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KCUR News
3:36 am
Mon September 22, 2008

Ewing Kauffman Legacy Leaves Relief For Non-Profits

Kansas City, Mo. – Awarding two and three-quarter million dollars in grants the Kauffman Foundation packed a meeting room with winners and well wishers. They were all adults. Except for one teenage boy.

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Government
4:01 am
Fri September 19, 2008

Former Secretary of State Campaigns in KC for Obama

Kansas City, MO – On Thursday, Clinton-era Secretary of State Madeline Albright told a Kansas City audience the nation needs to shore-up relations with world powers that include India, Pakistan and Russia.

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KCUR News
10:32 am
Thu September 18, 2008

KC Mayor Vetoes Measure To Get His Wife Out Of City Hall

Kansas City – For months, members of the City Council, and others, have complained about the role Gloria Squitiro, Funkhouser's wife, plays in the mayor's office. Squitiro puts in upwards of 20 hours a week, making calls, following policy, and --apparently-
annoying people. Last week the council voted 12-1 (Funkhouser being the 1) passing an ordinance prohibiting family volunteers (i.e. Squitiro) from working in city offices. Last night, Funkhouser vetoed it.

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KCUR News
10:56 am
Wed September 17, 2008

Money Moves The Message: Rail Campaign Seeks Funds

Kansas City civic and political leaders prepare to start rail campaign
KCUR photo by Dan Verbeck

Kansas City, Mo. – A vote on Kansas City light rail is less than two months away, but the campaign for it begins far short of its funding goal.

The mood was semi festive but serious at Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport as political and civic boosters launched the campaign for the three eighths cent sales tax for startup light rail.

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KCUR News
6:48 am
Tue September 16, 2008

Mo. Mayors Cooperate For Jeff City Clout

Legislators in the Missouri State Capitol will hear a more unified lobbying voice from the state's seven largest cities.
Photo Courtesy of Show-Me Missouri

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser first proposed the idea of combining the lobbying efforts of St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, St. Joseph, Joplin and Jefferson City. And he says yesterday's first meeting was an unquestionable success that resulted in a unified agenda.

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KCUR News
5:10 am
Tue September 16, 2008

State Officials Tighten Security At Polls In November

Kansas City, MO – Voter confidence is prime and the Missouri Secretary of State issued orders Tuesday to hike security at the polls in November. KCUR's Dan Verbeck has more of the story.

Certain voting equipment is being double checked for accuracy. More than ever before.

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KCUR News
12:26 am
Fri September 12, 2008

Volunteer Ordinance Passes 12:1 Over Funkhouser Objections

Mayor Mark Funkhouser's expression was solemn as he told council members that he will work to reverse the ordinance that ends his wife's full-time volunteer service.
Photo courtesy of Channel 2, KCCG.

Kansas City, MO – Today was showdown day on an ordinance regulating volunteers in city offices that would force Mayor Mark Funkhouser's wife, Gloria Squitiro, to vacate her desk at City Hall. The mayor's opening sentence was dramatic:"September 11th: it's a strange day to be talking about something so small and divisive, isn't it?"

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Government
12:58 am
Thu September 11, 2008

Council, Casino At Odds Over Smoking Ban Change

Ameristar executive Troy Stremming says it would be \"impossible to enforce\" a smoking ban in casino concourses.
Photo courtesy of Channel 2 - KCCG

Kansas City, MO – A Kansas City Council committee took testimony Wednesday on two proposed changes to no-smoking ordinance.

There was no opposition to allowing an exemption for the city's few cigar stores. But Troy Stremming of Ameristar Casino took exception to banning smoking in the concourses that lead to casino gaming rooms. Smoking is allowed there under a section of the lengthy smoking ban voters passed. So Stremming contends that voters intended to allow smoking in the concourses.

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Government
9:14 am
Tue September 9, 2008

McCain-Palin Ticket Visits Lee's Summit

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City area has had its first "live" look and listen experience of the John McCain-Sarah Palin ticket. Between 5 and 6 thousand people packed into and around a pavilion at John Knox Retirement Village in Lee's Summit yesterday. KCUR's Dan Verbeck was there.

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Government
4:25 am
Tue September 9, 2008

Democratic VP Candidate Stops In Missouri

Kansas City, MO – Earlier this week, the campaign news in Missouri was McCain-Palin. On Tuesday, it was Joe Biden, but not in Kansas City.

The Democratic vice-presidential candidate made his first stop in Columbia this morning, where he talked up an Obama plan to end corporate tax deferrals and one to create five-million jobs focused on clean energy.

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Government
5:20 am
Mon September 8, 2008

Overflow Crowd Greets McCain And Palin In Lee's Summit

Lee's Summit, MO – In Lees Summit, the auditorium of John Knox Retirement Village wasn't big enough to hold the crowd intent on seeing GOP Presidential nominee John McCain and his running mate Governor Sarah Palin. It's no accident this state is an early stop on the final run for the White House.

"Thank you, Missouri. Thank you so much for being here," said McCain. "This state, we must win and we will, in order to win the presidency of the United States. And your enthusiasm, and your turnout today, I'm so encouraged by it."

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Government
5:10 am
Mon September 8, 2008

McCain And Palin Deliver Message To Lee's Summit

Kansas City, MO – Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin brought the presidential race to Kansas City this morning with a rally in Lee's Summit. And by all appearances the messages delivered were the messages desired.

As many as 5,000 people overfilled a John Knox Village auditorium in Lee's Summit. Vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was as much of interest as was the senator and energy was high on the topic list.

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Government
12:38 am
Sat September 6, 2008

Few from Women's Group Gather to Watch McCain

Kansas City, Missouri – A movie theater with red leather recliners is a good place to watch CNN - even if there are only a few of you. That's how many members of the Women's Political Caucus came out to watch Cindy and John McCain last night. President of the Caucus board Ina Montgomery says that while the Caucus is nonpartisan, it's endorsed mostly democrats. It hasn't always been like that, and she says last night's event was an effort to attract Republicans.

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Government
10:02 am
Fri September 5, 2008

KC Delegates Cheer McCain's Speech

Kansas City delegates say John McCain's acceptance speech set the right tone for his campaign, one of integrity, strength and conservative themes. Melinda Wittstock has more from the Republican National Convention in St. Paul.

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McCain promised to rid Washington of its constant partisan rancor, just one night after some partisan barbs from his number two on the ticket Sarah Palin. Kansas City delegate Rebecca Rooney says she could live with Democrats in a McCain administration, but she has some conditions.

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Government
11:12 pm
Thu September 4, 2008

Kansas Young Republicans Mobilize

Johnson County (Ks) Young Republicans Jennifer Estes (l) and Stephanie Sawyer Clayton prepare to watch acceptance speech of Sen. John McCain.
KCUR photo by Dan Verbeck

Members of the Young Republicans organization of Johnson County, Kansas greeted the nomination of Senator John McCain as head of the party's national presidential ticket with businesslike fervor.

Some three dozen men and women, ages 18 to 40, met at a Shawnee restaurant banquet room and were stuffing campaign envelopes for a state senate candidate before turning attention to the big screen broadcast from Minnesota.

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Government
10:13 am
Thu September 4, 2008

Vote On City Volunteers Ordinance Postponed

Mayor Mark Funkhouser's indignance was visible when he talked to the media on Wednesday. But he was more humble and calm at Thursday's showdown on volunteers.
Photo by Dan Verbeck

Kansas City, MO – The ordinance setting a no family members in the office policy for volunteers made the council floor yesterday, but was delayed a week on technicalities raised by council member John Sharp.

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Government
9:30 am
Thu September 4, 2008

Republican Delegates Applaud Palin

St. Paul, MN – Alaska Governor Sarah Palin proved she could give as well as she gets - accepting the Republican nomination for Vice President with a feisty speech attacking Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama and the media. Melinda Wittstock has more from St. Paul.

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PALIN: I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer,' except that you have actual responsibilities."

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Government
3:02 am
Thu September 4, 2008

Sebelius Says Palin Won't Pull Clinton Supporters

Topeka, KS – Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius says Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin said nothing Wednesday night to attract women who used to support Hillary Clinton. During a telephone news conference Thursday morning, Sebelius said she thinks Palin is on the wrong side of most womens' issues.

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Government
10:41 am
Wed September 3, 2008

Bond Says High Expectations For Palin's Speech

Kansas City, MO – Missouri Senator Kit Bond talked with Up To Date listeners from the Republican national Convention Wednesday and he says those who criticize vice-presidential nominee Sara Palin for lack of experience are mistaken.

Bond says,"You know when you're talking about experience. Her experience having run local government agencies, state agencies, having been governor for almost 2 years, and being a working mom with five kids, that's a whole lot more executive experience than Barack Obama and Joe Biden combined."

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Government
9:23 am
Wed September 3, 2008

Former GOP Chair Looks Back To 1996 Convention

Woody Cozad, attorney and former chairman of the Missouri Republican Party
photo: courtesy of KCPT

Kansas City, MO – It was 1996 when Republicans convened at the convention in San Diego to nominate the favorite son of Kansas, Senator Bob Dole. John "Woody" Cozad led Missouri Republicans at that convention. KCUR's Dan Verbeck talked with him about the current convention and has an account.

The Platte County conservative chaired the state party from late 1995 to early '99. San Diego was his first and last convention.

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Government
9:22 am
Wed September 3, 2008

Kansas Delegate Says GOP Convention Finding Focus

Kansas City, MO – As the GOP National Convention gathers steam in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Republican Consultant David Kensinger of Topeka says the event is beginning to find its focus and an exciting one.

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Government
1:49 am
Wed September 3, 2008

Brownback to Introduce McCain Thursday

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Government
11:49 pm
Tue September 2, 2008

Kansas City Delegate Misses Tension Of Previous GOP Conventions

Kansas City, MO – Thirty-two years after taking a local host role at a GOP convention, Kansas Citian Jim Chappel is a voting delegate at the Republican national nominating process in St. Paul.

The 65-year old Northland restauranteur misses the vibrancy of that 1976 Kansas City convention when there was a fight for a nominee. Gerald Ford stayed at the Westin, Ronald Reagan at the then-Alameda hotel. It was a back and forth back battleground of words and tactics until Ford got the nod.

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Government
11:50 pm
Mon September 1, 2008

Hurricane Gustav Delays GOP Convention

St. Paul, MN – Hurricane Gustav blew the Republican Convention off course Monday, but Kansas City delegates say it has been an opportunity for John McCain to show leadership under adversity. Melinda Wittstock has more from St. Paul, Minnesota.

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They began with a prayer at breakfast - and a reminder from party bosses that this convention is about helping Americans in need.

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Government
12:27 am
Mon September 1, 2008

GOP Convention Schedule In Flux

The schedule has been cut to the basics at the GOP National Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul, awaiting more word from the gulf on how much destruction a weaker-than-expected Hurricane Gustav delivered.

Despite the sparsity of events, there has been plenty of conversation about John McCain's surprise choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate.

Delegate Kelly Arnold says he and his fellow Kansas delegates are very pleased.

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Government
3:53 am
Sun August 31, 2008

McCain-Palin Rally In O'Fallon, Mo.

Adam Allington, KWMU

Senator John McCain's Straight-Talk Express rolled into Missouri on Sunday, August 31. Despite the 95-degree heat, an overflow crowd of 23,000 packed into T.R. Hughes Ballpark in O'Fallon.

McCain's remarks were brief, other than call for unity in the face of Hurricane Gustav and to introduce voters to his new running mate, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

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Government
12:18 am
Fri August 29, 2008

Local Dems Look To November

Denver, CO – The Democratic National Convention is over. People from the Kansas and Missouri delegations making their way to the airport this morning. Party leaders hope those travelers thinking about the 66 days they have to take their candidate from party endorsement to president. KCUR's Frank Morris reports from Denver.

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Government
9:50 am
Thu August 28, 2008

LGBT Turn Out at Democratic Convention

Denver, CO – Gays, Lesbians and transgendered people are represented like never before at this year's Democratic National Convention. That includes a strong showing from the Kansas and Missouri delegations. KCUR's Frank Morris reports from Denver.

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Government
9:49 am
Thu August 28, 2008

Local Delegates Part of History

Denver, CO – Hard core Democrats from Kansas and Missouri are gearing up this morning for the final night of what many of them view as a historic nominating convention. Frank Morris reports from Denver.

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Government
11:09 pm
Wed August 27, 2008

Missouri, Kansas Dems Rally For Obama

Kansas and Missouri Democrats are squeezing in next to some 75,000 other spectators at Invesco Field in Denver, Colo. to see their freshly minted presidential nominee, Barack Obama. KCUR's Frank Morris is there too, and reports that many here are already looking past the speech to the general election.

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