Democrats, Enjoy Your Senate Majority, While You Can

Democrats in the Senate more than dodged a bullet last November.  Given the rampant inflation, crisis at the border and Joe Biden’s miserable numbers — not to mention history — they were widely expected to lose control of the Senate, returning Mitch McConnell to the post of majority leader.  Not only did they hold all …

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Episode #398: Kevin Can’t Wait

A look at Kevin McCarthy’s victory to be Speaker of the House, which took 15 ballots — the most since before the Civil War. We set up this month’s election at the RNC to determine whether incumbent chair Ronna McDaniel can keep her job. A prominent New Hampshire Democrat is saddened by President Biden and the DNC’s decision to replace his state as the nation’s first presidential primary. And a look at the 2024 Senate race in California, where candidates are already running.

Episode #397: Sinema Vérité

A look at the decision by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) to leave her party and become an independent, and a look at other Senate party switches. Plus, Kevin McCarthy battles his right flank to become the next speaker of the House.

Episode #396: 51 Or 50, And Fight

A look ahead to next week’s Senate runoff in Georgia. Plus, thoughts about Trump’s dinner with two anti-semites.

Who Dat? – T

Did somebody say it was “T” time? As our fellow political junkies know, for some time now we’ve been showing photos of unknown buttons, arranged alphabetically by candidate names, for you to help identify.  We can’t make heads or tails of these candidates, most of whom we’ve never heard of.  And when we see a …

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Time To Enter The Political Junkie 2022 Election Contest

The election is a week away and there are still so many contests for the Senate and for governor that are too close to call.  The answer to such uncertainty?  Another Political Junkie contest! The person who calls every race correctly wins a Political Junkie t-shirt, plus their choice of an Eisenhower or Stevenson campaign …

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Republicans Pulling Ahead In Key Governor Races

The reported late surge of Republican voter strength seems to be in evidence in this year’s gubernatorial contests.  Three top governors Democrats had long hoped to defeat — Ron DeSantis in Florida, Brian Kemp in Georgia and Greg Abbott in Texas — are in good shape for re-election.  Even Kari Lake in Arizona, the GOP …

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Episode #394: Women Yes, Abortion Rights Maybe

Debbie Walsh of the Center for American Women and Politics reviews the women who will be on the ballot on Nov. 8th … not all of whom are supporters of abortion rights. And reporter Bill Salisbury remembers that day in 2002 when Sen. Paul Wellstone, 11 days out of his third-term re-election bid, perished in a plane crash in Minnesota. Plus, a review of the Fetterman-Oz Senate debate in Pennsylvania and the brutal attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband.

Dems Hope To Keep Senate, But GOP May Have Late Mo

Two weeks to go, and no one can say with any certainty which party is going to win control the Senate.  We’ve seen an unusual number of polling swings in the past few months, and there’s no telling how many more may come as we approach November 8th. The House is another animal altogether; there’s …

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