Stephen Koranda, KMUW

Stephen Koranda


Topeka, KS, United States

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Past articles by Stephen:

Kansas Senate overrides the governor’s veto of Republican redistricting plan

The Senate override advances the map to the House. An override in that chamber would put the controversial redistricting plan into effect. → Read More

Kansas has billions of dollars in surplus. Here are 9 ways the governor wants to spend it

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly unveiled a budget that proposes cutting the food sales tax, freezing tuition and sending $250 payments to Kansas taxpayers. → Read More

Kansas Gov. Kelly tells lawmakers to freeze college tuition and end the sales tax on food

Gov. Laura Kelly delivered a State of the State speech Tuesday that called for cutting sales taxes on groceries, freezing public university tuition and eliminating partisan squabbling. → Read More

Kansas Republicans say they're calling the Legislature back to fight COVID-19 vaccine mandates

It appears to be the first time that Kansas lawmakers have called themselves back into special session using a petition. → Read More

Here's what it would take to remove a Kansas lawmaker charged with domestic battery

Kansas state Rep. Aaron Coleman could face a legislative complaint after a domestic battery charge. → Read More

Kansas Makes A Deal With Advocates To Move People With Mental Illness Out Of ‘Warehouses’

The agreement promises services that could help hundreds of people leave nursing homes and live on their own. → Read More

Infrastructure Deal Has Billions Of Dollars For Kansas, Unless Congress Hits The Brakes

An infrastructure bill in the U.S. Senate has billions of dollars for Kansas roads, bridges, electric vehicles and high-speed internet, but passage is far from certain. → Read More

Kansas Republicans End Gov. Kelly’s COVID Powers, Putting Vaccine Clinics And Food Stamps In Limbo

TOPEKA, Kansas — Kansas lawmakers abruptly decided to end the state’s COVID-19 disaster declaration Tuesday. Republicans on the Legislative Coordinating → Read More

Kansas Ranchers Struggle To Find Veterinarians And It's Hurting The $9 Billion Cattle Industry

TOPEKA, Kansas — Kansas, a state that relies heavily on the cattle industry to power its economy, faces a shortage of the veterinarians that tend to the → Read More

From Taxes To Transgender Athletes: What Happened In The Kansas Legislature This Year

TOPEKA, Kansas — After ousting moderates and electing more conservatives in the 2020 elections, Kansas Republicans road-tested their brawny supermajority → Read More

Kansas Lawmakers Fall Short In Their Attempts To Ban Transgender Athletes From Female Sports Teams

TOPEKA, Kansas — Republicans trying to push through a ban on transgender athletes in girls’ and women’s sports fell short Monday of overriding Democratic → Read More

From Taxes To Trans Athletes, Republicans In Kansas Legislature Look To Override Governor's Vetoes

TOPEKA, Kansas — Kansas lawmakers return to the Statehouse next week for a showdown with Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly over issues at the heart of both → Read More

Kansas Governor Vetoes Ban On Transgender Athletes In Female Sports And Braces For Override Fight

TOPEKA, Kansas — Arguing a ban on transgender athletes in girls’ and women’s sports invites bullying, Gov. Laura Kelly vetoed a bill that mirrored → Read More

Gov. Kelly Calls Kansas Ban On Transgender Athletes A 'Job Killer,' Hinting At A Veto

WICHITA, Kansas —Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly is signalling she’ll likely reject a bill that’s part of a culture war flash point — an effort in Kansas and → Read More

Kansas Considers Making Medical Marijuana Legal, But Very Hard To Get

TOPEKA, Kansas — Kansas stands among a shrinking handful of states that makes cannabis an outlaw drug, even as a medical tool. Lawmakers trying to overcome → Read More

Kansas Senate Majority Leader Gene Suellentrop Arrested On DUI Charge

Officers in Shawnee County booked Kansas Senate Majority Leader Gene Suellentrop early Tuesday on charges of driving under the influence, improperly → Read More

Medical Marijuana For Kansas Proposed With Tight Rules In Hopes Of Winning Legalization

TOPEKA, Kansas — Kiley Klug, flanked by her 13-year-old son, Owen, in a wheelchair, stood before Kansas lawmakers Wednesday and pleaded to let her treat → Read More

Kansas Constitutional Amendment Saying There’s No Right To Abortion Is Headed To Voters

TOPEKA, Kansas — Lawmakers sent voters a state constitutional amendment Thursday that anti-abortion forces say Kansas needs to keep existing laws intact → Read More

Kansas Officials Start With Talk Of Unity, But Fights Over Taxes And Abortion Loom

TOPEKA, Kansas — Fights between Republican lawmakers and the Democratic governor — over new taxes and her power to shut down businesses in a pandemic — → Read More

Governor Kelly Mourns Kansas COVID-19 Losses And Uses State Of The State Address To Ask For Civility

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly continued to push for vigilance in the fight against the coronavirus and tried to combat skepticism of the vaccine on Tuesday as → Read More