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Kansas Legislative Preview | Sen. Josh Hawley's Future

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Kansas News Service
Lawmakers return to a markedly different Kansas Statehouse, one converted to protect those within its walls from contracting or spreading the coronavirus.

A look ahead at the issues most likely to be facing lawmakers in the Sunflower state, and what lies ahead for Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley.

Segment 1, beginning at 5:07: State legislators are starting the new session the same way the 2020 session ended — with a pandemic raging throughout the state.

COVID-19 means some testimony will be delivered virtually and access to the Statehouse will be limited. But lawmakers will still be considering issues from abortion to legalizing sports betting and medical marijuana.

Segment 2, beginning at 32:39: The political future of Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley.

Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley had a tough week. His top donor bailed on him, his former mentor Sen. Jack Danforth denounced him, his publisher cancelled his book and demands for his resignation are coming from politicians and the public alike. Can Hawley survive to realize his ambition to run for president in 2024?

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Chris Young is an Assistant Producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at chrisy@kcur.org.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.
Mackenzie Martin is a producer for KCUR's Up To Date, Real Humans By Gina Kaufmann, and A People's History of Kansas City. Reach out to her at mackenzie@kcur.org or on Twitter @_macmartin.