Episode #120: Conventional Wisdom

Some Republican party elders, sensing they won’t be able to keep Donald Trump from clinching the GOP nomination at the convention this summer, are now talking about the possibility of having one of their party members run for president as an independent.  Richard Winger of Ballot Access News talks about the state filing deadlines that stare any would-be independent candidate in the face.

And for all the talk of a contested convention, Stephen Hess of the Brookings Institution remembers the last two contested GOP convos — 1952 in Chicago, and 1976 in Kansas City.  And Steve was at both of them.

Too much money in politics?  Larry Noble of the Campaign Legal Center recalls the McCain-Feingold Act, passed by Congress 14 years ago this week, that was supposed to plug up the loopholes and give campaign finance reform a boost.

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