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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.

Sen. Caryn Tyson, a Parker Republican and chairwoman of the Senate's tax committee, defended a bundled property tax reform bill offering rebates to certain businesses and delivering the regular 20 mills for K-12 public schools. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Senate property tax bill strikes chord with homeowners, schools and businesses

By: - May 5, 2021

Property tax bill features rebates to coronavirus-harmed businesses, funding of K-12schools and a new program for elderly homeowners.

Leawood Sen. Kellie Warren, standing left, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the Legislature ought to set up a system enabling small businesses to apply for compensation from state, county and city governments that engaged in overreach during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Senate creates massive fund to compensate businesses for COVID-19 expenses

By: - May 4, 2021

Kansas Senate offers bill creating special state, county and city funds to funnel compensation to businesses suffering from government overreach.

El Dorado Republican Rep. Will Carpenter, facing, led a charge in the House to override Gov. Laura Kelly's veto of $300,000 for an Andover pilot program to help women caught in human trafficking. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

House hits veto override button to strip governor of COVID-19 funding oversight

By: - May 4, 2021

House sends Senate measures overriding Kelly vetoes of bills on COVID-19 funding, university building maintenance and human trafficking.

Rep. Mark Samsel, a Wellsville Republican, has been ordered not to set foot on Wellsville school district property or attend any school events for one year following his arrest for alleged misconduct as a substitute teacher. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Democrat blasts Kansas representative for casting votes days after ‘unbecoming’ altercation

By: and - May 3, 2021

TOPEKA — A member of the Kansas House is calling on Rep. Mark Samsel, charged with misdemeanor battery for a physical altercation with a Wellsville student, to resign for behavior unsuitable for a state lawmaker. Samsel, a Republican from Wellsville, was arrested Thursday and released on bond after the altercation with a student while substitute […]

Rep. Ron Howard, a Wichita Republican battling an illness, voted from the gallery Monday as the Kansas House worked to override Gov. Laura Kelly on flag, gun, election and tax bills. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Senate, House override Gov. Kelly’s veto of two election reform bills

By: - May 3, 2021

Kansas House completes first step on override Gov. Laura Kelly on election bills viewed by GOP as key to fair voting and by Democrats as suppression.

House Majority Leader Dan Hawkins, House Speaker Ron Ryckman and House Speaker Pro Tem Blaine Finch, left to right, return to Topeka on Monday to grapple with Gov. Laura Kelly's vetoes and a series of unfinished bills. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Governor, Legislature prepare for political clash on vetoes, session-ending bills

By: - May 3, 2021

Kansas Legislature returns to action Monday with a long list of possible veto overrides and unfinished business on budget, COVID-19 and more.

Dusk at the U.S. Capitol in the District of Columbia where the U.S. House voted to grant statehood to the federal district despite GOP opposition from Kansas lawmakers. The measure is likely to stall in the U.S. Senate. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Kansas GOP: D.C. statehood nothing more than audacious power grab by Democrats

By: - May 2, 2021

Kansas GOP members of Congress reject maneuver by Democrats to push statehood for District of Columbia, suggest transferring land to Maryland.

Kansas Supreme Court Justice K.J. Wall, second from right in the middle row, authored the unanimous opinion allowing Kansas prosecutors to count DUI convictions from Missouri when deciding whether to charge someone in Kansas as a repeat felony offender. (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

Justice Stegall denounces Kansas Supreme Court’s refusal to overrule ‘black mark’ decision

By: - May 1, 2021

Kansas Supreme Court affirms Brownback-era abortion law despite claim it subverts individual's right to trial in medical malpractice case.

Rep. Mark Samsel, R-Wellsville, was arrested on a charge of misdemeanor battery following an incident while serving as a substitute teacher in the Wellsville district. (Pool photo by Evert Nelson/Topeka Capital-Journal)

Kansas legislator arrested after wild rant, altercation at Wellsville school

By: - April 30, 2021

Kansas House member arrested for misdemeanor battery amid tirade about God, homosexuality and suicide while working as a substitute teacher.

Kansas' first comprehensive study of housing issues in nearly 30 years includes community-input meetings May 4 in Dodge City, May 13 in Sedgwick County, May 18 in Manhattan and May 19 in Shawnee and Douglas counties. (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas housing crisis squashing opportunity for lower-income homebuyers

By: - April 30, 2021

Ongoing study of Kansas housing reveals market forces beneficial to wealthy homebuyers that squeeze out lower-income home seekers.

Kris Kobach, a former Kansas secretary of state, kept a low profile last weekend at the Kansas Republican Party convention in Manhattan. On Thursday, he entered the race for attorney general. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kobach campaign for attorney general triggers rebuke from Kansas Chamber

By: - April 29, 2021

Kris Kobach shakes up Kansas politics again by announcing campaign for the Republican nomination for attorney general.

Clock ticking on Kansas small businesses to apply for PPP loans

By: - April 29, 2021

Wichita coffee company attests to value of Paycheck Protection Program loans during pandemic, governor urges small business to apply.