Statehouse Blend Missouri Statehouse Blend is one part profile and one part insider look at the Missouri General Assembly. Each week, host Brian Ellison welcomes a state representative or senator to the podcast to talk policy and politics, as well as their personal life. We also invite a citizen voice or journalist to round out the conversation over good coffee and donuts.
Statehouse Blend Missouri

Statehouse Blend Missouri

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Statehouse Blend is one part profile and one part insider look at the Missouri General Assembly. Each week, host Brian Ellison welcomes a state representative or senator to the podcast to talk policy and politics, as well as their personal life. We also invite a citizen voice or journalist to round out the conversation over good coffee and donuts.

Most Recent Episodes

The 2019 Missouri Legislative Session Recap: GOP Wins Big On Abortion, Economic Development

In this very special episode of KCUR's Statehouse Blend Missouri podcast, we joined forces with St. Louis Public Radio's Politically Speaking podcast to round up the 2019 session of the Missouri General Assembly.

The 2019 Missouri Legislative Session Recap: GOP Wins Big On Abortion, Economic Development

Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway Discusses The State Budget, Putnam County Hospitals

Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway 's been busy, looking into Clay County's finances, the attorney general's office and raising questions about the state's tax revenues and budget issues. She sat down with KCUR's Samuel King on April 15 (Tax Day) to discuss all of these things, as well as what it's like to be the only Democrat holding a statewide office. Subscribe to Statehouse Blend Missouri: iTunes , Google Play , and on the NPRone app .

Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway Discusses The State Budget, Putnam County Hospitals

Missouri Rep. Robert Sauls On Changing Criminal Justice Laws

Before getting into the Missouri House, Democrat Robert Sauls was a prosecutor, a public defender and a military lawyer. Perhaps it's no surprise, then, that he has focused on criminal justice reform in his first term, cosponsoring bills that seek to change sentencing laws and create special veterans treatment courts. Sauls spoke with Statehouse Blend Missouri host Brian Ellison about life as a newbie legislator, and where he thinks the state budget, which is advancing through the General

Freshman State Rep. Ashley Bland Manlove On The Budget, LGBTQ Issues

Missouri state Rep. Ashley Bland Manlove is the granddaughter and niece of state lawmakers, but she's already making her own mark two months into her first term.

Will Sports Betting Be Missouri's Answer To Shrinking Revenue?

Missouri's budget director announced this week that revenues are down 7 percent compared to last year. While that may change as more people file their taxes, lawmakers are looking for new ways to bring in money while faced with tax cuts they instituted on top of growing expenses for health care, infrastructure and education.

Missouri Sen. Dan Hegeman On The 2019 State Budget, Transportation Funding

Missouri Republicans have a firm grip on the state legislature, but among the party's leadership roles, only one is filled by someone near Kansas City.

Missouri Sen. Dan Hegeman On The 2019 State Budget, Transportation Funding

Statehouse Blend Missouri: Rep. DaRon McGee On The 2019 Legislative Session

The Missouri General Assembly convenes this week and Republicans are still in charge, with supermajorities largely unaffected by the 2018 election. They're united with Gov. Mike Parson, who's a decidedly less controversial leader than predecessor Eric Greitens, who resigned in June.

Statehouse Blend Missouri: Rep. DaRon McGee On The 2019 Legislative Session

An End to Gerrymandering? Missouri's 2018 Ballot Questions

Midterm elections are just around the corner, but much of Missouri's ballot is covered with pot — and redistricting, ethics rules, a gas tax and a minimum wage increase. Ballot questions join the U.S. Senate race as the big-ticket items on November 6 in Missouri. Host Brian Ellison talks with KCUR's Samuel King , Clean Missouri campaign director Sean Soendker Nicholson and Kansas City Star reporter Allison Kite . Subscribe to Statehouse Blend Missouri: iTunes , Google Play , and on the NPRone

'Dark Money' Pours Into Missouri

The influence of money in today's politics is undeniable, in Missouri and everywhere else. We explore campaign contributions, PACs, "dark money" groups and more, not only in big races like the U.S. Senate race between Claire McCaskill and Josh Hawley, but also in tight local races like the fight for the Missouri Senate seat in Platte and Buchanan Counties. We talk with Republican Tony Luetkemeyer and Democrat Martin Rucker , and St. Louis Public Radio's Jo Mannies . (For more of the conversation

A Wild Political Year Races Toward November

The final slog to the November elections is underway, and Missouri's already wild political year holds the possibility of getting wilder yet. As Democrat Jason Kander pivots from the state and national stage to a Kansas City mayoral run, we get his assessment of the state of Missouri politics. We recap the primary election's top story, the overwhelming defeat of the anti-union "Right to Work" law. And we take a closer look at November's top race: the battle between Claire McCaskill and Josh

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