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Seg. 1: Kansas Sen. Bollier Quits The GOP. Seg. 2: Kansas City's One-Of-A-Kind Folk Art Collection.

Jim McLean
Kansas News Service
After state Sen. Barbara Bollier publicly supported some Democratic candidates earlier this year, she was stripped by Senate President Susan Wagle of her vice chair position on the state health committee.

Segment 1: The state senator says she felt increasingly at odds with Republican Party stances on LGBTQ issues and supporting President Trump.

Kansas Sen. Barbara Bollier made national headlines last week when she switched her party affiliation from Republican to Democrat, but some of her colleagues in the statehouse were a little less surprised. Today, Johnson County's newest Democratic state senator discussed her move, and the political implications it could have when the legislative session starts on Jan. 14.

  • Kansas Sen. Barbara Bollier, D-Mission Hills

Segment 2, beginning at 27:33: The unintentional beginnings of a one-of-a-kind collection.

You might be surprised to learn that the Mattie Rhodes Center, a community development organization, houses one of Kansas City's most rarely-viewed folk art collections. But the more than 1,500 pieces that comprise it are more than just an assortment of sculpture, ceramics and toys. In the center's care it's a way to bridge generations and cultures.

“Mattie Rhodes and the Indelible Impressions of Art” will be presented December 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kansas City Central Library, 14th W. 10 Street. Go to to RSVP. The Craft Research Lab exhibit at the Central Library of items from the Hand-in-Hand Folk Art Collection continues through Dec. 30. 

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Luke X. Martin is associate producer of KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.