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Abby Livingston of the Texas Tribune talks about the decision made by Texas House Democrats to flee the state in order to stymie GOP efforts to pass restrictive voting rights bills. Edwin Edwards, the former four-term governor of Louisiana known for his charm and ethical lapses, died last week. He appeared on the Political Junkie back in 2014 to re…
 
Mike Gravel, the former Alaska senator who read excerpts of the Pentagon Papers on the Senate floor in 1971, died this week at the age of 91. Back in 2015, Gravel was on the Political Junkie talking about his fateful act, and we are replaying that interview this week. The post Episode #369: Mike Gravel And Acts Of Civil Disobedience appeared first …
 
Christine Chabot of Loyola University weighs the arguments of getting Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire early, before Republicans have a chance of regaining control of the Senate (and the White House). And Donald Ritchie talks about his new book, “The Columnist,” about the controversial and feared journalist, the late Drew Pearson. Plu…
 
Nick Fandos of the New York Times discusses the role being played by Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat whose opposition to altering the filibuster — he believes in something called “bipartisanship” — is (currently) thwarting President Biden’s agenda in the Senate. And historian Jeff Shesol talks about his new book, “Mercury Rising: John …
 
We replay a 2018 interview we held with former Virginia Sen. John Warner, who died this week. Warner talks not only about his controversial “not guilty” vote during the Clinton impeachment trial, but his entire career as well … including his relationship with Elizabeth Taylor. And, staying on the Virginia theme, Bob Holsworth, a leading authority o…
 
Barbara Comstock, a former Republican member of Congress from Virginia, talks about the dumping of Liz Cheney from the House GOP leadership and the hope of moving the party away from the clutches of Donald Trump. And John Myers, the Sacramento bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, discusses the recall effort against California Gov. Gavin Newsom. …
 
Liz Cheney, the House Republican congresswoman from Wyoming who is her party’s third-ranking House member, has made it a habit of standing up to Donald Trump’s lies and misstatements about the validity of the 2020 election and what really happened during the Jan. 6 insurrection in Washington. For that, she is about to lose her leadership position. …
 
With Walter Mondale’s death last Monday, at the age of 93, we thought this would be a good time to replay our interview with the former vice president, from April of 2015. Music in this Episode My Boyfriend’s Back by the Angels The post Episode #363: Walter Mondale Fought The Good Fight appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.…
 
New York’s Andrew Cuomo is not the only Democratic governor with problems. In California, Gavin Newsom is facing a recall, and by most accounts the proponents are going to have enough signatures to make it to the ballot. John Myers of the Los Angeles Times explains why Newsom is in trouble, how the recall works, and its similarities and differences…
 
We all agree that sexual harassment is bad, regardless of who is the accused. The allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, look bad. The allegations against North Carolina congressman Madison Cawthorn, a Republican, look bad. We have reports on the two by Chris Churchill, a political columnist at the Albany Times-Union, and Tom F…
 
A look at how her history of snarky tweets may jeopardize Neera Tanden's chances of becoming the next head of OMB. And we talk to three journalists covering a trio of Republicans who voted against Donald Trump in the second impeachment case: Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Liz Cheney of Wyoming, and Richard Burr of North Carolina. The post Episode #360: …
 
Sarah Huckabee Sanders hopes her service on behalf of Donald Trump will help her win the governorship in Arkansas. Meanwhile, while Democrats are unlikely to prevail in next week's Senate trial of the former president, Republicans are split over what Marjorie Taylor Greene is doing to the party. Similar intra-GOP struggles are visible in Arizona, w…
 
January 2021 is the final month of Donald Trump's presidency. It also was the month where he was, for the second time, impeached by the House ... this time for inciting an insurrection. And we remember the 1954 attack on the House by Puerto Rican nationalists. The post Episode #358: Shame. And Hope. appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.…
 
We look at what's at stake in Tuesday's Senate runoffs in Georgia. And a former senator explains why she took part in an electoral certification protest in 2005 and what it doesn't compare to what Republicans are doing this time. The post Episode #357: For All The Marbles appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.…
 
A new book examines why "faithless electors" are faithless, why they break from their parties' nominees in the Electoral College. And we speak to one such elector, a 1976 Ford elector who nonetheless voted for Reagan. The post Episode #355: The Electoral College vs. Trump University appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.…
 
A former Republican congressman argues that 2020 was a great year for the GOP, despite Trump's defeat. And a former New York state comptroller discusses the life and legacy of the late David Dinkins, NYC's only black mayor, and the past and future of African-American politics in the city. The post Episode #354: David Dinkins and the Harlem Gang of …
 
Georgia will be experiencing two Senate runoffs next month. Back in 1992, Senator Wyche Fowler was forced into a runoff of his own -- where he lost his seat. Fowler offers similarities and differences between now and then. The post Episode #353: You Never Forget Your First Runoff appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.…
 
Joe Biden may have won the presidency, but he'll serve without the expected Democratic Senate victory, and with a smaller House majority as well. And California Gov. Gavin Newsom will have a tough decision to make in naming a successor to Sen. Kamala Harris. The post Episode #351: Biden Wins (Don’t Tell Trump); GOP Wins Too. appeared first on Ken R…
 
Joe Biden's problems with articulating a coherent policy on court reform has brought comparisons to what FDR faced when he tried to pack the Supreme Court in 1937. And a White House correspondent talks about why he asked President Trump at a news conference why he continues to lie to the American people. The post Episode #349: One Will Be Muted On …
 
Two Senate races in the Carolinas are the focus this week, as incumbent Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is trying to hold off a stiff challenge from Democrat Jamie Harrison, while in North Carolina, marital infidelity charges leveled at Democrat Cal Cunningham could jeopardize his chances against GOP Sen. Thom Tillis. The post Episode #…
 
Selected and limited information from the White House about the president's health has continued with Trump and the coronavirus. And we look back at some great moments in VP debate history. The post Episode #347: More White House Obfuscations Of The Truth appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.…
 
Republicans are being accused of hypocrisy, but at the end of the day there will be a new, very conservative Supreme Court justice to succeed the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg. And remembering the hoopla behind Bill Bradley's presidential candidacy two decades ago. The post Episode #346: The Notorious Mitch McConnell appeared first on Ken Rudin's Politi…
 
Ron Elving analyzes the state of the presidential race with less than eight weeks to go. Plus, could Minnesota, which hasn't voted for a Republican presidential candidate since 1972, flip to Donald Trump this year? And we break down the battle for control of the Senate. The post Episode #345: Soon To Be Unemployed? appeared first on Ken Rudin's Pol…
 
On this special episode, we look back at many great moments from the history of presidential and vice presidential debates, with commentary from several journalists and historians on how those moments may have helped pave the way for the winner to reach the White House. The post Episode #344: Great Moments in Presidential Debates appeared first on …
 
The Republicans wrap up their convention, setting the 2020 election into full swing. We hear from a Republican who avoided Trump in 2016 explain why he's supporting him this year. Plus, a look at QAnon conspiracy theorists winning Republican primaries for the House and Senate, and we preview a tight Massachusetts Senate primary between two Democrat…
 
The Democrats hold a convention like no other. We review the moments that highlighted an emotional and historic week. Plus, unpacking President Trump's attacks on the U.S. Postal Service. And we remember the 1956 Democratic convention, when Adlai Stevenson asked the delegates to decide who his running mate would be. The post Episode #342: Dems the …
 
Far from the coronations they are today, political conventions used to be filled with moments that were contentious, memorable and historic. We journey through political history and revisit historic moments from national party conventions of the past, and consider how the role of conventions in the presidential race has evolved from then to today. …
 
We review the latest scorecard of Joe Biden’s running mate hopefuls. Plus, a look ahead to next week's Minnesota primary and a recap of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's first term in the House. And, author Bruce Watson, who has written a defining book about the Freedom Summer, remembers the horror, and the hope, of those days. The post Episode #340: Hope…
 
We discuss what President Trump might do if Joe Biden is declared the winner in November. Plus, in his new biography of Joe McCarthy, Larry Tye suggests eerie similarities to politics of the present day. And we remember Charles Evers, the brother of the late civil rights leader Medgar Evers, who died last week at the age of 97. The post Episode #33…
 
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District of Columbia recounts her long relationship with the late Georgia Congressman John Lewis. Plus, we set up the battle to win a Kansas Senate seat, and recall when the Georgia delegation was split between backers of segregationist Lester Maddox and civil rights activist Julian Bond at the Democratic …
 
We talk with former Virginia governor Douglas Wilder about his history-making political career. Plus, we examine the extent of voter suppression in this country. And famed TV newsman Marvin Kalb shares his thoughts on President Trump’s attacks on the press. The post Episode #337: Yes Virginia, It Was Historic appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political…
 
Will Sen. Susan Collins' votes to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh and acquit President Trump come back to haunt her in November? Plus, a new book traces the acrimony and hyperpartisanship in our politics to Newt Gingrich. And Bob Shrum, a top aide to John Kerry, talks about the decision to pick John Edwards as Kerry’s running mate. The post Episode…
 
Neal Conan sorts out Joe Biden’s potential VP picks, Supreme Court expert Amy Howe weighs in on Chief Justice John Roberts' decisions on gay rights, DACA, and abortion. And we look at how the latest round of Kennedys are seeking to keep their political family tradition alive. The post Episode #335: The Anticipation Builds appeared first on Ken Rudi…
 
This week on the Political Junkie, an examination of the definite voting trends that have developed during the pandemic. Plus, why several self-inflicted mishaps by former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper now put his Senate primary nomination in question. And, Howard Dean candidly explains what went wrong in his bid for the 2004 Democratic nomin…
 
We break down the landmark Supreme Court decision that forbids job discrimination against LGBTQ people. Plus, a look at why several Democratic members of Congress are facing tough opposition in next Tuesday's New York primary. And a rightwing Virginia congressman sees his political career end in response to his officiating at a same-sex wedding. Th…
 
We examine the primary day nightmare in Georgia, with long lines and broken voting machines. NPR's Ron Elving returns to size up all the potential running mates for Joe Biden. And we remember the career of Robert Byrd, who broke the Senate longevity record 14 years ago this week. The post Episode #332: Who for #2? appeared first on Ken Rudin's Poli…
 
We discuss President Trump’s response to the nationwide demonstrations after the killing of a black man by the Minneapolis police. Plus, Ken interviews Jo Jorgensen, the Libertarian Party's 2020 nominee for president. And, Brigid Callahan Harrison, a Democratic hopeful for a congressional seat in South Jersey talks about conducting a campaign in th…
 
Former attorney general Jeff Sessions is fighting to reclaim the Senate seat he held for two decades - what's at stake? Plus, a scorecard of the nine states holding primaries on June 2nd, and former Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas remembers the political earthquake when Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords quit the GOP in 2001. The post Episode #330: Breaking Up …
 
We look at how President Trump's attacks on President Obama, and the Bidens, have been met with approval by Senate Republicans. Plus, examining the candidates running against Iowa Rep. Steve King, and Jason Marisam, now an assistant attorney general in Minnesota, revisits the paper he wrote 10 years ago on the challenges of holding an election duri…
 
We examine the history of attorneys general and how they sometimes appear to favor the president instead of the Constitution. Plus, the challenges for Vice Presidents as they navigate the pluses and minuses of the presidents they served under. And, George Wallace Jr., remembers the horrific attempt on his father’s life, late Alabama governor George…
 
With Republican-turned-independent-turned Libertarian congressman Justin Amash of Michigan's probable presidential candidacy as a Libertarian, who will be hurt more, Trump or Biden? Former NAACP President Cornell Brooks goes back 60 years when Martin Luther King Jr. was stopped by police while he was driving a white woman in Georgia in 1960. And we…
 
We look at the politics of the pandemic in Georgia and examine what will likely be a very tough race for Senator Susan Collins in Maine. Plus, we go back 50 years and remember the killings of four students at Kent State University by national guardsmen during a protest against the Vietnam War. The post Episode #326: Fifty Years Ago: Tin Soldiers an…
 
What are the usual pluses and minuses nominees look for in picking a VP? Plus, Curt Smith discusses his book about the love affair between politics and baseball. And we go back 20 years to recall the raid in Miami that reunited Elian Gonzalez with his father. The post Episode #325: Biden and History (Part 3) appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political …
 
We review the top political news of the week including the endorsements of Joe Biden by Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama, plus analysis of how Wisconsin voters ousted a conservative Supreme Court justice. Plus, we go back 60 years to remember when also-ran presidential candidate Nelson Rockefeller insisted on platform changes before he would endorse…
 
Wisconsin voters were told to stay home because of the coronavirus and then told to go out and vote in the state's primary. We discuss what put voters in the Badger State in this predicament. Plus, a personal account of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is getting high marks for keeping his state informed. And journalist Ken Walsh discusses his new b…
 
Jonathan Karl, chief White House correspondent for ABC News, discusses his new book describing what it’s like to watch Donald Trump up close. Lou Cannon, who during the Reagan presidency was the chief White House correspondent for the Washington Post, remembers the influence of John Sears, the Reagan strategist who died last week. And former Sen. R…
 
Should media outlets continue covering President Trump’s briefings on the coronavirus live? Plus, the impact of several postponements of presidential primaries. And Steve Forbes reflects on his challenge to George W. Bush during the 2000 campaign and how the Republican Party has changed since. The post Episode #321: The Adult in the Room appeared f…
 
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