National Politics

Part 2 of a talk from this past summer with an American Enterprise Institute scholar Karlyn Bowman on the election.

Part 1 of a talk from this past summer with an American Enterprise Institute scholar Karlyn Bowman on the election.

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The White River National Forest wipes out a multi-million dollar marijuana grow site near Ruedi Reservoir.

The City of Aspen and a condo developer are battling it out in court this week, arguing about access to a downtown building.

And dark money is flowing into a state senate race in our region.

Republicans are going after the millennial vote in the hotly contested US Senate Race... that pits Mark Udall against Cory Gardner.

Rob St. Mary

On Saturday, August 9th, Ken Rudin aka "The Political Junkie" shared his insights on the upcoming elections, how Colorado plays into the equation, and his love of political buttons.

Rudin was interviewed by former NPR editor, and current Aspen Public Radio board member, Loren Jenkins. "The Political Junkie" also took questions from the audience at the 3rd Street Center in Carbondale.

Ken Rudin is one of America’s foremost experts in politics and campaign history. He focuses on all aspects of politics, from presidential elections—with the primaries, national conventions, debates and general election—to the races for the House, Senate and state governors. He has analyzed every congressional race in the nation since 1984.

Ken began his NPR career in 1991. He has worked with correspondents and reporters both at the network and member-station level. From 2006-2013, Ken was regularly heard on of the Nation in the weekly, and very popular, Political Junkie segment. He also helped create It’s All Politics the podcast, which ran for seven years. In his Political Junkie weekly column— which first appeared on The Washington  Post website before coming to NPR—Ken previewed the politics of the week and explored campaign history, strategy, trivia and lore, along with his well-known ScuttleButton contest.

For most of the past 20 years, Ken was the eyes and ears of NPR’s political coverage in his position as NPR political editor and resident “Political Junkie.” As a political junkie for many decades, Ken has one of the most extensive collections of campaign buttons in the country, a collection that now surpasses 70,000 items.

McCloskey Speaker Series - A Conversation with Democratic Governors

Democratic governors will discuss how their priorities are making a difference and the challenges that lie ahead. Featured special guests include: Gov. Mark Dayton of Minnesota, Gov. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado, Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri, Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland, and Gov. Peter Shumlin of Vermont.

This event will be moderated by Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson.

McCloskey Speaker Series - A Conversation with Republican Governors

A panel of Republican governors will address the economy, how they are building skills for a 21st century workforce and share their ideas for improving their state’s education, tax and immigration policies.  Featured special guests include: Gov. Rick Scott of Florida, Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina, and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin. The event will be moderated by Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson.

Screenshot from aspeninstitute.org. July 24th, 2014.

A handful of Republican governors spoke on a panel at the Aspen Institute last night to a packed house. That included New Jersey governor and 2016 presidential hopeful Chris Christie. Improving government was the top theme of the night--- and some trash talk about the Democratic Party.

McCloskey Speaker Series - A Conversation with U.S. Representative John R. Lewis

Congressman John R. Lewis (D-GA), civil rights leader, and co-author of the bestselling graphic memoir March: Book One (Top Shelf Productions), is the recipient of numerous awards from eminent national and international institutions, including the United States' highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His new graphic memoir trilogy, March, is a vivid first-hand account of Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Book One spans Lewis' youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, building to a stunning climax on the steps of City Hall.

Valley Roundup - July 4th, 2014

Jul 4, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup for Friday July 4, 2014. 

This week we feature a single interview on the show.  Admiral Mike McConnell retired this week from his post as Vice Chairman of Booz Allen Hamilton the giant intelligence contractor for the U.S. Government.  Most people know it as the company that employed Edward Snowden. 

In his long career Admiral McConnell also served as director of the National Security Agency (NSA) in the 1990’s.  He was Director of National Intelligence under Presidents Bush and Obama and was the top intelligence officer for General Colin Powell in the run-up to the Iraq war in 2003. 

It was Powell who told President Bush before the invasion that, “If you break it you own it.” In an interview, McConnell told us that what is happening now in Iraq validates Powell’s prediction. 

McConnell was in town for the Aspen Ideas Festival and we spoke in his room at the Aspen Meadows.  Note: an edited version of this interview aired earlier in the week.

Afternoon of Conversation

* PepsiCo Chairperson and CEO Indra Nooyi in conversation with David Bradley

* Former Vice President Al Gore with David Gergen

* Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in conversation with Andrea Mitchell

* The Race Card Project with NPR’s Michele Norris and Guests

* Gen. David Petraeus (Ret., US Army) in conversation with Bob Schieffer

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