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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Episode #49: The 2014 Midterm Election Special

We’re here. It’s time for the 2014 midterm elections. And so, we have a show for the ages. We start off with Republican Vin Weber and Democrat Anna Greenberg laying out what’s at stake on November 4th, and what it might mean for the final two years of the Obama presidency. And then we go …

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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 – 9/25/14

Former Talk of the Nation host Neal Conan’s hopping on the host’s mic this week, and you might be wondering – what’s the matter with Ken? Well that’s got an easy answer (and won’t win you a button) — he’s got bronchitis! But things are a little more complicated in Kansas, as we’ve noted before …

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Year Of The Incumbent? Certainly In The Primaries

Both parties are expecting some amount of turnover in November, especially in Senate races, but also in contests for governor and the House. But it’s hard to recall a season in which so few incumbents got knocked off in the primaries. Not counting Louisiana, which holds its “jungle” primary on election day, there are seven …

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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 #24: Ranking presidents, facing frontrunners

In most cases, we know the difference between a good president and a bad one.  We re-elect the good ones and we send the bad ones packing.  But how do historians see them?  How does Harry Truman, for example, leave office with an anemic 23% approval rating and wind up as a “Near Great” president?  And …

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Today’s GOP Primary For Trey Radel’s Florida House Seat Turns Nasty

The 19th Congressional District in southwest Florida is solidly Republican and has been since it was created in 1972.  Vacant since Rep. Trey Radel (R) resigned in January following his arrest for buying cocaine from an undercover cop, the winner of today’s GOP primary will likely be the district’s next House member.  But it’s been …

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Episode #22: Big decisions for SCOTUS & Jeb Bush

The Supreme Court, in its McCutcheon v. FEC decision, has eliminated even more restrictions on the amount citizens can contribute to federal political campaigns.  Now, says SCOTUSBlog.com editor Amy Howe, the question is what is next to fall.  And North Carolina’s got the most expensive Senate race in the country this year.  University of North Carolina professor Ferrel Guillory talks about …

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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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