Top Ten ‘No’ Votes For Successful Supreme Court Nominees, 1967-Present

The ten most votes cast against successful Supreme Court nominees since 1966. Should he be confirmed, Brett Kavanaugh could break the record. (1) Clarence Thomas (R), 1991 — 48 (2) Neil Gorsuch (R), 2017 — 45 (3) Samuel Alito (R), 2005 — 42 (4) Elena Kagan (D), 2010 — 37 (5) William Rehnquist CJ (R), …

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Predict The Kavanaugh Confirmation Vote

With a vote on the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court being hurried as quickly as possible — perhaps as soon as Saturday morning — that leaves us with a new Political Junkie contest where you’ll have to submit your guesses as quickly as possible. First, what will be the final Senate …

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GOP ‘No’ Votes On Republican Court Picks

If the Democrats have any chance at defeating the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, still a long shot at this point, one or more Republican senators are going to have to vote no.  The names of Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have been most mentioned, if …

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At Stake In Today’s Primaries

Here’s what to look for in the June 26 primaries (all poll closing times listed are EDT): COLORADO (9 pm): Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) is term limited. Top Dem candidates are Rep. Jared Polis, who leads in most polls, and former state Treasurer Cary Kennedy. Also running are state Sen. Michael Johnston and Lt. Gov. …

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What To Look For In Tuesday’s Primaries

Four states are holding primaries on Tuesday:  West Virginia, Indiana, Ohio and North Carolina.  Here’s a quick look at some key contests at stake: West Virginia:  Republicans think Sen. Joe Manchin (D) is vulnerable in November, and he may be, in a state that President Trump carried with nearly 68% of the vote — nearly 42 …

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Who Dat? – O

It’s St. Patrick’s Day!  For all the O’Briens and O’Connors and O’Donnells out celebrating today, we figured it’s the perfect time to offer up a display of “unknown” campaign buttons starting with the letter “O.” As our fellow political junkies know, for some time now we’ve been showing photos of unknown buttons, arranged alphabetically by …

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Who Dat? – N

Have no idea who’s going to win in tomorrow’s Oscars?  Wouldn’t it be easier if you tried to figure out who these “unknown” campaign buttons are first? 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 …

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Don’t Expect Mitt To Be A ‘Never Trump’ Savior

NOTE:  This article first ran in USA Today Jan. 10, 2018 ———————————— The news that Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch is retiring after 42 years, combined with the likelihood that Mitt Romney is going to run for, and presumably win, his seat, was wildly cheered by the “Never Trump” contingent of the Republican Party.  We’ll see …

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Remembering Those Who Left Us In 2017

Whatever you think of 2017, it’s hard to make the case that it was one of the most uplifting of years.  And, frankly, that couldn’t have been much of a surprise, given the presidential campaign we had witnessed in 2016. The decline in civility and dignity has not dissipated.  And, we suspect, it’s not going …

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The Pathway For Virginia Lieutenant Governors

Ralph Northam, the Democratic nominee for governor of Virginia in Tuesday’s election, has been the commonwealth’s lt. gov. the past four years.  With Virginia governors limited to one consecutive term, the LG is often seen as the heir apparent from the moment of the election.  Sometimes, but not always, that person has gone on to …

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