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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.

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly urge Kansans to embrace 10-digit dialing on local calls to prepare for implementation of the abbreviated 988 suicide prevention number similar to 911 used in emergencies. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas businessmen: COVID-19 exposing weakness in U.S. medical supply manufacturing

By: - November 17, 2020

A pair of Kansas business executives that pivoted companies to make medical supplies in the pandemic are eager to return manufacturing to the U.S.

Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, an Overland Park Republican, said Tuesday Gov. Laura Kelly's nomination of Robert Marx to a seat on the Kansas State Board of Tax Appeals was in jeopardy due to Kansas Chamber opposition. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

GOP leader says Kansas tax appeals board nominee’s confirmation in jeopardy

By: - November 17, 2020

Gov. Laura Kelly's nominee to the state Board of Tax Appeals is in jeopardy due to opposition from the Kansas Chamber.

A supporter of President Donald Trump left no doubt about his views on the presidential race at a pre-election Republican Party rally in Newton. Trump carried Kansas by 15 percentage points over Democrat Joe Biden, who prevailed in the national election. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Election recap: Trump’s macho brand, Bollier’s green mirage and Davids’ denial of clean sweep

By: - November 17, 2020

President Donald Trump easily won confidence of Kansas voters, while Senate candidate Barbara Bollier faltered where Rep. Sharice Davids shined.

Eric Stafford, left, of the Kansas Chamber and Dave Trabert of the Kansas Policy Institute spoke with the Legislature's economic recovery committee about potential tax reforms in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas special-interest groups press legislators for tax breaks in wake of COVID-19

By: - November 16, 2020

Kansas special-interest groups raised possible tax reform ideas with a legislative committee studying ideas for economic recovery from COVID-19.

Gov. Laura Kelly, a Topeka Democrat, speaks at the Capitol with Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, an Overland Park Republican. They disagreed on moving a portion of federal COVID-19 aid into the state's shrinking unemployment trust fund. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Gov. Laura Kelly blocks GOP bid to pour federal relief money into unemployment fund

By: - November 15, 2020

Gov. Laura Kelly rejected a Republican plan to transfer an unspecified amount of federal COVID-19 aid into the state's shrinking unemployment trust fund.

Gov. Laura Kelly voted with others on the State Finance Council to extend for 30 days the state's COVID-19 disaster declaration. She also affirmed there were no plans to close businesses to deter spread of the virus that has killed more than 1,200 Kansans. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Gov. Laura Kelly dismisses rumor of plans for COVID-19 lockdown on Kansas businesses

By: - November 13, 2020

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly voted with House and Senate legislative leaders Friday to extend the statewide disaster declaration applicable to COVID-19 and the Democratic governor renounced speculation raised by a GOP legislator there could be a plan to close businesses in a gambit to blunt the virus’ advance. Renewal of the disaster declaration was […]

Capitol infrastructure is being updated to bring more sophistication to commuinications — something better than placing a microphone in front of a laptop speaker to deliver audio. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

COVID-19 puts extraordinary spin on planning for 2021 session of Kansas Legislature

By: - November 13, 2020

Kansas Legislature is under pressure to decide how to upgrade communication technology at the Capitol and prepare for the 2021 session opening in January.

Gov. Laura Kelly's top tax-reform priority is elimination of the state's 6.5% sales tax on groceries, but the GOP-led Legislature intends to color the Capitol with property, income and sales tax legislation. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas signs 11 contracts to embark on more aggressive COVID-19 testing strategy

By: - November 13, 2020

Kansas agreed to contracts with 11 entities to carry out a bold COVID-19 testing strategy to find and isolate infected people statewide.

Gov. Laura Kelly and David Toland, secretary of the Kansas Department of Commerce, are working to develop a low-cost alternative to the Main Street program helping to revitalize downtown areas in rural communities. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas opens window to Main Street program aimed at revitalizing downtowns

By: - November 12, 2020

TOPEKA — The Kansas Department of Commerce is launching a low-cost subsidiary of the Main Street program to share with more rural communities technical assistance useful in sustaining downtown economic activities, officials said Thursday. Gov. Laura Kelly, a Topeka Democrat, moved last year to resurrect the Main Street program discontinued in 2012 by Republican Gov. […]

DeAngela Burns-Wallace, secrretary of the kansas Department of Administration and the state's executive chief information technology officer, received bipartisan praise Thursday from a legislative committee regarding her work to improve IT systems and get a handle on cybersecurity problems in state government. (Tim Carpenter/Kanas Reflector)

New Kansas survey of state agencies affirms broad cybersecurity vulnerabilities

By: - November 12, 2020

The Kansas Department of Administration secretary earned praise from Republican and Democratic legislators concerned about IT, cybersecurity issues.

Kansas Republican U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran released a statement to constituents saying President Donald Trump has the right to wage a legal fight for a fair counting of votes in the presidential election, but should offer presumed Democrat Joe Biden the national security briefings and other support common to transition to a new president. (Submitted)

U.S. Sen. Moran preparing for GOP re-election bid in 2022

By: - November 12, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, the Kansas Republican, is letting it be known he's ready to run for re-election in 2022.

Gov. Laura Kelly is responding to the 2,400 average daily increase in new COVID-19 cases in Kansas with a public-service campaign to educate people about avoiding the virus and a $45 million surge in spending on a broader testing initiative. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

COVID-19 infects another 5,600 Kansans as state prepares to unleash new testing regimen

By: - November 11, 2020

TOPEKA — Kansas public health officials tracking COVID-19 issued Wednesday the third consecutive November report showing spread of the virus to another 5,000 people statewide. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said 5,672 new cases had been documented since Monday. The increase from Friday to Monday was 5,920, while the rise from Nov. 4 […]