Ken Rudin http://wdiy.org en Why Don't We Pay (More/Any) Attention To Los Angeles Mayoral Elections? http://wdiy.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 18:18:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 20428 at http://wdiy.org Why Don't We Pay (More/Any) Attention To Los Angeles Mayoral Elections? John Boehner Has Been Up And Down And Up Again. Where Is He Now? http://wdiy.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 13008 at http://wdiy.org John Boehner Has Been Up And Down And Up Again. Where Is He Now? Remembering Those Who Left Us In 2012 http://wdiy.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 12411 at http://wdiy.org Remembering Those Who Left Us In 2012 The Tragedy Of The Demise Of Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. http://wdiy.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 11006 at http://wdiy.org The Tragedy Of The Demise Of Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. Both Sides Itching For A Confirmation Fight Over Susan Rice http://wdiy.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 10688 at http://wdiy.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://wdiy.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 10304 at http://wdiy.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://wdiy.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 9868 at http://wdiy.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://wdiy.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 9470 at http://wdiy.org Republicans On Path To Retaining Control Of The House Is The V.P. Debate A Sideshow Or Something More? http://wdiy.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 8392 at http://wdiy.org Is The V.P. Debate A Sideshow Or Something More? Will The Debates Determine The Outcome? History Says It's Debatable http://wdiy.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 7952 at http://wdiy.org Will The Debates Determine The Outcome? History Says It's Debatable