political pundits

KCUR's Political Pundits join Steve Kraske to discuss the ascendant Donald Trump, and the second GOP presidential debate.


  • Dave Helling is the Kansas City Star's political reporter.
  • Burdett Loomis is a professor of political scientist at the University of Kansas.
  • Jessica Lee is an assistant professor at KU's School of Business.

Up To Date rounds up its political pundits to discuss presidential and Missouri gubernatorial politics of 2016 and the current standing of Governor Sam Brownback in Kansas. 


  • Dave Helling is the Kansas City Star’s political reporter.
  • Bob Beatty is a professor of political science at Washburn University.
  • Dave Robertson is a professor of political science at the University of Missouri, St. Louis.
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An FBI investigation is looming over former aides to Gov. Sam Brownback. In Missouri, Gov. Jay Nixon has seen his veto overridden by state legislators, and a new poll shows President Obama is gaining some ground with the public on the Affordable Care Act.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, our political pundits dig into these meaty issues and more as we look at the controversies and compromises heating up Topeka, Jefferson City and Washington.


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Political maneuvering is nothing new in Kansas City, and nowhere has that been more apparent lately than in the failed attempt to get a translational medicine tax established in Jackson County.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, our political pundits discuss where political money goes and the latest in Missouri, Kansas and federal lawmaking. 


Would you have guessed that the funeral of “Meet the Press” host Tim Russert would be a crucial networking event? On Monday's Up to Date, we talk with Mark Leibovich, The New York Times Magazine’s chief national correspondent and author of This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America's Gilded Capital,  about how the elbow rubbing game works inside the beltway and why getting your name in print makes the difference between success and obscurity in the capital city. 

The votes are tallied; the results are in.

Kansas City Public Library

In the waning days of the 2012 political campaign, KCUR and the Kansas City Public Library will join forces to present a discussion of the most important election issues.


The thermometer keeps inching upwards, though its hard to tell if its measuring heat or the rhetoric coming out of Washington. The recent Supreme Court decisions have done little to quell the debates on either side, and with a looming election in five months, no one seems interested in backing down.

The weather may be frosty, but the search for a Republican presidential nominee is anything but.  We're only weeks away from the Iowa caucuses, yet no one person is leading the pack.