This Week’s Trivia Question – 10/30/14

The midterms are so close we can smell them! Or are we just smelling the hog farm? Either way, it’s time for this week’s trivia question. At least one independent — Greg Orman of Kansas — is given a decent shot at winning election to the Senate this year. If that happens, he would join …

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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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Odds Still Say GOP Takes Senate, But Wild Cards Remain

If you’re a partisan — a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat or Republican — you’re probably a nervous wreck these days.  With just over two weeks to go and with all the twists and turns and surprises, the battle for the Senate is nothing short of nail-biting-to-the-bone, if not heart-stopping. If you’re a political junkie — like we …

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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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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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This Week’s Trivia Question – 9/18/14

The week’s headlines have been heating up with talk of war, so for this week’s trivia question, we thought we’d head up north to cool off. Rob Ford, that upstanding fellow, withdrew his bid for re-election as mayor of Toronto last week, citing health issues. Almost immediately, his brother Doug declared he would run for mayor. …

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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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What’s The Matter With Kansas?

You remember Ben Paulen, right?  How could you not?  He was a member of the Kansas legislature, served as the state oil inspector for a time, then was elected lieutenant governor before winning two terms as governor. During his tenure, according to the National Governors Association website, “a state gasoline tax was sanctioned, a new …

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Episode #35: Obamacare in court, Ga. GOP picks Perdue

Not all the fights heard on the Political Junkie are at the ballot box.  Some are in court — as we saw this week, in the latest attempt by opponents of the Affordable Care Act to gut the measure in the D.C. Circuit Court.  Julie Rovner, a senior correspondent at Kaiser Health News, talks about …

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