Government http://kcur.org en Kansas City Women Versus Tom Pendergast http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-women-versus-tom-pendergast <p></p><p></p><p>In the 1920s and '30s, Kansas City was defined by the corruption of the political machine run by “Boss” Tom Pendergast. But the machine finally was brought down, in no small part through the efforts of reform-minded women.</p><p>Former Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes tells the story of these “civic housekeepers” whose fight came to a dramatic conclusion with the ballot-box victories of 1940, Pendergast’s imprisonment in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth, and the smashing of machine-mob rule.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:29:41 +0000 Steve Kraske, Hannah Copeland & Danie Alexander 59036 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Women Versus Tom Pendergast Farm Bill Analysis Yields Surprising Results http://kcur.org/post/farm-bill-analysis-yields-surprising-results <p></p><p>Recently, <a href="http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/article/lobbyists-all-kinds-flock-farm-bill" target="_blank">Harvest Public Media took a look at the new Farm Bill</a>, and what they found might surprise you.</p><p>On Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we discuss how little influence farmers and agricultural groups had in shaping the bill and look at who the major players actually were.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:48:33 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 58864 at http://kcur.org Wolf, Zahnter Prepare To Challenge Pat Roberts http://kcur.org/post/wolf-zahnter-prepare-challenge-pat-roberts <p></p><p>Pat Roberts has represented Kansas in the U.S. Senate since 1997, but he’s up for re-election and facing several competitors in the Republican primary.</p><p>On Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with two of those challengers, Republicans Milton Wolf and Alvin Zahnter. We discuss about how healthcare laws, the job market and more.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Milton Wolf,</strong> U.S. Senate candidate from Overland Park</li><li><strong>Alvin Zahnter,</strong> U.S. Senate candidate from Russell, Kan.</li></ul> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:04:58 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 58863 at http://kcur.org Wolf, Zahnter Prepare To Challenge Pat Roberts Supreme Court's 'Agency Fees' Ruling Impact On Kansas City Unions http://kcur.org/post/supreme-courts-agency-fees-ruling-impact-kansas-city-unions <p></p><p>Last week we saw the closing of another Supreme Court session with landmark rulings about religious freedom, cell phone privacy, and recess appointments. But there was another decision: a 5-4 ruling that may have an impact on unions and how they operate, including right in the Kansas City area. On Tuesday's <em>Up To Date,&nbsp; </em>guest host <a href="http://kcur.org/people/brian-ellison">Brian Ellison</a> talks with the AFL-CIO's Craig Becker on the highest court in the land's ruling on union agency fees.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:54:35 +0000 Brian Ellison & Hannah Copeland 58550 at http://kcur.org Supreme Court's 'Agency Fees' Ruling Impact On Kansas City Unions Many States Fail On Policies For New Parents, Study Says http://kcur.org/post/many-states-fail-policies-new-parents-study-says <p>It's scary being a new parent, and many state regulations make the adjustment period very difficult for new moms and dads who have jobs. A recent study gives both Kansas and Missouri a failing grade in this area.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:47:42 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 58273 at http://kcur.org Many States Fail On Policies For New Parents, Study Says The CIA From The Cold War To Today http://kcur.org/post/cia-cold-war-today <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Since its creation in the late </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">1940s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the CIA has changed from a relatively limited intelligence agency to a big player in America's military complex.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske, Cody Newill & Beth Lipoff 56695 at http://kcur.org The CIA From The Cold War To Today The New Democrat http://kcur.org/post/new-democrat <div><p></p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Monday's&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we sit down with Al From, author of <em>The New Democrats and the Return to Power</em>. &nbsp;He joins Steve Kraske&nbsp;for a look at the history and future of the Democratic Party. &nbsp;As founder of the Democratic Leadership Council he ushered in a new breed of Democrat with Bill Clinton's administration. &nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Mon, 05 May 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Jenny Whitty 55135 at http://kcur.org The New Democrat Figuring Out The Federal Reserve http://kcur.org/post/figuring-out-federal-reserve <p></p><p>You know the Federal Reserve is important to the government, but what does it really do?</p><p>On Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with Federal Reserve Bank President Esther George about why Kansas City has a Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City. We'll also look at the history of the bank at its centenary.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Esther George,</strong>&nbsp;president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City&nbsp;</li></ul> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:18:37 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 53798 at http://kcur.org Figuring Out The Federal Reserve Opening Police Records In Kansas http://kcur.org/post/opening-police-records-kansas <p></p><p>If the police staged a massive raid on your house, complete with assault weapons, you’d want to know why. But finding that out in Kansas is tricky and costly.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>On Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we look at a <a href="http://www.kshb.com/news/investigators/openrecords" target="_blank">KSHB-TV investigative report</a> on the problems local residents have had getting police records open in the state.</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guests:</span></strong></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:12:45 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 53453 at http://kcur.org Opening Police Records In Kansas Looking At The State Of KCK And WyCo http://kcur.org/post/looking-state-kck-and-wyco <p>It’s been nearly a year since Mark Holland became mayor of Kansas City, Kan., and it’s time to see what influence he’s wielded in the city over that time.</p><p>On Wednesday's<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em> Up to Date</em></a>, Mayor Holland joins us in the studio to talk about the city’s economic development, public health programs and other issues.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:43:33 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 51799 at http://kcur.org Looking At The State Of KCK And WyCo Committee 'Green Lights' KU Med Center Building Project http://kcur.org/post/committee-green-lights-ku-med-center-building-project <p>The legislative committee charged with overseeing state building projects today added money to next year’s budget to help the University of Kansas fund construction of a $75 million classroom building on its Kansas City, Kan. campus.</p><p>The Joint Committee on State Building Construction voted to add $1.4 million to the fiscal 2015 budget to help pay for bonds that will be issued to fund the project.&nbsp; The plan is for the state to contribute $15 million over time to help finance up to $35 million in construction bonds.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 17:21:52 +0000 Jim McLean 51287 at http://kcur.org Committee 'Green Lights' KU Med Center Building Project Grandview Mayor Pleads Guilty http://kcur.org/post/grandview-mayor-pleads-guilty <p>Former Grandview Mayor Stephen Dennis, who resigned without explanation last January, has plead guilty to wire fraud. The former mayor admitted Tuesday that he improperly used two checks worth $35,000.</p><p>In the second half of Wednesday's <em><a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/date">Up to Date</a>,&nbsp;</em>41 Action News reporter <strong>Ryan Kath</strong>, who broke the story last month, joins us to discuss&nbsp;this turn of events and what it means for local politics.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 17:09:57 +0000 Steve Kraske & Cody Newill 51170 at http://kcur.org Grandview Mayor Pleads Guilty An Interview With The Former U.S. Ambassador To Portugal, Allan Katz http://kcur.org/post/interview-former-us-ambassador-portugal-allan-katz <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Allan Katz recently returned from foreign service as the U.S. Ambassador to Portugal to teach at his alma mater, </span>UMKC<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Katz was a friend of Barack Obama (before he became President Obama) which he says contributed to being chosen as the ambassador. President Obama nominated Katz in 2009, which was followed by what Katz says was a long, arduous process of congressional approval. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 20:24:18 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 47127 at http://kcur.org An Interview With The Former U.S. Ambassador To Portugal, Allan Katz Barack Obama: Race & Politics In The Age of Fracture http://kcur.org/post/barack-obama-race-politics-age-fracture <p>If you want to stir the pot of controversy, adding a dash of race and a pinch of politics is a sure way to spice up the discussion.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Wednesday&#39;s </span><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Up to Date</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, we discuss how President Obama seems to straddle both political and racial divides and why understanding that tension is crucial to navigating the fractious issues that dominate today&rsquo;s legislative landscape.</span></p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 14:45:52 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 44921 at http://kcur.org Barack Obama: Race & Politics In The Age of Fracture Courts Get First Crack At Clay Co. Charter Change http://kcur.org/post/courts-get-first-crack-clay-co-charter-change <p></p><p>A radical change taking party politics out of Clay County government has been sidetracked on its path to voters in November.</p><p>Courts have been asked to intervene and declare the measure as unconstitutional.</p><p>The bipartisan panel that designed the change voters would decide drew wrath of the elected, 3-member County Commission.&nbsp;</p><p>To Commissioner Luann Ridgeway it would be a costly experiment. That puts her at odds with a charter committee leader Craig Porter, and both are Republicans.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 22:15:44 +0000 Dan Verbeck 43426 at http://kcur.org Recovering Politicians: A Twelve-Step Guide http://kcur.org/post/recovering-politicians-twelve-step-guide <p></p><p>We’ve all seen it, a politician’s life derailed by scandal or personal crisis. While in years past that meant retirement from public life, nowadays we’re just as likely to see these individuals re-emerge to campaign another day.</p><p></p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 20:38:02 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 43025 at http://kcur.org Recovering Politicians: A Twelve-Step Guide Jackson County Exec. Talks Assessments, Courthouse http://kcur.org/post/jackson-county-exec-talks-assessments-courthouse <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Breaking news update: </strong>Mike Sanders has announced he is stepping down as chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party.&nbsp;</p><p>Jackson County is really hopping these days. Between fluctuating property assessments and the courthouse renovation, the county’s missteps and triumphs are keeping people talking.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:40:11 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 41089 at http://kcur.org Jackson County Exec. Talks Assessments, Courthouse Behind The Politico Playbook http://kcur.org/post/behind-politico-playbook <p>Perplexed by the inner workings of our nation’s capital? Baffled by Beltway politics?</p><p><strong>Mike Allen</strong>, the man behind the daily <em>Politico Playbook</em> knows how to untangle it all.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 40360 at http://kcur.org Behind The Politico Playbook Gov. Nixon Signs New Laws For Veterans http://kcur.org/post/gov-nixon-signs-new-laws-veterans <p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon <a href="http://governor.mo.gov/newsroom/2013/Gov_Nixon_signs_bills_to_benefit_veterans_current_members_of_the_military">signed several pieces of legislation on Wednesday </a>aimed to benefit veterans and their families on a tour that included stops at Cape Giardeau and Springfield. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 14:02:47 +0000 Scott Harvey & Jacob McCleland 39982 at http://kcur.org Gov. Nixon Signs New Laws For Veterans The Ethics Professors: Government & Privacy http://kcur.org/post/ethics-professors-government-privacy <div>Should the government be able to access your telephone records? Are the actions of the NSA any worse than companies like Google that constantly mine our information?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p></p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 15:14:16 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 39232 at http://kcur.org The Ethics Professors: Government & Privacy Kansas Legislature Finishes In Overtime http://kcur.org/post/kansas-legislature-finishes-overtime <p>The Kansas Legislature finished its overrunning session in the early hours of June 2, passing its budget and tax plans<strong>.</strong></p><p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 16:04:02 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 37829 at http://kcur.org Kansas Legislature Finishes In Overtime Faulty Property Assessments In Jackson County? http://kcur.org/post/faulty-property-assessments-jackson-county <div>Jackson County officials are <strong>acknowledging that new valuations </strong>on 18,000 residential properties <strong>may not be accurate</strong> and need additional review.</div><p> Fri, 24 May 2013 15:31:33 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 37316 at http://kcur.org Faulty Property Assessments In Jackson County? Legislative Wrap-up: Missouri General Assembly http://kcur.org/post/legislative-wrap-missouri-general-assembly <p>The <strong>Missouri General Assembly</strong> wraps up today. Will your income taxes <strong>be cut</strong>? Will <strong>sales taxes jump</strong> to pay for highways?</p><p> Fri, 17 May 2013 14:25:31 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 36929 at http://kcur.org Legislative Wrap-up: Missouri General Assembly America's Shifting Foreign Policy http://kcur.org/post/americas-shifting-foreign-policy <p></p><p>Over the past few years, the United States has <strong>started to withdraw its aid and influence</strong> from regions like the Middle East, and that is creating space for <strong>other countries to assume more powerful positions</strong>.</p><p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 35876 at http://kcur.org America's Shifting Foreign Policy KCK Mayoral Debate http://kcur.org/post/kck-mayoral-debate <p>Join <em><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date">Up to Date</a></em> <strong style="line-height: 1.5;">at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 1</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, at the&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Kansas City, Kan., Main Library, 625 Minnesota Ave., </strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">for the</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"> final debate</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of the Kansas City, </span>Kan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">., </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">mayoral race</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 17:10:03 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 34300 at http://kcur.org KCK Mayoral Debate Candidates Seek Kansas City, Kansas Top Post http://kcur.org/post/candidates-seek-kansas-city-kansas-top-post <p>When <strong>Joe Reardon</strong> said he was <strong>stepping down</strong> as <strong>mayor of Kansas City, Kan.</strong> and CEO of Wyandotte County, it surprised many. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 03:12:45 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 32048 at http://kcur.org Candidates Seek Kansas City, Kansas Top Post Former Senator Looks Back At Life In The Center http://kcur.org/post/former-senator-looks-back-life-center <p>In a country that's<strong> increasingly partisan</strong>, sometimes it's the centrist who's got a <strong>unique point of view</strong>.</p><p>On Friday's <em><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date">Up to Date</a></em>, we'll talk with former U.S. Sen. <strong>Ben Nelson</strong>, a Democrat who spent his time in national government as a swing voter in the center.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 32011 at http://kcur.org Former Senator Looks Back At Life In The Center Reacting To The State Of The Union Address http://kcur.org/post/reacting-state-union-address <p>In last night's <strong>State of the Union</strong> address, <strong>Pres. Obama </strong>addressed the <strong>federal minimum wage</strong>, <strong>economic growth</strong> and <strong>tax policy</strong> as well as action on <strong>gun control</strong>, among other things. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:58:45 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 31923 at http://kcur.org Reacting To The State Of The Union Address New Session, Old Issues In Missouri http://kcur.org/post/new-session-old-issues-missouri <p>With the new year comes a<strong> new session for Missouri lawmakers</strong> in Jefferson City.<br><br> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 31050 at http://kcur.org New Session, Old Issues In Missouri Training Women Leaders In Politics http://kcur.org/post/training-women-leaders-politics <p>As the number of female elected officials has steadily increased, so has the interest in training women to follow in their footsteps. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 15:29:07 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 30963 at http://kcur.org Training Women Leaders In Politics