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00000179-cdc6-d978-adfd-cfc6d7d40002Coverage of the issues, races and people shaping Kansas elections in 2016, including statewide coverage in partnership with KCUR, Kansas Public Radio, and High Plains Public Radio.

Political Author Thomas Frank Reflects On Recent Election

Author Thomas Frank appears on Democracy Now.


Kansas was the birthplace of Prohibition and an epicenter of the anti-abortion movement.

Historian and political analyst Thomas Frank -- a Mission Hills, Kansas, native -- wrote a whole book, What's the Matter With Kansas, about how politics in the state has been fueled by conservative social ideals. But last Tuesday, Kansas went for Donald Trump, at the same time it voted in a more moderate Legislature.

Frank tells Kansas Elections Editor Amy Jeffries that it’s an indication that the American political pendulum is swinging and that Kansas may be on the leading edge of it. In his latest book, Listen Liberal, Frank argues that the national Democratic Party elite has abandoned the working class, a group Trump appears to have captured.