Episode #52: Lame Ducks & a Grand Wizard

The elections are over and now it’s time for Congress to start governing. At least that’s the plan for the lame-duck session, designed to take up issues the House and Senate failed to get to prior to October, when lawmakers left town to campaign. But aside from working on a spending bill and votes on …

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Top 30 House Races — Where Incumbent Party Could Change

The Senate may turn.  The House, probably not.  If anything, Republicans are expected to expand on their current 234-201 advantage (including vacancies). But with great fluctuation in many of the races, there is no shortage of seats that may change parties on Tuesday. Here are our Top 30 House seats most likely to fall to …

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Most Eyes On Florida & Wisconsin Among 36 Governor Races

With most attention this year squarely on which party will control the Senate, it is understandable that the 36 states holding gubernatorial elections are taking a back seat.  But between the recent “fangate” flap in Florida and the presidential hopes of Wisconsin’s Scott Walker — not to mention that two of the last three presidents …

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This Week’s Trivia Question – 10/9/14

We’re getting so close to Election Day we could practically burst. Being that restless only really has one solution — going to sunny California to relax. And, luckily for us, Capital Public Radio was there with open arms.  But, with so much going on — including a new podcast — the last thing we could do …

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This Week’s Trivia Question – 10/2/14

Washington’s a desolate wasteland this week.  All House members and a third of the Senate are out campaigning, and even the Obama administration’s thinning out. We’re stuck holding the microphone. So we thought we’d hop across the country on this week’s podcast for the latest trivia question. In Sacramento’s 7th CD, incumbent Democrat Ami Bera is seeking …

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Episode #45: Hawkeye Voters, Hairpieces & Holder

With five weeks (and counting) to go to the November midterms, one Senate race that was not supposed to give the Democrats heartburn — the one in Iowa — may suddenly be shifting towards the GOP. A new poll by the Des Moines Register shows state Sen. Joni Ernst, the Republican nominee, with a six-point …

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Episode #42: Yes, Virginia, there is Corruption

We lead this week’s show with debates — one between candidates running for governor of California, a contest that has been significant in the past but is less so this year; and one between candidates running for the Senate from Kansas, which is never close or significant but one which may very well determine which …

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In Honor Of Casey Kasem: The Top 40 House Races Of 2014

The death of legendary “top 40” radio personality Casey Kasem last week is the peg for this week’s Political Junkie column:  The top 40 House races of 2014. We still have a ways to go before we know the nominees for all the key contests.  And so this list will be updated several times before …

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Episode #29: More Ginsburg, More Brown & Morticians

With 8 states holding primaries on Tuesday, June 3, the Political Junkie focuses on California, where Jerry Brown is the odds-on favorite to win a fourth, non-consecutive term for governor.  KQED politics editor John Myers outlines the long path of Brown, who was first elected governor in 1974. He’s seen his share of ups and downs in his decades in politics, but …

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Episode #15: Politics of Immigration Reform in California, Senate Fights in Kentucky and Montana, and Remembering Shirley Temple

The decision by the House Republican leadership to postpone any discussion about getting an immigration bill on the floor — ostensibly because the GOP doesn’t trust President Obama — has had its greatest political effect in California. Cathleen Decker of the Los Angeles Times joins Political Junkie host Ken Rudin to talk about what it …

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