Ken Rudin - Political Junkie

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Ken Rudin has a problem:  he is hooked on politics. The political junkie regularly joins The State of Things for Friday discussions about the political world in North Carolina. Ken’s experience spans three decades of political coverage, most recently at NPR.

From the latest congressional news to behind-the-scenes views on the campaign trail, Ken offers political insight, historical analysis and trivia. More information, including his weekly scuttlebutton puzzle, can be found at his website.

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Republican Sen. Thom Tillis skipped out on a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing about ISIS last week and instead met privately with former Vice President Dick Cheney. This follows Tillis’ loud campaign criticism of former Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan for her attendance record at meetings related to ISIS.

Meanwhile, Gov. Pat McCrory has signed a bill that widely protects Confederate monuments in the state. 

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The legal challenge against North Carolina's voter ID law goes to trial next week. It's the culmination of two years' worth of arguments over the elections law passed in 2013.

Meanwhile, an early poll shows billionaire Donald Trump is the most popular Republican presidential candidate in North Carolina. 

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The North Carolina legislature voted to override a veto by Governor McCrory. The move puts a measure into law that allows magistrates who disagree with same-sex marriage to opt out of performing marriages.

And Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton speaks out against voting restrictions like the one’s passed by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2013. Republican leaders push back, saying voting regulation is a state issue. 

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The North Carolina General Assembly gets a veto from Governor McCrory on their measure to exempt some magistrates from performing marriages. And the Patriot Act is set to expire this weekend.

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A federal appellate court declares phone data collection by the NSA under the Patriot Act illegal.

At the same time, North Carolina Senator and Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr calls for extension of the Patriot Act which is set to expire at the end of the month. 

Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the latest on the NSA and other political news around the state.

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A controversial bill that would have outlawed any state action that might burden one's exercise of religion is dead in the North Carolina House. 

Republican leaders said they are dropping the Religious Freedom Act to focus on legislation to boost the economy and create jobs.

House lawmakers also voted yesterday to extend the waiting period for abortions from one day to three. 

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North Carolina's Religious Freedom Restoration Act is marinating in the state House while lawmakers are on vacation. Similar measures in Indiana, Arkansas and Maine have attracted national attention.

Supporters say the bills protect their rights to worship freely while opponents say they allow private companies to discriminate against the LGBT community. 

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Governor Pat McCrory and state Senate leaders clashed this week over how to distribute sales tax revenues.

Meanwhile, in the House, lawmakers passed a bill to restore historic preservation tax credits but a medical marijuana proposal died in House committee. Advocates say just having a chance to speak was a victory.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Political Junkie Ken Rudin about the latest in North Carolina political news.

Governor Pat McCrory unveiled his budget plan yesterday.

Education tops the governor's priority list but critics say it doesn't go far enough. Meanwhile, in Washington, Senate democrats are calling for a vote on North Carolina native Loretta Lynch's confirmation as attorney general. Both North Carolina senators have pledged to vote against her confirmation. 

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The governor and the legislature are at odds over changes at the Department of Transportation concerning layoffs and the gas tax. 

Plus, President Obama chose North Carolina native Loretta Lynch to fill the attorney general position, but her confirmation hearings have been delayed. 

Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about these stories and other political news around the state.

The North Carolina General Assembly is back to work in Raleigh and lawmakers are filing dozens of bills.

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With the start of the legislative session fast approaching, lawmakers begin to announce their proposals for the new year. One state representative says banning racial profiling tops the list. Political Junkie Ken Rudin gives us the latest on that and other politics around the state.

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  Governor Pat McCrory joined 16 other state leaders in a lawsuit against the President over his executive action on immigration. The group contents Obama overstepped his authority. Republicans in Congress have threatened to shutdown the government over the policies.

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The dust has settled from last week’s elections and both parties are looking to the future. State house members gear up for their internal contest to fill the Speaker seat vacated by Senator-elect Thom Tillis.

Democrats reevaluate their position and assess their leadership possibilities. Also, Governor Pat McCrory is joined by two former governors in a lawsuit against the legislature over the authority to develop and appoint commissions. Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the latest.

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The election is just a few days away, and candidates are making their final pushes to encourage voters to head to the polls.

Nearly a million North Carolinians have already cast their ballots in the state through early voting which ends tomorrow.

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The airwaves are flooded with ads for Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis, and their race is on track to be the most expensive Senate race in history. Does the money matter? And the state will host several political celebrities in the coming weeks to stump for Hagan and Tillis: Hillary Clinton, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney. Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the senate race and other political issues around the state.

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  Governor Pat McCrory says there are big problems with legislature’s approach to Duke Energy’s coal ash cleanup.  He will not sign the measures they passed, but he will let them become law. He is expected to challenge them later. Plus democratic Senator Kay Hagan says she will not participate in the Time Warner Cable debate with her challenger, North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis. Organizers say the debate will proceed without her. Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about coal ash, the debates and other political news around the state.

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Four decades ago, Richard Nixon became the first United States president to resign. For many historians, the Watergate scandal marked the beginning of the end of Nixon’s tenure. And his departure from the White House marked the beginning of a loss of public trust in government.

    

The race for North Carolina’s Senate seat takes new twists and turns. Incumbent Kay Hagan seeks to balance the interests of the state Democratic Party members while challenger Thom Tillis tries to broker a budget deal in the North Carolina legislature. Host Frank Stasio  talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the intricacies of the Senate race, plus the latest in North Carolina politics.

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Former Baptist minister Mark Walker defeated Phil Berger Jr. in a runoff election for the 6th district Republican primary this week. 

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When Howard Lee was elected as mayor of Chapel Hill in 1969, he made history. Lee was the first African American elected to run a majority white city in the south since Reconstruction. The post marked the beginning of Lee’s long career in public service. Host Frank Stasio talks with Howard Lee and political junkie Ken Rudin.  A timeline from UNC-TV traces Lee's long career in North Carolina politics and policymaking.

The unexpected primary defeat of House Majority leader Eric Cantor by his tea party backed challenger has pundits assessing the future of the GOP. What does Cantor’s loss mean for Congress and for the state of the Republican party? Plus, NC House Speaker Thom Tillis juggles his work as a legislator with his run for United States Senate. Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the latest.

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In 1964, the Supreme Court held that the voting power of each individual should be equal. But do current voting districts reflect the principle of “one person, one vote”?

Two former North Carolina mayors have joined a coalition seeking to put the power to draw voting districts in the hands of a non partisan commission.

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It’s been a busy week for North Carolina politics.

The race for North Carolina’s congressional seat in the 2nd District is set. Former American Idol star Clay Aiken will face incumbent Republican Renee Ellmers in November.

State lawmakers also returned to Raleigh this week. They got started with new rules about protesting at the General Assembly.

Host Frank Stasio talks with the Political Junkie, Ken Rudin about North Carolina politics.

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North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis this week. Tillis is also backed by former Florida governor Jeb Bush. Tillis’s rival Greg Brannon received the endorsement of Senator Rand Paul. Will big name endorsements give one candidate enough lead to avoid a run-off in the race for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Kay Hagan?  Just days away from the primaries, political junkie Ken Rudin takes a look at the state’s hottest races. Host Frank Stasio talks with Rudin about the factors that will matter next week at the polls.

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