politics http://kcur.org en Examining 2016 Election Buzz http://kcur.org/post/examining-2016-election-buzz <p></p><p>The buzz around Washington is about the next presidential election— and they’re talking about Hillary Clinton. It might seem like it’s a long way off, but inside the beltway, it’s never too soon for that kind of chatter.&nbsp;</p><p>On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we’ll talk about that speculation with Carl Cannon, the Washington bureau chief of RealClearPolitics, and Time Magazine's David von Drehle. We’ll also take a look at some of the other issues heating up the capital this week.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 53851 at http://kcur.org Examining 2016 Election Buzz In The Trenches Of The White House Press Corps http://kcur.org/post/trenches-white-house-press-corps <p>You’re in Washington, and you’ve got the plum assignment—covering the White House. You might get to ride on Air Force One and travel the world with the president, but is it really as glamorous as it sounds?</p><p>On Monday's<em><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"> Up to Date</a></em>, we talk with NPR’s Tamara Keith and Bloomberg’s Margaret Talev about their experiences as White House correspondents. We discuss the&nbsp;challenges and the excitement of reporting on the president, and what it’s like to be in that briefing room.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 53795 at http://kcur.org In The Trenches Of The White House Press Corps Creating A Calm Setting For Controversial Conversations http://kcur.org/post/creating-calm-setting-controversial-conversations <p>Don’t discuss religion or politics — that’s what they say about making polite conversation. But a non-profit is trying to change that way of thinking.</p><p>On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with representatives from the <a href="http://kc.tothevillagesquare.org/">Village Square</a>, a group that encourages civil discussion about often controversial civic issues.</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Guests:</strong></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:51:08 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 52463 at http://kcur.org Creating A Calm Setting For Controversial Conversations 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 What's In Store For 2014? http://kcur.org/post/whats-store-2014 <p></p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 19:32:14 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 49091 at http://kcur.org What's In Store For 2014? A Look Inside The Political Process http://kcur.org/post/look-inside-political-process <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Political maneuvering is nothing new in Kansas City, and nowhere has that been more apparent lately than in the failed attempt to get a translational medicine tax established in Jackson County.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, our political pundits discuss where political money goes and the latest in Missouri, Kansas and federal lawmaking.&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guests:</span></strong></p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16:32:09 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 47678 at http://kcur.org A Look Inside The Political Process Politics And Prose: Bob Woodward http://kcur.org/post/politics-and-prose-bob-woodward <p>He's famous for his work in the Washington Post exposing the Watergate scandal, and journalist <strong>Bob Woodward </strong>is still addressing contentious issues.&nbsp;</p><p>In the second part of Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we get his views on the Affordable Care Act&nbsp;and how Washington works today.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><p><strong>Bob Woodward</strong>, journalist. His latest book is <em>The Price of Politics</em>.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 17:03:05 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 47080 at http://kcur.org Politics And Prose: Bob Woodward Chris Matthews: Tip, The Gipper & The Debt Ceiling http://kcur.org/post/chris-matthews-tip-gipper-debt-ceiling <p>Way back in 1981 when Ronald Reagan was president, politics simply worked, or at least that&rsquo;s what Chris Matthews says.</p><p>On Tuesday&#39;s <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with Matthews about his new book, <em>Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked</em>, which chronicles the bipartisan efforts of President Reagan and then Speaker of the House Tip O&rsquo;Neil to raise the debt ceiling and pass other important legislation back in 1981, and why Congress just can&rsquo;t seem to do the same now.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske, Beth Lipoff & Cody Newill 45180 at http://kcur.org Chris Matthews: Tip, The Gipper & The Debt Ceiling 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 A Return To Washington For Former Congressmen http://kcur.org/post/return-washington-former-congressmen <p>What do you do after your congressional career is finished?</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the first part of Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we catch up with two former U.S. congressmen from Missouri, Alan Wheat and Kenny </span>Holshuf, who have returned to Washington as policy advisors&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">on behalf of a local law firm.</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guests:</span></strong></p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 43786 at http://kcur.org A Return To Washington For Former Congressmen A Presidential Bond: Likable Ike & Tricky Dick http://kcur.org/post/presidential-bond-likable-ike-tricky-dick <p></p><p>It was an odd couple who won the 1952 presidential race: Likable Dwight "Ike" Eisenhower and tricky Richard "Dick" Nixon.&nbsp;</p><p>In the second part of Thursday's <em><a href="http://kcur.or/programs/date">Up to Date</a></em>, we’ll take a look at the complicated relationship between the two men with <strong>Jeffrey Frank</strong>, author of <em>Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage</em>.</p><p><strong>Guest: </strong></p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 43465 at http://kcur.org A Presidential Bond: Likable Ike & Tricky Dick Peeking Behind Washington's Political Curtains http://kcur.org/post/peeking-behind-washingtons-political-curtains <div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Would you have guessed that the funeral of “Meet the Press” host Tim </span>Russert<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> would be a crucial networking event?</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>On Monday's<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em> Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with <strong>Mark Leibovich</strong>, The New York Times Magazine’s chief national correspondent and author of <em>This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America's Gilded Capital</em>, &nbsp;about how the elbow rubbing game works inside the beltway and w Sun, 08 Sep 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 43219 at http://kcur.org Peeking Behind Washington's Political Curtains 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 Changing The Charter To Alter KC's Course http://kcur.org/post/changing-charter-alter-kcs-course <p>The first Kansas City charter passed more than 90 years ago. Now, it might be time to change the rules.</p><p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:54:50 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 38721 at http://kcur.org Changing The Charter To Alter KC's Course The Ethics Professors: Political Scandals, Clothing Consciousness & Federal Fumbles http://kcur.org/post/ethics-professors-political-scandals-clothing-consciousness-federal-fumbles <p><strong>Would you pay more</strong> for an article of clothing if it meant the person who made it worked in safe factory conditions and earned a fair wage?</p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 23 May 2013 15:54:46 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 37246 at http://kcur.org The Ethics Professors: Political Scandals, Clothing Consciousness & Federal Fumbles 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 The Case For Progress In A Networked Age http://kcur.org/post/case-progress-networked-age <p></p><div>Although the Internet seems like a tangled network, there is an <strong>underlying structure</strong> that guides its development.</div><div> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 04:19:06 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 27433 at http://kcur.org The Case For Progress In A Networked Age A Conservative, A Liberal, And A Moderate Walk Into A Bar... http://kcur.org/post/conservative-liberal-and-moderate-walk-bar <p>Sometimes politicians are funny on purpose, and other times what politicians say in all seriousness is the greatest joke of all.</p><p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:46:35 +0000 Jeffrey Harvey & Jabulani Leffall 27169 at http://kcur.org A Conservative, A Liberal, And A Moderate Walk Into A Bar... Election 2012 Debate From The KC Library http://kcur.org/post/election-2012-debate-kc-library <p>In the waning days of the 2012 political campaign, KCUR and the Kansas City Public Library will join forces to present a discussion of the most important election issues.</p><p> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 20:54:50 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 26720 at http://kcur.org Election 2012 Debate From The KC Library Political Power Of Imagery http://kcur.org/post/political-power-imagery <p>What images best convey the meaning of politics in America? An exhibition at the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence explores this idea through photography, prints, paintings, archival political ads, and a poodle skirt.&nbsp; Thu, 18 Oct 2012 14:05:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 26090 at http://kcur.org Political Power Of Imagery The Men In The Middle: Jim Lehrer, Big Bird Caught In Debate Crossfire http://kcur.org/post/men-middle-jim-lehrer-big-bird-caught-debate-crossfire <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oWmGDsbq3o</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 15:42:00 +0000 editor 25521 at http://kcur.org The Men In The Middle: Jim Lehrer, Big Bird Caught In Debate Crossfire 5 Myths About The Presidential Race http://kcur.org/post/five-myths-about-presidential-race There's always a lot of noise around a presidential campaign — minor flaps that suck up a lot of media attention but are forgotten by Election Day.<p>John Sides, a political scientist at George Washington University and a founder of the blog <a href="http://themonkeycage.org/">The Monkey Cage</a>, says there's no need to worry about a lot of the ephemera that news coverage tends to focus on.<p>"I'm telling you, all the fun things don't matter," Sides says.<p>At a talk Tuesday at the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government and Public Policy at Washington University in St. Tue, 02 Oct 2012 19:22:00 +0000 editor 25412 at http://kcur.org 5 Myths About The Presidential Race Understanding The Clintons http://kcur.org/post/understanding-clintons <p>Perhaps the trajectory of the political lives of <strong>Bill and Hillary Clinton</strong> can be understood only through the prism of their personal relationship. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 23:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 25119 at http://kcur.org Understanding The Clintons Obama Talks Of Slavery, Romney Of Freedom At Clinton Global Initiative http://kcur.org/post/obama-talks-slavery-romney-freedom-clinton-global-initiative One presidential candidate <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/09/25/remarks-president-clinton-global-initiative">talked</a> about slavery, <a href="http://www.mittromney.com/news/press/2012/09/mitt-romney-delivers-remarks-clinton-global-initiative">the other</a> of freedom.<p>And the speeches President Obama and Mitt Romney gave at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York on Tuesday were as different as the men themselves.<p>Obama's topic was the tragedy of human trafficking and efforts by his administration to address a problem affecting the developing and developed wor Tue, 25 Sep 2012 22:31:00 +0000 Frank James 25067 at http://kcur.org Obama Talks Of Slavery, Romney Of Freedom At Clinton Global Initiative The Political Pundits: Six Weeks & Counting http://kcur.org/post/political-pundits-six-weeks-counting <p>Many pundits and pollsters say that this year's Presidential race is already over: polls show Democratic <strong>President Barack Obama</strong> with a commanding lead over Republican challenger, <strong>Mitt Romney</strong>.</p><p> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 03:08:36 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 24947 at http://kcur.org The Political Pundits: Six Weeks & Counting What It Takes To Win And Hold The White House http://kcur.org/post/what-it-takes-win-and-hold-white-house <p>No matter how charismatic a candidate may be, it's not the individual who wins the Presidency, it's the team around him or her. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 23:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 24267 at http://kcur.org What It Takes To Win And Hold The White House Decoding Political Rhetoric http://kcur.org/post/decoding-political-rhetoric <p>If you watched the political conventions of the past two weeks, did you find yourself nodding in agreement or shaking your head in disbelief during the many speeches given?&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 02:59:40 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 24224 at http://kcur.org Decoding Political Rhetoric Steve Kraske Reports From Republican National Convention http://kcur.org/post/steve-kraske-reports-republican-national-convention <p>Today guest host Brian Ellison talks with the man he's sitting in for, <strong>Steve Kraske</strong>.&nbsp; Wed, 29 Aug 2012 21:04:13 +0000 Brian Ellison & Danie Alexander 23668 at http://kcur.org Steve Kraske Reports From Republican National Convention Rep. Todd Akin Under Pressure To Drop Out http://kcur.org/post/rep-todd-akin-under-pressure-drop-out <p>Amid a firestorm of criticism for his remarks about rape, Missouri Congressman Todd Akin refuses to withdraw from the race for U.S. Senator.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 05:42:35 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 23159 at http://kcur.org Rep. Todd Akin Under Pressure To Drop Out Politicians Passing As One Of Us http://kcur.org/post/politicians-passing-one-us <p>With the upcoming political conventions, candidates are banking not only on their platforms to win over voters, but on their personalities.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 19:21:16 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 23089 at http://kcur.org Politicians Passing As One Of Us