Phillip M. Bailey

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.



2:12 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Presses Mitch McConnell to 'Change Tune' on Outsourcing Jobs Bill

Alison Lundergan Grimes

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 2:07 pm

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is urging Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell to "change his tune" on a proposal that would end tax breaks for U.S. companies that ship jobs overseas.

The statement made Wednesday continues a debate between Grimes and McConnell over Kentucky jobs, which has been the subject of their dueling ads this week.

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11:03 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Kentucky Unaffected By Contradictory Health Care Rulings

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 6:09 pm

A pair of conflicting appeals court rulings about the Affordable Care Act issued Tuesday will not impact Kentucky's implementation of the federal overhaul, state officials told WFPL.

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12:45 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Mitch McConnell's Aid to Mississippi Republican Incumbent Angers Kentucky Tea Party Activists

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 11:59 am

After serving on the Daviess County Republican Party's leadership team for almost three years, Owensboro native Barbara Knott had enough.

She resigned on July 10 and the reason was simple; Knott cannot support Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell this fall.

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11:09 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Libertarian Kentucky Senate Contender David Patterson Gets Closer to Making November Ballot

David Patterson

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 2:26 pm

The Libertarian Party of Kentucky is close to completing its effort to have a candidate on the ballot this fall for U.S. Senate.

The Libertarian Party announced Thursday that its candidate, 42-year-old David Patterson of Mercer County, appears poised to be able to take on Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell, providing voters with a third option.

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5:06 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Kentucky Independent Ed Marksberry Ends U.S. Senate Bid

Independent Ed Marksberry

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 4:48 pm

Independent U.S. Senate candidate Ed Marksberry is ending his effort to be on the Kentucky ballot this fall.

In a Thursday announcement, Marksberry, an Owensboro contractor, said he will stop collecting the needed signatures to run as an independent against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell.

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1:27 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Pro-McConnell Super PAC Raises $423,700 Over Three Months—But None From Kentucky

Mitch McConnell

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 1:28 pm

The super PAC supporting Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has once again filed a campaign finance report showing no donations from Kentuckians.

Founded by former McConnell campaign aide Scott Jennings, Kentuckians for Strong Leadership reported Wednesday it had raised just over $423,700 in the past three months.

Unlike a candidate's campaign, federal rules allow super PACs to raise an unlimited amount of money from individuals.

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2:31 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Raises $4 Million, Breaking Kentucky Fundraising Record

Kentucky Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes recently spoke to members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers at their District 4 progress meeting held at the Galt House.

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 3:17 pm

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Tuesday she has broken a Kentucky fundraising record by hauling in more than $4 million from supporters over the past three months.

The latest tally means Grimes has also out raised Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell for the third straight quarter, this time by more than $1 million.

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8:16 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Uses Fellow Kentuckians to Target McConnell’s Medicare Vote

Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes delivers a speech Tues., July 8, in Louisville.

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 4:43 pm

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is defending a new TV ad targeting incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell over Medicare costs.

At a campaign stop Tuesday in Louisville, Grimes said McConnell has taken votes that have hurt seniors and increased their health expenses.

The 30-second campaign spot features Grimes sitting in front of a fire truck alongside retired coal miner Don Disney, who questions McConnell's vote for the controversial Paul Ryan budget plan.

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12:16 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Jack Conway Raises $750,000 Towards Kentucky Governor's Race

Jack Conway

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 10:35 am

Attorney General Jack Conway has raised more than $750,000 since announcing his campaign for the Democratic nomination for Kentucky governor less than two months ago.

Conway has about $705,000 in cash on hand, according to the campaign's first report to the state election finance registry. He has donated only $1,000 of his own money to his campaign.

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9:32 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Republican Hal Heiner Pours $4 Million Into Kentucky Governor's Race

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 8:02 pm

Republican Hal Heiner gave his campaign for Kentucky governor $4 million out of his own pocket in the last few months, putting the Louisville businessman's campaign far ahead of any potential contenders.

Heiner's campaign announced Monday that it has raised $4.3 million, with no other Republican candidates yet in the race.

The new tally has Heiner with $3.9 million in cash on hand at the end of June.

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