Newcomer McAllister (R) Wins Special House Race in Louisiana’s 5th CD

Back in August, when Rep. Rodney Alexander (R) announced his resignation to take a job in the administration of Gov. Bobby Jindal, the conventional wisdom was that the next congressman from Louisiana’s 5th District was going to be GOP state Sen. Neil Riser. It was a logical expectation.  Riser had the backing of nearly everyone …

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Raul Ramirez, KQED News Executive, Dead At Age 67

The world has lost a remarkable journalist and an even greater human being.  Raul Ramirez, the executive director of news and public affairs at KQED in San Francisco, lost his battle with cancer on Friday.  He was 67. An excellent recounting of his life on the KQED web site.  

39 House Dems Break With White House On Upton’s ‘Fix Obamacare’ Bill

A month ago, we were talking about the disunity in the Republican Party, with the Tea Party and “establishment” wings of the GOP pointing fingers at each other for the mess the government shutdown was creating for them. Now the focus is on the other guys. Democrats, who stood as one during the entire 16-day …

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It’s ScuttleButton Time! – 11/14/13

It appears that only 106,000 people signed up on the Affordable Care Act web site last month, a figure that administration officials and Obamacare opponents alike agree is disappointing. So you can imagine how stunned I was to see how many people turned out to solve the ScuttleButton puzzle last week.  Don’t ask. How to …

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This Week’s Trivia Question – 11/13/13

This was the trivia question that appeared in this week’s Political Junkie show: Jimmy Carter’s grandson, Jason Carter — a state senator and a Democrat — announced last week that he will run for governor of Georgia next year. We already know that George P. Bush, grandson of former President George H.W. Bush, is running …

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Making History in Today’s Elections

It’s going to be hard to make a case that today’s results are going to represent some sort of foreshadowing of what may happen in next year’s midterm elections.  But for the political junkie there are still some things to watch: Virginia:  As noted in last week’s post about Virgina, every gubernatorial winner since 1977 …

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It’s ScuttleButton Time! – 11/5/13

It’s true, not everyone is paying attention to this week’s elections.  Governorships up in just two states, and in many of the cities where mayoral candidates are on the ballot, voter participation is expected to be minimal. Hopefully there will be greater interest in this week’s ScuttleButton puzzle. How to Play ScuttleButton, as you may …

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Pennsylvania Gov. Election Headed in Uncharted Waters

The polls have made it clear that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is in serious trouble in his bid for re-election next year.  An incumbent governor going down to defeat is not exactly unusual in this country, but it certainly is in the Keystone State. But Corbett has not made things easy for himself, comparing same-sex …

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Virginia Governor Race Highlights 2013 Election Schedule

There is always the tendency to over-interpret election results, especially in a cycle where very little is at stake.  The few statewide races that appear on the ballot the year after a presidential contest – as is the case this year – get exaggerated coverage for that very reason. But sometimes the results are seen as …

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It’s ScuttleButton Time! – 10/31/13

Well, the website for the Affordable Care Act may be in shambles, but theScuttleButton website is alive and well.  Which is, in the words of John Kerry, good news and bad news. How to Play ScuttleButton, as you may know, is that weekly waste of time exercise where we post a vertical sequence of campaign buttons. Your job …

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