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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Election 2017: Virginia Results Could Portend Strategies For 2018

Today is Election Day, with two governorships and a bunch of mayoral battles on the ballot around the country. But much of the nation’s attention will be on Virginia, where Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) is term limited and where the race has been seen as, for the most part, a referendum on President Trump. Here’s …

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The Election That Won’t Go Away

And you thought the 2016 election was over? Day in and day out, President Trump, whenever there are questions about his campaign and Russia and the issue of “collusion,” has a very predictable response: Hillary. SHE was colluding with the Russians, SHE should be the focus of Robert Mueller’s investigations, SHE should be in prison. …

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NYC Mayors Who Failed To Survive Their Primaries

Despite press accounts detailing legions of disappointed and angry voters, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is hardly in any danger of losing today’s (Sept. 12) Democratic primary for a second term.  In fact, he’s likely to defeat a field of challengers, led by Sal Albanese (2013 primary effort: 0.9% of the vote), in a …

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Scott Brown Is Latest Ex-Pol Headed For New Zealand

Scott Brown, who electrified the Republican Party when he won the late Ted Kennedy’s (D-Mass.) Senate seat in a 2010 special election, was nominated by President Trump on Thursday to be the U.S. ambassador to New Zealand. Brown’s Senate career didn’t last particularly long; he was defeated for re-election in 2012 by Elizabeth Warren.  Then …

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This Week’s Cabinet Confirmation Hearings

Here’s the schedule for the first week of Senate committee confirmation hearings for members of the Trump Cabinet (subject to change): TUESDAY, JAN. 10: Jeff Sessions, Attorney General — 9:30am, Judiciary John Kelly, Homeland Security — 3:30pm, Homeland Security/Governmental Affairs WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11: Rex Tillerson, State — 9:00am, Foreign Relations Mike Pompeo, CIA Director — …

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Remembering Those Who Left Us In 2016

A year ago, when we compiled the list of politicians who died in 2015, we wrote, “Have you ever witnessed in your life a political year like 2015?  There’s no way to describe it.   An escalating decline of dignity, and civility.  And one wonders if 2016 will be any better.” It turns out, it wasn’t.  …

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From The Mailbag: Don’t Hold Your Breath On Electoral College Mutiny

Q:  How often do electoral college voters NOT vote for the winner from their state? Is this common or unusual? — Robyn Davis Sekula, New Albany, Ind. A:  It happens every so often, but never has it changed the outcome of the race.  Donald Trump, according to the election returns of Nov. 8th, won 306 …

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From The Mailbag: Trump’s Cabinet Picks, Clinton’s Popular Vote Lead

A good time as any to open up the Political Junkie to questions from our readers and listeners. Q:  Donald Trump added three members of his administration from members of Congress.  Do the Democrats have a chance at taking over any of their seats? — Donna Thomas, Portland, Ore. A:  At this point I would …

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Meet Your New Members Of Congress

The reasons and factors behind the stunning victory of Donald Trump are still being debated in every home in the country, and that will undoubtedly continue for many through the Christmas holidays, the Inauguration and beyond.  It was that kind of election. But what was equally remarkable was the Republican Party’s success in both the …

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