In Alaska, Palin is old news, but 2010 GOP primary split is not

In the calculations for Republicans to take control of the Senate in November, Alaska was always expected to play an outsized role. And why not?  It’s a state that President Obama lost by 14 points.  Sen. Mark Begich, a Democrat, won his seat in 2008 by the barest of margins, even though his opponent, veteran …

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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 #27: On to May 20 & back to 1987

It’s going to be a long primary season.  So maybe we should decide right now that the strength and influence of the Tea Party should not be determined on a week-to-week basis. As Roseann Moring of the Omaha World-Herald reports, the landslide victory of first-time candidate Ben Sasse in the Nebraska GOP Senate primary was heralded as a big win for …

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Episode #26: Tea Party & Benghazi here to stay

At long last, the 2014 primaries are here.  And everyone is watching the ongoing collision between establishment Republicans and Tea Party insurgents. Speaker John Boehner, no friend of the Tea Party, won handily in his Ohio district.  Thom Tillis, the establishment choice for the Senate in North Carolina, beat back his conservative opponents and won the nomination …

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Episode #16: GOP Fissures, Texas Primaries, and 1984 Iowa Surprises

Another vote — this time on raising the debt ceiling — and other fissure exposed inside the GOP. Carl Hulse of the New York Times talks to Political Junkie host Ken Rudin about how a majority of Republicans voted against the bill … but secretly wished it would pass. Then we move to Texas, where …

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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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