighth black Kentuckian currently serving in the state legislature.

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Politics
1:11 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Gay Rights Activist Who Sued Boy Scouts Running for Louisville Metro Council

Louisville Metro Council candidate Greg Boruke
Credit LinkedIN

A prominent gay rights activist is running for the Louisville Metro Council seat being vacated by Democrat Tina Ward-Pugh.

Greg Bourke is a Humana applications consultant who gained national attention when he petitioned against the Boy Scouts of America after he was kicked out of a local troop for being gay.

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