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Tim Carpenter

Tim Carpenter

Tim Carpenter has reported on Kansas for 35 years. He covered the Capitol for 16 years at the Topeka Capital-Journal and previously worked for the Lawrence Journal-World and United Press International. He has been recognized for investigative reporting on Kansas government and politics. He won the Kansas Press Association's Victor Murdock Award six times. The William Allen White Foundation honored him four times with its Burton Marvin News Enterprise Award. The Kansas City Press Club twice presented him its Journalist of the Year Award and more recently its Lifetime Achievement Award. He earned an agriculture degree at Kansas State University and grew up on a small dairy and beef cattle farm in Missouri. He is an amateur woodworker and drives Studebaker cars.

Tony Mattivi, a former federal prosecutor from Topeka, is seeking the Republican Party's nomination for attorney general in 2022 along with former Secretary of State Kris Kobach of rural Lecompton and state Sen. Kellie Warren of Leawood. (Submitted)

AG candidates angling for traction with lights, sirens of law enforcement endorsements

By: - August 1, 2021

Kansas' GOP candidates for attorney general banking on endorsements from law enforcement to kickstart campaigns.

procedural measure tied to a $1 trillion infrastructure bill negotiated by a bipartisan group. The measure was approved 66-28, allowing for work to proceed on the package. (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

GOP senators from Kansas take alternate routes on infrastructure bill

By: - July 31, 2021

U.S. Sen. Moran votes against procedural motion on $1 trillion infrastructure bill, while U.S. Sen. Marshall declines to cast a vote.

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran joined with four other Kansas Republican members of Congress to endorse a legal brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of overturning the Roe v. Wade abortion decision of 1973. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas congressional delegation’s five Republicans join effort to overturn Roe v. Wade

By: - July 30, 2021

Five of six Kansas members of Congress endorse legal brief outlining why U.S. Supreme Court should overturn Roe v. Wade abortion decision.

Gov. Laura Kelly walks through the Capitol to a news conference Wednesday with Lee Norman, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, to discuss the need for people to wear masks against the COVID-19 variant. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Senate president says Kansans want freedom, not ‘Faucism’ on COVID-19 masking front

By: - July 29, 2021

Prominent Kansas Republicans insist personal freedom trump public health mandates on masking as Delta variant of COVID-19 sweeps the state.

Kelly instructs state workers in 80-plus counties to resume wearing masks

By: - July 28, 2021

Gov. Laura Kelly responds to surge of COVID-19 variant by requiring state workers in more than 80 counties to wear a mask on the job.

Critical race theory in Kansas: Anti-American indoctrination? Or political scare tactic?

By: - July 28, 2021

Sharp disagreement surrounds Kansans' interpretation of critical race theory, which has gained political traction as a campaign issue for 2022.

The Kansas Corporation Commission agreed Tuesday to allow the state attorney general to interview in investigation of natural gas price spikes last winter. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Attorney general’s office to join KCC inquiry of natural gas price spike

By: - July 27, 2021

KCC grants state attorney general permission to intervene on behalf of consumers in the investigation of February natural gas price spikes.

The potential departure of the University of Oklahoma and University of Texas from the Big 12 Conference has implications for the future of athletics at Kansas State University and the University of Kansas. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Seismic athletic move by Oklahoma, Texas rattles political field in Kansas

By: - July 27, 2021

University of Texas and Oklahoma rocked the sports world by disclosing possible exit from Big 12, rattling Kansas State and KU.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks reports discovery of an invasive, people-attacking species of crayfish in McPherson State Fishing Lake. (KDWP)

Aggressive, destructive species of crayfish in Kansas likely spread by anglers

By: - July 23, 2021

Large, aggressive crayfish species capable of outmaneuvering native aquatic animals identified for first time in the wild in Kansas.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is preparing to appeal to the Kansas Supreme Court the controversial Johnson County District Court judge's ruling invalidating a new state law overhauling emergency powers that touch upon actions of the judicial, legislative and executive branches of state government. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Attorney general to appeal emergency-power decision, warns of ‘legal anarchy’

By: - July 22, 2021

Kansas attorney general appealing court ruling that state's emergency-power law unconstitutional, claims action can lead to "legal anarchy."

Three Kansas Republicans in Congress want the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to extend by 90 days the public comment period on a proposal to list the lesser prairie-chicken under the Endangered Species Act. (Greg Kramos/USFWS)

Trio of Kansas GOP lawmakers seek more time to critique prairie chicken listing

By: - July 21, 2021

Kansas congressional members seek more time to rebut federal proposal to list lesser prairie-chicken under endangered species act.

Kathleen Sebelius, former Kansas governor and secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said she was frustrated with people who refused to get COVID-19 vaccinations that it could be time to limit public access to the unvaccinated. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

COVID-19 surge: Unvaccinated frustrate Sebelius, socialist ‘lunacy’ irritates Colyer

By: - July 21, 2021

Former Democratic Gov. Sebelius ready to restrain unvaccinated, while former GOP Gov. Colyer refers to the notion as "crazy socialist idea."