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
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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Politics
3:42 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Democrats Plan to Drop More Money Into Indiana Senate Race

Political parties and outside groups have already spent large sums in Indiana's Senate race, and voters can expect to see a surge in the last two weeks of the campaign.

Republican Richard Mourdock holds a huge lead over Democrat Joe Donnelly in fundraising, and conservative Super PACs have been running ads. But Democrats are planning to pump additional cash into the race as well.

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Politics
10:40 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Donnelly Holds 2-Point Lead in Indiana Senate Race

With two weeks until Election Day, Democratic Congressman Joe Donnelly released an internal poll Tuesday showing a 2-point lead over Republican Richard Mourdock in the Indiana Senate race.

According to the survey of 603 likely voters, the race is a dead heat with Donnelly at 40 percent, Mourdock at 38 percent and Libertarian Andrew Horning with 8 percent. The memorandum underscores that Donnelly leads Mourdock among independent voters by 5 points in the face of a fundraising gap.

From Global Strategy Group:

"Despite spending millions—and outspending Joe Donnelly by nearly 2 million dollars—Richard Mourdock simply has not been able to convince Hoosiers that he is the right man for the job. Hoosier voters know that for Joe Donnelly, it’s about bringing people together to do what is best for the people of Indiana, not about divisive tactics that put politics ahead of what is best for Hoosiers."

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Politics
6:41 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Wicker Lashes Out at C-J Over Yarmuth Endorsement

In a message to supporters, Republican Brooks Wicker is attacking The Louisville Courier-Journal editorial board for endorsing Democratic incumbent John Yarmuth in Kentucky's Third Congressional District race.

The newspaper gave Yarmuth the nod for a fourth term Sunday, citing his defense of President Obama’s health care overhaul, knowledge of the issues and public criticisms of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. It goes on to argue that Wicker is a "Tea Party enthusiast" who has made generalities when talking about solutions to the country’s problems.

Wicker campaign manager Michael Wray says the editorial board made its decision without interviewing his candidate and overlooked the GOP challengers’ 5-point plan for economic recovery.

"We did not get one invitation—not one—from the editorial board," he says. "The editorial board just didn’t do its due diligence in informing the voters. They based it on assumptions. Their endorsement was not surprising, but the process that they went through to get to their conclusion was astounding."

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Politics
5:05 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Political Satirist Mo Rocca Screening New Documentary in Clarksville

Political satirist Mo Rocca is hosting a screening of his new documentary "Electoral Dysfunction" in southern Indiana this week.

The film takes an irreverent look at voting while poking fun at the Electoral College, and will be shown on Tuesday at the Bass Pro Shops, located on 951 E. Lewis and Clark Parkway in Clarksville. Rocca is a writer and comedian, who is a frequent panelist on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" which airs Saturdays at 11 a.m. on WFPL-FM.

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Politics
4:39 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Mourdock Calls for Senate Investigation Into Benghazi Attack

Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock

Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock is calling for an investigation into the attack on a U.S. Consulate in Libya that resulted in the death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other U.S. foreign service personnel.

The demand for a Senate investigation comes on the day of the final presidential debate, which will focus on foreign policy and is expected to center on the assault in Benghazi.

In a campaign statement, Mourdock also calls on his Democratic opponent Joe Donnelly to request that his party's leaders support the probe into the matter.

"Since the attack at Benghazi, we have heard conflicting reports coming out of the White House about what led up to the attack and whether or not proper security was provided to our personnel at the embassy," Mourdock said in a news release. "Therefore today, I call for a complete investigation into the attack by the Senate, and I call on Congressman Donnelly to demand the same from Harry Reid and other Democrat leaders on Capitol Hill. It is critical to our national interests and security to have this tragedy thoroughly investigated."

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Politics
12:15 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Outgoing GOP Metro Councilman Jon Ackerson Endorses Democrat

Louisville Metro Councilman Jon Ackerson is endorsing Democrat Teague Ridge over fellow Republican Marilyn Parker in the 18th District race.

Parker was backed by the Tea Party in the GOP primary and narrowly defeated Ackerson by 37 votes. The majority of council Republicans also supported Parker over Ackerson, citing that he sided with Democrats on key issues and could not be trusted.

Ackerson says he is not switching parties, but that Ridge will be more involved and that Parker’s views against council members' use of discretionary funds will hurt the district.

"She's not supporting using Neighborhood Development Funds in the district, and I think that's a huge mistake," he says. "With the Capitol Infrastructure Funds she's talking about allocating them in other districts other than District 18. And I think that's also a big mistake. I just don't think she's going to provide the quality representation that District 18 needs."

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Politics
10:24 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Romney Appears in Ad Supporting Mourdock

In a new television ad, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock will be the needed vote in the Senate to repeal President Obama's health care law.

The 30-second spot features Romney telling Hoosiers that Mourdock worked with outgoing Gov. Mitch Daniels to "balance the budget" and "make government more accountable" adding that his election will keep the Democratic agenda at bay. Romney has pledged that eliminating the Affordable Care Act will be one of his first acts if elected president, and the ad anticipates the Senate margin will be close.

"As Senator, Richard will be the 51st vote to repeal and replace government-run healthcare," says Romney.

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Politics
1:32 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Rand Paul's PAC Backs Todd Akin

U.S. Senate

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is running ads in support of controversial Republican Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin in his bid to unseat Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill.

For the past week, RandPAC has been targeting Senate Democrats for voting against Paul's proposal to cut foreign aid to Libya, Egypt and Pakistan. The blistering ads have been running in key Senate races in Ohio, West Virginia and Florida, but have been criticized by high-profiled Republicans such as Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina.

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