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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.

KDHE: Wider testing, quicker results ‘secret sauce’ to dealing with COVID-19 in Kansas

By: - August 19, 2020

KDHE secretary, Senate GOP leader agree Kansas needs to ramp up COVID-19 testing capacity, speed lab turnaround times.

U.S. Senate candidate Barbara Bollier, middle right, said Tuesday on a conference call with other Kansas Democratic candidates that Republican Senate nominee Roger Marshall ill-advisedly opposed expansion of Medicaid services in Kansas during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

U.S. Senate nominees, both physicians, offer conflicting diagnosis of Medicaid expansion

By: - August 18, 2020

TOPEKA — Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Barbara Bollier sought Tuesday to highlight GOP nominee Roger Marshall’s opposition to Medicaid expansion in Kansas and to federal legislation strengthening access to health coverage supported by the Affordable Care Act. Bollier, a state senator from Mission Hills and a retired anesthesiologist, said during a conference call with other […]

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)

Sen. Jerry Moran urges U.S. postmaster to work with Congress on bipartisan reform

By: - August 18, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran asks Postal Service to pause unilateral reforms and work with Congress on bipartisan bill to stabilize the agency.

Gov. Laura Kelly renewed an appeal for a new emergency federal COVID-19 package despite state tax revenue surpassing projections for November. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Gov. Laura Kelly reimposes temporary statewide ban on foreclosures, evictions

By: - August 17, 2020

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly’s frustration with inability of Congress to advance a new coronavirus relief package culminated Monday in signing of an executive order prohibiting mortgage foreclosures as well as residential or commercial evictions in Kansas due to financial hardship created by the pandemic. She said her order was identical to a statewide mandate […]

Clockwise from top left: Democratic U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids faces Republican Amanda Adkins in the 3rd District, and Republican state Treasurer Jake LaTurner faces Democratic Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla in the 2nd District. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Rep. Sharice Davids kicks off Democratic convention, takes swipe at GOP opponent Amanda Adkins

By: - August 17, 2020

TOPEKA — U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids of Kansas is serving as one of eight vice chairs of the Democratic National Convention downsized from a celebration with thousands of people packed in a Milwaukee convention hall to a virtual event with delegates staying at home. Davids, seeking re-election in the 3rd District of eastern Kansas, said […]

Bob Beatty, political science professor at Washburn University in Topeka, says emergence of major candidates in the 2022 contest for Kansas governor got the contest off to an early start. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas analysts: Barbara Bollier needs to find path that eluded Kris Kobach

By: - August 17, 2020

Election analysts on the Kansas Reflector podcast warn U.S. Senate candidate Barbara Bollier needs to clearly define herself or risk Kris Kobach's fate.

White House COVID-19 czar calls for deeper Kansas commitment to prevention

By: - August 15, 2020

White House's COVID-19 coordinator urges Kansas officials to urge wearing of masks, social distancing and to limit gatherings to thwart spread of virus.

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)

Kansas GOP, Democratic lawmakers differ on value of Trump’s latest COVID-19 orders

By: - August 14, 2020

TOPEKA — Three Kansas Republicans view President Donald Trump’s latest COVID-19 executive orders on unemployment benefits, payroll taxes, an eviction moratorium and suspension of student loan payments as a pressure tactic to convince Democrats to resume negotiations on the next emergency relief package. The first three federal relief packages adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic received […]

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, a Kansas Democrat in the 3rd District, said the 25th Amendment should be deployed to remove President Donald Trump from office.(Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids calls for ouster of postmaster general

By: - August 13, 2020

The lone Democrat in the Kansas congressional delegation says the U.S. postmaster general should be sacked for trying to undermine November mail-in voting.

State Sen. Caryn Tyson, a Parker Republican and member of a COVID-19 economic recovery committee, says the one-page handout from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment improperly implies that businesses and people must cooperate with contact tracing by state or county health agencies. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

GOP senators rip state health agency on COVID-19 contact tracing, question death toll

By: - August 13, 2020

State Sens. Caryn Tyson and Gene Suellentrop take issue with KDHE's approach to contact tracing and death totals in COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. Laura Kelly nominated Sedgwick County prosecutor Lesley Isherwood, of Wichita, to a vacancy on the Kansas Court of Appeals. The nomination is subject to confirmation by the Kansas Senate. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Former Pizza Hut guru delivers sizzling rebuke, demands $63 million from Kansas

By: - August 13, 2020

Former Pizza Hut magnate Gene Bicknell is frustrated state of Kansas refuses to make court-ordered payment to him that stands at $63 million.

Alex Orel, a lobbyist with the Kansas Bankers Association, told a joint House and Senate economic recovery committee that COVID-19 added stress to Main Street businesses and the agriculture sector. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Coronavirus draws Kansas farm bankruptcy, business stagnation into focus

By: - August 12, 2020

Bipartisan Kansas legislative committee is sorting through COVID-19 economic problems to help speed business recovery.