Episode #217: The Lines Are Drawn in Pennsylvania

The new congressional map drawn by the Democratic-controlled Pennsylvania Supreme Court may not only abolish the Republican-drawn gerrymander that’s been in effect since 2011, but it could give the Dems anywhere from 3 to 5 more seats … helping in the party’s hopes of recapturing the House in November.  Katie Meyer of radio station WITF talks about the political ramifications and whether the GOP has any recourse.

Ryan Poppe of Texas Public Radio outlines what’s at stake in the March 6 primaries in the Lone Star State.  Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Greg Abbott seem likely to romp in the Republican contests.  But there is growing interest in the race involving Land Commissioner George P. Bush, son of Jeb, who is facing a challenge from his predecessor.

What’s most interesting in Utah is not that Mitt Romney has declared his candidacy for the Senate seat being vacated by seven-term Republican incumbent Orrin Hatch.  It’s that President Trump, long a bitter enemy of Romney’s, gave his full and complete endorsement.  And Romney accepted it in kind.  Bryan Schott of Utahpolicy.com has all the details.

And with Ed Muskie’s famous “crying in the snow” episode in New Hampshire coming 46 years ago this week, we replay interviews we ran in 2015 with three people who were there at the time:  journalist Jules Witcover and two Muskie staffers, former Sen. George Mitchell and consultant Tony Podesta.

Music used in this podcast:

Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind by The Lovin’ Spoonful

Road To Nowhere by Talking Heads

Remember The Alamo by Johnny Cash

Not To Touch The Earth by The Doors

Show Me A Leader by Alter Bridge

Tears in the Morning by The Beach Boys

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