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Matthew Dowd On Trump, Partisan Politics And The Future Of America's Independents

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Matthew Dowd's career is an unusual one. He was a strategist for Republican President George W. Bush's re-election campaign, and, before that, a staffer for Missouri's Democratic Congressman Dick Gephardt. Now, he is taking an Independent tack to get past partisan gridlock. Today, we speak with the ABC News analyst about his life, his career, and the political situations in Austin, Springfield and Washington.

Matthew Dowd will take part in American Public Square's second annual fundraiser, Evening on the Square, at Boulevard Brewing Company at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 1. To purchase tickets, visit AmericanPublicSquare.org.

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.