U.S. Senate

Up to Date
10:52 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Senate Challenger Greg Orman Gears Up For Final Four Weeks

Greg Orman, Senate challenger to Pat Roberts joins Steve Kraske on Up to Date.
Credit Beth Lipoff/KCUR

Senate races in Kansas aren't usually big news in the rest of the country, but this is an unusual year. Greg Orman, challenger to incumbent Pat Roberts, is running as an independent. If he wins, that would make him a much more powerful senator.

On Monday's Up to Date, we talk with Orman about how he's different from Roberts, what his main policy stances are and how his background got him to this moment. We invited Pat Roberts to join this discussion, but he did not respond to our repeated requests.

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10:48 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Kansas Senate Race Is Battle Of the Ballot

Democrat Chad Taylor, who withdrew from the U.S. Senate race in Kansas.
Credit TaylorForSenate.com

Democrat Chad Taylor's name will stay on the ballot for the U.S. Senate from Kansas, despite his withdrawal from the race earlier this week.

Republicans, in the odd predicament of fighting to keep a Democrat on the November ballot on Thursday, won a legal challenge decided by Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

Kobach sided with his fellow Republicans, who argued that state law requires that anyone trying to withdraw from the ballot must state the reason why he or she couldn’t serve.

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

New Anita Hill Film Examines Testimony, Fallout

Anita Hill joins Steve Kraske to discuss the documentary 'Anita: Speaking Truth to Power.'

Anita Hill's 1991 testimony in the confirmation hearings for then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas ignited a firestorm, both in the media and the public.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with Hill about a new documentary that examines her experience giving the testimony and the fallout that resulted, both in the media and in her personal life.


  • Anita Hill, professor of social policy, law and women's, gender and sexuality issues at Brandeis University
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Primary Election 2014
9:27 am
Tue July 15, 2014

An Interview With 'The Next Ted Cruz,' Dr. Milton Wolf

Credit file photo

Sen. Pat Roberts has represented Kansas in the U.S. Senate since 1997, but one man is trying to end that reign. Dr. Milton Wolf is one of four contenders in the Kansas Republican primary for U.S. Senate. A Tea Party darling, Wolf has taken a hard line against tax increases, government spending and says he would adhere to a strict two term limit. 

And he's also President Obama's second cousin, once removed.

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Up To Date
10:04 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Wolf, Zahnter Prepare To Challenge Pat Roberts

Alvin Zahnter and Milton Wolf are both candidates in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.

Pat Roberts has represented Kansas in the U.S. Senate since 1997, but he’s up for re-election and facing several competitors in the Republican primary.

On Monday's Up to Date, we talk with two of those challengers, Republicans Milton Wolf and Alvin Zahnter. We discuss about how healthcare laws, the job market and more.


  • Milton Wolf, U.S. Senate candidate from Overland Park
  • Alvin Zahnter, U.S. Senate candidate from Russell, Kan.
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Up to Date
11:06 am
Tue January 21, 2014

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt On Child Abuse Prevention, Benghazi and Data Security

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt talks with Steve Kraske about international adoption and bipartisan policymaking.

In the wake of the breach of security at Target that resulted in compromised financial data for thousands of consumers, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt is sponsoring a bipartisan bill that aims to help. He's also asking questions about an official report on the Benghazi attack, and seeking to restore funding for child abuse prevention. 

In the first part of Tuesday's Up to Date, he joins Steve Kraske to talk about these topics and more.


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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Former Senator Looks Back At Life In The Center

Ben Nelson

In a country that's increasingly partisan, sometimes it's the centrist who's got a unique point of view.

On Friday's Up to Date, we'll talk with former U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson, a Democrat who spent his time in national government as a swing voter in the center.

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Up to Date
10:25 am
Tue November 20, 2012

McCaskill On Winning The Election, Fiscal Cliff & Wartime Contracting

Senator Claire McCaskill, D-MO, speaks to gasoline prices outside a K.C. Shell station.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

When Sen. Claire McCaskill defeated Rep. Todd Akin a few weeks ago, everyone was surprised by the 16-point margin of victory. 

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Up to Date
10:49 am
Wed October 10, 2012

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt On Election & Economy

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri (R)

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt is traveling the state in this big election year, cheering on Republican Mitt Romney for President and working on cybersecurity.

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Election 2012
4:28 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Akin Defends 'Unladylike' Comment

Rep. Todd Akin defended his characterization of his opponent as "unladylike."
Frank Morris KCUR

Representative Todd Akin, the Republican challenging Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill in this election, was on the defensive again today in Kansas City.

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Election 2012
6:33 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Republican Support Returns For Akin

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin faces incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill in the November election.

Political endorsements and the promise of PAC dollars have come streaming back to Representative Todd Akin, who’s challenging incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill for the U.S. Senate seat in Missouri. 

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Up To Date
4:42 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

U.S. Senate Candidates McCaskill & Akin Debate For First Time

The candidates: Todd Akin, Claire McCaskill & Jonathan Dine.
Chris Prewitt KCUR

Missouri's U.S. Senate candidates sparred face-to-face for the first time Friday morning.

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Up to Date
10:38 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

The Collapse Of Congress

Congress is a mess.

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Up to Date
10:14 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Republicans Line Up To Challenge US Sen. Claire McCaskill

U.S. Senate candidates Congressman Todd Akin and former Missouri Treasurer Sarah Steelman

Next Tuesday Missouri Republicans will vote for one of three candidates seeking to unseat incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. 

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Up to Date
4:50 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

US Senator Claire McCaskill Seeks Re-Election

Democratic U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri is no stranger to the rough and tumble world of politics. After all, she’s been at it for three decades in a state that is traditionally tough on Democrats.

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