Statehouse Blend Missouri

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Statehouse Blend is one-part profile and one-part insider look at the Missouri General Assembly.

Episode Date
Session Scorecard: GOP Agenda Wins
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As the 2018 legislative session careened to an end, we took stock of what legislation passed, what didn't pass, and what was allowed to quietly pass away. It turns out that with all eyes on the accusations against Gov. Eric Greitens, his fellow Republicans were fairly successful at advancing a legislative agenda. Host Brian Ellison calls on KCUR editor Erica Hunzinger to help recap the session, and Sen. Jason Holsman , a Kansas City Democrat, talks about what went wrong for his party.
May 22, 2018
Battle For A Senate Seat In A Swing District
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Missouri Reps. Lauren Arthur and Kevin Corlew are fighting over an exceedingly rare prize in Missouri politics: an open Senate seat in a district that doesn't have a clear partisan leaning. Whether voters choose the Democratic Arthur or the Republican Corlew in a June 5 special election could speak volumes about the mood of the electorate at a turbulent time. Host Brian Ellison moderated a candidate forum on May 10, co-sponsored by KCUR and the League of Women Voters. This episode provides highlights; to hear the entire unedited forum: . Music used in this episode: Warming Evening by Nameless Dancers; The Silver Hatch by Blue Dot Sessions and Sad Marimba Planet by Lee Rosevere
May 14, 2018
The Second Greitens Report
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Another week, another raft of bad news for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens. A new report details his use of a charity donor list for campaign fund-raising and the possibility he lied about it to the state ethics commission. We get up to speed with Bryan Lowry of the Kansas City Star. And even as legislators call a special session to consider impeachment, they march on with the state budget and other bills unrelated to gubernatorial scandals. House Democratic Caucus Secretary Rep. DaRon McGee of Kansas City helps us round up how education, taxes and transportation may fare in the session's last two weeks. Music used in this episode: Warming Evening by Nameless Dancers; What Have I Done by Lee Rosevere; Headlights/Mountain Road , Tralaga , MKNT , and Soothe by Blue Dot Sessions
May 08, 2018
How A Governor’s Scandals May Shift The U.S. Senate
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Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley seems headed for the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill this fall. But Hawley's path has been made rougher by his complicated relationship with Gov. Eric Greitens—fellow Republican, fellow first-time-officeholder—and subject of his investigations. In this episode, host Brian Ellison takes an early look at the 2018 race. He talks with KCUR's Erica Hunzinger about Hawley's history and present entanglement with the governor. Then KCUR's Up to Date host Steve Kraske analyzes McCaskill's chances and recalls covering that 2012 race. Subscribe to Statehouse Blend Missouri, and stay up to date with the latest news from the Missouri General Assembly: iTunes , Google Play , and on the NPRone app . Music used in this episode: Warming Evening by Nameless Dancers; Cat's Eye , In Passage , The Silver Hatch , and Soothe by Blue Dot Sessions; Am-Trans by Podington Bear
Apr 30, 2018
The Search For Common Ground On Guns
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As students rally nationwide for more gun regulation, Missouri legislators are considering — and advancing — several bills to make firearms more legal, for more people, in more places. What underlies the enduring, and seemingly intractable, divide on gun laws in Missouri? Host Brian Ellison welcomed Rep. T.J. Berry, a Kearney Republican, and Rep. Jon Carpenter, a Gladstone Democrat, and an audience of 75 for a live taping of the podcast April 19 in Kansas City. Music used in this episode: Warming Evening by Nameless Dancers; Rally , The Telling and On Belay by Blue Dot Sessions
Apr 24, 2018
The Greitens Report
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On Wednesday, a Missouri House committee released an explosive report about an affair Gov. Eric Greitens has admitted having with his former hairdresser in 2015. Many lawmakers have called the details of that report "disturbing" and Greitens’ future as governor may be in jeopardy. In this episode, host Brian Ellison and KCUR editor Erica Hunzinger unpack the report's details. We also hear from two lawmakers, Republican Rep. Kevin Corlew and House Democratic Floor Leader Gail McCann Beatty, who both think it's time for Greitens to go. Subscribe to Statehouse Blend Missouri, and stay up to date with the latest news from the Missouri General Assembly: iTunes , Google Play , and on the NPRone app . Music used in this episode: Warming Evening by Nameless Dancers; Cicle Vascule , Denzel Spark , Vik Fenceta , Headlights/Mountain Road and Milkwood by Blue Dot Sessions.
Apr 12, 2018
Missouri's Constant Abortion Debate
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In some states, abortion is on the agenda just about every year. Missouri is one of those states, and it is one where efforts to regulate or restrict abortion are often successful. Last week, the House passed a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Host Brian Ellison talks with the bill's sponsor, Rep. Donna Lichtenegger , and KCUR's health editor, Dan Margolies , to put the legislation in the broader context of Missouri abortion law and the numerous court challenges it continues to face. Subscribe to Statehouse Blend Missouri, and stay up to date with the latest news from the Missouri General Assembly: iTunes , Google Play , and on the NPRone app . Music used in this episode: Warming Evening by Nameless Dancers; Lemon & Melon , Dopped Ticket and The Summit by Blue Dot Sessions.
Apr 09, 2018
How To Spend 28 Billion Dollars
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The Missouri House has approved its budget for the 2018 fiscal year, and the ball is now in the Senate's court. It's no small thing getting all the numbers to add up to pay for transportation, K-12 and higher education, social services ... and everything else. But how does that work, especially when lawmakers don't share the vision of the governor, whose proposal is their starting place and who ultimately has to implement whatever priorities they set? Host Brian Ellison talks about the process and the results so far with Traci Gleason of the Missouri Budget Project and Rep. Kip Kendrick, the House Democratic Whip. Subscribe to Statehouse Blend Missouri, and stay up to date with the latest news from the Missouri General Assembly: iTunes , Google Play , and on the NPRone app . Music used in this episode: Warming Evening by Nameless Dancers; Soothe by Blue Dot Sessions; and What Have I Done by Lee Rosevere.
Apr 02, 2018
Midterm Evaluation: Everything's Coming Up Greitens
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As the Missouri General Assembly takes a spring break, we take a look at the term so far and what's left to be done. But like everyone else, we have a hard time talking about anything but the indictment and investigations of Governor Eric Greitens. Joining host Brian Ellison with analysis and predictions are KCUR's Erica Hunzinger, the Kansas City Star's Bryan Lowry and Missourinet's Alisa Nelson. Subscribe to Statehouse Blend Missouri, and stay up to date with the latest news from the Missouri General Assembly: iTunes , Google Play , and on the NPRone app . Music used in this episode: Warming Evening by Nameless Dancers and What Have I Done by Lee Rosevere.
Mar 26, 2018
How 429 Pages Could Change Your Tax Bill
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Ever since Congress passed major changes to U.S. tax policy, Missouri leaders have been mulling their own changes to the state tax code that might leave your tax bill looking very different next year. We talk with House Speaker Pro Tem Elijah Haahr , a Republican representative from Springfield, about how his 429-page plan can call itself "revenue-neutral." Subscribe to Statehouse Blend Missouri, and stay up to date with the latest news from the Missouri General Assembly: iTunes , Google Play , and on the NPRone app . Music used in this episode: Warming Evening by Nameless Dancers; As I Was Saying by Lee Rosevere; Modes by Primary Color Music
Mar 12, 2018
Uncharted Territory
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Missouri's last impeachment proceeding was in 1994, and it's never happened with a governor. That could change this year as a House committee begins an investigation of Gov. Eric Greitens following his indictment on a felony invasion of privacy charge. Host Brian Ellison talks with a member of that committee, Rep. Gina Mitten of St. Louis. The Assistant Minority Floor Leader and ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, Mitten describes the uncertainty of creating a process for an unprecedented situation, as well as her high hopes for a bipartisan outcome--whether it is impeachment or something else. We also talk with Chip Robertson , one of the Missouri Supreme Court judges who decided the state's last impeachment case, removing Secretary of State Judy Moriarty from office. And KCUR's Lisa Rodriguez helps us figure out how this process would play out if it comes to that this time. Subscribe to Statehouse Blend Missouri, and stay up to date with the latest news from the
Mar 05, 2018
The Rough Road to Funding Missouri's Highways And Bridges
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In these politically divided times, one topic with bipartisan agreement in this year's Missouri legislative session is the need for investing more in transportation and infrastructure. But debate persists on how much investment, and where the money should come from. In this episode of Statehouse Blend Missouri, host Brian Ellison speaks with two Kansas City — Kevin Corlew, a Republican, and Democrat Greg Razer — who both served on the 21st Century Missouri Transportation System Task Force. The panel brought many recommendations, including a proposal to increase the state's gas tax by 10 cents per gallon. We also talk with KCUR's C.J. Janovy about this history of the Hancock Amendment, which limits the state's ability to raise taxes. And Corlew tells us whether he'll be a candidate for the state Senate in a special election in June. Music used in this episode: Warming Evening by Nameless Dancers; Starday by Poddington Bear; Vertex and Sad Marimba by Lee Rosevere.
Feb 26, 2018
Lawmakers Call On Greitens To Resign
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On Thursday, a St. Louis grand jury indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony charge of invasion of privacy. The Republican is accused of taking a nude photograph of a woman—with whom he has acknowledged having an affair—without her consent and transmitting it in a way it could be accessed by computer. Two lawmakers, one Republican and one Democrat, tell us why Greitens will have difficulty governing now and why they think he should resign. Guests: Rep. Kevin Corlew, R-Kansas City; Chair, Judiciary Committee, Missouri House of Representatives Rep. Greg Razer, D-Kansas City; member of Missouri House of Representatives KCUR's Erica Hunzinger, editor, Harvest Public Media Subscribe to Statehouse Blend Missouri, and stay up to date with the latest news from the Missouri General Assembly: iTunes , Google Play , and on the NPRone app . Music used in this episode: Warming Evening by Nameless Dancers; Am-Trans by Poddington Bear; As I Was Saying and What Have I Done by Lee Rosevere.
Feb 23, 2018
Flipped
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This week on Statehouse Blend Missouri , we meet the eastern Missouri district that supported Donald Trump with 61% of the vote in 2016, but in a special election last week elected a Democrat to the Missouri House for the first time since 2008. We also meet the Democrat they elected, Rep.-Elect Mike Revis, a 27-year-old first-time candidate from Fenton, Mo. And we talk with political science professor Patrick Miller about how much we should read into special election results like these. Subscribe to Statehouse Blend Missouri, and stay up to date with the latest news from the Missouri General Assembly: iTunes , Google Play , and on the NPRone app . Music used in this episode: Warming Evening by Nameless Dancers; Am-Trans by Podington Bear; and As I Was Saying by Lee Rosevere. Guests: Rep.-elect Mike Revis , D-Fenton Patrick Miller , assistant professor of political science, University of Kansas
Feb 12, 2018
Quite A First Month On The Job: Kansas City's Newest Missouri State Representative
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Last November, Rep. Barbara Anne Washington became the newest legislator to represent Kansas City in the Missouri General Assembly. An attorney and former journalist, she has long been engaged with politics, but nothing could have prepared her for the onslaught of legislating, which she says is a full-time job, not to mention the political turmoil of her first month in office. In her first visit to Statehouse Blend Missouri , Washington talks about proposed cuts to higher education funding, the governor's affair, and the first bill she's sponsoring, which would raise the age for Missourians to be tried as adults. Guest: Rep. Barbara Anne Washington , D-Kansas City
Jan 28, 2018
Ryan Silvey, Now Out of Missouri Senate, Decries Political Scene 'Like A Reality Show'
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Just days into the 2018 legislative session, after 13 years of service in the General Assembly, Kansas City Republican Senator Ryan Silvey was out of the statehouse and beginning a six-year term on the Missouri Public Service Commission. Silvey had frequently clashed with Governor Eric Greitens, and in this Statehouse Blend Missouri "exit interview," Silvey acknowledges that the governor may have nominated him partly to eliminate a "thorn in the side."
Jan 22, 2018
So What Now? Missouri Lawmakers Chart A Path Forward
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Missouri government is still reeling after a week that saw the State of the State address overshadowed by a report by KMOV in St. Louis that Governor Eric Greitens, a Republican, had an affair with an unnamed woman, as revealed in tapes secretly recorded by the woman's former husband. The governor has admitted the affair but denies allegations he attempted to blackmail the woman to keep it quiet. With many legislators calling for investigation or resignation, this week we ask what comes next. How will the governor govern and legislators legislate as the story continues to unfold? And how will the governor's legislative priorities outlined in the State of the State address play out? Rep. Lauren Arthur, a Democrat from Kansas City's Northland, offers her take — and what she anticipates for Democrats in the 2018 elections ... including a epcial election that some think could include her. Guest: Rep. Lauren Arthur, D-Kansas City
Jan 15, 2018
Loyal Opposition: Democrats Name Ethics, Education As Top Priorities
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It's a Republican season in the Missouri General Assembly. The GOP controls the House and Senate with veto-proof majorities, and Republican Governor Eric Greitens is working hard to advance a conservative agenda. But Democrats press on, seeking to influence legislation where they can and, sometimes, taking their case directly to the people. In this episode of Statehouse Blend Missouri, the House Democratic leader names her priorities for the year ahead — the last year of her term. Rep. Gail McCann Beatty calls for ethics enforcement, especially in the case of a legislator who made casual social media reference to lynching, and for new limits on campaign finance. And she predicts a tough fiscal year as tax cut proposals abound even as the budget for education, transportation and social services looks to be tighter than ever. And as for her future plans? McCann Beatty isn't ruling anything out. Guests Rep. Gail McCann Beatty, D-Kansas City, House Minority Floor Leader Bryan Lowry, lead
Jan 08, 2018
Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Missouri's Governor Redefines Normal
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The year 2017 saw the transformation of a relatively unknown outsider into a globe-trotting governor who might just be the most interesting man in Missouri. Division abounded in Jefferson City; sometimes even among the various Republicans who dominate the House, Senate and governor's mansion. But the raft of news laws have made Missouri a different place—whether for better or worse depends on one's perspective. Meanwhile, 2018 promises to be no less fascinating, with likely debates tax reform and education, budget cuts and transportation ... and, oh yes, a looming election. As the General Assembly prepares to gavel in the new year's session, Statehouse Blend takes a look back and a look forward and the stories shaping Missouri politics. A panel of political journalists talks with host Brian Ellison about what will stay with them from 2017, and what they'll be watching in the year ahead. Guests: Dave Helling , editorial board member, The Kansas City Star Erica Hunzinger, editor, Harvest
Dec 30, 2017
Accessible? Affordable? Missouri's Health Care Challenges
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Over the past decade, few issues have occupied as prominent and contentious a spot on the national stage—and in Missouri—as health care. It's not just about politics: Debates in the General Assembly, actions by past and present governors and oversight by state agencies all result in real impact on people's lives. In this episode of Statehouse Blend Missouri, recorded before an audience at Kansas City's Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, we take a deep dive into the challenges facing Missourians who seek affordable, accessible, quality health care. Guests identified the political barriers, and policy options, facing Jefferson City in the year ahead. Guests: Rep. Lauren Arthur, D-Kansas City Sen. Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City The Rev. Dr. Vernon Howard, president, Greater Kansas City Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Dec 02, 2017