Episode #31: Cantor collapses, Graham gains

Wow.  Who saw the defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor coming?  Certainly not Cantor.  Or the nation’s political establishment.  And not Greg Giroux, political reporter for Bloomberg News, who sat with Political Junkie host Ken Rudin and together they shook their heads at one of the more amazing primary upsets of recent times. We also hear from Kevin Broughton of the Tea Party Patriots …

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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 #28: Republican Old Guard Wins Big

A solid primary Tuesday for the Republican Old Guard, and a perfect day for incumbents — not one sitting member of Congress or governor went down, though several were thought to be endangered not long ago. The big primaries of the week were the Senate contests in Kentucky and Georgia. Al Cross of the Louisville …

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Episode #25: High House hopes, low Obama numbers

So how do you run your campaign in 2014 if you’re a Democrat and your president’s job approval numbers are not so good?  That’s the question host Ken Rudin put to Democratic pollster and strategist Anna Greenberg in the latest installment of the Political Junkie.  Greenberg acknowledges the weak numbers, the disappointing foreign policy and the history of the party …

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Episode #23: Wild politics in LA & ME, LBJ’s comeback

With the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act — and with the revived reputation of President Lyndon Johnson — comparisons between LBJ and Barack Obama are being made.  Johnson, who left office in 1969 with the cloud of Vietnam hanging over him, is remembered as a master tactician who, with huge Democratic majorities in Congress, pushed a …

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Episode #20: Congress on Crimea, DC on corruption, & Kennedy v. Carter

Russian President Vladimir Putin has done his thing in Crimea, and U.S. President Barack Obama has responded with sanctions.  Now Congress will have its say, with perhaps a bill calling for stronger sanctions against Moscow and more aid to Ukraine.  Kate Hunter of Bloomberg News joins Political Junkie host Ken Rudin to talk about how anxious Congress is to be heard with a unified voice …

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Episode #19: Scott Brown moves, the ’97 Newt mutiny, & mourning Reubin Askew

Scott Brown’s likely entry into the New Hampshire Senate race livens up a campaign that Republicans had thought was a lost cause … though he still has his work cut out for him in his battle to unseat Democrat Jeanne Shaheen. Ken talks about Brown’s hurdles in his new state with New Hampshire Public Radio reporter Josh Rogers. And …

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Episode #17: Dingell Drops Out, Brewer Vetoes, and What’s the Matter with Kansas?

This week’s Political Junkie and host Ken Rudin try to answer three questions: What’s the matter with Kansas?  Well, we learn that Sen. Pat Roberts, seeking a fourth term this year, may not have an actual residence in the state.  But his Tea Party-backed opponent in the GOP primary, Milton Wolf, made inappropriate jokes X-ray images of gunshot victims on his …

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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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That Imminent Immigration Bill May Not Be So Imminent

Some pretty big news that came out of the Republican retreat last week about immigration. More than seven months after the Senate passed its own bill on overhauling the nation’s immigration laws, Speaker John Boehner indicated that there was some movement among the House Republicans on the issue.  Boehner and the GOP had steadfastly refused …

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