Ken Rudin http://kmuw.org en Why Don't We Pay (More/Any) Attention To Los Angeles Mayoral Elections? http://kmuw.org/post/why-dont-we-pay-moreany-attention-los-angeles-mayoral-elections <em><strong>Horace Greeley</strong></em> may have suggested at one point that going west might be a good idea, but he probably wouldn't be happy to see what's going on with Los Angeles as of late. The Dodgers are in last place in the National League West, the Angels are hovering near the bottom of the American League West, and the Lakers' appearance in the playoffs was brutally short. Tue, 21 May 2013 18:36:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 17584 at http://kmuw.org Why Don't We Pay (More/Any) Attention To Los Angeles Mayoral Elections? Joe Biden Has History On His Side But Little Else If Hillary Clinton Runs http://kmuw.org/post/joe-biden-has-history-his-side-little-else-if-hillary-clinton-runs It's pretty much a truism in American political history: If the president is not running again and the vice president wants his party's nomination, it's his for the asking.<p>That was the case in 1960, with <em><strong>President Eisenhower</strong></em> term-limited and Vice President <em><strong>Richard Nixon's</strong></em> path to the GOP nomination unimpeded.<p>It was also true in 1968, when <em><strong>President Johnson</strong></em> decided not to run again and his vice president, <em><strong>Hubert Humphrey</strong></em>, won the Democratic nomination despite not having entered a single Tue, 07 May 2013 10:47:27 +0000 Ken Rudin 16810 at http://kmuw.org Joe Biden Has History On His Side But Little Else If Hillary Clinton Runs John Boehner Has Been Up And Down And Up Again. Where Is He Now? http://kmuw.org/post/john-boehner-has-been-and-down-and-again-where-he-now As <em><strong>John Boehner</strong></em> finally got the votes to put him over the top, and his re-election as Speaker of the House became official, one had to wonder what was going on in <em><strong></strong></em> his mind.<p>If Boehner has had a rough two years in trying to keep his fellow Republicans on the same page in their battles with <em><strong>President Obama</strong></em>, he endured a miserable couple of weeks in the lead up to the fiscal cliff agreement. His dealings with Obama went nowhere. Mon, 07 Jan 2013 11:18:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 10828 at http://kmuw.org John Boehner Has Been Up And Down And Up Again. Where Is He Now? Remembering Those Who Left Us In 2012 http://kmuw.org/post/remembering-those-who-left-us-2012 In political terms, 2012 was not the greatest of years. We witnessed an ugly, personal, petty, and often childish presidential election. Living in a "battleground" or "swing" state often meant being bombarded 24/7 by an incessant barrage of negative campaign commercials. And just as we were finally emerging from the campaign, we ended the year with an unfathomable tragedy, the gunning down of 20 children at an elementary school in Connecticut.<p>But before we enter the new year with new dread, it's time to stop and remember those voices in the world of politics we lost. Mon, 24 Dec 2012 11:08:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 10291 at http://kmuw.org Remembering Those Who Left Us In 2012 Gov. Christie Re-Election Bid In N.J. Heads Up 2013 Election Calendar http://kmuw.org/post/gov-christie-re-election-bid-nj-heads-2013-election-calendar We may be still catching our collective breath over the 2012 elections, but fear not, political junkies: The 2013 elections are already getting under way. Here is what's at stake:<p><strong>Governor:</strong> New Jersey, where Gov. <em><strong>Chris Christie</strong></em> (R) has announced he will seek re-election, and Virginia, where Gov. <em><strong>Bob McDonnell</strong></em> (R) must step down after one term.<p><strong>Mayor:</strong> The big attractions are New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Detroit and Seattle.<p>And then there are the unexpected contests. Mon, 03 Dec 2012 11:49:30 +0000 Ken Rudin 9317 at http://kmuw.org Gov. Christie Re-Election Bid In N.J. Heads Up 2013 Election Calendar The Tragedy Of The Demise Of Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. http://kmuw.org/post/tragedy-demise-congressman-jesse-jackson-jr It is always sad to watch a once-highly regarded public official, with seemingly unlimited potential, self-destruct. It's even sadder when that person offering so much hope represented a congressional district that has long been suffering economically, that desperately needed advocates on its behalf, and where the two previous incumbents left a trail of shame.<p>But <em><strong>Jesse Jackson Jr.</strong></em>, the privileged son of a famed civil rights leader, has fallen from grace as well. Mon, 26 Nov 2012 11:38:41 +0000 Ken Rudin 8990 at http://kmuw.org The Tragedy Of The Demise Of Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. Both Sides Itching For A Confirmation Fight Over Susan Rice http://kmuw.org/post/both-sides-itching-confirmation-fight-over-susan-rice The election was over. As <em><strong>President Obama</strong></em> faced the press in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday, the anger and bitterness of his long battle with <em><strong>Mitt Romney</strong></em> seemed to have faded. Unlike President <em><strong>George W. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 11:33:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 8716 at http://kmuw.org Both Sides Itching For A Confirmation Fight Over Susan Rice Who Gets The Blame For The Romney Loss? The Tea Party Has A Theory. http://kmuw.org/post/who-gets-blame-romney-loss-tea-party-has-theory It was an election that, once upon a time, many thought was stacked in <em><strong>Mitt Romney's</strong></em> favor.<p>Unemployment was hovering around eight percent, a number that was much higher in black and Latino households. Many had simply given up and stopped looking for work, pessimistic about the future. Voters were still skeptical or fearful about <em><strong>President Obama's</strong></em> health care plan, and small business owners were bracing for what they thought would be higher costs. Mon, 12 Nov 2012 11:33:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 8373 at http://kmuw.org Who Gets The Blame For The Romney Loss? The Tea Party Has A Theory. What To Look For On Election Day: The Battle For The White House & Congress http://kmuw.org/post/what-look-election-day-battle-white-house-congress Tuesday, as those who follow politics probably know, is Election Day. The battle between President<em><strong> Barack Obama</strong></em> and Republican challenger <em><strong>Mitt Romney</strong></em> has been contentious, expensive, personal, illuminating, ugly, frustrating, petty, enlightening and, above all, long. Mon, 05 Nov 2012 14:08:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 8011 at http://kmuw.org What To Look For On Election Day: The Battle For The White House & Congress Running Mate Scorecard: Ups And Downs Since 1964 http://kmuw.org/post/running-mate-scorecard-ups-and-downs-1964 It will be a while before we know if presidential candidate Mitt Romney's pick of Rep. Paul Ryan to join the Republican ticket will be a plus or minus for his campaign.<p>In my view, not since Jack Kennedy picked Lyndon Johnson has the choice of a running mate truly affected the outcome in November. LBJ did, after all, help bring Texas to the Democratic fold in 1960. But the record for subsequent No. 2s is a bit mixed. Here's my scorecard:<p><strong>1964</strong><p><strong>Democrat</strong>: President Lyndon Johnson, without a vice president since he succeeded the assassinated John F. Sat, 11 Aug 2012 12:37:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 3876 at http://kmuw.org Running Mate Scorecard: Ups And Downs Since 1964