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Ken Rudin, the Political JunkieKen 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.

The Political Junkie: Sarah Huckabee Sanders Steps Down, Democratic Debates, And More

Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that she will step down as press secretary by the end of June 2019.
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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders listens to a question as she speaks with reporters outside the White House, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, in Washington.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be stepping down at the end of June, as announced through tweets from President Donald Trump. Sanders has been in Trump’s press office since his 2016 presidential campaign.

Host Frank Stasio talks to the Political Junkie Ken Rudin about this news and what it means for the relationship between the press and the White House. Plus the first round of Democratic presidential debates are in less than two weeks. The Democratic National Committee announced the 20 candidates chosen to participate, cutting three candidates out of the historically large field.

Recent polls show that several of these candidates might have a chance to beat Trump in 2020. Rudin talks about what those polls really show so far out from the presidential race. He also talks about a recent poll showing North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis trailing one of his Democratic challengers, along with other news out of Washington.

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