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Political Commentator and Columnist
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The Political Junkie. Former NPR, ABC, Hotline, Camp Lokanda. Junkie podcast/column/ScuttleButton have all returned! http://www.krpoliticaljunkie.com

Ken Rudin: Early polls may not matter, but debates do

usatoday.com — On-air showdowns give us the televised moments that shape a campaign. With former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore joining the fun, there are now 17 declared Republican candidates for president. But you'd never know it, given the almost blanket coverage the media have been giving to just one of them, billionaire real-estate mogul/TV reality star Donald Trump.
Aug 04, 2015

Early polls may not matter, but debates often do: My column in USA Today. usat.ly/1g4tDfz

Aug 04, 2015

RT @kenrudin: Early polls may not matter, but debates often do: My column in USA Today. usat.ly/1g4tDfz

Has Trump, like McCarthy, done enough?

postcrescent.com — He had a history of saying incendiary things. His fellow Republicans, even those who deeply disliked him, refused to take him on; most simply tolerated his antics and stayed silent. But this time, he went too far. "You've done enough," Joseph Welch, the up-to-that-moment tolerant attorney for the Army, said to the senator from Wisconsin.

Rudin: Has Trump, like McCarthy, done enough?

usatoday.com — Fellow Republicans of red-baiting senator stayed silent, until he went too far. He had a history of saying incendiary things. His fellow Republicans, even those who deeply disliked him, refused to take him on; most simply tolerated his antics and stayed silent. But this time, he went too far.
Jul 21, 2015

Has Donald Trump finally gone too far? My column in USA Today. usat.ly/1JeFDXN

This Month in N.H. Primary History: The Hazard of Using Polls to Anoint 'Frontrunners'

nhpr.org — July 1, 1995 - In the race for the 1996 Republican presidential nomination, Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole holds a 39-point lead over Sen. Phil Gramm in an average of national polls.
Jul 01, 2015

A new feature for New Hampshire Public Radio: This Month in N.H. Primary History. bit.ly/1T5ucEC

Rudin: Dennis Hastert's sad, sick legacy

thenorthwestern.com — The Republican Party was in serious trouble approaching the 2006 midterm elections. President Bush's numbers were sinking. The war in Iraq was not going well. Gasoline and food prices were skyrocketing. The government's response to Hurricane Katrina was met with widespread anger.

Dennis Hastert's sick, sad legacy: Column

usatoday.com — The God-and-family party has an incredible ick factor. The Republican Party was in serious trouble approaching the 2006 midterm elections. President Bush's numbers were sinking. The war in Iraq was not going well. Gasoline and food prices were skyrocketing. The government's response to Hurricane Katrina was met with widespread anger.

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.
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

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.
May 22, 2015

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

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.
May 18, 2015

This button is the answer to last week's trivia question. To see the question, go to bit.ly/1EYyjcO pic.twitter.com/ph9oc8YkBA

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.
May 18, 2015

#MadMen may be over but ScuttleButton certainly isn't. Solve the new puzzle at bit.ly/1HpNOAk,

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Aug 30, 2015

Latest Iowa numbers, as per Des Moines Register. Rs: Trump 23, Ben Carson 18, Cruz & Walker 8 each. Ds: Clinton 37, Sanders 30, Biden 14.

Aug 28, 2015

Yes, this is one of the lamest ScuttleButton puzzles of all time. But it's Friday, so I'm forgiven! Right? bit.ly/1EnGbdd

Aug 28, 2015

Starting next Wednesday and continuing the first Wednesday of EVERY MONTH, Neal Conan​ will be my special guest on the Political Junkie.

Aug 28, 2015

This button is the answer to last week's trivia question. To see the question, go to bit.ly/1Ui4ADc pic.twitter.com/t1BMbZ7Hc0

Aug 28, 2015

N.C. is bracing for tropical storms and, even more worrisome, the Political Junkie. Today, on @WUNC's @state_of_things -- 12:06 pm.

Aug 27, 2015

BUTTON OF THE DAY: In anticipation of #nationalburgerday, I can't wait to hear Donald Trump's latest… instagram.com/p/65IJipk9i8/

Aug 27, 2015

Live, and in color! A full hour of political yakking, today on @917wvxu , 1-2 pm Eastern. bit.ly/1EZDfi4


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