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Political Junkie Ken Rudin

The field of contenders for the senate seat held by democrat Kay Hagan continues to grow. North Carolina Speaker of the House Thom Tillis leads the GOP primary competitors according to a new poll. And American Idol Clay Aiken considers a congressional bid against 2nd district incumbent Renee Ellmers. Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the latest campaign news and the upcoming State of the Union address.

Laura Lee was the managing editor of The State of Things until mid February 2017. Born and raised in Monroe, North Carolina, Laura returned to the Old North state in 2013 after several years in Washington, DC. She received her B.A. in political science and international studies from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002 and her J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 2007.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.