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.

 

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2:37 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

President Obama Fundraising for Super PAC Linked to Kentucky Senate Race

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 2:39 pm

President Barack Obama is raising money for a political action committee that has been running attack ads in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race against Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

From the Associated Press:

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Politics
9:17 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Hal Heiner Launches First TV Ad in Kentucky Governor’s Race

Republican gubernatorial candidate Hal Heiner of Kentucky

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 9:37 am

Republican Hal Heiner is once again taking the lead in Kentucky’s 2015 gubernatorial contest by launching the first TV ad in the race.

The 30-second spot features Heiner, an engineer and former Louisville councilman, touting hay at his farm along the Jefferson-Shelby county border.

In the ad, Heiner tells voters state government needs a political outsider who is willing to shake things up and stand up against federal regulators.

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Politics
11:02 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Raises Stakes on Senate Debates

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 11:52 am

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.

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Politics
2:33 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Mitch McConnell Sponsors Coal Country Protection Act Targeting EPA Rules

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 1:02 pm

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
10:52 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Mitch McConnell Challenges Alison Lundergan Grimes to 'Lincoln-Douglas' Debate Series

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 12:55 pm

A day after the Kentucky primary election, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is challenging his Democratic opponent to a series of debates.

McConnell has notoriously avoided statewide debates with his past political opponents, so this eagerness may represent how close and high-profiled the Senate race will be this year.

In May 21 letter to Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, McConnell invites her to participate in three traditional Lincoln-Douglas style debates that would be moderated only by a single moderator.  

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10:35 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Matt Bevin Bypasses Endorsing Mitch McConnell as Kentucky GOP Seeks Unity

Matt Bevin addresses supporters during a concession speech Tuesday

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 6:07 am

Joined by his wife and nine children, Louisville businessman Matt Bevin accepted a 25-point thumping at the hands of Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell in Tuesday's primary.

"This was never about winning a single seat," he told supporters. "This was never about new version of the same old thing. This was about the very heart beat of America. We've heard a lot about this somehow being a battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party. But every single one of us knows this is so much bigger than that."

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Politics
8:56 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Once Again Cockfighting Is An Issue in Kentucky Politics

Originally published on Thu May 8, 2014 8:57 am

For the third time in as many months, leading Kentucky politicians find themselves addressing cockfighting.

A new federal case brings questions about the bloodsport to a top state Democratic lawmaker and puts the practice back into conversations about the U.S. Senate race.

Federal authorities filed charges against three Eastern Kentucky residents this week in a massive cockfighting ring run out of the Big Blue Sportsman’s Club in McDowell, Ky.

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8:48 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Jack Conway's Bid for Kentucky Governor Imminent

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 8:44 pm

Days after the Kentucky Derby another horse race is on the mind of Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway, according to multiple sources.

Conway is expected to announce his bid for governor this week, possibly as early as Tuesday.

Those familiar with the decision have leaked that he has plucked state Rep. Sannie Overly, D-Paris, as a running mate.

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5:48 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Kentucky Journalist: ‘Impossible’ Mitch McConnell Jobs Story ‘Lost in Translation’ as Senator Claims

Republican Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 12:44 pm

A veteran journalist is standing by a report that Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell said it wasn't his responsibility to bring jobs to one Kentucky’s poorest counties.

The Beattyville Enterprise asked McConnell what he was going to do to bring jobs to Lee County at a luncheon last week.

McConnell said that isn't his job in Washington, adding that economic development is an issue for state government.

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8:35 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Matt Bevin: 'Criminalizing' Kentucky Cockfighting a 'Bad Idea'

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 7:02 am

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin did endorse cockfighting at a rally last month despite repeated claims that he didn't agree with the blood sport or that it was discussed during his attendance.

WAVE 3 investigative reporter John Boel went undercover and filmed the March 29 event, which has hampered Bevin's primary challenge against incumbent Mitch McConnell.

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