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Senator Roger Marshall | Republican Divide Widens | The Pace Of Baseball

Jim McLean
Kansas News Service
U.S. Sen. Roger Marshall of Kansas speaking at a Johnson County Republican rally late in the 2020 campaign.

Sen. Roger Marshall wants Kansas governor to end federal unemployment benefits, a former Missouri congressman on the demotion of Liz Cheney and what is making Major League Baseball less appealing.

Segment 1, beginning at 1:00: When it comes to President Biden's American Jobs Plan, Sen. Marshall says, ". . . the dollars are being spent in other places other than traditional infrastructure."
Sen. Roger Marshall wants Kansas to follow in Missouri's footsteps and end increased federal unemployment payments to its residents, claiming that enhanced jobless benefits incentivize people to remain unemployed. But bothYaleand Chicago Federal Reserve Bank research in 2020 actually found that expanded jobless benefits resulted in a greater effort to find work.

Segment 2, beginning at 13:04: Former Missouri Rep. Tom Coleman on the state of the GOP.

Former Missouri Congressman Tom Coleman says, "The Republican Party has left me" and now sees himself as more of an independent. Coleman sees the ousting of Liz Cheney from House leadership as an example of how the Republican Party has turned into a "totalitarian political movement." Coleman is one of more than 100 Republicans who signed a letter threatening to break from the GOP and form a third party: "They don't deal in facts. They live in an alternate world created by Donald Trump."

Segment 3, beginning at 36:44: The average length of a nine-inning MLB game in 2019 of 3 hours, 5 minutes, 35 seconds is still less than the average NFL game. So why are fans turning away?

One reason offers sportswriter Tim Keown is is not the time it takes to play, but the pace of play itself. That and analytics that Keown says "teams have decided wins games. The best way to play the game has become numbers driven" so that scouting will drill down into statistics as small as "launch angle."

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