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

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Jim McLean
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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 kclibrary.org 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. 

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.
The Kansas City region has long been a place where different ways of life collide. I tell the stories of people living and working where race, culture and ethnicity intersect. I examine racial equity and disparity, highlight the area's ethnic groups and communities of color, and invite all of Kansas City to explore meaningful ways to bond with and embrace cultures different from their own. Email me at luke@kcur.org.