As 2017 comes to a close, we are once again presenting a program celebrating and honoring some of the more distinguished politicians and political journalists who left us this year. Political analyst Stu Rothenberg and USA Today’s Jill Lawrence join Ken for a look back at the careers of the late former Senators Pete Domenici of New Mexico and Jim Bunning of Kentucky … the civil rights activist, satirist, and 1968 third-party presidential hopeful Dick Gregory … LBJ protege Bobby Baker … and others.
Plus, we hear from Diane Anderson, who talked about her father, John Anderson, the former Illinois congressman and 1980 candidate for president.
Missi Tessier has stories about her former boss on Capitol Hill, Republican House leader Bob Michel.
Michael Daly, a journalist with the Daily Beast, remembers his good friend Jimmy Breslin, the celebrated New York columnist.
Conservative leader David Keene remembers three members of the Right who died this year: Vic Gold, Kate O’Beirne, and Arthur Finkelstein.
And Alabama commentator Steve Flowers reflects back on Albert Brewer, whose battle with George Wallace in the 1970 gubernatorial race is legendary for its nastiness.
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