Statehouse Blend Kansas

Statehouse Blend is one-part profile and one-part insider look at the Kansas Legislature. Each week, host Sam Zeff welcomes a state representative or senator to the podcast to talk policy and politics, as well as their personal life. We also invite a citizen voice and journalist to round out the conversation over good coffee and donuts.

You can hear part of the conversation every Tuesday on Up To Date

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On this week's episode of Statehouse Blend Kansas , newly elected Rep. Cindy Holscher (D-Overland Park) discusses the LLC tax loophole, Medicaid expansion, and school finance. Guests: Cindy Holscher , Representative (D-Overland Park), House of Representatives Dan Margolies , Heartland Health Monitor Editor, KCUR

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On this week's episode of Statehouse Blend Kansas and Statehouse Blend Missouri , hosts Brian Ellison and Sam Zeff talk with KCUR's Peggy Lowe and Amy Jeffries about the future of the Kansas and Missouri Statehouses going forward after the 2016 elections. Guests: Peggy Lowe ​ , Investigations Editor, Harvest Public Media Amy Jeffries , Kansas Elections Editor, KCUR

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On this special elections episode of Statehouse Blend Kansas and Statehouse Blend Missouri , hosts Sam Zeff and Brian Ellison discuss results and us give an idea of where things stand in Kansas and Missouri.

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On this week's episode of the Statehouse Blend Kansas podcast , KCUR reporter Elle Moxley and panelists Mark Tallman from the Kansas Association of School Boards and Dave Trabert , President of the Kansas Policy Institute, take an in-depth look at the future of education in Kansas. This episode of Statehouse Blend Kansas was recorded live at the Johnson County Library Central Branch. Guests: Mark Tallman , Associate Executive Director For Advocacy, Kansas Association of School Boards Dave...

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On this week's episode of Statehouse Blend Kansas , Rep. Russell Jennings ( R-Lakin ) discusses the 2016 election, guns on college campuses, education funding, and his campaign for speaker of the house. Guests: Russell Jennings , Representative (R-Lakin), House of Representatives Stephen Koranda , Statehouse Bureau Chief, KPR

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On this week's episode of the Statehouse Blend Kansas podcast, former Democratic Representative, Melody McCray-Miller, and former Gov. Bill Graves' Communications Director, Mike Matson, attempt to decode the political spin of this election season. This episode of Statehouse Blend Kansas was recorded live at The Anchor in Wichita, Kan. Guests: Melody McCray-Miller , Former Democratic Representative, House of Representatives Mike Matson , Former Gov. Bill Graves' Communications Director

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On this week's episode of Statehouse Blend Kansas , Senate President Susan Wagle (R- Wichita ) discuss a new policy plan , education funding, and the upcoming elections. Guests: Susan Wagle , (R-Wichita) , Kansas Senate President Barbara Shelly , Freelance Columnist, KCUR and The Pitch

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On this week's episode of Statehouse Blend Kansas , we discuss the political implications of the Gannon school funding case. Guests: Bryan Lowry , Reporter, The Wichita Eagle Michael Smith , Professor of Political Science and Chair, Emporia State University

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On this week's episode of the Statehouse Blend Kansas podcast, former Democratic Gov. John Carlin and former Republican House Speaker Mike O'Neal discuss their contrasting views on the state of Kansas government. This episode of Statehouse Blend Kansas was recorded live at the Celtic Fox in Topeka, Kan. Guests: John Carlin , Political Science Visiting Professor, Kansas State University Mike O'Neal , President and CEO, Kansas Chamber of Commerce

KCUR's Statehouse Blend podcast is dividing into two separate podcasts — Statehouse Blend Kansas and Statehouse Blend Missouri — in order to better serve our audiences on both sides of the state line. You'll still get the same great content with the same engaging hosts — but to keep up to date with the Missouri General Assembly, you'll need to search and subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts. Kansas will continue to be covered on the existing feed. "Statehouse...

On this week's episode of Statehouse Blend , Missouri Rep. Sheila Solon ( R-Blue Springs ) talks about losing her primary, campaign contribution limits, and concealed carry legislation. Guests: Sheila Solon , ( R-Blue Springs ) , Missouri House of Representatives Eric Bunch , Policy Director and Co-Founder, BikeWalkKC

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On this week's episode of Statehouse Blend , the Director of Johnson County Mental Health talks about the state of mental healthcare in Kansas. Guests: Tim DeWeese , Director, Johnson County Mental Health Jim McLean , Executive Editor, Kansas Health Institute

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On this week's episode of Statehouse Blend , Missouri Rep. Judy Morgan ( D -Kansas City ) talks about transportation funding, Right To Work legislation, and this year's gubernatorial election. Guests: Rep. Judy Morgan, (D-Kansas City), Missouri House of Representatives Maria Carter , News Director, KCUR

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On this week's Statehouse Blend , we look back at the Kansas and Missouri Legislature's favorite songs, and what they meant in the context of the sessions. It's Statehouse Blend's Greatest Hits. Guests: C.J. Janovy , Arts Reporter, KCUR Matt Hodapp , Statehouse Blend Producer, KCUR

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On this week's episode of Statehouse Blend , Kansas Rep. Stephanie Clayton ( R-Overland Park ) talks about presidential politics, schools, and tax policy. Guests: Rep. Stephanie Clayton , ( R-Overland Park ), Kansas House of Representatives Kevin Willmot, Professor of Film and Media Studies, University of Kansas

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On this week's episode of Statehouse Blend , Missouri Sen. Ryan Silvey ( R -Kansas City ) talks about transportation funding, the Republican party platform, and this year's gubernatorial election. Guests: Sen. Ryan Silvey, (R-Kansas City), Missouri House of Representatives Elle Moxley , General Assignment Reporter, KCUR

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While most Kansas educators are still breathing a sigh of relief that the school funding equity issue was solved in a special session and public schools could remain open, some lawmaker are already looking ahead to the new session in January. Sen. Laura Kelly, the minority whip from Topeka, says a small bipartisan group has already begun meeting to draft a new school funding formula to replace block grants, which expire at the end of this fiscal year. The plan, drafted by Democrats and...

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On this week's episode of Statehouse Blend , Missouri Rep. DaRon McGee ( D-Kansas City ) talks about gun legislation, libraries, and ethics reform. Guests: Rep. DaRon McGee (D-Kansas City), Missouri House of Representatives Dylan Little , Assistant Manager, Mid-Continent Public Library Lee Summit

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The Vice President of the Kansas Senate says the special session set to gavel in on Thursday will probably stretch into early next week. That would move the Legislature even closer to a June 30 school shutdown deadline, and make the session longer than Gov . Sam Brownback suggested it would take to fix the inequity that exists between rich and poor school districts in Kansas. “We’re probably looking at more like three to five days if all goes well,” Sen. Jeff King from Independence said on...

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On this week's Statehouse Blend podcast, we profile the four candidates campaigning in this year's republican gubernatorial primary. Guests: John Holt , Co-anchor, Fox 4 News Jason Rosenbaum , Political Reporter, St. Louis Public Radio

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On this week's Statehouse Blend podcast, we bring you an in-depth look at what is shaping up to be a competitive 2016 election year in Kansas. Guests on this episode: Jim McLean , Executive Editor, Kansas Health Institute Amy Jeffries , Kansas Elections Editor, KCUR

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KCUR 89.3's Statehouse Blend podcast returns to the Westport Flea Market for another live special. Host Brian Ellison leads the audience in a discussion with Senators Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, and Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, about the central issues from the 2016 session of the Missouri General Assembly. Guests: Sen. Jason Holsman , D-Kansas City Sen. Rob Schaaf , R-St. Joseph

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As the Missouri and Kansas 2016 legislative sessions come to an end, Statehouse Blend hosts, Sam Zeff and Brian Ellison, discuss the most impactful and surprising events on both sides of the state line with the assistance of guest host, Kyle Palmer.

On this week's Statehouse Blend podcast, reporters dissect what we've seen so far and what we can expect as the Kansas Legislative session heads to a close. Guests: Bryan Lowry , Reporter, The Wichita Eagle Dave Helling , Reporter, The Kansas City Star

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Since Wednesday, when Missouri Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Frankford, cast one of the deciding votes against the “religious shield” proposal, he’s been called a hero by some and a traitor by others. On the whole, though, he said reaction has been positive. “I had a lot of colleagues come up and congratulate me and say it took real courage,” Hansen told host Brian Ellison Friday on the Statehouse Blend podcast. “Different people have come up, and one told me it’s the most courage he’s seen in the...

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A leader of the Missouri House Democrats says a controversial constitutional amendment to protect "religious freedom" may not have the votes to get out of committee. Last week, the House Emerging Issues Committee delayed a vote on the "religious shield" measure, SJR 39. Supporters say the proposal, if approved by the General Assembly and the voters, would protect business owners and clergy from penalties if they decline to participate in same-sex weddings on religious grounds. Rep. Jon...

Kansas Legislature

The vice chairman of the Kansas Senate Ways and Means Committee says he's been told by Gov. Sam Brownback that the governor might consider rolling back a major portion of his signature 2012 tax cut bill. Sen. Jim Denning, a Republican from Overland Park, joined KCUR's Statehouse Blend Podcast this weekend and told host Sam Zeff that Brownback might not veto a bill that would close the loophole that allows more then 300,000 small businesses in Kansas to avoid state income tax. “It’s been...

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A Democratic leader in the Missouri House is praising the version of the state budget approved by the Senate last week, especially its restoration of most of the $8.7 million cut from the University of Missouri system in the House version. Rep. Gail McCann Beatty (D-Kansas City) joined KCUR's Statehosue Blend podcast and told host Brian Ellison that she thinks the Senate's version of the $27.2 billion budget is more fair than the one passed by her House colleagues weeks before "It felt like...

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Before the Kansas Legislature went on spring break last month, a Senate committee pushed forward a bill that would expand the grounds for impeachment of Supreme Court justices. The controversial legislation says that justices could be impeached for "attempting to usurp the the power of the legislative or judicial branch of government." Kansas Rep. Melissa Rooker (R-Fairway) joined KCUR's Statehouse Blend podcast to discuss her issues with the bill and its prospects in the House of...

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Missouri Rep. John Rizzo (D-Kansas City) said the General Assembly may have a difficult time making progress on significant legislation this session. Rizzo, the House Minority Whip, joined KCUR 89.3's Statehouse Blend podcast to discuss what to expect after the legislature returns from its spring break next week. He told host Brian Ellison that action in the other chamber—where Senate Republicans broke a Democratic filibuster earlier this month—had the effect of "poisoning" the atmosphere,...

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