Most Eyes On Florida & Wisconsin Among 36 Governor Races

With most attention this year squarely on which party will control the Senate, it is understandable that the 36 states holding gubernatorial elections are taking a back seat.  But between the recent “fangate” flap in Florida and the presidential hopes of Wisconsin’s Scott Walker — not to mention that two of the last three presidents …

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Odds Still Say GOP Takes Senate, But Wild Cards Remain

If you’re a partisan — a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat or Republican — you’re probably a nervous wreck these days.  With just over two weeks to go and with all the twists and turns and surprises, the battle for the Senate is nothing short of nail-biting-to-the-bone, if not heart-stopping. If you’re a political junkie — like we …

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Predict The 2014 Election Winners!

Let’s be honest here.  This is the most topsy-turvy election cycles in years.  So many conflicting polls, so many surprises, so many twists and turns. To make it even more perplexing, now you have to submit your predictions for some of the closest races in the country.  It’s the Political Junkie Midterm Elections Contest! We’ve …

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How Senators Up This Year Voted On Arming Syrian Rebels

Here’s how senators up in 2014 voted on President Obama’s plan to train and arm Syrian rebels.  The measure passed on Thursday by a vote of 78-22.  (The House passed it the day before on a 273-156 vote). DEMOCRATS: YES:  Booker (N.J.), Coons (Del.), Durbin (Ill.), Franken (Minn.), Hagan (N.C.), Harkin (Iowa)*, Johnson (S.D.)*, Landrieu …

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What’s The Matter With Kansas?

You remember Ben Paulen, right?  How could you not?  He was a member of the Kansas legislature, served as the state oil inspector for a time, then was elected lieutenant governor before winning two terms as governor. During his tenure, according to the National Governors Association website, “a state gasoline tax was sanctioned, a new …

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Who Dat? – F

Labor Day is a time to relax and think about all the people who came before us who worked hard for so little money. Sort of like me.  And that leads to this feature in Political Junkie. Every so often we come across campaign buttons for candidates we’ve never heard of.  How do we identify …

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It’s Not The Vacation, Mr. President, It’s The Tone

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There’s a devastating scene in Michael Moore’s 2004 documentary film, Fahrenheit 9/11, in which President George W. Bush, on vacation in Kennebunkport, is telling reporters that “we must stop the terror” and “I call upon all nations to do everything they can to stop these terrorist killers” … and then seconds later he adds, “Now …

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Year Of The Incumbent? Certainly In The Primaries

Both parties are expecting some amount of turnover in November, especially in Senate races, but also in contests for governor and the House. But it’s hard to recall a season in which so few incumbents got knocked off in the primaries. Not counting Louisiana, which holds its “jungle” primary on election day, there are seven …

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Colorado, A Purple State Trending Democratic, Site Of Key Senate Race

One thing Republicans have going for them in the battle for the Senate is that most of the closely contested races are in states won by Mitt Romney in 2012.  In varying degrees of vulnerability, states like South Dakota, West Virginia, Montana, Louisiana, Arkansas, North Carolina and Alaska are considered prime Republican pick-up opportunities.  President …

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The August Primaries … And You

The dog days of summer?  Not when there are Senate and House primaries to predict, as well as an opportunity to share your wisdom on the Political Junkie podcast! After Tuesday, August 5 — where there are contests in Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington — there are ten more states holding primaries this month.  And …

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