Texas GOP Runoffs To Determine Dewhurst, Hall Futures

A relatively quiet Tuesday this week, but not in Texas.  Runoffs stemming from the March 4 primaries will determine the political futures of two longstanding Republican fixtures:  Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Rep. Ralph Hall. Dewhurst is perhaps the more vulnerable of the two.  As lieutenant  governor — by definition the most powerful position in …

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Bringing Political Junkie To The People

Yes, it’s great to hear from candidates and consultants and analysts and party officials and journalists each week on the Political Junkie podcast.  We’ve been doing that with increasing success for months. Now, we’ve established a NEW feature.  We’re offering a quiz to our listeners.  And the randomly-chosen winners get to come on the podcast …

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What To Look For In Today’s Primaries

It’s the biggest primary day of the year (so far), with six states holding contests.  Here’s what’s at stake: ARKANSAS (polls close at 8:30 pm ET): Senate — Neither incumbent Democrat Mark Pryor, seeking a second term, nor his Republican challenger, freshman Rep. Tom Cotton, is facing a primary challenge.  They will square off in …

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Who Wins On Tuesday? Your Chance To Be Heard (Literally) On The Podcast!

Here’s an opportunity not only to win one of our coveted Political Junkie buttons but to be heard on next week’s Political Junkie podcast! Six states are holding primaries on Tuesday, May 20.  Lots at stake.  Lots of winners and losers will be declared. And you can be part of that process.  Submit your predictions …

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A District Of Color: Illinois’ 1st CD

One of the passions of being a political junkie is going back into the past and learning about the candidates, campaigns and personalities of the time.  That’s one reason why we have a “This Week In Political History” feature in our podcasts, and why we offer trivia questions each week as well. Last week’s question …

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Today’s Nebraska GOP Senate Primary May Not Follow Usual Script

What’s a primary day without talking about the dramatic Tea Party vs. Establishment feuds going on in the Republican Party? Today’s primary in Nebraska, however, is more nuanced, as the leading candidates are just about equally conservative.  There’s more to it than what we’ve seen in other states. The story line from the beginning fit …

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Keith Crisco, Six Days After Clay Aiken Nail-Biter In N.C., Dies In Fall

The primary that kept us up late last Tuesday was perhaps the most inconsequential of all of them.  It was the Democratic contest in North Carolina’s Second Congressional District, a seat held by Rep. Renee Ellmers (R) since 2011 and one that has become much more Republican following the latest round of redistricting. But one …

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Rand Paul, On Road To 2016, Takes Big Risk In Today’s N.C. Primary

Say what you want about Rand Paul, but he has been very meticulous in the steps he’s been taking on the road to his probable bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.  Well aware of how his father failed to broaden his support during his own White House runs — and cognizant that many fringe …

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Your Guide To The May Primaries

So we’ve had our little teases.  A Texas primary here, an Illinois primary there.  Throw in a couple of special congressional elections.  Nice, but hardly satisfying. Well, starting this month, the primaries come non-stop:  three states on Tuesday the 6th, two on the 13th and six more on the 20th.  And let’s not forget the …

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Hillary Clinton And A (Gasp!) Female Running Mate?

There was an intriguing story the other day by Jennifer Steinhauer of the New York Times about the possibility and advisability of Hillary Clinton — should she become the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016 (a fair assumption) — picking a woman as her running mate. The article acknowledged the arguments against such a move.  Democrats …

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