1A Across America: The Impeachment Inquiry And How It Affects Kansas Politics

Oct 8, 2019

The impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump is moving quickly.

And it is affecting every level of the Republican party. Kansas Republican Senator Pat Roberts said the impeachment inquiry is “political theater.” His colleague, Republican Jerry Moran, denounced the inquiry in addition to several other Kansas congressmen, according to KCUR..

One notable exception? Democratic Congresswoman Sharice Davids, who said she supports beginning an impeachment inquiry.

“Congress being compelled to open an impeachment inquiry is nothing to celebrate,” Davids said in a statement. “This is a sad moment for our country, but it is the right thing to do.”

What are Kansans paying attention to when it comes to politics? And what does the state tell us about how the inquiry is playing across the country?

We also talk about the Kansas GOP’s recent move to eliminate a primary caucus for the upcoming presidential election.

From Time:

The Kansas GOP tweeted on Friday that it will not organize a caucus “because President Trump is an elected incumbent from the Republican Party.” Its state committee planned to approve rules Saturday for an “internal party process” for selecting convention delegates, according to Kelly Arnold, the party’s former state chairman, and Helen Van Etten, a member of the Republican National Committee from Topeka.

What do Republican voters in the state make of this decision?

Produced by Avery Kleinman.

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GUESTS

Reid Wilson, National correspondent, The Hill; author, “Epidemic: Ebola and the Global Scramble to Prevent the Next Killer Outbreak”; @PoliticsReid

Stephen Koranda, Statehouse Bureau Chief, Kansas Public Radio; @kprkoranda

Shannon Golden, Executive Director, Kansas Republican Party; @ShanGolden

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