St. Louis, MO – As those November elections draw near, victory in close races often hinges on the traction of third party candidates. In past elections, third parties such as the Green Party or the Libertarian Party have siphoned votes away from both Republicans and Democrats. Now enter the Constitution Party. The Constitution Party is one of the United States' fastest growing third parties, and they have a full slate of candidates on the ticket in Missouri. KWMU's Adam Allington has more.

Race And The Presidential Election

Oct 6, 2008
Photo illustration by Noah Musser, The Kansas City Star

Kansas City, MO – Race and the Presidential Election

He's already made history, securing the Democratic Party's nomination for President of the United States. But does Barack Obama need to worry about the color of his skin, or have American's gotten beyond choosing (or not choosing) a candidate based on race?

Kansas City, Missouri – A number of studies are looking at voting patterns in the suburbs, but one in particular identifies suburbs in the Missouri counties of Platte, Clay, and Clinton as places the candidates might pay special attention to. A study scheduled to be released next week by the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech looks at so-called "emerging" suburbs, or those that have evolved in rings outside of cities.Laura Ziegler looked into the report's findings.

How Did The VP Candidates Do?

Oct 3, 2008

Kansas City, MO – So, how'd they do?

The debate between vice presidential candidates Sen. Joe Biden (D) and Gov. Sarah Palin (R) is now over, but the reaction continues.

In the first half of October 3, 2008 edition of Up to Date, we provided listeners a chance to tell us how the candidates did at Washington University in St. Louis.

Join the discussion.

Council Updates Child Restraints Ordinance

Oct 3, 2008
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Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City council updated the city's child-restraint ordinance yesterday, making it match the Missouri state statute.

The altered law specifies that chldren under 4 should be in safety seats unless they weigh over 40 pounds - from then till 8 years old, a booster seat is required till the child weighs 80 pounds. Seat belts are mandated from that benchmark till age 16 or a height of 4-9. There is a soccer mom exemption for cases in which there are more kids in the car than there are seat belts.

Meeting Payrolls Concern McCain Boosters

Oct 2, 2008

Independence, MO – To a woman who runs a small business in Blue Springs,Missouri, John McCain offers hope that the economy can turn around and bring customers back to her family-oriented gymnasium. The GOP Presidential candidate spoke to those issues at the Truman Library in Independence October first. KCUR's Dan Verbeck filed a report.

Independence, MO – Republican Presidential Candidate, John McCain, campaigned in Missouri today. He spoke about the nation's economy this morning at the Truman Presidential Library in Independence. KCUR's Frank Morris reports from there.

Michelle Obama is also in the area today. She's hosting a rally for her husband, Democratic presidential candidate, Barack Obama, this evening at the 18th and vine jazz district.

Independence, MO – Republican presidential candidate John McCain discussed the current financial crisis Tuesday during his visit to the Truman Presidential Library in Independence, Missouri.

KCUR provided live coverage of the 19-minute speech where McCain urged Congress to pass the bail-out package.

McCain Cautions: Senate Bailout Bill A Must

Oct 1, 2008
KCUR photo by Dan Verbeck

Independence, MO – John McCain invoked the spirit of Harry Truman at the Truman Presidential Library in Independence Missouri. He spoke on the economy and appeared to leave flex room on his earlier call for a one year federal spending freeze.


Chamber Steps Aboard Transit Campaign Train

Sep 30, 2008
KCUR photo by Dan Verbeck

Kansas City, Mo. – The clout of organized business has come in on the side of the Kansas City light rail transit tax on the November ballot. The sales tax for startup rain is now endorsed by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser says crime is going to be his primary near term focus, moving forward after the city's impasse over the mayor's wife's involvement in City Hall. But published reports of Republican operative Jeff Roe consulting the mayor exasperated tensions between the him and the council.

Kansas City, MO – Republican Attorney General candidate Michael Gibbons promised to crack down on internet crime in Missouri if elected. Gibbons campaigned around the state yesterday, proposing a new cyber-crimes unit in the Attorney's General's office. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross reports.

Where Did That Lead Go? Pres Hopefuls Inch Closer

Sep 26, 2008

Kansas City, MO – The outcome of the presidential election could come down to the vote in key parts of Missouri. The campaigns for Senator John McCain, the Republican, and Senator Barack Obama, the Democrat are both in high gear working here. As part of our ongoing election courage, KCUR's Frank Morris spoke with Senator Obama's campaign Chief of Staff , Jim Messina, about the ground war in Missouri.

Citadel Will Rise Renewed

Sep 25, 2008

Kansas City, Mo. – Waiting for the first shovelful of dirt to turn! The Kansas City City Council gives a long-awaited break to blighted parts of midtown, and an aging shopping center in the Northland.

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City has done something perhaps no other city has. It passed an ordinance to keep the mayor's wife from volunteering in the mayor's office.

The mayor responded with the first veto in the city's history.

With mounting crime, crumbling sewers and a fiscal crisis looming, KCUR's Frank Morris reports on what brought Kansas City to its current impasse.

Mark Funkhouser is a serious, imposing guy, especially sitting on his front porch, talking about the role of his wife, Gloria Squitiro at City Hall.

Will Citadel-Antioch Languish? Council To Vote

Sep 24, 2008

Kansas City, Mo. – Gains are closer to overcoming risks and votes are stacking up in favor of redeveloping two aging shopping centers. The Kansas City council is to vote Thursday.

Citadel Plaza at 63rd and Prospect project is worth $90 million, Antioch center in the Northland,72 million dollars. After more than five years verbal battling, both get a nod from the council's Finance and Audit committee.

KC To Vote On Light Rail In November

Sep 23, 2008

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City voters will face another ballot question about light rail on November 4th, with the City Council this time asking residents for approval of a 14-mile starter line stretching from Kansas City's northland south to the city's east side.

One recent piece of legislation that was seen as a victory for Latino immigrants is the 2004 law allowing undocumented students who went to high school in Kansas to pay in-state tuition rates at local colleges. That law has been challenged each year since, in the statehouse and in federal court, and has been upheld in both places. But this week, an appeals court in California made a different decision - which could lead to the repeal of instate tuition benefits for illegal immigrants in that state.

Labor's Sweeney Thunders At Right, McCain

Sep 22, 2008

Riverside, Mo. – Labeling Senator John McCain a primary architect of failures in the economy, the president of the AFL-CIO let off a fusillade against Republicans at the Missouri labor consortium's convention in the Kansas City suburb of Riverside, Mo.

The head of the nation's largest labor organization bluntly spoke of what he called the crackpot right wing of the party leveraging failures on wall street, placing the GOP presidential candidate squarely in their midst. As John Sweeney put it,

Ewing Kauffman Legacy Leaves Relief For Non-Profits

Sep 22, 2008

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.

Former Secretary of State Campaigns in KC for Obama

Sep 19, 2008

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.

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.

Money Moves The Message: Rail Campaign Seeks Funds

Sep 17, 2008
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.

Mo. Mayors Cooperate For Jeff City Clout

Sep 16, 2008
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.

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.

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?"

Council, Casino At Odds Over Smoking Ban Change

Sep 11, 2008
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.

McCain-Palin Ticket Visits Lee's Summit

Sep 9, 2008

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.

Democratic VP Candidate Stops In Missouri

Sep 9, 2008

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.