My Fellow Kansans

My Fellow Kansans

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Statehouse Blend is one-part profile and one-part insider look at the Kansas Legislature and the Missouri General Assembly. Each week, hosts Sam Zeff and Brian Ellison welcome a state representative or senator to the podcast to talk policy and politics, a
Statehouse Blend Kansas: School Funding Passed, Commerce Secretary Confirmed, We Are Adjourned
Apr 6 • 8 min
Things got a little chippy during the final week of the regular legislative session, but Kansas lawmakers came away with a school funding plan and a permanent commerce secretary. On Statehouse Blend Kansas, Sec. David Toland talks with host Jim McLean…
Statehouse Blend Kansas: Dollars Vs. Policy — A Clash Of School Finance Titans
Mar 30 • 8 min
The Kansas Senate has agreed to give school districts raises. The House has not. Instead, negotiators are headed to the bargaining table with a stack of new requirements for reporting how schools spend their money. On Statehouse Blend Kansas , Jim McLean…
Statehouse Blend Kansas: It’s Not Really About The Tweets
Mar 23 • 8 min
As the first Kansas legislative session with Democrat Laura Kelly as governor proceeds, social media has caused a bit of trouble for the new administration. On Statehouse Blend Kansas, Washburn University political scientist Bob Beatty and host Jim McLean…
Statehouse Blend Kansas: Governor Kelly Keeps Her Veto In Her Back Pocket
Mar 16 • 8 min
The last season of My Fellow Kansans ended with Democrat Laura Kelly elected as governor. In this episode of Statehouse Blend Kansas , she talks with host Jim McLean a few months into her term about how her agenda is faring in the Legislature. Subscribe…
Statehouse Blend Kansas: Round And Round On Medicaid Expansion
Mar 9 • 8 min
Roundtable discussions on Medicaid expansion dominated a short week at the Kansas Statehouse. On the sidelines, host Jim McLean spoke heard diverging views of the costs and benefits from Sara Collins, healthcare economist with the Commonwealth Fund, and…
Statehouse Blend Kansas: Red Light, Green Light For Bills And Highways
Mar 2 • 8 min
We’ve reached the mid-point of the 2019 legislative session, my fellow Kansans. Lawmakers have given some proposals a green light to proceed and thrown up stop signs in front of others. And, talking to host Jim McLean, the new KDOT secretary Julie Lorenz…
Statehouse Blend Kansas: Slow The Decline Of Rural Kansas How?
Feb 23 • 8 min
Rep. Don Hineman got a new assignment this year to figure out how to sustain rural Kansas. He tells host Jim McLean there’s three things it’ll take for sure: speedy broadband, more housing, and good health care. Subscribe to Statehouse Blend Kansas for…
Statehouse Blend Kansas: The Return On The Medicaid Expansion Investment
Feb 16 • 8 min
Kansas Health Secretary Lee Norman tells host Jim McLean that extending Medicaid coverage to more low-income, able-bodied adults comes with good ROI. Nonetheless, the state House rejected a pension refinancing proposal that might pay for it. To keep…
Statehouse Blend Kansas: The Senate Says ‘Yes’ To Tax Relief
Feb 9 • 8 min
For the fourth episode of Statehouse Blend Kansas for the 2019 legislative session, host Jim McLean talks with Senate President Susan Wagle, who’s leading the charge for tax relief. If you enjoy this episode, subscribe and rate Statehouse Blend Kansas in…
Statehouse Blend Kansas: Getting To Know Kansas’ Medicaid Expansion Bill
Feb 2 • 8 min
In the third episode of Statehouse Blend Kansas for the 2019 legislative session, host Jim McLean talks with the official sponsor of Gov. Laura Kelly’s Medicaid expansion bill about what’s in it. For more Statehouse Blend Kansas, subscribe in your podcast…
Statehouse Blend Kansas: The Lines In The Sand
Jan 26 • 8 min
This is the second episode of our podcast Statehouse Blend Kansas for 2019. Host Jim McLean talks with the top Democrat in the House about the battle lines being drawn for the legislative session. Subscribe to Statehouse Blend Kansas in iTunes or wherever…
Statehouse Blend Kansas: So It Begins…
Jan 20 • 8 min
My Fellow Kansans is on hiatus for the legislative session. Meanwhile, our podcast Statehouse Blend Kansas is exploring the governing of our state. Host and Kansas News Service reporter Jim McLean talks with policymakers and everyday Kansans affected by…
My Fellow Kansans: Live Roundtable
Dec 14, 2018 • 22 min
Kansas voters elected a new governor, Democrat Laura Kelly, who wants to promptly expand Medicaid eligibility, resolve a long-running lawsuit with more school funding, and address a crisis in the state’s foster care system. But her ability to fulfill that…
My Fellow Kansans: Live With The Governor-Elect
Dec 14, 2018 • 58 min
With the election of Democrat Laura Kelly as governor, it appears Kansas is trending back to the center. But voters sent a mixed message as conservatives regained control of the Legislature. To cap off this season My Fellow Kansans, the incoming governor…
My Fellow Kansans: ‘Kansas Common Sense’
Nov 19, 2018 • 22 min
Well, fellow Kansans, it’s over. Democratic state Sen. Laura Kelly, running as the “fix-it” candidate on the premise that Kansas had gone off the rails, beat “full-throttle conservative” Kris Kobach in the race for governor. Her win signaled Kansans’…
My Fellow Kansans: Kelly Wins — A Minisode
Nov 9, 2018 • 7 min
A race that looked to be oh-so-close turned out to be a clear victory for Democrat Laura Kelly, the new governor-elect of Kansas. On this mini episode of “My Fellow Kansans” we hear what Kelly had to say on election night and her explanation of what…
My Fellow Kansans: Laura Kelly
Nov 2, 2018 • 19 min
If conservative firebrand Kris Kobach would continue Kansas on its path to the right, Democrat Laura Kelly would be its pivot back to center. After a weak start early in the campaign, polls suggest Kelly is now virtually tied with her Republican opponent…
My Fellow Kansans: Kris Kobach
Oct 29, 2018 • 19 min
If there’s a talking point in Kris Kobach’s campaign that virtually no one could quibble with, it’s captured in his billboards: “The consistent conservative.” On the campaign trail, he offers another term that underlines the ambitious Republican secretary…
My Fellow Kansans: Greg Orman
Oct 22, 2018 • 17 min
Of the three leading candidates in the race for Kansas governor, polls suggest Greg Orman is the least likely to win. Recent surveys show the independent in single digits — well behind Republican Kris Kobach and Democrat Laura Kelly, who are virtually…
My Fellow Kansans LIVE
Oct 18, 2018 • 0 min
My Fellow Kansans is coming to Johnson County Library on Oct. 25 for a live event, featuring podcast host Jim McLean and political scientist Beth Vonnahme. We’ll discuss the current state of Kansas politics and learn how Kansas voters are feeling ahead of…