Gov. Brownback


A federal grand jury is looking into loans made to Kansas Governor Sam Brownback's re-election campaign.

The jury has ordered the state's ethics chief to testify next week as part of its investigation, according to a subpoena obtained by The Associated Press.

Carol Williams with the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission was summoned to appear before the grand jury Wednesday in Topeka.

She was ordered to provide documents pertaining to loans Brownback's campaign received in 2013 and 2014.

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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is preparing for the first legislative session since winning reelection this fall.

His first term in office included sweeping changes to the state's tax policy and programs like Medicaid. Brownback also recently announced a series of budget cuts needed to eliminate a deficit in the current fiscal year. The state is facing another deficit in the coming year. 

Stephen Koranda recently sat down with Brownback to talk about the budget and the upcoming session. He began by asking the governor about the state's tax policy.

Governor Sam Brownback is staying tight-lipped about his plans to fix a hole in the state budget. But as Stephen Koranda reports, Brownback says he's looking at all the options.

Following a meeting at the Statehouse, Brownback gave few details to the media about what he'll propose. He says all options are on the table, including tax increases or slowing future scheduled decreases.

Brownback also won't say whether he'll make budget cuts, known as allotments before lawmakers return to the Statehouse in January.

Lieutenant Gov. Jeff Colyer is not answering questions about a new loan he's made to Governor Sam Brownback's campaign.

A financial disclosure filing shows Colyer loaned Brownback's campaign $500,000 in August.

He made similar loans last December and this July, but both were paid back within two days.

At a campaign event yesterday in Wichita, Colyer refused to answer questions about the loans or the origin of the money he's lending to Brownback's campaign.

Brownback campaign spokesman John Milburn says the loans amount to simple "cash management."

Stephen Koranda

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was in Topeka on Monday to help Governor Sam Brownback in his race against Democrat Paul Davis.

Christie is chair of the Republican Governors Association.

He says a year ago he wouldn't have thought he'd be working in Kansas to help a Republican facing a tight race.

Abigail Wilson

The Kansas state fairgrounds in Hutchinson became the front lines in two political races Saturday as the top candidates for governor and U.S. Senate met for lively debates. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

The aroma of fresh funnel cake twists its way through the crowd at the state fair. On one side of the grounds, chickens strut nervously in their cages as judges pace by. Across the way, the carnival is alive with laughter and heckling from vendors about winning stuffed animal as prizes. 

Stephen Koranda

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.

Governor Brownback and other state and law enforcement officials will participate in a groundbreaking ceremony today for a new Kansas Highway Patrol headquarters.

Kechi, just north of Wichita, will be the future home of both the south-central area patrol and Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

The new facility will replace the current location in Wichita, and it's being paid for with asset forfeiture funds.

Brownback Proposing Urban Opportunity Zones in KS

Aug 18, 2014

Governor Sam Brownback says he will propose a plan to attract people to urban areas of Kansas that are in decline.

The governor released few details on the so-called Urban Opportunity Zones last week, but he says they will likely include parts of Sedgwick, Wyandotte and Shawnee Counties.

Brownback says the plan may include tax incentives to attract professionals from out-of-state to the area.

"So it's getting individuals with--a lot of times--with some education, educated individuals, moving into an area and we hope creating growth," says Brownback.

A former top aide to Gov. Sam Brownback is among three finalists for a vacant seat on the Kansas Supreme Court.

A special nominating commission has chosen Court of Appeals Judges Caleb Stegall and Karen Arnold-Burger and state District Judge Merlin Wheeler from 13 applicants for the high court. Brownback has 60 days to appoint one of them to the court.

Stegall was Brownback's chief counsel until the governor appointed him to the state Court of Appeals in January of this year. Arnold-Burger has served on that court since 2011.