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Episode #10 On The Battle For Congress, Liz Cheney, And Remembering Those Who Passed

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2014 is an election year, with control of the House and Senate at stake.  Host Ken Rudin talks to political analyst Stu Rothenberg about what to watch for.  One Senate campaign that is no longer is the one just ended by Liz Cheney in Wyoming; this week she gave up her primary challenge to Republican incumbent Mike Enzi.  Former Sen. Alan Simpson, a longtime friend of Dick Cheney who endorsed Enzi, talks about how the primary battle was causing anguish among Republicans in the state.

And in the longer version of the broadcast, a farewell to some of the political giants who left us in 2013, with memories from those who knew them well.  Former Congressmen Bob Michel (R) and Dick Gephardt (D) talk about their relationship with Thomas Foley, the former speaker of the House. Former Pennsylvania Gov. and Bush Cabinet official Tom Ridge, along with Stephen Hess of the Brookings Institution, remember Bill Scranton, who challenged Barry Goldwater at the 1964 Republican convention.  And Cokie Roberts talks about her mom, Lindy Boggs, who for nearly a half century was a congressional spouse and a member of Congress herself.

Plus:  a new trivia question, and “this day in history” brings us back to former Georgia governor and senator Zell Miller.

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Podcast artwork generously provided by Mikey Casalaina at evolvedmonkey.com

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6 Comments

  1. Tim Martinson January 10, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Are these available as podcasts? Are they on I tunes store? How do I get these on my (classic) Ipod?

    • Ken Rudin January 13, 2014 at 1:02 am

      Podcast version coming within days!

  2. Patrick January 10, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    I show that the PJ podcast on iTunes is different from this one. How do we subscribe to the podcast shown here?

    Congratulations, BTW, on your Lazarus move!!

    • Rafael January 10, 2014 at 7:25 pm

      It looks like only the short, 8-minute version is offered on ITunes. Any chance you could post the full podcast on Itunes each week?

      • Ken Rudin January 13, 2014 at 1:01 am

        Rafael, I believe we’re within a week of this happening!

  3. Robert Garmong January 13, 2014 at 2:41 am

    I’m with Patrick. I was a long-time listener of the Political Junkie podcast in its earlier incarnation, and I was ecstatic to see its rebirth. However, I’m really a fan of automatic updates, so I would love to be able to subscribe. I know you’re in a rebuilding mode, Ken, so I hope subscriptions will be built in before too long!

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