Episode #236: Kavanaugh Comes A-Courtin’

President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to succeed Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court has given the president his second chance to move the court in a more conservative direction.  Burgess Everett of Politico reports on the senators who will be pressured by special interest groups regarding Kavanaugh’s confirmation.  And Prof. Jeffrey Segal …

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Episode #235: Reshaping The Court … Again

The announcement by Anthony Kennedy, the crucial “swing” justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, that is retiring has sent shock waves through both parties.  And the battle to confirm President Trump’s nominee to succeed him will certainly consume the 2018 midterm elections.  Court blogger Amy Howe talks about Kennedy’s influence, the list of potential successors, …

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Episode #234: Zero Tolerance

Faced with a losing political argument on “zero tolerance” and the separation of children from the parents who enter the U.S. illegally, President Trump signed an executive order that basically ended his own Administration’s policy — even though he had all along been blaming the Democrats for it.  Veteran Republican strategist and pollster Whit Ayres …

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Episode #233: Pulling Rank in Maine

Maine tried something this week that has never been tried before.  It became the first to hold a statewide primary using a system called “ranked choice voting” — in which voters don’t simply indicate their choice on the ballot but “rate” the candidates in order of their preference.  Rob Richie of FairVote.org explains the system and weighs …

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Episode #232: Buy Me Some Primaries and Cracker Jack

It was a big primary night Tuesday in California, and KQED’s Scott Shafer has all the key results.  The big takeaway: Democrats didn’t get shut out of some key House races because of the state’s unique “Top Two” system; it looks like there will be a Democrat and a Republican in all seven congressional districts …

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Episode #231: Trick or Tweet

After a week’s absence, the primaries return next Tuesday.  Nathan Gonzales of Inside Elections previews the contests in seven states, most notably in California, where the large number of vulnerable Republicans may decide who controls the House in the next Congress. Until those elections take place, Paul Ryan is determined to remain as speaker … …

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Episode #230: 1968 — The Voters Have Their Say

As the 1968 presidential candidates left their conventions and moved into the general election, the nation was watching to see what would happen.  Would Richard Nixon, the Republican, hold onto his lead and become the 37th president?  Could Hubert Humphrey, the Democrat, unite the party in time to give himself a chance to win?  And …

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Episode #229: All In The Family

Sunday was Mother’s Day, and so we picked this week to spread some family love by playing some of our favorite segments from past broadcasts. We hear from two proud daughters. Shelley Moore Capito, the junior senator from West Virginia, reminisces about her late father, former Governor Arch Moore.  And Sheila Simon, the former lieutenant …

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Episode #228: When The Blankenship Hit The Fan

He disavowed both the Iran nuclear deal that Obama put together, as well as the comments his new attorney Rudy Giuliani said on the TV talk shows.  Whatever President Trump is doing he is making news.  Former Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson is back on the program offering his observations, as well as a poignant thank you …

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Episode #227: The Reporters Who Cried Wolf

After a month’s lapse, the primaries return next Tuesday, in Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana and North Carolina.  One big race everyone is watching is the Republican Senate primary in W.Va., a very pro-Trump state where the GOP would love nothing better than to knock off Democratic incumbent Joe Manchin.  Greg Giroux of Bloomberg is here …

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