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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Episode #226: 1968 — A Party Divided

A half-century later, 1968 remains etched in our collective memory, a year of tremendous hope and utter tragedy.  This week we take the second of three looks at that iconic year, focusing on the chaotic Democratic convention in Chicago. Ted Van Dyk, Hubert Humphrey’s top adviser, talks about how the vice president was boxed in …

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Episode #225: Republicans On The Run

Speaker Paul Ryan’s decision to retire after this year and endorse Kevin McCarthy as his successor normally would mean that the California Republican would be the odds-on favorite to become either the next speaker or the next House minority leader (depending how the GOP does in November).  But Seung Min Kim of the Washington Post says with the election …

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Episode #224: The Speaker Has Spoken

President Trump has never been shy about expressing his thoughts regarding the investigation into his 2016 campaign … and whether (1) Russia played a role in his election, and (2) whether his campaign colluded with the Kremlin to make it happen.  But this week’s action by the FBI, a raid on Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s …

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