My Fellow Kansans
By Kansas News Service
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From its bloody free-state beginnings to present-day, red-state conservatism, we ask: How did Kansas get here? My Fellow Kansans explores one of the most pivotal chapters in the state’s history — its hard turn to the right over the past three decades. A turn driven by abortion and other culture-war wedge issues, and by politicians skilled in exploiting them. Join us every week from September through the election as we examine the forces and consequences of Kansas politics, the history behind it and the likelihood of another course-changing election in November. If you’re already subscribed to Statehouse Blend Kansas, stick around – we think you’ll enjoy My Fellow Kansans from the Kansas News Service.
||CleanMy Fellow Kansans: 'Kansas Common Sense'||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 K||11/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMy Fellow Kansans: Kelly Wins — A Minisode||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||11/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMy Fellow Kansans: Laura Kelly||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 opponen||11/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMy Fellow Kansans: Kris Kobach||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 Republic||10/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMy Fellow Kansans: Greg Orman||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||10/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMy Fellow Kansans LIVE||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||10/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMy Fellow Kansans: The Red Pickup Truck||In 2016, as Kansas voters revolted against Gov. Sam Brownback and his conservative allies in the Legislature, one-time Republican gubernatorial nominee Jim Barnett, saw an opening. The Topeka doctor bought a red pickup truck, and, with his wife, Rosie||10/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMy Fellow Kansans: The Rise — And Fall — Of Sam Brownback||Before he was governor, Sam Brownback had been state agriculture secretary, congressman, and U.S. senator. But when he captured the state’s top office in 2010 he had even bigger plans: to transform Kansas into a red-state model for the nation. That’||10/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMy Fellow Kansans: The Summer Of Mercy||If there’s been one constant in Kansas politics for the last 30 years, it’s that Republicans seeking statewide office must be unequivocally against abortion, and for overturning Roe v. Wade.||9/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMy Fellow Kansans: How Did We Get Here?||Thirty years after its hard turn to the right — driven largely by abortion politics and the anti-abortion Summer of Mercy protests — Kansas is on the cusp of what could be another course-changing event: the 2018 race for governor.||9/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing: My Fellow Kansans||From its bloody free-state beginnings to present-day, red-state conservatism, we ask: How did Kansas get here? My Fellow Kansans explores one of the most pivotal chapters in the state’s history — its hard turn to the right over the past three decade||8/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThat's A Wrap||Kansas lawmakers have ended their 2018 legislative session. School spending, guns, and taxes were at the center of big debates this year. This week we discuss what passed, and what didn't.||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDown To The Wire||It's the end of the line for Kansas lawmakers. The curtain comes down on the 2018 legislative session Friday — maybe before. We'll talk about the fate of the big tax-cut bill we discussed last week and the school funding plan. Plus, what is the "Truth||5/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCan We Afford New Tax Cuts?||All the commotion around a school funding plan may have overshadowed the fact that Kansas lawmakers are also working on a controversial tax cut bill. Some say it simply returns a federal windfall to Kansas taxpayers. Others argue it’s unaffordable at||4/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs History Repeating Itself In School Funding Debate?||Lawmakers and Governor Jeff Colyer have written another chapter in the story of this ongoing debate by authorizing a $500 million increase in school funding over the next five years. But will that be enough to end the litigation? If not, are we headed f||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA School Funding Milestone||After months and months of debate, it’s finally happened. The Kansas Legislature has passed a school funding plan. Now, the questions are whether lawmakers can fix a mistake in the plan and, once fixed, whether it increases funding enough to satisfy t||4/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBacks To The Wall||The clock is ticking for the Kansas Legislature to agree on a new school finance formula. One lawmaker in the middle of the debate says while progress is being made, it’s not happening fast enough. On this episode, the story of the legislature’s||4/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs Kansas Ready For A New Political Party?||Is this the right time for a new political party in Kansas? Can an independent candidate win the governor’s race? The coming election could give us answers to both questions. The viability of independent candidates and parties in this edition of||3/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Satisfy The Court"||Last year the Kansas Supreme Court ruled the state wasn't adequately funding its public schools. What the justices didn’t say was how much more money would be enough. But a new development has potentially changed the debate to the tune of $2 billion||3/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe High Stakes Trial Over Kansas Voter Laws||Are Kansas’ strict voter registration laws necessary protections against fraud, or are they a nakedly political attempt to disenfranchise certain voters? That question is at the heart of a federal trial going on in Kansas. We explain this complicated||3/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Keep the pod going!
Loved listening every week. I hope you all continue with this and report on all kinds of KS issues. Would love to here pods about what is happening in different parts of the state.
I was politically active and lived through these events yet I’ve learned a lot from the podcast. It’s giving context to Kansas politics. If you care about the state’s future, listen.
A *must listen* for Kansans.