Emanuel Cleaver

12:12 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Investigation Continues Into Vandalism At Rep. Cleaver's Kansas City Office

Law enforcement officials are investigating after someone threw two bottles through a window at Rep. Emanuel Cleaver's Kansas City, Mo., office early Thursday morning.

The bottles resembled Molotov cocktails, but they did not ignite and did not cause damage other than the broken window.

John Jones, Cleaver's chief of staff, said in a statement it's the second time something like this has happened in the past three years.

2:22 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Reps. Cleaver, Yoder Encourage Civil Political Discourse

Kansas Republican Congressman Kevin Yoder, left, teases Missouri Democratic Congressman Emanuel Cleaver about almost missing a flight home. The two were promoting a new group that encourages people from different political parties to meet.
Credit Elle Moxley / KCUR

Kansas Republican Congressman Kevin Yoder and Missouri Democratic Congressman Emanuel Cleaver were in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday to promote a new political discussion group.

The group – called the Village Square – encourages people to meet across party lines to talk about political topics with civility and respect.

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4:02 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Federal Transportation Dollars Boost Infrastructure And Transit

Runners help celebrate opening a bridge across Brush Creek, the final project of a $50 million federal infrastructure grant.
Credit Ron Jones

It was a backslapping moment for federal and local officials Monday morning as they celebrated the end of a $50 million federal transit and infrastructure grant.

A group of runners broke through a green crepe paper ribbon on a pedestrian bridge over Brush Creek, a block east of Troost and just north of Volker in Kansas City, Mo.

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Up to Date
10:52 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Shutdown: What Does It Mean For You?

U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder (R, KS-3) visited the office of U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D, MO-5) on Tuesday to discuss the Federal Government's partial shutdown with Steve Kraske.

When the country woke up Tuesday morning, it found a partially-shutdown federal government That meant 800,000 workers furloughed, services curtailed, national parks closed, the EPA virtually shuttered and much more. 

On Tuesday's Up to Date we talk with Congressmen Emanuel Cleaver and Kevin Yoder about the latest negotiations between Republicans and Democrats and between factions within the Republican Party.


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8:44 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Kansas Citians Tell Cleaver To Reject Striking Syria

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver hosted a forum to hear constituents views on Syria.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

At a town hall meeting, most Kansas Citians urged Congressman Emanuel Cleaver to vote 'no' on a military intervention in Syria. Cleaver and much of the local Missouri Congressional delegation has not taken a position on Syria, but in Kansas most will be voting against authorizing military strikes.

Most tell Cleaver to vote 'no'

More than 200 people crowded into a room at Metropolitan Community College and nearly all stayed on topic about Syria.

Steven Platt was worried the United States cannot afford more military action.

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1:47 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Cleaver And Yoder Talk About Congressional Gridlock

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver and Rep. Kevin Yoder joined Steve Kraske on Up to Date.

Congress has several large issues on its agenda including the Farm Bill, the federal debt ceiling, and immigration reform, but the U.S. House is largely at a standstill. 

Kansas Republican Kevin Yoder said on Up to Date this morning that there’s not a lot getting done on Capitol Hill but different parties doesn’t have to mean gridlock.

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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Sizzling Summer, Hot Issues: Congressmen Cleaver & Yoder

The U.S. Capitol Building in Summer
Credit davidpc_ flickr

The weather isn’t the only think that’s still got some heat behind it. Although Congress is in recess, hot-button topics such as immigration and sequestration cuts are still in the news.

In the first part of Thursday's Up to Date, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D, MO-5) and Rep. Kevin Yoder (R, KS-3) join us to talk about these issues and shed some light on where Congress might be headed when it goes back into session in September.


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Cops & Crime
9:19 am
Wed July 3, 2013

KCPD Seeks Federal Money To Expand Shot Spot

Kansas City's Police Chief says he wants to expand a gunfire detection program to four other regions of the city following positive data from the first area. 

Police Chief Daryl Forte has run the Shot Spot program for eight months and says it has reduced aggravated assaults 24.6% in the 3.5 square mile area.  Forte has never clearly defined the district for what he says are intelligence reasons.  

Forte has asked Congressman Emanuel Cleaver to take the case to  federal agencies to ask for funding beyond the $720,000 to set up and maintain the 5 year program. 

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Central Standard
4:09 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

The Challenges Of Saving For College

Credit j.o.h.n. walker via flickr

As the school year draws to a close and a new crop of students heads off to college this fall, the age-old challenge of paying for it is on the minds of many. But this year another group is taking up that challenge: Congress, and the President.

On July 1, the interest rate for federal education loans is going to increase from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent if Congress does not take action, which is where bill H.R. 1911 comes in.

This bill proposes tying the interest rate of education loans to the 10-year treasury note rate plus 2.5 percent.

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4:55 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Rep. Cleaver On 'Plan B' And The Fiscal Cliff

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver

The U.S. House of Representatives is likely to vote Thursday on a proposal advanced by Speaker John Boehner to avoid the "fiscal cliff."

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10:23 am
Fri December 7, 2012

National Designation For Liberty Memorial Makes It To Full House

Liberty Memorial, Kansas City, Missouri 2008.
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Kansas City Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver says he feels good about the designation of Liberty Memorial as the nation’s official World War One Memorial. The bill made it out of committee this week without any House opposition, but similar measures have had a checkered history.

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4:55 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Great War Memorial Plan Inches Forward

First World War history enactors at Liberty Memorial, Veterans' Day 2009.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

Kansas City’s Congressman won’t guarantee passage of a bill that would make Liberty Memorial the nation’s official World War One Museum and Memorial.

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Up to Date
6:37 pm
Sun November 25, 2012

U.S. Representatives Emanuel Cleaver & Kevin Yoder

U.S. Representatives Kevin Yoder (left) and Emanuel Cleaver were recent recipients of the Consensus Civility Award.

With only five weeks left in the 112th Congress, Representatives and Senators are under pressure to find common ground among themselves and with the President to avoid the fiscal cliff.

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Election 2012
10:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Incumbents Dominate Missouri Congressional Races

Emanuel Cleaver II held onto his seat in Missouri's 5th District.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

The incumbent Congressmen in the local area easily held on to their seats: Vicky Hartzler, Emanuel Cleaver and Sam Graves.   We have the complete results for those races and the rest of Missouri.

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Election 2012
8:19 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Congressman Cleaver Stresses Urban-Rural Connection In Re-Election

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver
Dan Verbeck KCUR

Missouri’s 5th District Congressman Emanuel Cleaver got 60 percent of the vote and an easy win over Republican opponent Jacob Turk.

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Business & Tech
4:08 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

KCP&L's Big Battery Aims To Help Spark Midtown Resurgence

1 Megawatt Battery in the SmartGrid Innovation Park

KCP&L’s new “Smartgrid Innovation Park” is parked between the back wall of a pretty downtrodden, urban core grocery store, and an old humming electric substation. 

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Up to Date
11:41 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Steve Kraske From The Democratic National Convention

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (MO-5) delivered an address Wednesday to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte
Democratic National Convention

If there's news to be had at this week's 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, Steve Kraske is there to report it.

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Thank You, Walt Bodine
7:00 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Thank You, Walt: A Message from Claire McCaskill

Walt's friends are a diverse group: from a lion to famous authors, Walt grilled them all and won their hearts in the process.

One of these folks is Senator Claire McCaskill, who recorded a special thank you message for Walt to congratulate him on his retirement and the years of service he provided to Kansas City:

8:30 am
Tue January 24, 2012

Social Change Advocate At SOTU

In boardroom at Operation Breakthrough, Sister Berta Sailer. She will be in audience this evening as President Obama delivers his State of the Union Address.
Photos courtesy of Rachael Jane.

One of Kansas City's early advocates for children living in poverty will be in the audience tonight watching the President's State of the Union Address, combining the invitation with an opportunity to take her message to Congress.

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2:01 am
Thu January 20, 2011

Area Reps Vote On Health Law Repeal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Missouri's fifth district representative Emanuel Cleaver says he doesn't think yesterday's passage of a bill to repeal the federal health care law poses a real threat. The Senate's likely to reject the measure. But Cleaver, a democrat who strongly supports health reform, says he is concerned with GOP plans to try to defund the law in the coming months.

"If the funds are withheld or if significant dollars are withheld, there won't be the change we had hoped for, particularly in poor communities and disaffected communities," Cleaver says.

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