Episode #18: GOP is Jolly, CPAC is over, and Quinn is in trouble

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A big victory for the GOP in a special Florida congressional seat highlights this week’s Political Junkie.  Host Ken Rudin speaks with Adam Smith of the Tampa Bay Times about the somewhat surprising win by Republican David Jolly in the Sunshine State’s 13th CD.  True, the seat has been in GOP hands since 1955, but since last October’s death of longtime incumbent C.W. Bill Young, Democrats felt they had the advantage:  changing demographics and a well-known candidate, Alex Sink.  But Jolly’s win gives the GOP bragging rights and sets back the Democrats’ hope of picking up a net of 17 House seats this year to make Nancy Pelosi speaker once again.

David Sherfinski covered the Conservative Political Action Conference for the Washington Times and shares his observations about some of the speakers at CPAC event.

And in the podcast version of the program, NPR correspondent David Schaper looks ahead to next Tuesday’s primaries in Illinois, where Pat Quinn, a Democrat who became governor following the impeachment and removal of Rod Blagojevich on corruption charges in 2009, is seeking another term.  By most accounts, Quinn is one of the most endangered governors in the country.
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  1. Joe says:

    Ken! The podcast isn’t loading.

    • Douglas Bell says:

      We had a little issue with the download links; a remnant issue leftover from when we changed the URL of the website earlier this week. It should be fixed now.
      –Douglas Bell, Web Producer

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