Episode #48: Early Voting, Early Bedtime

Lest we forget, it’s not just candidates whom we’re voting for (or against!) this year. It’s also hundreds of ballot initiatives, propositions and referenda that voters will weigh in on as well — everything from raising the minimum wage to legalizing pot to a tax on high calorie soda. Reid Wilson of the Washington Post …

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Episode #47: Ebola Blame Game, S. Dakota Stunner

If politics can get you sick, and Ebola can get you very sick, then what happens when Ebola and politics collide? Both parties are pointing fingers at each other as to who’s responsible: Democrats blame Republicans, claiming that their budget cutting votes hurt the country’s ability to fully fund the Centers for Disease Control. The …

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Episode #46: Sex & SCOTUS, States Gone Red

This week we talk about sex and the Supreme Court. From this week’s decisions on same-sex marriage, to all the way back in 1991, when the Hill-Thomas hearings that raised awareness of sexual harassment in the workplace. Plus, a look at former Democratic strongholds, and how they’ll influence 2014 — a swiftly changing Republican landscape in …

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Episode #45: Hawkeye Voters, Hairpieces & Holder

With five weeks (and counting) to go to the November midterms, one Senate race that was not supposed to give the Democrats heartburn — the one in Iowa — may suddenly be shifting towards the GOP. A new poll by the Des Moines Register shows state Sen. Joni Ernst, the Republican nominee, with a six-point …

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Episode #44: Bombs Fall, Fingerpointing to Come

Ken Rudin may be bedridden with bronchitis and no voice, but the Political Junkie show must go on. Neal Conan, he of some hosting experience, subs this week. And what a busy week it is. Paul Kane of the Washington Post joins us to talk about the role of Congress in the stepped up war …

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Episode #43: Destroying ISIS, Drawing Women

This week is all about… war. The White House and congressional leaders are working it out over how to best address Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria, which has led to unusual bipartisan alliances between the furthest wings of each party. Janet Hook, political reporter for the Wall Street Journal, talks about how public opinion …

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Episode #42: Yes, Virginia, there is Corruption

We lead this week’s show with debates — one between candidates running for governor of California, a contest that has been significant in the past but is less so this year; and one between candidates running for the Senate from Kansas, which is never close or significant but one which may very well determine which …

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Episode #41: NH 2016 — Are We There Yet?

We know we sound whiny, but we figured if we’re in New Hampshire, there’s no way we can avoid talking 2016 presidential politics.  So we brought two guests into the studio with us at New Hampshire Public Radio:  former state Republican chair Fergus Cullen and Democratic state Senate leader Sylvia Larsen, to talk about their …

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Episode #40: Is Obama Over the Hill (& Vice-Versa)?

With under 70 days to go before the midterm election, the favorability of President Obama seems to be declining each day.  His latest problem seems to be less about policy than about tone — taking a break from his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard to strongly denounce the gruesome killing of American journalist James Foley … only to immediately return …

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Episode #39: Indicting Perry, second-guessing cops

The political bombshell of the week was the indictment of Rick Perry on two felony charges of abusing his power and office. It came as the Texas governor was in the last months of his term and as he was preparing a second run for the White House. Republicans say Perry is the victim of …

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