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

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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Alaska Senate Race: It’s Who Will Stand Up To Obama More

One thing that’s clear the moment you step foot in Alaska is that President Obama is not an especially popular guy.  Turn on the TV and there are commercials — nonstop, considering the high-stakes Senate race this year and the primary coming up on Aug. 19 — telling us which candidates will unhesitatingly stand up …

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In Honor Of Casey Kasem: The Top 40 House Races Of 2014

The death of legendary “top 40” radio personality Casey Kasem last week is the peg for this week’s Political Junkie column:  The top 40 House races of 2014. We still have a ways to go before we know the nominees for all the key contests.  And so this list will be updated several times before …

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Taking Down A Republican Senator (In The Primary)

One thing we learned this week is that it’s not easy to defeat a House majority leader in a primary.  Before David Brat took out Eric Cantor on Tuesday, it hasn’t happened since … well, ever. But it has been becoming more commonplace lately to defeat Republican senators in a primary.  It happened twice in …

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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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Basil Paterson & The Rise Of Black Politics In New York

In nearly every obituary for Basil Paterson, the longtime Harlem political powerbroker who died at age 87 last week — and usually in the first sentence — it said he was the father of former Gov. David Paterson.  While that is true, it doesn’t begin to describe the role he played in establishing and nurturing …

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Weighing The Pluses And Minuses Of A Jeb Bush Candidacy

It was late at night, the end of the 2004 Republican national convention, the last one ever for President George W. Bush.  People were filing out of Madison Square Garden when a group of delegates began chanting:  “We want Jeb!  We want Jeb!” There were still two months to go before the contest against Democratic …

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Will Crimea Become A 2014 Campaign Issue? A Look Back At Earlier U.S.-Russia Crises

The Russian advance into Crimea, Sen. John McCain says, “has exposed the disturbing lack of realism that has characterized our foreign policy under President Obama.” Mitt Romney says Obama’s failure to act “has diminished respect for the U.S. and made troubles worse,” that the president’s “tough talk about a red line in Syria” sent a …

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