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Senate Candidate Kobach | Adrienne Vallejo Foster | African American Dog Lovers

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Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach launched his campaign to fill the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts in July 2019.

A longtime political figure in Kansas is seeking federal office in the U.S. Senate, a former suburban mayor is looking to best her primary challengers for the chance to unseat U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, and a Kansas City bar wants to engage and better include dog lovers who are Black.

Segment 1, beginning at 3:45: Is a Kris Kobach primary win the Democratic Party's best chance to flip a U.S. Senate seat?

Democratic Party members raring to take Kris Kobach on in the general election should be careful what they wish for, said the former Kansas secretary of state. Kansans haven't sent a Democrat to the Senate since 1932. Today, Kobach laid out his positions on several campaign issues, and discussed what he'd press for from Congress in a new coronavirus aid package.

Segment 2, beginning at 28:45: Former mayor of Roeland Park is seeking a federal office.

How does Adrienne Vallejo Foster characterize U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids' first term? "She's done nothing," said the Republican candidate, who's facing off in a tight primary race in the northeast corner of Kansas.

Segment 3, beginning at 46:20: How a love of dogs is building bridges between people.

In the wake of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, businesses are looking for ways to proactively bring more African Americans through their doors. One of those is Kansas City's own Bar K, which is supporting a social group for dog owners who are Black.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Luke X. Martin is a reporter focusing on race, culture and ethnicity for KCUR 89.3. Contact him at or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.
Grace Cole is an intern for KCUR's Up To Date.