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.
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.
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 Up To Date, guest host Brian Ellison talks with the AFL-CIO's Craig Becker on the highest court in the land's ruling on union agency fees.
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.
Since its creation in the late 1940s, the CIA has changed from a relatively limited intelligence agency to a big player in America's military complex.
On Tuesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske sits down with ex-CIA analyst Mel Goodman to talk about the changing role of the CIA throughout history. We'll discuss how different presidents transformed the powers and operations of the agency during the Cold War, the War on Terror, and today.
On Monday's Up to Date, we sit down with Al From, author of The New Democrats and the Return to Power. He joins Steve Kraske for a look at the history and future of the Democratic Party. As founder of the Democratic Leadership Council he ushered in a new breed of Democrat with Bill Clinton's administration.
You know the Federal Reserve is important to the government, but what does it really do?
On Tuesday's Up to Date, 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.
Esther George, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
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.
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. The plan is for the state to contribute $15 million over time to help finance up to $35 million in construction bonds.
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.
In the second half of Wednesday's Up to Date, 41 Action News reporter Ryan Kath, who broke the story last month, joins us to discuss this turn of events and what it means for local politics.
Allan Katz recently returned from foreign service as the U.S. Ambassador to Portugal to teach at his alma mater, UMKC. 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. Katz says there were difficult times of misunderstanding, such as the publication of Wikileaks, but that if given the opportunity he would serve again.
Steve Kraske talks with University of Pennsylvania professor Thomas Sugrue about how Barack Obama's education and racial background laid the groundwork for much of his approach on current political issues.
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.
On Wednesday's Up to Date, 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’s legislative landscape.
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.
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?
On Thursday's Up to Date, the Ethics Professors, Wayne Vaught and Clancy Martin, join Steve Kraske to discuss what boundaries the government has crossed and where to draw the line. They also explore the gray area of immigration reform.
Over the past few years, the United States has started to withdraw its aid and influence from regions like the Middle East, and that is creating space for other countries to assume more powerful positions.
Join Up to Dateat 11 a.m. on Monday, April 1, at the Kansas City, Kan., Main Library, 625 Minnesota Ave., for the final debate of the Kansas City, Kan., mayoral race. Candidates Mark Holland and Ann Murguia will discuss the hot issues of the campaign in a debate moderated by Steve Kraske.