Don Gonyea http://kgou.org en In The Battle To Host The 2016 GOP, It's Alt Country Vs. Rock http://kgou.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 32315 at http://kgou.org Die-Hard Fans Still Fill The Grids With Balls And Strikes http://kgou.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 32321 at http://kgou.org Meet The New Stars Of Campaign Ads: Mom And Dad http://kgou.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 21:07:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 32003 at http://kgou.org Meet The New Stars Of Campaign Ads: Mom And Dad The Specter Of Iraq Haunts The Political Life Of Barack Obama http://kgou.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 31610 at http://kgou.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://kgou.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 31122 at http://kgou.org Clinton Uses 'Hard Choices' Book Tour To Steer Benghazi Message http://kgou.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 31075 at http://kgou.org Senate Expected To Approve Sebelius Replacement At HHS http://kgou.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 30697 at http://kgou.org With California Campaign, Political Pundit Decides To Try It Himself http://kgou.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 20:59:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 30523 at http://kgou.org Mitt Romney Emerges As A Player In Midterm Elections http://kgou.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 30473 at http://kgou.org Former Obama Campaigner Tries Running For Himself In Iowa http://kgou.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 29773 at http://kgou.org