Ken Rudin is an American radio journalist. He was included with political news on an assortment of NPR programs. He additionally co-hosted a week by week digital podcast called It's All Politics, a segment called "The Political Junkie" on the NPR program Talk of the Nation. Subsequent to leaving NPR in 2013, he started his very own week by week program, Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.
There are two things to watch out for in next week’s Senate primary in Maine. First, did the Democratic Party establishment, which lined up behind state House Speaker Sara Gideon early, makes a mistake in doing so, given what almost happened in a similar situation in Kentucky? (The answer is probably no.) And will her votes to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh and acquit President Trump come back to haunt Sen. Susan Collins (R) in November? (The guess is it’s very possible.)  Mal Leary of Maine Public Radio handicaps the race.A new book by Princeton’s Julian Zelizer attempts to make the case that much of the polarization and hyper-partisanship in today’s politics can be traced to Georgia’s Newt Gingrich, whose slash and burn tactics helped lead the Republican Party out of the wasteland and into the majority of the House … and whose tactics seem familiar to what we’re witnessing in the White House today.And we go back to 2004 when John Kerry — like Joe Biden of today — was choosing a running mate. Kerry adviser Bob Shrum talks about the pluses and minuses of Kerry’s choice of John Edwards to be his number two. Music used in this podcast:Don’t Come Close by the RamonesSara Smile by Hall and OatesThe Fool On The Hill by The BeatlesDoctor Wu by Steely DanYou Cheated by The ShieldsThe post Episode #336: What Hath Newt Wrought? appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.
The announcement by Joe Biden of a running mate is less than a month away.  Neal Conan analyzes the field and predicts Susan Rice will get the call. Ken Rudin is sticking with Kamala Harris.Chief Justice John Roberts’ decisions on gay rights, DACA, and abortion have infuriated the right. But Supreme Court expert Amy Howe says this is less about Roberts becoming a liberal and more of him being an institutionalist … while remaining a conservative.And with Rep. Joe Kennedy taking on a Democratic senator in Massachusetts and Amy Kennedy seeking the Democratic nomination for a House seat in New Jersey, Barbara Perry of the University of Virginia talks about the latest round of Kennedys seeking to keep their political family tradition alive.Music used in this podcast:Shallow by Lady Gaga & Bradley CooperDo You Like Worms (Roll Plymouth Rock) by The Beach BoysAmie by Pure Prairie LeagueTea for the Tillerman by Cat StevensFamily Affair by Sly & The Family StoneThe post Episode #335: The Anticipation Builds appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.
We may not have final results of Tuesday’s primaries, but we have seen some definite trends develop during these months of contests.  Nathan Gonzales of Inside Elections wonders if what happened with the GOP and tea party activists several years ago may be repeated, only this time with Democrats and their more restless, progressive base.Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has been seen for the longest time as having a very good shot at ousting a Republican senator this year, a result that needs to happen if the Democrats are going to capture the Senate in November.  But, as Colorado pollster Floyd Ciruli says, several self-inflicted mishaps by Hickenlooper now put his nomination in next week’s primary in question.And we repeat an interview we had five years ago with Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor, and 2004 presidential candidate, who candidly explains what went wrong in his bid for the Democratic nomination.  Hint:  It wasn’t because of the scream.Music used in this podcast:Back to Black by Amy WinehouseYou Can’t Always Get What You Want by the Rolling StonesWe Need Universal Vote by Mail by John HickenlooperOld Friends by Simon & GarfunkelI Want to Take You Higher by Sly & The Family StoneThe post Episode #334: House Primaries Claim Yet Another N.Y. Democrat appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.
Robert Barnes of the Washington Post talks about the landmark Supreme Court decision that ended job discrimination against gays and transgender people. Not lost in all the excitement was the fact that the majority opinion was written by Neil Gorsuch, appointed to the Court by President Trump.Several Democratic members of Congress are facing tough opposition in next Tuesday’s New York primary.  Emily Ngo of New York 1 notes that many progressives, inspired by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s upset of House veteran Joe Crowley two years ago, are hoping for more victories on the 23rd.And how could a conservative congressman from Virginia, armed with a big war chest and endorsements from Trump and Jerry Falwell Jr., lose his bid for renomination?  Amy Friedenberger of the Roanoke Times explains.Photo via WikimediaMusic used in this podcast:I Know (You Don’t Love Me No More) by Barbara GeorgeChanges by David BowieHelp! by The BeatlesGod Knows I’m Good by David BowieThe post Episode #333: A Landmark Ruling About Job Discrimination and Gays appeared first on Ken Rudin's Political Junkie.
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