Don Gonyea http://publicradioeast.org en While Campaigning For Other Democrats, Sen. Warren Gains Fans http://publicradioeast.org/post/while-campaigning-other-democrats-sen-warren-gains-fans Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>We report next on a woman who's become a focus of presidential speculation. Hillary Clinton, of course, is an overwhelming front-runner for the Democratic nomination, but Elizabeth Warren has excited a lot of Democratic activists. The Massachusetts senator is spending her summer traveling the country.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>She is campaigning for other Democrats which, of course, puts her in front of a lot of crowds. Today she'll visit Detroit addressing the Netroots Nation conference. That's a major annual gathering of progressive activists. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:35:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 46686 at http://publicradioeast.org Like Clockwork, Impeachment Talk Surfaces — But Action's Unlikely http://publicradioeast.org/post/clockwork-impeachment-talk-surfaces-actions-unlikely When a U.S. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:19:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 46557 at http://publicradioeast.org Like Clockwork, Impeachment Talk Surfaces — But Action's Unlikely Die-Hard Fans Still Fill The Grids With Balls And Strikes http://publicradioeast.org/post/die-hards-fans-still-fill-grids-balls-and-strikes Transcript <p>DON GONYEA, HOST: <p>And before R. A. Dickey headed off to the ballpark, I tossed him one more question about a decades-old baseball ritual - following the game with a pencil and a scorecard - keeping score.<p>R. A. DICKEY: I grew up watching WGN and TBS from my living room and having a scorebook there and, like, keeping score off the television. At the end of it, it's like you've put together this really neat puzzle and woven this story, and you've somehow played a part in it.<p>I'll never forget watching WGN and trying to get Shawon Dunston over 300 for the year. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 45153 at http://publicradioeast.org In The Battle To Host The 2016 GOP, It's Alt Country Vs. Rock http://publicradioeast.org/post/battle-host-2016-gop-its-alt-country-vs-rock Transcript <p>DON GONYEA, HOST: <p>Call it the first official contest of the 2016 presidential campaign. Sure, the election's a couple of years away. Nevertheless, we have a pair of finalists. They are cities hoping to host the Republican National Convention two summers from now. In this corner, Dallas, Texas.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BIG D")<p>FRANK LOESSER: (Singing)You're from Big D. My, oh, yes. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 45161 at http://publicradioeast.org Meet The New Stars Of Campaign Ads: Mom And Dad http://publicradioeast.org/post/meet-new-stars-campaign-ads-mom-and-dad It's the summer of a campaign year and once again the airwaves, the Internet, and likely your own Facebook and other social media feeds are full of political ads.<p>In the primaries, we've already seen ads featuring <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EIMkxNhClQ">cartoon turtles</a>, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBNQBx6JOcw">gator wrestling</a>, lots of dogs, horses and, of course, guns — propped against pickup trucks or resting over shoulders.<p>And in one case, there's the candidate <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOoXJI4vBns">shooting a drone</a> out of the sky. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:25:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 44774 at http://publicradioeast.org Meet The New Stars Of Campaign Ads: Mom And Dad The Specter Of Iraq Haunts The Political Life Of Barack Obama http://publicradioeast.org/post/specter-iraq-haunts-political-life-barack-obama Iraq has long played a major role in President Obama's political life, going back to his earliest days as an Illinois state senator barely known outside of his Chicago district.<p>Obama's early anti-Iraq war stand would become a centerpiece of his first run for the White House, but it's since been a persistent crisis that's been his to manage, despite his every effort to put it behind him.<p>In late 2002, before the Iraq war had begun, then-state Sen. Obama appeared on <em>Public Affairs,</em> a Chicago television program hosted by Jeff Berkowitz. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 44295 at http://publicradioeast.org The Specter Of Iraq Haunts The Political Life Of Barack Obama As News Of Cantor's Upset Settles, A Shakeup Still Looms On The Hill http://publicradioeast.org/post/news-cantors-upset-settles-shakeup-still-looms-hill Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, BYLINE: And I'm Melissa Block. Republicans are reeling from the<p>stunning news out of the Virginia GOP primary last night. Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the number two Republican in the U.S. Congress, was not just upset, he was beaten badly by a relatively unknown challenger. His name is David Brat. He's a college professor who used Tea Party backing to beat Cantor by 11 points. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:18:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 43711 at http://publicradioeast.org Clinton Uses 'Hard Choices' Book Tour To Steer Benghazi Message http://publicradioeast.org/post/clinton-uses-hard-choices-book-tour-steer-benghazi-message Republicans have been using the 2012 attack in Libya against her. Analysts say while Hillary Clinton is talking about Benghazi, she is defining the issue herself well ahead of any political campaign. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:25:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 43643 at http://publicradioeast.org Senate Expected To Approve Sebelius Replacement At HHS http://publicradioeast.org/post/senate-expected-approve-sebelius-replacement-hhs The Senate votes Thursday on the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be Health and Human Services Secretary, replacing Kathleen Sebelius. Burwell was running the Office of Management and Budget. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 09:29:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 43169 at http://publicradioeast.org With California Campaign, Political Pundit Decides To Try It Himself http://publicradioeast.org/post/california-campaign-political-pundit-decides-try-it-himself Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>You'll hear this all the time in news stories about politics. At a certain point a political analyst or pundit is quoted offering insight. Maybe they're university professors with expertise on an issue or on candidates in their region of the country. So what happens when one of those go-to experts removes their pundit hat and becomes a candidate? Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:22:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 42970 at http://publicradioeast.org Mitt Romney Emerges As A Player In Midterm Elections http://publicradioeast.org/post/mitt-romney-emerges-player-midterm-elections The ex-presidential candidate is on the campaign trail, picking winners in a number of key primaries. He says his goal is to help the GOP have a great 2014, including seizing control of the Senate. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 09:11:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 42906 at http://publicradioeast.org Former Obama Campaigner Tries Running For Himself In Iowa http://publicradioeast.org/post/former-obama-campaigner-tries-running-himself-iowa Could President Obama one day motivate future generations to run for office, the way that John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan have? It's too early to tell if a trend will take hold, but there is at least one key Obama campaign veteran now running for statewide office.<p>Brad Anderson was the spokesman for Obama's 2008 Iowa campaign. Four years later, he ran the president's entire Iowa operation. Now Anderson is running for Iowa secretary of state.<p>At 39 years old, he's never run for office himself — unless you count that race for class treasurer back in third grade. Thu, 22 May 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 42005 at http://publicradioeast.org Voters Go To Polls On Primary Season's Busiest Day Yet http://publicradioeast.org/post/voters-go-polls-primary-seasons-busiest-day-yet Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. It is the busiest day on this year's election calendar so far. Voters are going to the polls in six states across the country. In Kentucky, the ballot feature is one of the most important Senate primaries of 2014, a Tea Party-backed challenge to Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. Tue, 20 May 2014 20:37:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 41892 at http://publicradioeast.org After Nearly 50 Years In Office, Conyers Might Not Make The Ballot http://publicradioeast.org/post/after-nearly-50-years-office-conyers-might-not-make-ballot A local elections official has ruled that Rep. John Conyers of Detroit, who's served in the House for nearly 50 years, has failed to collect enough valid signatures to appear on the Democratic primary ballot. He's appealing the decision; if he loses, it could be an ignominious end to a distinguished career. Thu, 15 May 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 41485 at http://publicradioeast.org Gaffe Breathes New Life Into Iowa Senate Race http://publicradioeast.org/post/gaffe-breathes-new-life-iowa-senate-race This year, Iowa will elect a new U.S. senator, thanks to the retirement of five-term Democrat Tom Harkin.<p>For a time, this was a seat Democrats didn't think they needed to worry about; Rep. Bruce Braley was considered the favorite to win the seat in November.<p>Thanks to a serious gaffe, though, the seat looks to be in play. Now, five Republican hopefuls, none well-known statewide, are all racing toward the June primary.<p>On a recent afternoon, candidate Mark Jacobs worked the basement community room at the Harlan Public Library in western Iowa. Tue, 06 May 2014 22:06:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 40737 at http://publicradioeast.org Gaffe Breathes New Life Into Iowa Senate Race Politicians Get Personal With Memorable Early Campaign Ads http://publicradioeast.org/post/campaign-ad-challenge-relate-biography-30-seconds-or-less <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnVDAfkLHK8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mucYcm6moe0</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QLBvk932bw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXqHI059n90</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 20:22:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 39868 at http://publicradioeast.org Politicians Get Personal With Memorable Early Campaign Ads Obama, Bush Mark Passage Of 1964 Civil Rights Act http://publicradioeast.org/post/obama-bush-mark-passage-1964-civil-rights-act Barack Obama and George W. Bush, two U.S. presidents with little in common in terms of policy, personal style and politics, each paid tribute to the legacy of President Lyndon Johnson. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:44:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 38657 at http://publicradioeast.org Austin Hosts Presidents Past And Present To Honor Civil Rights http://publicradioeast.org/post/austin-hosts-presidents-past-and-present-honor-civil-rights President Obama is in Austin, Texas, honoring the legacy of President Lyndon Johnson and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He's one of four U.S. presidents to appear at a civil rights summit this week. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 38617 at http://publicradioeast.org For Political Conventions, Another Balloon Bursts http://publicradioeast.org/post/political-conventions-another-balloon-bursts There's news today about the 2016 presidential campaign that has nothing to do with the growing list of would-be candidates with White House aspirations.<p>It's about the big nominating conventions the Democrats and Republicans hold every four years. Legislation the president signed Thursday afternoon means those huge political extravaganzas will no longer receive millions of dollars in taxpayer support. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:33:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 38049 at http://publicradioeast.org For Political Conventions, Another Balloon Bursts The Senate Versus The CIA: A Struggle At Flashpoint http://publicradioeast.org/post/congress-vs-cia-struggle-over-transparency-nears-flashpoint A Senate committee is expected to vote this week on whether to release a lengthy, years-in-the-making document based on a review of CIA practices regarding torture and enhanced interrogation of suspected al-Qaida terrorists.<p>The investigation and the report are part of a power struggle between two of the most powerful figures in the U.S. intelligence community — CIA Director John Brennan and California Democratic Sen. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:03:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 37938 at http://publicradioeast.org The Senate Versus The CIA: A Struggle At Flashpoint