Episode #238: Rohrabacher, Russia Backer?

The victory of Democrat Conor Lamb in a solidly Republican House seat in Pennsylvania earlier this year brought national headlines.  Could the same thing happen next month in Ohio?  Owen Daugherty of the Columbus Dispatch talks about the special congressional election in the Buckeye State’s 12th District on August 7, a seat that Democrats haven’t won since 1980.  A win for the Dems, which is quite possible, could give them a big boost in their bid to recapture the House in November.

One senator not thought to be in serious difficulty in winning re-election is Dianne Feinstein.  The California Democrat has a huge lead in both the polls and in cash on hand, in her November runoff with fellow Democrat Kevin de Leon.  A recent decision by the state Democratic Party’s executive committee to endorse de Leon surprised many.  But as Los Angeles Times’ John Myers reports, while it is not expected to cause the veteran lawmaker any electoral worries, it exposes Feinstein’s longstanding difficulty with progressives in her party.

And for all the controversy over President Trump and his laudatory comments about Vladimir Putin, one Republican who has long expressed positive things about Russia may find himself in some difficulty at the polls.  Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, who won re-election in 2016 by 16 percentage points, now finds himself in a tight battle in his southern California district, mostly because of his pro-Moscow sentiments.  Jessica Levinson of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles sums up what’s at stake.

Photo via flickr user Gage Skidmore

Music used in this podcast:

James River Blues by Old Crow Medicine Show

Wait by The Beatles

California Man by The Move

Lyin’ Eyes by The Eagles

From Russia with Love by John Barry

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