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Ken Rudin's Political Junkie — It's been a bad time for the media industry. First, Rolling Stone has to apologize for its story on campus rape at the University of Virginia. Then, there are mass resignations at the New Republic. Finally, and probably worse, there's another ridiculously easy ScuttleButton puzzle for you to solve.

Louisiana Joins 32 States With Same-Party Senators — The election of Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) to the Senate on Dec. 6 makes Louisiana the 33rd state where both U.S. senators are from the same parties. Here's the list, and how long it's been effective: Alabama (1996): Jeff Sessions (R) elected to replace the retiring Sen. Howell Heflin (D).

No Longer: Deep South Democratic Senators — With Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) losing her seat to Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) in the Dec. 6 runoff, Democratic senators are now completely shut out of representation in the Deep South for the first time in history. Here is the last time Democrats held Senate seats in Deep South states: Tennessee 2004 - Both seats turned Democratic.

Once, All Eyes Were On Today's La. Runoff — Think way way back, back to October 2014, when we still weren't sure how the midterm elections would turn out. One of the unknowns at the time was which party would wind up controlling the Senate. And one of the uncertainties was wow, wouldn't it be something if we didn't know who would win control until Dec.

Ken Rudin's Political Junkie — Before we all sit down and give thanks, I thought there still might be time for this week's ScuttleButton puzzle. Certainly, one of those things that we all give thanks to. How to Play ScuttleButton, as you may know, is that weekly waste-of-time exercise where we post a vertical sequence of campaign buttons.

Those Still Uncalled 2014 Races — We left you last week with a handful of races that hadn't been called. Here's the latest update: CALLED: STILL TO BE CALLED: Ariz. 02: Republican challenger Martha McSally apparently defeated Rep. Ron Barber (D) by 161 votes out of more than 219,000 cast.

Ken Rudin's Political Junkie — The elections are over. Winners have been congratulated, losers have been consoled. It's time to relax. WRONG!! There are all these campaign buttons that need identifying. Every so often we come across campaign buttons for candidates we've never heard of. How do we identify who they are?

Ken Rudin's Political Junkie — As America prepares for the lame duck session of Congress, I thought I would do my part with a lame ScuttleButton puzzle. Seems fair to me. How to Play ScuttleButton, as you may know, is that weekly waste-of-time exercise where we post a vertical sequence of campaign buttons.

The Lessons Of 2014 — The votes are still being counted in a handful of races around the country, the winners are still basking in their victories, the losers are trying to figure out what went wrong. Of course, that hasn't stopped those from already obsessing over 2016. We'll have plenty of time to prepare for those elections, both presidential and congressional.

Top 30 House Races - Where Incumbent Party Could Change — The Senate may turn. The House, probably not. If anything, Republicans are expected to expand on their current 234-201 advantage (including vacancies). But with great fluctuation in many of the races, there is no shortage of seats that may change parties on Tuesday.
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