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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Politics
12:12 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

PPP: Kentucky Voters Favor GOP Takeover of State Government

Kentucky state Capitol

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 8:21 am

A growing number Kentucky voters want Republicans to assume control of the governor's office and most will support the GOP in state legislative elections, according to a new survey released this week.

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Government
12:06 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell Opposes Ryan-Murray Budget Agreement

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 11:01 am

After days of speculation on where Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., stood, the GOP leader says he will vote against the two-year budget agreement forged by Democrats and Republicans.

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Politics
3:37 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Kentucky GOP Launches ‘Ask Alison’ to Press Grimes on Campaign Trail

The Republican Party of Kentucky launches 'Ask Alison'

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 7:37 am

Kentucky Republicans are launching a new initiative to force Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes to be more forthright on the campaign trail.

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Politics
1:38 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

FEC Says Facebook PAC Gave Mitch McConnell Too Much Money

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 1:09 pm

The political action committee tied to Facebook has apparently given Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign an excessive amount in contributions.

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Politics
4:38 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Senator Mitch McConnell: Democrats Will Regret Detonating 'Nuclear Option' in 2014

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 2:20 pm

Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and his top aides are warning the detonation of the so-called "nuclear option" will backfire on Senate Democrats after the results of next year's election.

The vote gives the 2014 mid-term elections even higher stakes and puts more attention on Kentucky's Senate race, which could pit McConnell up against Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes next fall.

After months of debating the use of the 60-vote cloture maneuver to block President Obama's judicial nominees and other measures, Democratic Leader Harry Reid moved forward with changing the Senate rules.

By a 52-48 vote, it now takes just a simple majority vote to end debate and move ahead with presidential nominations other than Supreme Court justices.

"If you want to play games and set yet another precedent that you'll no doubt come to regret. I say to my friends on the other side of the aisle you'll regret this," said McConnell. "And you may regret it a lot sooner than you think."

Others in McConnell's camp, such as former chief of staff Josh Holmes, who is working on the senator's re-election bid, also derided the nuclear option. But he put the vote in even starker terms if the GOP captures the majority next fall.

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Politics
12:20 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Andy Beshear Announces Bid for Kentucky Attorney General

Andrew Beshear

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 10:55 am

Louisville attorney Andy Beshear, the son of Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, announced he is running for attorney general in 2015.

The younger Beshear has been a rumored candidate for much of this year to succeed incumbent Jack Conway, who is term-limited. 

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Politics
2:24 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Mitch McConnell Wants Kentucky Senate Race to Focus on Obamacare Woes

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.,

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 12:59 pm

Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell reiterated his call to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act and predicted Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes will run away from the law.

The GOP leader made the remarks at a press conference at his campaign headquarters on Tuesday, where McConnell made it clear that he wants Kentucky's 2014 Senate race to focus on the president's health care law.

For the past six weeks the Obamacare rollout has been plagued by a malfunctioning enrollment website and reports of canceled insurance plans.

Reports have found about 280,000 Kentuckians will lose their current coverage due to the law.

State officials say those people won't be dropped altogether, but rather will receive offers for alternative plans where their insurance costs could go down or increase depending on the individual case.

Its those sort of troubles that have put Democrats from more conservative states on their heels as GOP lawmakers are becoming re-energized thanks to its rocky implementation.

McConnell predicted Grimes will follow the line of Democratic incumbents in red states such as Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and run away from the president's law.

"The panic has set in and the troops are restless," he says. "And on a daily basis you will see some Democrat in some red state distance themselves from Obamacare. So I would say that my opponent is keep(ing) an eye on Mary Landrieu. And whatever Mary Landrieu does, you can expect my opponent to likely do either that day or the next day."

The senator also outlined what he called a more "scalpel" approach compared to the president's "meat ax," favoring reforms that would allow for more competition across state borders.

Asked about the over 7,000 individuals who have already signed up for new health care plans through the state's exchange program, McConnell said plainly lawmakers need to start over.

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Politics
4:58 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Kentucky Shootout: Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell Show Off Their Guns

McConnell campaign t-shirts at gun rights rally

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 11:07 pm

Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes are vying for top gun in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race.

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Politics
2:36 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Washington Times Ends Senator Rand Paul's Op-Ed Column Amid Plagiarism Reports

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 5:55 am

After slamming reports of plagiarism as the work of "hacks" and "haters," U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., admitted on Tuesday that his office has been "sloppy" in his speeches and writings.

But the acknowledgment came too late for a Washington newspaper that has published hundreds of Paul's op-ed columns—and won't anymore.

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Politics
3:25 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Tea Party 'RINO Refund' Site Targets Kentucky GOP Congressmen

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell isn't the only Kentucky Republican facing Tea Party criticism for the plan ending the shutdown.

Tea Party Leadership Fund launched RINORefund.com this week targeting nearly 100 House Republicans for their Oct. 16 vote to re-open the federal government.

The site encourages donors to withdraw their support and asks for their contributions to be returned, including from Republicans Ed Whitfield, Brett Guthrie and Hal Rogers of Kentucky.

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