Ken Rudin - Political Junkie

Ken Rudin, the 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
12:38 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Redistricting: Who Draws The Lines?

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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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The State of Things
12:19 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Political Junkie Ken Rudin Talks NC Congressional Races, Legislature's Short Session

Ken Rudin, the Political Junkie
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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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The State of Things
12:39 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Less Than A Week To Primaries: Political Junkie Ken Rudin

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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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The State of Things
1:00 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Political Junkie Ken Rudin On May Primaries

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Outside money continues to flow into the Senate race in the Tarheel State. Republican Thom Tillis faces challenges on the airwaves as  incumbent Kay Hagan runs ads linking Tillis to sexual scandal. And the field for the 12th congressional district is large. The race for the seat long held by Mel Watt includes six democrats and two republicans. Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the House and Senate races. 

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

Political Junkie 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

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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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