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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Keith Crisco, Six Days After Clay Aiken Nail-Biter In N.C., Dies In Fall

The primary that kept us up late last Tuesday was perhaps the most inconsequential of all of them.  It was the Democratic contest in North Carolina’s Second Congressional District, a seat held by Rep. Renee Ellmers (R) since 2011 and one that has become much more Republican following the latest round of redistricting. But one …

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Basil Paterson & The Rise Of Black Politics In New York

In nearly every obituary for Basil Paterson, the longtime Harlem political powerbroker who died at age 87 last week — and usually in the first sentence — it said he was the father of former Gov. David Paterson.  While that is true, it doesn’t begin to describe the role he played in establishing and nurturing …

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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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Reubin Askew, Ex-Florida Governor & 1984 Prez Hopeful, Dies

Reubin Askew, whose election as governor of Florida in 1970 heralded the beginning of the “New South” — but whose belated presidential run 14 years later went nowhere — died Thursday morning.  He was 85 years old and had been suffering from pneumonia. Askew was a little-known state legislator from Pensacola when he decided to …

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Remembering Those Who Left Us In 2013 (Part 3 of 3)

Here is Part Three of my political obituaries for the year, those who left us between September and December of 2013.  (See Monday’s post for January thru April, and Tuesday’s post for May thru August.)  As I said on Monday, this list doesn’t claim to be complete, but it includes many of those who made …

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Remembering Those Who Left Us In 2013 (Part 2 of 3)

Here is Part Two of my political obituaries for the year, those who left us between May and August of 2013.  (See Monday’s post for January thru April; Thursday’s will have September thru December.)  As I said on Monday, this list doesn’t claim to be complete, but it includes many of those who made our …

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Remembering Those Who Left Us In 2013 (Part 1 of 3)

Politically, it was a most unsettling year.  No one felt it more than the president of the United States, who began with an inaugural and lofty themes, and who ended 2013 with falling polling numbers, explaining what he meant about you keeping your own insurance plan, and trying to reassure Democrats that 2014 won’t be …

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