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Seg. 1: Kansas GOP Chairman On 2018 Elections. Seg. 2: International Tariffs Hit Local Economies.

Luke X Martin
KCUR 89.3
This year's governor's race in Kansas is largely seen to boil down to two Republicans, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, left, and Gov. Jeff Colyer.

Segment 1: Kansas GOP candidates faces tough Democratic — and Republican — challengers.

The Kansas Republican Party this year is seeking to continue its overwhelming power in Topeka, but in order to do so it’ll have to win what’s turning out to be a highly competitive election for governor. Also on the ballot this fall are races for the state House and two intense races for Congress in the state’s 2nd and 3rd congressional districts. Both could swing to the Democrats in what would be a huge blow to the GOP. Today, we heard from the man overseeing the election for Kansas Republicans. 

Segment 2, beginning at 23:20: How international tariffs are effecting local economies.

Speaking in Kansas City last week, President Trump asked for patience for trade policies that have resulted in new tariffs on American goods. No question that trade wars are now underway, most notably with China. Outrage has greeted his approach, but is the president wrong in his reasoning? In the early stages of what may be a long trade war, we explore that reasoning and look at the impact tariffs are having on workers and businesses in Kansas and Missouri.

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.
As culture editor, I oversee KCUR’s coverage of race, culture, the arts, food and sports. I work with reporters to make sure our stories reflect the fullest view of the place we call home, so listeners and readers feel primed to explore the places, projects and people who make up a vibrant Kansas City. Email me at luke@kcur.org.