Stephen Koranda

Statehouse Reporter

Stephen Koranda reports on the Kansas Legislature, state government and everything else for Kansas Public Radio. He previously worked in Mississippi and Iowa, where he covered stories ranging from hurricanes to state executions. 

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August tax collections in Kansas topped estimates by more than $8 million.

The state Department of Revenue reported $460 million in tax collections last month, ahead of its official projection of $452 million.

The AP reports that since Kansas' current budget year began on July 1, that state has collected a total of $914 million in taxes, about $16 million more than projected.

Kansas Revenue Secretary Sam Williams said it's too early to tell whether economic growth is boosting revenues.

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The latest candidate to join the race for secretary of state says strict Kansas voter registration policies should stay in place, but they could be better implemented.

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A new state lawmaker has been sworn into office as a member of the Kansas House.

Democrat Eileen Horn will represent Baldwin City and parts of Lawrence.

Horn is Douglas County's sustainability director. She says she wants to work on sustainability issues in the Legislature, but says that work extends beyond environmental concerns.

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The parade of candidates seeking the Kansas governor’s office continues to grow: Republican former House member Mark Hutton says he’s running for the job.

Hutton founded a construction company based in Wichita that he ran for years before moving into politics.

When Hutton was in the Kansas House, he defied some fellow conservatives by arguing the state should reverse an income tax exemption for thousands of business owners. He offered a proposal last year that would have cut the food sales tax in exchange for reinstating the business income taxes.

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Candidates are lining up to run for Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s job. The latest entrant has been feuding with Kobach over a claim he’s made in his campaign for governor.

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Former Kansas Lt. Gov. Tom Docking died Thursday night at age 63. Docking served with Democratic Gov. John Carlin from 1983 to 1987. He was the Democratic nominee for governor in 1986 but lost to Republican Mike Hayden.

The Associated Press reports that Docking was living in Wichita and had been fighting cancer.

“He was an extraordinarily valuable member of the Carlin administration and, most importantly, a strong and dignified public servant for the State of Kansas,” former Gov. Carlin said.

In the post on Facebook, Carlin said Docking was lost "far too soon."

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Another state lawmaker is joining the race for the 2nd District congressional seat in eastern Kansas.

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A jury in Topeka said Thursday that Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office did not discriminate when firing an employee.

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A former employee of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office said in federal court Monday that she was fired in part for not attending church, which left her confused and depressed.

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The U.S. Senate comes back from a break next month, but it’s not yet clear when they’ll take up the nomination of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback for a position in the Trump administration.

Brownback is slated to take over as international ambassador for religious freedom, but he’ll need hearings and a Senate vote for confirmation. He says he’s not sure when that will happen.

“There’s lots of speculation, but you just don’t know on these until they set the calendar,” Brownback says.

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