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 #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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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 #37: Nixon resigns, Brady passes, pols on trial

Just in time for the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s resignation, John Dean, his former counsel, has a new book on some 1,000 White House tapes that he has exhaustively catalogued and transcribed.  What is Dean’s view about Nixon?  Why weren’t the tapes destroyed?  And how does he see his own role in the Watergate scandal?  …

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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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Taking Down A Republican Senator (In The Primary)

One thing we learned this week is that it’s not easy to defeat a House majority leader in a primary.  Before David Brat took out Eric Cantor on Tuesday, it hasn’t happened since … well, ever. But it has been becoming more commonplace lately to defeat Republican senators in a primary.  It happened twice in …

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Episode #31: Cantor collapses, Graham gains

Wow.  Who saw the defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor coming?  Certainly not Cantor.  Or the nation’s political establishment.  And not Greg Giroux, political reporter for Bloomberg News, who sat with Political Junkie host Ken Rudin and together they shook their heads at one of the more amazing primary upsets of recent times. We also hear from Kevin Broughton of the Tea Party Patriots …

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