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
8:52 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Mourdock: Donnelly Playing "Sleazy Politics"

In a new television ad airing statewide, Republican Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock is going on the offensive in response to a series of attacks from his opponent and national Democrats.

The spot slams Congressman Joe Donnelly for "sleazy politics," and escalates what has become a national race for control of the Senate. Mourdock's camp is specifically responding to tough ad put out by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee that targets the GOP nominee's comments about that pregnancies resulting from rape were intended by God.

Mourdock's campaign says Donnelly and the Democrats are "twisting" his word and "attacking his faith" over the issue of abortion.

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Politics
8:30 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Yoder Aims First TV Ad at Safeguarding Entitlements

Democrat Shelli Yoder is launching her first TV ad of the general election in Indiana's Ninth Congressional District race that touts the political newcomer as a champion for middle-class Hoosiers.

The 30-second spot features Yoder talking directly to voters and pledging to protect entitlement programs.

Yoder goes after Republican incumbent Todd Young, accusing the freshman of backing a plan to privatize Social Security and turn Medicare into a voucher program. Presumably, Yoder is talking about Young's support of GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan's budget plan.

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Politics
6:32 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Mourdock Rips Donnelly Over DSCC Ad

Indiana Republican Senate nominee Richard Mourdock is blasting Democratic candidate Joe Donnelly for a blistering ad released by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on Thursday afternoon.

The spot goes after Mourdock's controversial comments about rape pregnancies, and demands he apologize for the remarks. A day after, Mourdock said his words were inarticulate and said he was sorry if people misinterpreted them.

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Politics
4:37 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Lawsuit Seeks to Remove State Senate Candidate Chris Thieneman from Ballot

A lawsuit filed in Jefferson Circuit Court seeks to kick Republican state Senate candidate Chris Thieneman off the ballot, citing residency issues.

Thieneman is a Louisville businessman and political activist who is running against Democratic incumbent Perry Clark for 37th State Senate District seat.

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Politics
3:44 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Rand Paul Defends Mourdock, Plans Ads Supporting Him

Rand Paul
U.S. Senate

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is defending Republican Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock and argues the GOP nominee's controversial comments on rape will not affect this year’s election results.

Paul was in Louisville Thursday speaking to the Rotary Club, where he talked mostly about the gridlock in Congress, fiscal policy and foreign affairs. But the senator’s political action committee—Rand PAC—is stepping in the middle of the closely watched Indiana Senate race.

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Politics
10:55 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Federal Election Commission Scolds Brooks Wicker for Late Finance Report

The Federal Election Commission has warned Republican congressional candidate Brooks Wicker about an overdue campaign finance report, which could result in civil penalties.

As first reported by LEO Weekly's Joe Sonka, the FEC wrote a letter warning the GOP challenger that he has failed to file his third quarter receipts and disbursements and has four days to comply. The report was due October 15.

The FEC goes on to say that any "failure to timely file this report may result in civil money penalties, an audit or other legal" action.

"All documents have been reported to the FEC," says Wicker campaign manager Michael Wray. "I spoke with (FEC analyst Chris) Ritchie today, and the matter will be resolved shortly."

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Politics
7:00 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Anti-Abortion Advocates Defend Mourdock, Pro-Life Views

Republican Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock has ignited a national firestorm for his abortion comments this week, but pro-life activists are coming to the GOP nominees defense and see the remarks as a chance to explain their views.

Democrats and Republicans have pounced on Mourdock after he said that pregnancies resulting from rape should not be an exception to an abortion ban because it is the will of God. At a press conference Wednesday, Mourdock stood by his position, but he explained that he abhors rape and apologized if anyone "came away with the wrong impression" from his statement.

Anti-abortion activist Rebecca Kiessling is a spokeswoman for Personhood USA. She says pro-life voters are are proud that Mourdock stood up for life against abortion even in cases of rape, and that critics are deliberately exaggerating his comments to score political points.

"Of course he was saying that the life of the child conceived in rape was created by God. And I believe that he’s in line with the overwhelming majority of Americans and Hoosiers who understand that God is the author of life," he says.

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Politics
3:08 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Yoder Jabs Young Over Ryan Budget Plan, Health Care Reform

In the race for Indiana’s Ninth Congressional District seat, Democratic challenger Shellie Yoder sparred with Republican incumbent Todd Young during their first debate at Franklin College on Wednesday.

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Politics
11:14 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Richard Mourdock: "I Wasn't Very Articulate In What I was Saying"

Update: 11:45 a.m.

Richard Mourdock, the Republican Indiana Senate nominee, on Wednesday said the comments he made during a debate Tuesday night regarding pregnancy and rape were not "very articulate," and added that he "abhors" rape.

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Politics
9:02 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Mourdock: Rape Pregnancies "Something God Intended"

During the final debate in the Indiana Senate race on Tuesday evening, Republican Richard Mourdock said that pregnancies resulting from rape should not be exempt from an abortion ban because they are the will of God.

During the hour-long debate against Democrat Joe Donnelly and Libertarian Andrew Horning, the GOP nominee appeared to fight back tears while answering a question about his stance on abortion and women's reproductive health issues.

"I know there are some who disagree, and I respect their point of view. But I believe that life begins at conception. The only exception I have, to have an abortion, is in that case of the life of the mother," said Mourdock. "I've struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God. And even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen."

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