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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Episode #46: Sex & SCOTUS, States Gone Red

This week we talk about sex and the Supreme Court. From this week’s decisions on same-sex marriage, to all the way back in 1991, when the Hill-Thomas hearings that raised awareness of sexual harassment in the workplace. Plus, a look at former Democratic strongholds, and how they’ll influence 2014 — a swiftly changing Republican landscape in …

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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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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 #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 #14 On The State Of The States, And Remembering Joan Mondale, The Watergate Class Of ’74 & Pat Buchanan In ’96

President Obama told us about the state of the union … now it’s time to hear about the state of the states.  Political Junkie host Ken Rudin talks with the Washington Post’s Reid Wilson about how several governors whose re-election prospects were iffy for 2014 have improved their standing with the stronger economy. With the passing of former Second Lady Joan Mondale, we hear …

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