Stephen Koranda

Stephen is the statehouse reporter for Kansas Public Radio.

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Politics
4:04 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Court Says No Democrat Needed In Kansas U.S. Senate Race

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Shawnee County court says Democrats don't have to name a new candidate for the U.S. Senate to appear on the Kansas ballot. In its ruling today, the court said the party could choose a replacement for Chad Taylor but didn't have to do so. Taylor dropped out of the race last month and his name has been removed from the ballot, leaving no Democrat to challenge incumbent Republican Pat Roberts. Kansas Democratic Party Chair Joan Wagnon defended the party’s decision not to appoint a new candidate.

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Politics
12:04 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

KS Senate Candidate's Assets Top $20 Million

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Independent U.S. Senate hopeful Greg Orman has released a financial disclosure form, and it indicates he could be one of the wealthiest members of the Senate, if elected.

Stephen Koranda reports.

Orman's assets are somewhere between $21 and about $85 million. That wide range is because exact amounts aren't required on disclosure forms. Instead, the candidates pick from a range of values.

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Crime and Courts
11:46 am
Wed September 17, 2014

KS Supreme Court Justices Mulling Senate Ballot Dispute

The Kansas Supreme Court still considering whether Democrat Chad Taylor should be removed from the ballot as a candidate for the U.S. Senate.

Taylor's attorney told the justices yesterday that Secretary of State Kris Kobach did not have the authority to reject Taylor's request to withdraw from the race.

The justices had pointed questions for both sides, but they had more questions for Kobach's attorney.

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Politics
10:16 am
Mon September 15, 2014

KS Supreme Court To Hear Senate Ballot Arguments

The Kansas Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday on whether Democrat nominee Chad Taylor should be removed from race for U.S Senate in the November elections.

Taylor dropped out of the race this month, and he's trying to get his name off the ballot. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says Taylor's name should stay on because he did not say he was unfit for the position when he withdrew.

University of Kansas Political Science Professor Burdett Loomis calls the situation "extraordinarily unusual."

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Crime and Courts
2:43 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Capital Murder Charge Filed Over Topeka Officer's Killing

Chad Taylor speakign to reporters about the charges.
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Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor says he is filing a capital murder charge and will seek the death penalty for a man accused of killing a Topeka Police officer. Taylor says Ross Preston Lane is charged with shooting Topeka Police Corporal Jason Harwood during a traffic stop Sunday. Taylor says under state law, the premeditated killing of a police officer is one of the scenarios justifying a capital murder charge.

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Politics
4:00 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Brownback, Davis Meet For KS State Fair Debate

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Republican Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Democratic challenger Paul Davis duked it out during an energized debate at the Kansas State Fair on Saturday.

The two clashed on a series of topics, including wind energy in Kansas.

Stephen Koranda reports.

Davis accused Brownback of flip-flopping on the issue of the Renewable Portfolio Standard, or RPS. It requires electric utilities in Kansas to have 20 percent renewable energy sources by 2020. Davis says he would veto any bills to repeal it because it drives wind energy development in Kansas.

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Government
12:22 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Kansas Board Approves 92-Year-Old's Voter Registration

This week, a 92-year-old Johnson County woman had her voter registration approved by the Kansas State Election Board.

A law that took effect last year says people who register for the first time in Kansas must provide proof of citizenship. Her voter registration was initially put on hold because she doesn't have any of the required documents. 

As Stephen Koranda reports, this situation illustrates a political divide over the law. Some people say it's a hindrance, others say it secures elections and has protections built in for Kansans who don't have the documents.

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Politics
12:13 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Schodorf Challenges Kobach to Release Tax Records

The Democrat running against Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach has released her tax records to the media, and she says Kobach should do the same. Former state Senator Jean Schodorf, from Wichita, released tax returns from the last three tax years. Schodorf wants Kobach to provide his tax documents to prove how much time he spends working on immigration issues that are not related to his job as Kansas secretary of state.

"Whether he's making more money in his private practice, whether it is just a part-time job. And I think it would put the issue to rest," says Schodorf.

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Politics
11:49 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Brownback, Davis Clash Over Kansas Education Funding

Governor Brownback speaking at an event in Topeka.
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Republican Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has unveiled some education goals he'll push for if he's reelected to a second term in office. Brownback says he'll aim for 60 percent of Kansas adults to have a college degree or technical certificate. As Stephen Koranda reports, the events in Topeka and the Kansas City area also touched off a clash over education funding.

Brownback touted funding increases during his time in office, specifically money targeted at technical education programs.

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Politics
12:47 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

KS Sectetary Of State Candidates Clash Over Election Official

Democratic Kansas Secretary of State candidate Jean Schodorf says Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman should be fired.

Former State Senator Schodorf says Election Commissioner Lehman has made a series of work errors, most recently involving a petition that would place marijuana decriminalization on the fall ballot.

The office initially misreported the signature count and misplaced some of the signatures.

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