This Week’s Trivia Question – 11/20/13

This was the trivia question that appeared in this week’s Political Junkie show: In light of the dispute about same-sex marriage between the daughters of former Vice President Dick Cheney — including Liz Cheney, who is seeking a Senate seat in Wyoming — the question is … Before Cheney, who was the last vice president …

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Who Dat? – A

In using illustrations of campaign buttons to accompany these political postings, we have often come across buttons whose origins have escaped us.  Thus, every now and then we’re going to post some of these unknown items, in the hope that you can identify some of them. Here’s a selection of campaign items of candidates whose …

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Democrat Leads In Final Uncalled Virginia Contest

There is no shortage of interpretations as to what happened in Virginia on election day.  The most popular explanations as to why Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican gubernatorial nominee, lost (to Terry McAuliffe) were either that Cuccinelli was too far to the right to win over centrist and independent voters, or because the GOP establishment bailed …

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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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