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The Political Junkie. Former NPR, ABC, Hotline, Camp Lokanda. Junkie podcast/column/ScuttleButton have all returned! t.co/Ed4snKXx1q

This Week's Trivia Question

krpoliticaljunkie.com — Russ Feingold announcing he will attempt to win back the Wisconsin Senate seat he lost in 2010 to Republican Ron Johnson leads to this week's trivia question: Who was the last senator defeated for re-election who challenged the person who beat him six years later? Submit your answer in the box below.

Ken Rudin's Political Junkie

krpoliticaljunkie.com — Last month's "Who Dat?" feature left a lot to be desired. For some time now, we've been offering photos of unknown buttons, arranged alphabetically by candidate names, for you to help identify. But last month focused on candidates whose last name began with an "I" - and there were only a handful to illustrate.

This Week's Trivia Question

krpoliticaljunkie.com — Philadelphia is holding its mayoral primary on Tuesday, which prompted this question: When was the last time a former mayor appeared on a major-party presidential ticket? Submit your answer in the box below. We'll pick a winner at random from the bunch. The winner will get a fabulous Political Junkie button.

Ken Rudin's Political Junkie

krpoliticaljunkie.com — Spoiler alert: In the final episode of "Mad Men," there is no reference at all to ScuttleButton puzzles or the delight that some people get in solving them week after week. I'm probably going to stop watching. How to Play ScuttleButton, as you may know, is that weekly waste-of-time exercise where we post a vertical sequence of campaign buttons.

This Week's Trivia Question

krpoliticaljunkie.com — With Dan Donovan (R) winning the special congressional election in New York's 11th District earlier this week, and with the special election in Mississippi's 1st CD coming up on Tuesday, it seemed clear that we needed a "special" trivia question this week.

Ken Rudin's Political Junkie

krpoliticaljunkie.com — Sure, we have the NBA playoffs, the NHL playoffs, the Kentucky Derby and the Fight of the Century. But do they compare to the excitement of solving ScuttleButton? I ask you. How to Play ScuttleButton, as you may know, is that weekly waste-of-time exercise where we post a vertical sequence of campaign buttons.

Ken Rudin's Political Junkie

krpoliticaljunkie.com — We know there's no "I" in team ... or, as my son once said during a T-ball game, "There's no 'I' in 'victory." Still trying to figure that one out. But as it turns out, there are not many unknown campaign buttons that begin with the letter "I" either.

Ken Rudin's Political Junkie

krpoliticaljunkie.com — An exciting week of politics, with more candidates getting into the race and others about to do so. What makes it complete of course is ... ScuttleButton. How to Play ScuttleButton, as you may know, is that weekly waste-of-time exercise where we post a vertical sequence of campaign buttons.

Ken Rudin's Political Junkie

krpoliticaljunkie.com — There's something devilishly fun putting up ScuttleButton on April 1st. That's all I'm going to say. How to Play ScuttleButton, as you may know, is that weekly waste-of-time exercise where we post a vertical sequence of campaign buttons. Your job is to take one word (or concept) per button and add 'em up to arrive at a famous name or familiar expression.

Reid Gives Up Senate Seat; Rubio Is Next

krpoliticaljunkie.com — The retirement announcement of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid was deservedly front-page news, but it's hard to make the case that it was a surprise. The 75-year old Nevada Democrat suffered serious eye and facial injuries in a New Year's Day exercise accident, his numbers at home were not great and, for the first time, there has been open disenchantment among his fellow Democrats about his leadership.
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May 22, 2015

@coralhei What makes the language on this button even more distressing is that it was an official item sold at the GOP convention in '08.

May 22, 2015

This button is the answer to last week's trivia question. For the question, go to bit.ly/1Kp6VeQ pic.twitter.com/7I1Ge1uMWB

May 22, 2015

A new batch of unknown buttons to identify -- beginning with the letter "J." Thanks for your help! bit.ly/1GtW0ye

May 22, 2015

BUTTON OF THE DAY: This may be one of the few buttons in my collection that mentions "Memorial Day."… instagram.com/p/2_Ogk1E9k4/

May 21, 2015

BUTTON OF THE DAY: Reading all the mixed feelings about David Letterman's career reminds me of this… instagram.com/p/283ah4E9ms/

May 21, 2015

Podcast! @cathleendecker of the L.A. Times on Loretta Sanchez's unbelievable gaffe -- is it her Macaca moment? krpoliticaljunkie.com/episode-77/

May 21, 2015

Podcast! Craig Gilbert (@WisVoter) on the return of Russ Feingold and a look at the 2016 Wisconsin Senate race. krpoliticaljunkie.com/episode-77/

May 21, 2015

Mike Huckabee says he'll skip the Iowa Straw Poll in August, joining Jeb Bush; 4 years ago he criticized those who did the same thing.

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