KANSAS CITY, Mo. — FOX4 and The Kansas City Star are joining forces to provide complete political coverage of the region and country in a new digital show: 4Star Politics.
Between now, the primary election in August and the general election in November, we’ll cover the most important issues voters have to consider. We’ll also talk to a range of politicians and leaders from the local level all the way up to Washington.
You can watch the show every Wednesday beginning at 5 p.m.
In this debut episode, here’s what you can expect:
Discussion with KC Mayor Quinton Lucas
FOX4’s John Holt and The Star’s Dave Helling talk to Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas as he reflects on his first year in office, how the city has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, and how he plans to achieve some of his agenda going forward.
With a challenging six months ahead, Lucas discusses the city’s homicide problem and possible changes for KCPD.
Holt and Helling talk to Bryan Lowry, The Star’s Washington correspondent, about the race for Kansas’ U.S. Senate seat and an intriguing Republican primary. You’ve probably seen Bob Hamilton’s commercials, and the panel discusses whether he can give a fight to more well-known politicians Kris Kobach, former Kansas Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate, and U.S. Representative Roger Marshall, who currently serves Kansas’ 1st Congressional District in Washington D.C.
They also discuss the race for Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District and a crowded Republican primary.
How COVID-19 has reshaped the landscape
Holt and Helling talk about how COVID-19 has changed this year’s political races, how it’s impacted fundraising and what they expect to see with only six weeks until the primaries.
Response from KCPD Chief Rick Smith
While this isn’t mentioned in the video, FOX4 reached out KCPD Chief Rick Smith for comment regarding Mayor Lucas’ comments on his job and efforts to combat violent crime and the homicide rate. Chief Smith provided the following to FOX4:
“We are all very concerned about the increased gun violence in this City. The initiatives we are undertaking to combat violent crime have previously proven effective in other cities around the country. Through those practices, we’ve seen a reduction in overall violent crime each year.
We start the process of solving violent crimes before they are committed. It requires relationships to build trust. We have invested heavily in those relationships through things like social workers, community interaction officers and youth initiatives such as the Police Athletic League/DARE, Police Explorers, Teens in Transition and the Youth Police Initiative. We welcome any ideas about how to bridge the gap in communication between those who have knowledge of crimes and the police.
This is not unique to Kansas City. Gun crimes are up in many major cities across the country this year, and we’re all grappling with similar issues and looking for the best solutions.
I’m committed to serving this City under the direction of the Board of Police Commissioners, and I have confidence we have the right people at KCPD who are committed to the safety of Kansas City.“