Media & Appearances, 2017
KCPT Ruckus - October 5th, 2017 – Mike Shanin, Mary O'Halloran, Lisa Johnston, Steve Rose and Woody Cozad discuss the campaign to convince voters to approve moving forward on a new KCI in the November election, the Kansas Supreme Court ruling that the education finance formula is unconstitutional and the potential impact of a Sprint and T-Mobile merger.
KCPT Ruckus - September 14th, 2017 – Mike Shanin, Mike Sanders, Lisa Johnston, Steve Rose and Laura McConwell discuss concerns about the November vote on KCI, the strongest candidates in the 2018 race for Kansas Governor and President Trump's action on Obama's Executive Order pertaining to deferred action for childhood arrivals.
KCPT Ruckus - July 6th, 2017 – Mike Shanin, Lisa Johnston, Mike Sanders, Patrick Tuohey and Steve Rose discuss the efforts to rename the J.C. Nichols Fountain because of Nichols' racially restrictive neighborhood development, Kobach's efforts to collect voter records and information and the KC Star's endorsement of a new KCI.
KCPT Ruckus - May 18th, 2017 – Mike Shanin, Woody Cozad, Lisa Johnston, Cynthia Wheeler and Ron Freeman discuss the new Burns & McDonnell funding proposal for KCI, recap the Missouri legislative session and talk about the significance of voter fraud and the recent appointment of Kris Kobach to a presidential commission to examine the issue.
KCPT Ruckus - April 6th, 2017 – Mike Shanin, Lisa Johnston, Jim Heeter, Ron Freeman and Patrick Tuohey analyze Tuesday's election results, the implications of Governor Greitens avoiding the media and Claire McCaskill's stance on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.
KCPT Ruckus - March 2nd, 2017 – Mike Shanin, Lisa Johnston, Jamekia Kendrix, Woody Cozad and Crosby Kemper III discuss new developments in the campaign for KCMO's GO bond, Gov. Brownback's veto of the budget bill and Trump's speech to Congress.
KCPT Ruckus - January 12th, 2017 – Mike Shanin, Lisa Johnston, Gwen Grant, Patrick Tuohey and Steve Rose discuss the new legislative sessions in Kansas and Missouri, Governor Sam Brownback's State of the State address, efforts to extend the streetcar in Kansas City and race relations in America.
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