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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The 2017 Kansas election is in the books as counties finished most of the work finalizing their results Thursday.

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The tax bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday had the support of all four Kansas representatives.

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Governing Magazine is including two Kansas lawmakers in its list of Public Officials of the Year for 2017.

Governing is honoring nine public officials nationwide, including Kansas Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, a Republican, and House Democratic Leader Jim Ward.

The publication – which is widely read in Statehouses across the country – cites their bipartisan work this year on the budget. That culminated in the state raising taxes by reversing many of Gov. Sam Brownback’s 2012 tax cuts.

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A panel of Kansas lawmakers says the Legislature should follow through on promised funding for water projects across the state.

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The Republican candidates for Kansas governor will square off for their first debate in February. There are currently around a dozen GOP candidates running for the job.

Republican Party Chairman Kelly Arnold said in a statement that the Feb. 17 event in Wichita will be the first of several meetings for the candidates.

“Our debate schedule will visit all four congressional districts to make sure Republican voters all-across Kansas have the opportunity to hear from the candidates for governor," Arnold said.

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One of the Democrats on the president’s Commission on Election Integrity is suing the group and Republican Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Kobach is vice chair of the controversial panel, created by President Trump to study election issues.

Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says he hasn’t been receiving information about what the group’s doing.

“Secretary Dunlap has been, and continues to be, blocked from receiving commission documents necessary to carry out his responsibilities,” the lawsuit says.

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After wrestling to balance the budget for years, Kansas lawmakers bit the bullet this spring and agreed to undo many of Gov. Sam Brownback’s signature 2012 tax cuts.

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The deadline to register to vote in Sedgwick County for next month's general election is on Tuesday.

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Kansas lawmakers considered tighter rules on payday lending during a committee meeting Wednesday, but they ultimately decided not to recommend more regulations for the short-term loans.

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said Tuesday that he is issuing a single pardon and denying 72 other requests for clemency made to his office.

The action comes as Brownback prepares for a likely departure to join the administration of President Donald Trump.

In a statement, Brownback said he is pardoning Mark Schmitt, who was convicted of felony theft in 1994 over a false insurance claim of about $1,500. The Prisoner Review Board had recommended clemency.