Episode #19: Scott Brown moves, the ’97 Newt mutiny, & mourning Reubin Askew

Scott Brown’s likely entry into the New Hampshire Senate race livens up a campaign that Republicans had thought was a lost cause … though he still has his work cut out for him in his battle to unseat Democrat Jeanne Shaheen. Ken talks about Brown’s hurdles in his new state with New Hampshire Public Radio reporter Josh Rogers. And …

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Episode #18: GOP is Jolly, CPAC is over, and Quinn is in trouble

A big victory for the GOP in a special Florida congressional seat highlights this week’s Political Junkie.  Host Ken Rudin speaks with Adam Smith of the Tampa Bay Times about the somewhat surprising win by Republican David Jolly in the Sunshine State’s 13th CD.  True, the seat has been in GOP hands since 1955, but since last October’s death of longtime incumbent C.W. …

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Political Junkie #17.5: Senate Predictions with Stu Rothenberg

It’s a PJ Minisode this week! Check out this week’s show from our distributor, PRX, below. It’s official: with Texas as the start, primary season has begun. Political Junkie Ken Rudin sits down with regular guest and political analyst Stu Rothenberg to talk about the Senate races that could tip the balance for the GOP. …

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Episode #17: Dingell Drops Out, Brewer Vetoes, and What’s the Matter with Kansas?

This week’s Political Junkie and host Ken Rudin try to answer three questions: What’s the matter with Kansas?  Well, we learn that Sen. Pat Roberts, seeking a fourth term this year, may not have an actual residence in the state.  But his Tea Party-backed opponent in the GOP primary, Milton Wolf, made inappropriate jokes X-ray images of gunshot victims on his …

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Episode #16: GOP Fissures, Texas Primaries, and 1984 Iowa Surprises

Another vote — this time on raising the debt ceiling — and other fissure exposed inside the GOP. Carl Hulse of the New York Times talks to Political Junkie host Ken Rudin about how a majority of Republicans voted against the bill … but secretly wished it would pass. Then we move to Texas, where …

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Episode #15: Politics of Immigration Reform in California, Senate Fights in Kentucky and Montana, and Remembering Shirley Temple

The decision by the House Republican leadership to postpone any discussion about getting an immigration bill on the floor — ostensibly because the GOP doesn’t trust President Obama — has had its greatest political effect in California. Cathleen Decker of the Los Angeles Times joins Political Junkie host Ken Rudin to talk about what it …

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Episode #14 On The State Of The States, And Remembering Joan Mondale, The Watergate Class Of ’74 & Pat Buchanan In ’96

President Obama told us about the state of the union … now it’s time to hear about the state of the states.  Political Junkie host Ken Rudin talks with the Washington Post’s Reid Wilson about how several governors whose re-election prospects were iffy for 2014 have improved their standing with the stronger economy. With the passing of former Second Lady Joan Mondale, we hear …

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Episode #13: On The State Of The Union… Plus, La. Gov. & Jerry Brown Redux

The State of the Union is … strong.  And so is this week’s Political Junkie show.  Former Clinton speechwriter Paul Glastris joins us with an assessment of President Obama’s SOTU speech and keen insights from his days in the White House.  And host Ken Rudin takes Paul back into history with memorable moments of past …

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Episode #12 On NSA, Fla. 13 & Tom Coburn … Plus, The Return Of Neal Conan

This week’s Political Junkie show reviews President Obama’s speech on NSA surveillance with Josh Gerstein of POLITICO, then looks ahead to the president’s State of the Union address, reuniting host Ken Rudin with his old pal, Neal Conan.  (And they have an announcement about a July 11 Political Junkie Road Show!) Later, in the extended …

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Episode #11: Chris Christie & a Look Ahead To Iowa 2016

Continuing where he left off in 2013, Chris Christie remains the most talked about Republican in the country … only this time he may not like what everyone is saying.  The week’s Political Junkie show focuses on the New Jersey governor and whether the “Bridgegate” scandal is a minor blip, or something more.  Host Ken …

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