Ken Rudin http://nhpr.org en Why Don't We Pay (More/Any) Attention To Los Angeles Mayoral Elections? http://nhpr.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 27919 at http://nhpr.org Why Don't We Pay (More/Any) Attention To Los Angeles Mayoral Elections? Remembering Those Who Left Us In 2012 http://nhpr.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 19009 at http://nhpr.org Remembering Those Who Left Us In 2012 The Tragedy Of The Demise Of Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. http://nhpr.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 11:33:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 17424 at http://nhpr.org The Tragedy Of The Demise Of Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. Both Sides Itching For A Confirmation Fight Over Susan Rice http://nhpr.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 17111 at http://nhpr.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://nhpr.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 16694 at http://nhpr.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://nhpr.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 11:33:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 16192 at http://nhpr.org What To Look For On Election Day: The Battle For The White House & Congress Republicans On Path To Retaining Control Of The House http://nhpr.org/post/republicans-path-retaining-control-house The 2010 elections, in which Republicans had a net gain of 63 seats in the House, was one for the record books. It was the most impressive showing by the GOP since 1938, when their net House pick up was 80 seats, and the best showing by <em>any</em> party in the House since 1948, when the Democrats added 75 seats. The sweep of two years ago more than wiped out the gains made by the Democrats in the House of 2006 (31 seats) and 2008 (20 more).<p>But many of those districts that went to the GOP were longtime Democratic bastions. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 15:13:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 15693 at http://nhpr.org Republicans On Path To Retaining Control Of The House Is The V.P. Debate A Sideshow Or Something More? http://nhpr.org/post/vp-debate-sideshow-or-something-more The reviews are in and, agree with them or not, most people thought <strong><em>Mitt Romney</em></strong> bested <strong><em>Barack Obama</em></strong> in Wednesday's presidential debate. The two don't meet again until Oct. 16, but in the meantime, there will be the vice-presidential face-off this Thursday.<p>How much pressure is riding on Vice President <em><strong>Joe Biden</strong></em> and Republican challenger <em><strong>Paul Ryan</strong></em>?<p>Some are selling it as a potential game changer. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 10:48:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 14400 at http://nhpr.org Is The V.P. Debate A Sideshow Or Something More? Will The Debates Determine The Outcome? History Says It's Debatable http://nhpr.org/post/will-debates-decide-winner-its-debatable The candidates have gone through the primaries and caucuses, the delegate counts and the conventions. At this point, they're traveling the country, trying to make their case. Now comes the most widely anticipated event in the race for the White House: the presidential debates.<p>Perhaps 60 million people are expected to tune in to the first one Wednesday at the University of Denver. Mon, 01 Oct 2012 10:48:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 13906 at http://nhpr.org Will The Debates Determine The Outcome? History Says It's Debatable As Polls Show Romney Trailing In Swing States, Obama Edges Towards 270 Goal http://nhpr.org/post/polls-show-romney-trailing-swing-states-obama-edges-towards-270-goal <strong></strong>The election is not over, we are told time and time again, and it's not. There are still some 40-plus days to go, there are still debates to be had. It's true that <em><strong>Mitt Romney</strong></em> trails <em><strong>President Obama</strong></em> in most key battleground states, but the margins are in single digits. Mon, 24 Sep 2012 22:27:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 13522 at http://nhpr.org As Polls Show Romney Trailing In Swing States, Obama Edges Towards 270 Goal Numbers Favor Republicans But Path To Senate Majority Is Still Iffy http://nhpr.org/post/numbers-favor-republicans-path-senate-majority-still-iffy Two years ago, I asked Texas Sen. <em><strong>John Cornyn</strong></em>, then (and still) the chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), if the GOP was going to win enough seats to take back the majority it lost in 2006. Mon, 17 Sep 2012 10:48:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 13021 at http://nhpr.org Numbers Favor Republicans But Path To Senate Majority Is Still Iffy Obama Got The Convention Bounce, As Well As Bad Economic Numbers http://nhpr.org/post/obama-got-convention-bounce-well-bad-economic-numbers The Democrats were no sooner out of Charlotte when the bad economic news came.<p>A more disappointing job report than had been forecast. Economic numbers weaker than expected. Just 96,000 jobs were created in August, far fewer than what economists were anticipating. And even a lower unemployment rate — down to 8.1 percent from 8.3 — was explained as that more people had simply stopped looking for work. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 11:39:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 12580 at http://nhpr.org Obama Got The Convention Bounce, As Well As Bad Economic Numbers Memorable Moments From Democratic Conventions Of The Past http://nhpr.org/post/memorable-moments-democratic-conventions-past Perhaps, when they think back to the Republican convention of 2012, it will be <em><strong>Clint Eastwood</strong></em> and his friend, the chair, that people will remember most.<p>Not that <em><strong>Mitt Romney's</strong></em> acceptance speech was lacking. It was good. He laid out his case against <em><strong>President Obama</strong></em> and ended in a flourish. Nobody will confuse him with <em><strong>Ronald Reagan</strong></em>, but he did what he needed to do. Tue, 04 Sep 2012 10:48:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 12165 at http://nhpr.org Memorable Moments From Democratic Conventions Of The Past From Goldwater To Palin: Memorable GOP Convention Moments Of The Past http://nhpr.org/post/goldwater-palin-memorable-gop-convention-moments-past The Republicans hold their national convention in Tampa this week, Tropical Storm Isaac permitting, and it will culminate in the nominations of <em><strong>Mitt Romney</strong></em> for president and <em><strong>Paul Ryan</strong></em> for vice president.<p>Next week it will be the Democrats' turn, in Charlotte, N.C., and the renomination of <em><strong>President Obama</strong></em> and <em><strong>Vice President Biden</strong></em>.<p>The common refrain lately has been that conventions don't matter anymore, that it's just a four-day (three days this year) shmooze-fest that is little more than Mon, 27 Aug 2012 10:46:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 11634 at http://nhpr.org From Goldwater To Palin: Memorable GOP Convention Moments Of The Past Paul Ryan: Bold Move By Romney, More Ammo For Democrats, Or Both? http://nhpr.org/post/paul-ryan-bold-move-romney-more-ammo-democrats-or-both It was almost as if everyone <em>dared <strong>Mitt Romney</strong></em> to make a bold move.<p>He couldn't possibly pick Ohio Sen. <em><strong>Rob Portman</strong></em> or former Minnesota Gov. <em><strong>Tim Pawlenty</strong></em> as his running mate, could he? Too boring, the critics said! Too white bread! Too uninspiring! Mon, 13 Aug 2012 11:31:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 10734 at http://nhpr.org Paul Ryan: Bold Move By Romney, More Ammo For Democrats, Or Both?