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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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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4:53 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Rand Paul Says No Other U.S. Lawmaker Has Better Civil Rights Record

U.S. Senator Rand Paul, of Kentucky, speaks with the Rev. Jerry Stephenson at Stephenson's church, Midwest Church of Christ, in west Louisville.

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 7:34 pm

Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky said no other U.S. lawmaker is doing more for minorities and their civil rights than his latest efforts.

The libertarian-leaning senator made the comments during an event Monday in west Louisville, at least his fifth stop in the predominantly African-American area in the last eight months. 

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Politics
10:25 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Kentucky Attorney General Candidate Andy Beshear Flexes Fundraising Numbers, Endorsements

Attorney Andrew Beshear

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 1:33 pm

Democrat Andy Beshear is continuing to build-up a massive treasure chest in his bid for the 2015 Kentucky attorney general.

The campaign reported Thursday it raised nearly $160,000 this past quarter, and has approximately $1.2 million cash on hand.

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Politics
1:57 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Releases Plan to Tackle Mine Safety, Black Lung Disease

Alison Lundergan Grimes vistited a Floyd County coal mine earlier this year.

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 3:24 pm

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes unveiled a plan Thursday to improve mine safety and address black lung diseases—an offensive campaign move on the Kentucky coal issue.

Her plan also takes Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell to task for vowing to repeal a key provision in the Affordable Care Act that helps coal miners receive benefits for black lung disease.

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Politics
3:05 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Kentucky Conservatives Claim Victory After Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 12:17 pm

Conservative leaders in Kentucky are praising the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Monday that closely held corporations can opt out of providing contraceptives under the health care law.

The case was brought by Hobby Lobby, a family-owned business and national chain, which has religious objections to the provision.

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3:05 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Elizabeth Warren: Alison Lundergan Grimes Will Be A 'Fighter' for Kentucky

Elizabeth Warren

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 5:20 pm

Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes received a boost from a leading Democratic woman who is also taking on Republican Mitch McConnell across the country.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts visited the University of Louisville on Sunday to stump for Grimes and reform efforts of the country's student loan system.

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11:19 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Matt Bevin Mulling Kentucky Governor Bid?

Republican Matt Bevin

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 10:42 am

Former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin has remained politically active since losing to incumbent Mitch McConnell in the May primary.

In an unexpected e-mail blast earlier this month, Bevin demanded Democratic Governor Steve Beshear speak out against the Environmental Protection Agency's new carbon regulations.

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10:58 am
Wed June 18, 2014

State Auditor Adam Edelen Won't Run for Kentucky Governor

Adam Edelen

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 10:33 am

Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen won't be a candidate for governor in 2015.

Political observers considered Edelen a serious contender. He'd made in-roads toward a run for governor, including courting Democratic donors and nailing down a running mate who was never publicly identified.

Edelen released this statement today announcing his decision:

In 2015, I will be a candidate for re-election as State Auditor.

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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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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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