It’s the first podcast of the new year, and who better to have on the program than NPR’s Ron Elving, who helps explain the surreal nature of 2017 and what we might possibly expect for 2018.
Two big Senate stories this week, starting with Tina Smith, the lt. gov. of Minnesota, who has been sworn in to replace Al Franken. Mark Zdechlik of Minnesota Public Radio gives us her background and the obstacles she may face as she seeks election in November. The other Senate news was the announcement by Orrin Hatch, the seven-term Republican from Utah — the longest-serving GOP senator in history — that he will not seek re-election next year. That gives Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, an opportunity to restart his political career. Bryan Schott of Utahpolicy.com explains what led to Hatch’s decision and how Romney could glide to the Senate — if he wants the seat.
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