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Apr 27, 2016

Dave Helling of the Star and Steve Kraske of KCUR and the Star discuss the politics of a vote on a new Kansas City airport, the contentious battle among Kansas Republicans, and the state of the presidential race as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton move closer to nominations. 

Apr 20, 2016

The Kansas City Star's Scott Canon and KCUR's Steve Kraske discuss how the New York primary pushed Hillary Clinton closer to the nomination, the challenges still ahead for Donald Trump and how races for governor in Missouri and the U.S. Senate in Kansas could be shifting.

Apr 13, 2016

Dave Helling and Scott Canon of the Kansas City Star discuss the fairness of the fight for delegates in the Republican and Democratic parties, and the potential for angry and alienated voters once the parties hold their conventions later this year.  And a bonus chat: Canon picks the winner of the NBA playoffs.

Apr 6, 2016

The Star's Dave Helling and Scott Canon review the results from Wisconsin, the path forward in both parties -- and whether money matters anymore.  And:  Are Kansas Citians anti-tax?

Mar 28, 2016

Lynn Horsley and Dave Helling of the Star, and Steve Kraske of KCUR's Up to Date and the Star, talk about the coming earnings tax election in Kansas City, the chances of a contested - and violent - GOP convention in July, Rex Sinquefield, and Sen. Jerry Moran's endorsements of hearings for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.

Music "Folk Round" by Kevin MacLeod

Mar 21, 2016

The Kansas City Star's Dave Helling and KCUR's Steve Kraske discuss the results of the Missouri presidential primary, the chances for a contested Republican convention, and Sen. Claire McCaskill's cancer diagnosis. Music “Folk Round” by Kevin MacLeod.

Mar 14, 2016

Dave Helling and Scott Canon of the Star discuss the Trump phenomenon, protests, and the Democratic race in Missouri as the state prepares to vote in the primary Tuesday.

Mar 8, 2016

The Star's Dave Helling and Steve Kraske of KCUR and the Star discuss Saturday's Kansas caucus, the politics of race, and Nancy Reagan's impact on the White House.  Analysts said the March 5 Kansas caucuses were the most competitive presidential contests in the nation.

Feb 29, 2016

The Kansas City Star's Dave Helling and KCUR's Steve Kraske discuss the upcoming Kansas caucuses, Gov. Sam Brownback's approval rating, Missouri politics a year after Tom Schweich - and the best movie of the year.

Feb 26, 2016

Two of Kansas City's most experienced political reporters from the Kansas City Star discuss the results from South Carolina - and the next steps on the road to the White House for Republicans and Democrats.

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