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 Statehouse Blend, we ask citizens from Kansas to share their thoughts on the 2015 Kansas Legislative session.

Guests:

  • Scott Morgan, Citizen, Lawrence
  • Erin Rivers, Citizen, Mission
  • Will Averill, Citizen, Lawrence

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Democrat Kansas Rep. John Wilson from Lawrence provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session underway in Topeka. 

Guests:

  • John Wilson, Rep. for the 10th District, Kansas Legislature 
  • Kate Miner, Citizen Voice
  • Maria Carter, News Director, KCUR

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Republican Kansas Rep. Melissa Rooker from Fairway returns to Statehouse Blend to provide an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session underway in Topeka. 

Guests:

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On this week's Statehouse Blend, reporters from the Kansas Statehouse dissect what we've seen so far and what we can expect as the session heads into overtime. 

Guests:

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Republican Kansas Sen. Kay Wolf from Prairie Village, provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session underway in Topeka. 

Guests:

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Republican Kansas Rep. John Rubin from Shawnee, provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session underway in Topeka. 

Guests:

  • John Rubin, Rep. for the 18th District, Kansas Legislature 
  • Sara Prem, citizen voice
  • Peggy Lowe, Harvest Network Analyst, KCUR

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Democrat Kansas Rep. Nancy Lusk from Overland Park, provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session underway in Topeka. 

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Democrat Kansas Rep. Jim Ward from Wichita, provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session underway in Topeka. 

Guests:

  • Jim Ward, Rep. for the 86th District, Kansas Legislature 
  • Scott Morgan, citizen voice
  • Cody Newill, General Assignment Reporter, KCUR

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Republican Kansas Rep. Stephanie Clayton from Overland Park, provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session underway in Topeka. 

Guests:

  • Stephanie Clayton, Rep. for the 19th District, Kansas Legislature 
  • Ryan Smith, citizen voice
  • Brian Ellison, Host/Contributor, KCUR

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Democrat Kansas Rep. Jarrod Ousley from Merriam, provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session underway in Topeka. 

Guests:

  • Jarrod Ousley, Rep. for the 24th District, Kansas Legislature 
  • Terry Blastenbrei, citizen voice
  • Jeremy Bernfeld, Harvest Public Media Editor, KCUR

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On this week's Statehouse Blend, what we've seen so far in the Kansas Legislative session, and what we can expect when we return from spring break. 

Guests:

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Democrat Kansas Rep. Dennis "Boog" Highberger from Lawrence, provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session underway in Topeka. 

Guests:

  • Dennis "Boog" Highberger, Rep. for the 46th District, Kansas Legislature 
  • John Butcher, citizen voice
  • Laura Spencer, Arts Reporter, KCUR

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Republican Kansas Rep. Tom Phillips from Manhattan, provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session underway in Topeka.

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Republican Kansas Rep. Barbara Bollier from Mission Hills, provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session underway in Topeka.

Guests:

  • Barbara Bollier, Representative for the 21st District, Kansas Legislature
  • Erin Rivers, Citizen voice 
  • Frank Morris, National Correspondent and Senior Editor, KCUR

Republican Kansas Rep. Lane Hemsley from Topeka, provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session underway in Topeka.

Guests:

  • Lane Hemsley, Representative for the 56th District, Kansas Legislature
  • Katherine Miner, Citizen voice 
  • Ron Jones, Director of Community Engagement, KCUR

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Democrat Kansas Sen. Marci Francisco from Lawrence, provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session underway in Topeka.

Guests:

  • Marci Francisco, Senator for the 2nd District, Kansas Legislature
  • John Pendleton, Citizen voice and farmer
  • Mike McGraw, Special Projects Reporter, KCPT

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Republican Kansas Sen. Jeff Melcher from Leawood, provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session underway in Topeka.

Guests:

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Democratic Kansas Sen. Pat Pettey from Kansas City, Kan., provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session underway in Topeka.

Guests:

  • Pat Pettey, Senator for the 6th District, Kansas Legislature
  • Philip Gardos​, Citizen voice
  • Laura Ziegler, KCUR reporter

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Democrat Kansas Sen. David Haley from Wyandotte County provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session underway in Topeka. 

Heartland Health Editor, Dan Margolies, fills in for host Sam Zeff.

(Disclaimer: We apologize for any clicks in the audio file. Our recording equipment has been experiencing some technical difficulties.)

Guests:

  • David Haley, Senator for the 4th District, Kansas Legislature
  • Ron Newton, citizen voice
  • Jim McLean​, Executive Editor, KHI News Service

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Republican Kansas Rep. Linda Gallagher from Lenexa provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session underway in Topeka.

Guests:

  • Linda Gallagher, Representative for the 23rd District, Kansas Legislature
  • Bruce Smith, citizen voice
  • CJ Janovy​, Arts Reporter, KCUR

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Kansas Rep. Melissa Rooker joined KCUR reporter Sam Zeff for the inaugural episode of Statehouse Blend to talk about her experience in the Kansas Legislature and her decision to move back to Kansas from Los Angeles. 

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Republican Kansas Rep. Melissa Rooker provides an insider perspective on the historic legislative session underway in Topeka.

Guests:

  • Melissa Rooker, Representative for the 25th District, Kansas Legislature
  • Brian Schmid​, citizen voice
  • Matthew Long-Middleton, producer, Central Standard

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