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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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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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Government
11:03 pm
Wed August 27, 2008

Missouri Democrats Mobilize

Missouri Democrats meeting are mobilizing for the general election. KCUR's Frank Morris reports from Denver, Colo.

Democrats here are excited about the big speech their presidential nominee, Barack Obama is going to give at the pro football stadium here. They've been showing up from across Missouri and Kansas, some without tickets. But the business at hand has to do with the 66 days between that speech and the general election.

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Government
12:26 am
Wed August 27, 2008

Sebelius Discusses Economy At DNC

Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius spoke about some of her humble roots and the touchy state of the US economy, before a TV audience of millions last night. KCUR's Frank Morris was at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colo., and has this report.

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Government
12:25 am
Wed August 27, 2008

Democrats Highlight Powerful Women, Including Sebelius

Kathleen Sebelius, the governor of Kansas, took on a role for which doubly well suited at the Democratic National Convention last night. KCUR's Frank Morris has more from Denver, Colo.

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Government
11:48 pm
Tue August 26, 2008

Kansas Governor Takes Prime Time Spot With Dems

Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius shared a little of her family history (her great-grandmother was Howard Taft's maid, before he became president) with millions of people on prime time TV. That's because Governor Sebelius is part of an elite club that Democrats would like to see get a little less so, successful red state Democrats.

KCUR's Frank Morris has this report from the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

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Government
11:26 pm
Tue August 26, 2008

Barack Obama Receives Party's Nomination

The delegates are counted in Denver, and the Democrats have officially nominated Senator Barack Obama for president.

Some feel the historic nature of the convention has been overshadowed by Senator Hillary Clinton's own history making presidential run. Though many members of the Missouri delegation feel the race issue has been handled perfectly. KCUR's Frank Morris reports from Denver, Colo.

AMB: Nixon announcing the vote

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Government
11:19 pm
Tue August 26, 2008

Senator Clinton's Speech Swings Support To Obama

Democrats have officially counting the delegates and nominated the first African American presidential candidate. That's a relief to delegates who have been torn by lingering resentment between Clinton and Obama supporters. KCUR's Frank Morris reports from Denver, Colo.

A lot of Clinton delegates out here were sensitive that the Senator, and her accomplishments would be short changed at this convention. For people like Jolie Justus, a Missouri State Senator, Clinton's speech last night changed everything.

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Government
3:02 am
Tue August 26, 2008

Obama Addresses KC Transport Workers Facing Cutbacks

Presidential candidate Barack Obama spoke to transport workers facing steep job cuts at Kansas City International airport yesterday. The town-hall meeting was part of his tour of tightly-contested states before he speaks at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross was there.

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Government
11:58 pm
Mon August 25, 2008

Kansas Governor In Demand At DNC

Denver, CO – People watching TV tonight will see something strange, a Kansas governor addressing the Democratic National Convention, in prime time. KCUR's Frank Morris is at the convention in Denver, and reports that Sebelius is in high demand there.

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Government
11:29 pm
Sun August 24, 2008

"Rednecks for Obama" Supporters Go to Denver

Denver, CO – Missouri native Leslie Spencer is in Denver this week as an enthusiastic "redneck" supporter of Barack Obama. The Kansas City-born Spencer stood near lines of anti-McCain and anti-Obama protestors wearing "Rednecks for Obama" gear and holding a sign with the same message.

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KCUR News
2:30 am
Fri August 22, 2008

Kansas City Council Passes Domestic Violence Ordinance

Kansas City, Mo. – The Kansas City council passed a domestic violence ordinance Thursday that makes it a municipal crime to violate an order of protection... but not without a dissenting voice.

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Government
4:59 am
Tue August 19, 2008

Halfway Passage Is No Pass At All: Full Thrust Ahead For Black Heritage Tax

Will Missouri State lawmakers listen to tax innovation? Kansas City supporters of a sales-tax-free district will learn next year, now that Jackson County legislators have joined Kansas City Council counterparts signing off on the growth stimulus effort.

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Government
3:46 am
Fri August 15, 2008

Missouri Factory Is Focus For Obama Camp

Claycomo, MO – A Democratic Senator from Michigan takes the Barack Obama message to autoworkers in the Kansas City Northland.

Senator Debbie Stabenow says many workers see the current administration as racing to the bottom:
loss of jobs, pensions, healthcare; And they want to race to the top, with free trade and investing in education.

She sees Senator John McCain in the "bottom race." At the Claycomo Ford Plant, Stabenow has this take on fuel efficient cars:

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Government
3:06 am
Fri August 15, 2008

Obama Policy Director Leads Women's Health Forum

Kansas City, MO – Senator Barack Obama's domestic policy director, Neera Tanden, met with Kansas City supporters yesterday for a town hall on women's health. The former Hillary Clinton advisor says it's important these types of meetings take place.

Tanden: One of the critical issues in this election is ensuring that people understand what's at stake.

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Government
12:51 am
Fri August 15, 2008

Council Presses For Squitiro Resignation

Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser and wife Gloria Squitiro. Council members urge him to end her volunteer work at City Hall.
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There are 13 members of the city council, counting the mayor. And nine of them are sponsoring a policy resolution on volunteers at City Hall.

Mayor Pro-tem Bill Skaggs wasn't among them, but the significance of the "legal protection" measure was fairly clear to him. Skaggs says his fellow council members seem to be expressing their disapproval of the mayor's wife, Gloria Squitiro, serving as a volunteer worker in the mayor's office... and the city being sued over allegedly discriminatory remarks she made.

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Government
1:02 am
Tue August 12, 2008

Veterans Lining Up For Top Campaign

Veterans assess candidates . (LtoR) Don Mackey, Independence, Mo., Dave Denayer, Butler, Mo. and John Goodwin, Overland Park, Ks.
KCUR photo by Dan Verbeck

In the building race for President of the United States, Senator Barack Obama's veterans affairs advisors in Missouri have been listening to former military personnel at meetings around the state, while his GOP opponent, Senator John McCain's counterparts call their candidate a 'tireless advocate for our troops.'

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Government
11:09 pm
Mon August 11, 2008

Veterans Address Needs With Obama Advisors

Kansas City, MO – Senator Barack Obama's veteran affairs advisors in Missouri have been listening to former military members at meetings around the state. Ten veterans and soldier's widow told their stories Monday at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City.

The soldiers wanted assurances that veterans' benefits will increase, starting with a GI bill of rights.

The widow of a Vietnam War medic, Kathleen Aylward, said that families must be more involved in veteran care.

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Government
4:18 am
Fri August 8, 2008

Regional Rail Rout: Kansas City Is Not Unique

Mayors and coaches< (L to R) Jeffrey Schielke, Batavia, Ill., Mark Funkhouser, K.C., Mo., Rancy Pye, Centennial, Colo.
KCUR photo by Dan Verbeck

A bi-state light rail approach seems unattainable in the short term, so Kansas City's mayor has brought in colleagues from other states to coach.

Mayoral caucuses of the kind sought by Mayor Mark Funkhouser are in place in Colorado and Greater Chicagoland to lobby for state and federal backing on transit, air quality, water issues and crime. The transit issue got a lot of attention.

Kansas metro-suburban leaders aren't taken with Funkhouser's transit plan, and it was tough enough getting a lot of support on the Missouri side.

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12:38 am
Fri August 8, 2008

KC Council News: Nov. Light Rail Vote, No Police Change At KCI

Rendering by BNM Architects.

Kansas Citians can look forward to a vote on light rail and some fancy new parking meters downtown.

Councilman Russ Johnson's compromise starter route won unanimous final approval yesterday, and the sales tax to support it will go to the voters in November. Johnson says though most voters want a more expansive plan, the majority polled endorse the northland to 63rd Street plan.

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Government
12:48 am
Thu August 7, 2008

In HST's Shadow. Dems Launch Fall Fight

The Man from Independence as backdrop for Missouri Democrats' unity rally. Scene is old Independence town square.
KCUR photo by Dan Verbeck

The Missouri Democratic Party picked a symbolic location to draw support for the Fall campaign.

Observers watched and listened by the statue of Harry Truman on the old Independence Square.

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Government
10:07 am
Wed August 6, 2008

Hulshof Defeats Steelman In GOP Gubernatorial Primary

Congressman Kenny Hulshof defeated state Treasurer Sarah Steelman in the Missouri Republican gubernatorial primary.

With 98 percent of the precincts reporting results, Hulshof received about 49 percent of the vote, to Steelman's 45 percent.

Attorney General Jay Nixon won the Democratic nomination for governor with 85 percent of the vote.

In January, GOP Governor Matt Blunt announced he would not seek re-election.

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Government
10:06 am
Wed August 6, 2008

Abortion Issue Central To Kline's GOP Primary Loss

Phill Kline, his wife, Deborah, and daughter Hillary.
photo: Steve Bell, KCUR

Phill Kline will have to leave the Johnson County District Attorney's office. Steve Howe, who billed himself as the "unity candidate" won Tuesday's Republican primary 60 percent to Kline's 40 percent.

Abortion, and Kline's efforts to fight it, were central issues in the campaign. And, though both Kline and Howe call themselves pro-life, Howe's convincing victory isn't likely to end the split in the Kansas Republican party...not by a long shot.

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