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Statehouse Blend Kansas

Statehouse Blend is one-part profile and one-part insider look at the Kansas Legislature. Each week, host Jim McLean welcomes a state representative or senator to the podcast to talk policy and politics.

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Republican Kansas Rep. Barbara Bollier from Mission Hills, provides an insider perspective on the Kansas Legislature as we discuss education, and declining revenue numbers.

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Republican Kansas Sen. Jim Denning from Overland Park provides an insider perspective on the Kansas Legislature as we discuss Medicaid expansion and the Kansas budget.

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Democrat Missouri Rep. Jeremy LaFaver from District 025 provides an insider perspective on the Missouri General Assembly as we discuss legislative term limits, Planned Parenthood, and Medicaid.

Guests:

  • Jeremy LaFaver, Rep. from District 025, Missouri General Assembly 
  • Meredith Adams, Citizen
  • Cody Newill, General Assignment Reporter, KCUR

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On this podcast exclusive episode of Statehouse Blend, reporters break down the Missouri General Assembly veto override session, discussing right-to-work, minimum wage and other legislative issues.

Guests:

  • Elle Moxley, General Assignment Reporter, KCUR
  • Barbara Shelly, Columnist, The Kansas City Star
  • Jason Hancock, Jefferson City Correspondent, The Kansas City Star

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Republican Kansas Rep. Stephanie Clayton from Overland Park, provides an insider perspective on the Kansas Legislature as we discuss education, sales tax, and government transparency. 

Guests:

  • Stephanie Clayton, Rep. for the 19th District, Kansas Legislature 
  • David Jordan, citizen from Lawrence, Kansas 
  • Steve Vockrodt, Staff Writer, The Pitch

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Republican Missouri Rep. T. J. Berry from District 038 provides an insider perspective on the Missouri General Assembly as we discuss alternative energy, right-to-work legislation, and the death penalty.

Guests:

  • T.J. Berry, Rep. for District 038, Missouri General Assembly 
  • Harvey Oxman, Citizen Voice
  • Matthew Long-Middleton, Central Standard Producer, KCUR

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Democrat Missouri Rep. Lauren Arthur from District 018 provides an insider perspective on the Missouri General Assembly as we discuss ethics reform, right to work, and the upcoming veto session.

Guests:

  • Lauren Arthur, Rep. for District 018, Missouri General Assembly 
  • Mark Conarroe, Citizen Voice
  • Laura Ziegler, Special Correspondent, KCUR

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Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander joins Statehouse Blend to discuss elections, Medicaid, and Ferguson.

Guests:

  • Jason Kander, Missouri Secretary of State
  • Nik Schuetz, Citizen Voice
  • Steve Kraske, Host of Up To Date, KCUR

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Republican Kansas Rep. Ron Ryckman Jr. from Olathe provides an insider perspective on the Kansas Legislature as we discuss free lunches from lobbyists, block grants, and extraordinary need funding for schools.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach  joins Statehouse Blend to discuss voter fraud, immigration, and his treatment in the media.

Guests:

  • Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State
  • Melissa Carlson, Citizen Voice
  • Nick Haines, Executive Producer of Public Affairs, KCPT

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Republican Missouri Rep. Joe Don McGaugh from District 039 provides an insider perspective on the Missouri General Assembly as we discuss agriculture, education, and Medicaid expansion.

Guests:

  • Joe Don McGaugh, Rep. for District 039, Missouri General Assembly 
  • Arley Hoskin, Citizen Voice
  • Mike McGraw, Special Projects Reporter, Flatland KC

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Democrat Missouri Rep. Judy Morgan from District 024 provides an insider perspective on the Missouri General Assembly as we discuss infrastructure, education, and the culture of Jefferson City.

Guests:

  • Judy Morgan, Rep. for the District 024, Missouri General Assembly 
  • Eric Bunch, Citizen Voice
  • Gina Kaufmann, Host of Central Standard, KCUR

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Democrat Kansas Sen. Laura Kelly from Topeka provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session. 

Guests:

  • Laura Kelly, Sen. for the 18th District, Kansas Legislature 
  • Gene Chavez, Citizen Voice
  • Lisa Rodriguez, Associate Producer, KCUR

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On this week's Statehouse Blend, we look back at the Kansas Legislature's favorite songs and what they meant in the context of the session. It's Statehouse Blend, The Musical.

Guests:

  • C.J. Janovy, Arts Reporter, KCUR
  • Matt Hodapp, Statehouse Blend Producer, KCUR

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Republican Kansas Rep. Erin Davis from Olathe provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 Kansas legislative session. 

Guests:

  • Erin Davis, Rep. for the 15th District, Kansas Legislature 
  • Christopher Leitch, Citizen Voice
  • Dan Margolies, Heartland Health Monitor Editor, KCUR

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On this week's Statehouse Blend, we ask former Kansas legislators to compare and contrast the Kansas legislature then and now.

Guests:

  • Kelly Kultala, Former Senator, 5th District
  • John Vratil, Former Senator, 11th District
  • Tim Owens, Former Senator, 8th District

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Republican Kansas Rep. Marvin Kleeb from Overland Park provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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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