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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…
 
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