Ken Rudin - Political Junkie

Ken Rudin, the 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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The State of Things
12:21 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Ken Rudin
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With less than month to go before the May primaries, congressional candidates are making their final appeals to voters. But how big a role does money play in these last stages of a campaign? Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the state’s hottest House races and the role of finances.

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The State of Things
1:07 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

  

Patrick Cannon resigned from his position as Charlotte Mayor after being arrested on public corruption charges this week. Political Junkie Ken Rudin tells us about other public corruption cases in politics. Host Frank Stasio talks with Rudin about the charges and other latest developments in North Carolina politics.

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The State Of Things
5:10 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Between Two Buttons: Ken Rudin On NC Politics

Nick Galifianakis Buttons from Ken Rudin's Collection
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  Everybody is gushing over Zach Galifianakis's  mock interview with President Obama:

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The State Of Things
12:47 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Political News Round Up with the Junkie

A wake county jury says United States Senate candidate Greg Brannon misled investors. How will it affect his race? And Governor McCrory’s shopping trip ends with an employee being fired. Host Frank Stasio talks with Political Junkie Ken Rudin about these issues and other political news around the state.

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The State Of Things
9:24 am
Fri February 7, 2014

This Day In N.C. History With Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Helms and Hunt campaign buttons
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Political Junkie Ken Rudin reminds us of the significance of this day in North Carolina political history: February 7, 1984 was the filing deadline for the U.S. Senate seat sought by two Tar Heel State giants: Governor Jim Hunt (D) vs. Senator Jesse Helms (R), who was seeking his second term.  Helms would go on to win a narrow victory in the fall.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Political Junkie Ken Rudin about that epic face-off, Clay Aiken's shift from music to politics and the effects of the farm bill on North Carolina. Today at noon on The State of Things.

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The State of Things
12:03 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

The State Of The Union: What It Means For North Carolina

Political Junkie Ken Rudin
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In his annual address to the nation, President Obama discussed raising the minimum wage for federal workers and closing the gender wage gap. He also praised North Carolina's innovation hub.

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Politics & Government
11:40 am
Fri January 31, 2014

The Political Junkie: Unexpected Result Of State Of The Union

Ken Rudin joins host Frank Stasio most Fridays to talk politics. This week, Ken will be part of a panel discussing President Obama's State of the Union speech, and some of the unexpected results:

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The State Of Things
10:52 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Political Junkie Ken Rudin On The Future Of Blue Dog Democrats

Representative Mike McIntyre announced that he will not seek another term. The blue dog democrat likely faced a difficult battle to retain his seat in the state's 7th district which was redrawn by Republican legislators in 2011. Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the future for conservative democrats and other political topics in the state. 

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The State of Things
11:56 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan budget deal this week. The measure prevents another immediate government shutdown but the fight on Capitol Hill over spending and taxation is far from over.

And a tweet by North Carolina Republican Bob Rucho sparks national controversy. Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the latest developments in politics, nationally and in North Carolina. 

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The State of Things
2:14 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Ken Rudin Reflects On Mandela's Legacy

As the world mourns the passing of South African President Nelson Mandela, political expert Ken Rudin reflects on Mandela’s legacy. He’ll also offer an update on the race for the United States Senate seat currently held by democrat Kay Hagan. Host Frank Stasio talks with Political Junkie Ken Rudin about the latest in the world of politics.

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