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Political Strategist Reveals D.C. Reactions To Kansas Races


Election Day is coming up, and Kansas is brimming with close races. These could have a huge effect on the make-up of Washington DC. On this episode of Up to Date, host Steve Kraske talks with Washington political strategist John Ashford. We find out what those inside the Beltway think of goings-on in the Midwest. They also discuss the life of a political consultant in dealing with candidates and issues. 


  • John Ashford is the chairman and CEO of The Hawthorn Group, an international public affairs firm. He is a native of Missouri who once worked as a country and western disk jockey.

HEAR MORE: John Ashford is speaking at 7:30 am, Thursday, October 30th at the InterContinental on the Country Club Plaza, 401 Ward Parkway in Kansas City, Mo. For more information, click here.


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When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.