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
12:23 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Rand Paul Makes Robo Calls for Todd Akin

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is now running robo calls for Republican Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin.

"I know Todd Akin will stand up and support the Constitution," says Paul. "Todd Akin has stood up to the Washington establishment and I know that when he gets to Washington he'll stand with me and vote to repeal Obamcare."

Check it out (via Politico):

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Politics
12:06 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Observers Displeased with Joint McConnell, Reid 60 Minutes Interview

In a joint interview with Democratic Leader Harry Reid and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell that CBS News described as "exasperating," 60 Minutes took on the gridlock in the U.S. Senate.

The piece noted that the Senate was once the chamber of Congress where deals were made, but that in recent years the ability to find common ground has been lost.

Reid said that compromise is not something the Senate does anyone, highlighting McConnell’s comment after the 2010 mid-terms, where he said that the chief GOP goal was to limit President Obama to one-term.

McConnell added that the Senate has met the president halfway on a number of bills , but acknowledged the difficulty in forging bipartisan measures.

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Politics
1:54 pm
Sun November 4, 2012

Noise and Notes: The Mourdock Interview and Recapping the Congressional Challengers

Republican Richard Mourdock is in what was considered a tight race for Indiana’s Senate seat. But a recent poll has him down by 11-points to Democrat Joe Donnelly, and observers say the race is leaning Democratic.

Before that poll was released, Mourdock was focusing on his small government policies and the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, while trying to keep distance from his controversial comments about rape pregnancies. 

I talked to Mourdock about those remarks, working with the next president and why he thinks the Beghazi attack is being overlooked.

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Politics
8:00 am
Sat November 3, 2012

What to Expect in Louisville Metro Council Races

Creative Commons

The even-numbered districts in the Louisville Metro Council are up for election this year with only a half of them contested races.

Since 2010, Democrats have held a commanding 17-to-9 majority and they are expected to keep their majority even if they lose a seat or two.

District 8

Republican Kirt Jacobs is challenging Democratic incumbent Tom Owen, who is seeking his third term in office.

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Politics
5:49 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Judge Won't Rule on Thieneman Eligibility Until After Election

A Jefferson Circuit Court Judge will wait until after Election Day to decide whether Republican state Senate candidate Chris Thieneman is an eligible candidate.

Judge Charles Cunningham Jr. issued an opinion Friday that asked for more evidence from both parties in a lawsuit alleging Thieneman is not a legal resident in the 37th Senate District, which covers part of southwest Louisville.

(Read the order here.)

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Politics
11:02 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Poll: Donnelly Takes 11-Point Lead Over Mourdock

With four days until the general election a new independent poll shows Democrat Joe Donnelly with a double-digit lead over Republican Richard Mourdock in the Indiana Senate race.

The survey conducted by Howey Politics Indiana and DePauw University has Donnelly up by 11 points, which is a significant jump from the 2-point lead that the Democratic congressman held in the same poll two months ago.

Observers point to Mourdock's controversial comments on rape pregnancies as the culprit for his plummeting polls numbers.

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Politics
6:33 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Judge to Rule on Friday Whether Thieneman Can Stay on Ballot

A Jefferson County Circuit judge is expected to rule Friday on whether Republican state Senate candidate Chris Thieneman will be on the ballot next Tuesday.

Thieneman is challenging Democratic incumbent Perry Clark in a tight race that could give the GOP a larger majority in the chamber. Thus far, Thieneman has raised over $172,00 compared to $85,000 from Clark and observers are paying close attention.

Last week, a Democratic activist Robert Walker filed a lawsuit against Thieneman that questioned his residency in the 37th state Senate District in south Louisville.

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Politics
6:22 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Bill Clinton Endorses Shelli Yoder for Congress

Former President Bill Clinton has endorsed Democratic congressional candidate Shelli Yoder in Indiana’s Ninth District contest.

Yoder is challenging Republican incumbent Todd Young in what has been called as a respectful race. The two recently had their last of two debates.

In a statement, Clinton praises Yoder for her support of an agenda that supports the middle-class and he says that Congress needs fresh voices.

From the Yoder campaign:

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Politics
2:52 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Richard Mourdock: White House Engaged in Benghazi Cover-Up

Republican Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock is renewing his call for a full investigation into the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, after suggesting that the Obama administration is engaged in a cover-up.  

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Politics
2:51 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Metro Council Challenger Cries Foul Over Brent Ackerson’s Mailer

In the race for the Louisville Metro Council's District 26 seat, Republican challenger Sarah Provancher is crying foul on Democratic incumbent Brent Ackerson for questioning her Louisville roots.

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