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Republican Party Delegates | Expanding Discrimination Protections | Craft Fair Adjustments

Hundreds of delegates gather on the floor of the 2016 Republican National Convention.
A. Shaker
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VOA
In a break from previous cycles, delegates this year are not gathering en masse for the GOP's national political convention.

GOP delegates from Kansas and Missouri discuss a virtual political convention unlike any other, how the Kansas Human Rights Commission could expand LGBTQ protections in the state, and a long-running craft fair receives patrons in-person again.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:10: An unprecedented political convention

Kansas and Missouri Republican Party delegates were disappointed to not be able to make the trip to this year's convention in-person. The change means delegates are largely spending their days going about their normal routines, but it may impact the Party's ability to whip up enthusiasm before Election Day.

  • Beverly Gossage, Republican Party delegate from Kansas and director of HSA Benefits Consulting
  • Rod Walsh, Republican Party delegate from Missouri and member of the Missouri State Republican Committee

Segment 2, beginning at 23:25: A first step in extending discrimination protections for LGBTQ Kansans

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this year that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. More recently, the Kansas Human Rights Commission has announced they'll accept cases that could extend those discrimination protections to cover housing and public accommodations.

Segment 3, beginning at 40:35: An indie craft fair returns to in-person, open-air events

Under the conditions of the current pandemic, the Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair is returning to the venue where it began 10 years ago. The smaller crowds mean a more intimate experience for vendors and customers, and the Alexander Majors Barn provides ample room for social distancing.

Saturdays with The Strawberry Swing are scheduled from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., every Saturday until Oct. 24. The event on Saturday, Aug. 29 will be at the Alexander Majors Barn, 8201 State Line Rd, Kansas City, Missouri 64114. For more information, visit TheStrawberrySwing.org.

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Chris Young is an Assistant Producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at chrisy@kcur.org.
Whether it’s something happening right now or something that happened 100 years ago, some stories don’t fit in the short few minutes of a newscast. As a podcast producer at KCUR, I help investigate questions and local curiosities in a way that brings listeners along for adventures with plot twists and thought-provoking ideas. Sometimes there isn’t an easy answer in the end – but my hope is that we all leave with a greater understanding of the city we live in. Reach me at mackenzie@kcur.org or find me on Twitter @_macmartin.
The Kansas City region has long been a place where different ways of life collide. I tell the stories of people living and working where race, culture and ethnicity intersect. I examine racial equity and disparity, highlight the area's ethnic groups and communities of color, and invite all of Kansas City to explore meaningful ways to bond with and embrace cultures different from their own. Email me at luke@kcur.org.