Media & Appearances, 2016
Ruckus - December 22nd, 2016 – Mike Shanin, Lisa Johnston, Mary Anne Murray Simons, Patrick Tuohey and Woody Cozad discuss the potential for right-to-work laws in Missouri with a GOP controlled legislature, the $800 million infrastructure bond issue in KCMO and the pros and cons of the electoral college.
Ruckus - October 20th, 2016 – Mike Shanin, Lisa Johnston, Steve Rose, Terry Riley and Danedri Herbert discuss the final presidential debate, the Missouri Senate race between Roy Blunt and Jason Kander and the potential for changes in the Kansas legislature to create a “Better Kansas.”
Ruckus - September 8th, 2016 – Mike Shanin, Gwen Grant, Lisa Johnston, Ron Freeman and Steve Mirakian discuss the upcoming retention vote for Kansas Supreme Court justices, next year’s infrastructure and streetcar expansion elections in Kansas City, Missouri and media bias in this year’s presidential race.
Ruckus - June 30th, 2016 – Mike Shanin, Lisa Johnston, Ron Freeman, Mike Sanders and Steve Mirakian discuss the 2016 Kansas political landscape, the Kansas Supreme Court, and the Congressional sit-in.
Ruckus - May 19th, 2016 – Mike Shanin, Lisa Johnston, Steve Glorioso, Cynthia Wheeler and Woody Cozad recap the Missouri legislative session, discuss potential candidates for the 2018 race for Kansas governor and analyze new plans for Kemper Arena and the American Royal.
Ruckus - April 28th, 2016 – Mike Shanin, Steve Rose, Lisa Johnston, Mike Sanders and Ron Freeman discuss options for closing the KS budget gap, the financial struggles of the Jazz District and this week's presidential primaries.
Ruckus - February 11th, 2016 – Mike Shanin, Crosby Kemper III, Lisa Johnston, Gwen Grant and Steve Rose discuss the collapse of the BNIM deal and its implications for TIF in KC, Brownback's perspective on the Kansas economy and the results of the New Hampshire primary.
Ruckus - January 21st, 2016 – Mike Shanin, Jon Stephens, Lisa Johnston, Steve Glorioso and Patrick Tuohey discuss the future of the earnings tax in Missouri, Governor Brownback's push for merit pay for teachers and Jeff Roe's influence on the 2016 presidential race.
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