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Democratic Senate Candidate Bollier | Ethics Of Debate & Voting

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Jim McLean
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Kansas News Service
Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate seat in Kansas line up before a debate in May. A presidential debate earlier this month was canceled after President Donald Trump declined to take part virtually.

State Sen. Barbara Bollier would be the first Democrat to represent Kansas in the U.S. Senate since 1939, and the Ethics Professors consider a political candidate's obligation to debate their opponent.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:21: Will Kansas voters send a Democrat to the U.S. Senate?

The big political news out of the Sunflower State this year is that a Democrat might win an open U.S. Senate seat. That hasn’t happened since the 1930s, and is supposedly the longest losing streak for a party anywhere in the country. Barbara Bollier is the Democratic candidate. Her opponent is Roger Marshall and polls now show the race is too close to call.

  • Kansas Sen. Barbara Bollier, D-Mission Hills

Segment 2, beginning at 34:45: At election time, there are always significant ethical issues. This year, there seems to be more than usual.

This election year is giving the Ethics Professors plenty to think about including canceled debates and folks choosing not to vote .

  • Wayne Vaught, provost and vice president for student affairs at Utah Valley University
  • Clancy Martin, professor of philosophy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City
Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.
Luke X. Martin is a reporter focusing on race, culture and ethnicity for KCUR 89.3. Contact him at luke@kcur.org or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.