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Spending and Controversy Heat Up Tennessee Primaries

Friday, August 06, 2010

Tennessee held Republican primaries for governor yesterday, along with a number of House primaries. The race for governor got national attention last month when Tennessee's Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey made controversial remarks about Islam in a video later published on YouTube

"Now, you could even argue whether being a Muslim is actually a religion, or is it a nationality, way of life, a cult, whatever you want to call it," he continued. "But certainly we do protect our religions, but at the same time, this is something we are going to have to face."

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In Colorado Midterms, Nobody Wants to Be the Insider

Monday, July 26, 2010

It may seem like a distant memory, but back in 2008, the story of the Democratic presidential primary was the rise of a relative newcomer to Washington taking on the party establishment with grassroots organizing. It was a winning strategy for then-candidate Barack Obama in Colorado, where he earned more than two-thirds of the primary votes and defeated Hillary Clinton. 

In Colorado’s Democratic Senate primary this year, there’s another candidate campaigning as an outsider, but the establishment narrative is flipped. This time, the political newcomer is the incumbent, and the challenger is a mainstay of Colorado politics.

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Rundown: Tuesday Primary Elections

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Voters in Utah, South Carolina, and North Carolina will head to the polls for a few final runoffs and primary elections. In Utah, incumbent, three-term Senator Bob Bennett was knocked out at the Utah GOP convention in May, and now two Tea Party candidates will face off against each other.

The Tea Party also looms large in the runoff for the Republican gubernatorial primary in South Carolina. There, Tea Party favorite and Sarah Palin pal Nikki Haley is leading over opponent Gresham Barrett, despite accusations of sex scandals and racial controversies. If elected, Haley, a Punjabi Sikh who converted to Methodism, would be South Carolina's first governor who isn't a white man.

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California Votes to Change Primary Election System

Thursday, June 10, 2010

With all of the attention poured on California's primaries for Senate and governor, you may have missed an even bigger vote that passed in the Sunshine State: 54 percent of California voters passed Proposition 14. Known as “the open-primary initiative,” Prop 14 will essentially do away with party-specific primaries, starting with the 2012 elections. All political candidates will run in a single primary; the two who receive the most votes will run against each other in the general election.

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Primaries Measure Voter Frustrations Across the Country

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Yesterday was the biggest primary day of the year so far, with closely watched races in California, Arkansas, South Carolina, New Jersey, Iowa, and Maine, among other states. The coast-to-coast campaigns for governors, Senate and House seats showed the strength of the Tea Party as well as the well-known power of money.

We take a closer look at races across the country. In California, Carly Fiorina beat out Congressman Tom Campbell for the Republican nomination and will now face Senator Barbara Boxer in the fall. A GOP victory would mark the first time California has sent a Republican to the Senate since 1988. In that state's governor's race, former eBay CEO Meg Whitman secured the Republican nomination and will go on to challenge Democrat Jerry Brown in the fall.

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Top of the Hour: Silicon Valley's Political Power, This Morning's Headlines

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

John Myers, State House Bureau Chief for KQED reports on California's results; headlines.

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Primary Candidates Brace for November Election

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Last night, voters decided the party candidates in four closely watched states: Arkansas, California, Nevada, and South Carolina and seven others. But for many candidates the election battle is only just beginning. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich looks at how the primary winners will fare in November's ballot. Sharron Angle's win in Nevada is both a victory for the Tea Party and for Harry Reid, who has been preparing to face-off against the conservative candidate.

Primaries have wrapped in 12 states across the country 
And joining us now is Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich to read the tea leaves of what last night’s elections could predict for November’s mid term bouts.

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In Primaries, Lincoln Wins in Arkansas, Whitman Wins in California

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

In the latest test of the power of party establishments and anti-incumbent fervor, eleven states held primary races last night. In Arkansas, Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln narrowly defeated a challenge from Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, who had the support of organized labor. In California, two female former CEO's won commanding victories. Former eBay CEO, Meg Whitman took the Republican gubernatorial primary against Steve Poizner, the state's insurance commissioner. Whitman will go on to challenge Jerry Brown, the current state attorney general and former governor. And in California's Senate primary, former Hewlett-Packard CEO, Carly Fiorina won against former Congressman Tom Campbell. Fiorina will face Sen. Barbara Boxer in the fall. California has not sent a Republican to the U.S. Senate since 1988.

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Top of the Hour: Incumbents Look Ahead, This Morning's Headlines

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

KUAR reporter Michael Hibblen on Blanche Lincoln's win in Arkansas; headlines.

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Transportation Nation

From High-Speed Rail to Red Ink: Where California's Governor Wannabes Stand

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

California Attorney General and democratic candidate for governor Jerry Brown (L) shakes hands with a voter as his campaign manager Steven Glazer looks on this morning in Oakland, California. California. Voters are heading to the polls to vote in the primary elections for governor, U.S. Senate and other statewide and local races. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

(Nathanael Johnson, KALW News) - Californians go to the polls today to pick their party nominees for governor.  It's a tough job -- facing the nation's highest budget deficit, and succeeding the meandering political mantle of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

So how do the candidates come down on transportation issues, and the Golden State's crumbling bus systems, rusty rails, ruby red budgets and push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?  The leading pols haven’t said much about transit issues (and did not respond when this reporter asked them directly). Still, we can piece together some idea of how each potential governor would alter California’s transportation environment.

Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner are racing for the Republican nomination. Jerry Brown (barring a last minute scandal) has the Democratic nomination wrapped up. Here’s where they stand:

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Top of the Hour: Primary Day, This Morning's Headlines

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Ian Mylchreest, executive producer of KNPR's State of Nevada on today's primaries; headlines.

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Senator Bob Casey Jr. Reacts to Pennsylvania Primary Results

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

In yesterday's primary, Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter lost to the more liberal candidate, Rep. Joe Sestak. This anti-incumbent fever has been well documented across the country and the question is, what will it mean for sitting Senators and Congressmen? We put that quetion to Sen. Bob Casey Jr., a moderate Democrat from Pennsylvania who has been watching the race closely.

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Governor Ed Rendell on Pennsylvania's Primary Race

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A year ago Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter quit the Republican party to join the Democrats. He won the support of President Obama, organized labor and Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell. But he lacked the support of the voters and lost yesterday's primary to Rep. Joe Sestak. 

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2010 Primaries: Reading the Tea Leaves with David Frum

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

To many political strategists, pundits and observers, the results of yesterday’s primary elections may offer key insights to voter behavior in November’s midterm elections. Did yesterday’s results challenge the popular notion that the 2010 elections will be a correction to the Democratic majority in both the House and the Senate? Or was there even bigger surprises in the form of viable, Tea Party candidate?

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Top of the Hour: 'A Win for the People,' Morning Headlines

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Tony Norman analyzes his state's primary; headlines.

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Top of the Hour: Kentucky Primary, Morning Headlines

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Reporter for WFPL in Louisville, Gabe Bullard describes what the polls look like in Kentucky; headlines.

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As Polls Open on Democratic Primaries, Reports on Two Bellwether Races

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Incumbent Senators Arlen Specter (D-Penn.) and Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) have had tough fights against primary challengers this spring. As polls open today, we look at these two bellwether races with reporters Michael Hibblen of public radio station, KUAR in Little Rock, and Susan Phillips of WHYY in Philadelphia.

We're talking about anti-incumbent fever. Would you vote against your Congressman or Senator today if you could?

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Start the Conversation: Are You Happy With Your Rep?

Friday, May 14, 2010

Incumbents across the country are facing tough primary elections this Tuesday in what's being called "anti-incumbent fever." We're asking listeners, Are you happy with you your elected representatives? Tell us why or not.

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