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
3:45 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Mourdock Pledges to Stand Up Against McConnell

Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock has pledged to join a group of conservatives to either overthrow or challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., if he wins in November. The Indiana state treasurer is backed by the tea party and is challenging six-term incumbent Dick Lugar in today's closely watched GOP primary. Political observers expect Mourdock to win the race and go on to face Democratic Congressman Joe Donnelly in the general election. At a campaign event last month, Mourdock was asked about Kentucky's senior Senator whipping him in line.

Politics
3:43 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Mourdock Pledges to Stand Up Against McConnell

Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock has pledged to join a group of conservatives to either overthrow or challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., if he wins in November.

The Indiana state treasurer is backed by the tea party and is challenging six-term incumbent Dick Lugar in today's closely watched GOP primary. Political observers expect Mourdock to win the race and go on to face Democratic Congressman Joe Donnelly in the general election.

Politics
8:16 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Democrats Looking Forward to Indiana GOP Primary

The Indiana Republican Senate primary on Tuesday may mark the end of longtime incumbent Dick Lugar’s career.

State Treasurer Richard Mourdock has a 10-point lead over the six-term Senator in the latest independent poll and could be one of the biggest upsets in primary history. However, polls also show Mourdock tied with the Democratic candidate, Congressman Joe Donnelly, who is unopposed in his election.

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Politics
10:38 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Neighborhood Group Organizes District 1 Debate

A neighborhood group is hosting a debate Tuesday featuring the six candidates vying for the Louisville Metro Council District 1 seat in the upcoming primary.

Last year, the council appointed Attica Woodson Scott to the position after it removed former councilwoman Judy Green from office due to ethics violations. Now five opponents from across the district have lined up to challenge Scott in the May 22 Democratic primary.

The debate was organized by the Chickasaw Area Federation. President Donovan Taylor says residents are itching to be heard because they felt shut out during the Green ethics and removal hearings, as well as the appointment process.

"This is the first time that the residents have had an opportunity to voice their concern as far as the leadership in District 1 should go. And I think they are very anxious and I believe that they feel the previous process that they were not engaged enough when the vote was to select a candidate for District 1. And a lot of people don’t feel the vote was in their interest," he says.

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Politics
10:27 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Yarmuth: Obama Has Right to Politicize bin Laden Death

For most of the week Republicans have been critical of an attack ad by President Obama's re-election campaign highlighting the death of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. But Democratic Congress John Yarmuth believes its proper for the president to politicize the issue. The ad released earlier this month features former President Bill Clinton, who says Mr. Obama made a tough but important decision. The ad also suggests—without naming him—that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would had failed to go after the al-Qaeda leader. Watch it below:

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Politics
3:14 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Yarmuth Praises Obama Afghan Speech, But Policy Questions Remain

After more than a decade of war, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., is pleased President Obama is withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, but the congressman has questions about the policy.

The president made a surprise visit to the foreign country on Tuesday to sign a strategic partnership agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Mr. Obama announced the U.S. will have no permanent military bases and that all armed forces will be out of the central Asian country by 2014.

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Politics
1:14 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Noise and Notes: The Presidents Club and the Crowded Fourth Congressional District

 

For this edition of Noise & Notes, I sat down with TIME Magazine executive editor Michael Duffy, who is co-author of The Presidents Club: Inside The World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity. It’s a fascinating read about how presidents and the predecessors have a special bond despite being rivals in politics and history.

And Kentucky Public Radio’s Frankfort Bureau Chief Kenny Colston stopped by to talk about the wild Fourth District Congressional race.

 

Politics
1:04 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

McConnell Declines Obama Invite to Celebrate Kentucky Wildcats

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., turned down an invitation from President Obama to join the University of Kentucky men's basketball team at the White House on Friday.

The Wildcats are visiting the president to celebrate their 2012 NCAA championship after defeating Kansas last month to obtain the university's eighth national title.

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Politics
1:01 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

New Lugar Attack Ad Targets Mourdock's Judgment

With the Indiana Republican primary a week away, incumbent Sen. Dick Lugar released a vicious new attack ad Tuesday, chastising challenger Richard Mourdock over his decision-making as state treasurer. The 30-second spot accuses the Tea Party backed Mourdock of gambling with state "pensions on junk bonds" and alleges he "risked thousands of Hoosier jobs" by filing a lawsuit against the Chrysler bankruptcy on behalf of two pension funds. The petition went all the way to the Supreme Court, but the justices denied the motion. Check it out:

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Politics
11:18 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Washington Post Calls Out Obama Over Ohio River Bridges

In a fact-check of President Obama's recent speech, The Washington Post scolded the president for using old talking points and incorrectly identifying the Sherman Minton Bridge as closed while lashing out at Republican leaders. On Monday, Mr.

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