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Kansas City Voters Cast Ballots for New Mayor, City Council

Kansas City voters are picking a new mayor and city council members today (TUE). The mayoral race pits two council members against one another: Quinton Lucas, a 34-year-old black man, and Jolie Justus, a 48-year-old gay woman. Both are attorneys with similar voting records during their first terms on the city council. Although the election is officially nonpartisan, both candidates are Democrats.

Remembering Kansas Feminists on Centennial of Women's Suffrage

Vicki Arnett, President of the Topeka and Shawnee County League of Women Voters, and her daughter, Emily Thompson, a freelance writer. The two spoke about Arnett's activism in Hutchinson in the 1970s, where she helped start a group called Feminist Forum, Women for Human Rights.

June 16 marks the 100th anniversary of Kansas ratifying the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting full voting rights to women. The national law took effect the following year, but women in Kansas had actually been voting since 1912. In fact, Kansas was the 8th state to independently grant full suffrage to women, despite the lack of a national law. In celebration of women's suffrage, freelance reporter Emily Thompson prepared this report about one woman's fight for equality... right here in Kansas.


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