The Increasing Strength of the GOP

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Since the days of the Whigs and the Federalists, the US has been a two-party nation, each party flexing its biceps in respective areas, but today-s 109th Congress is enjoying an historic single-party dominance. Republicans control the White House, Senate and House of Representatives. With controversial judicial nominations before the Senate, and expected dissent from the minority Democrats, Majority Leader Bill Frist will push for "the nuclear option," a rules change that would end the centuries-old ability for the minority party to filibuster majority proposals. Is this an isolated moment for the GOP or the temporary ebb and flow of political power? Guest host Diana Nyad explores the political power of the right with political reporters for the Los Angeles Times and the Economist. (An extended version of this program aired earlier today on To the Point.)
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Villaraigosa mayoral campaign

Hahn re-election campaign

Fausset/Hernandez article on end of LA mayoral race

Credits

Host:
Warren Olney

Producer:
Frances Anderton