Media & Appearances, 2015
Ruckus - November 19th, 2015 – Mike Shanin, Terry Riley, Lisa Johnston, Jon Stephens and Crosby Kemper III discuss potential litigation resulting from the council decision regarding the hotel petition, the future of KCI and the effectiveness of presidential debates.
Ruckus - October 8th, 2015 – Mike Shanin, Steve Rose, Gwen Grant, Lisa Johnston and Patrick Tuohey discuss the future of the Country Club Plaza which recently went up for sale, the struggles of Kansas Democrats and the GOP candidates vying for the presidency.
Ruckus - September 17th, 2015 – Mike Shanin, Jon Stephens, Lisa Johnston, Gwen Grant and Woody Cozad discuss the implications of the Shriners choosing Kansas City for their national convention in 2020, the ACLU case in Kansas involving Secretary of State Kris Kobach's two-tiered election system which aims to eliminate voter fraud and the winners and losers of the latest GOP presidential candidate debate.
The Kansas City Star - As I See It: Lisa Johnston: A lesson in characters, candidates and favorability Why do people like The Terminator and Darth Vader better than our actual Presidential candidates?
— July 26, 2015
Ruckus - July 23rd, 2015 – Mike Shanin, Steve Mirakian, Lisa Johnston, Gwen Grant and Jon Stephens discuss the ongoing debate about the new downtown convention hotel, the consequences of the minimum wage ordinance and the continuing struggles of the 18th & Vine Jazz District.
Ruckus - May 14th, 2015 – Mike Shanin, Lisa Johnston, Steve Glorioso, Darla Jaye and Ron Freeman discuss plans for a $300 million downtown hotel and convention center, potential for a bi-state sales tax to support arts and civil rights leaders joining push to raise minimum wage.
Ruckus - April 2nd, 2015 – Mike Shanin, Gwen Grant, Jon Stephens, Lisa Johnston and Steve Mirakian discuss the controversial campaign tactics of Jeff Roe, the ongoing battle over education funding in Kansas and Visit KC's report on tourism in Kansas City in 2014.
Ruckus - January 15th, 2015 – Mike Shanin, Woody Cozad, Lisa Johnston, Gwen Grant and Marcus Leach discuss Claire McCaskill's announcement that she won't run for governor, Mitt Romney's plans for the 2016 Presidential race and the future of commuter rail and KCI.
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