The Kansas Reflector Podcast, hosted by senior reporter Tim Carpenter, presents voices from the people and politics of Kansas.
Kansas Interfaith Action identifies priorities for 2022 legislative session
The Kansas Legislature returns Monday to the statehouse for the start of a new session where lawmakers will entertain a variety of policy ideas and the weeks and months ahead. Kansas Interfaith action, a multifaith advocacy organization, is among the groups hoping to influence those debates.
On the Kansas Reflector podcast, editor in chief Sherman Smith sits down with pastor Robert Johnson, the lead servant of Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Wichita and a Kansas Interfaith Action board member, and Rabbi Moti Rieber, who serves as executive director of Kansas Interfaith Action.
Kansas Reflector staff on top issues from 2021 news
Kansas Reflector editor in chief Sherman Smith, senior reporter Tim Carpenter and opinion editor Clay Wirestone talk about six topics — taxes, COVID-19, abortion, foster care, marijuana and critical race theory — that dominated the news in 2021 and implications for 2022.
Gov. Laura Kelly on reelection, 2022 legislative session
Gov. Laura Kelly is entering the fourth year of her governorship of Kansas, and faces a reelection challenge in 2022. The Democrat vowed, when sworn into office after the 2018 election, to stabilize the state government's budget, bring coherence to K-12 public school funding, restore credibility to the state's transportation program after years of broken promises and to get a grip on the troubled foster care system.
Since early 2020 she's been absorbed by the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed 6,900 Kansans, with more than 4,000 of those fatalities occurring in 2021.
On this Reflector Podcast episode, Tim Carpenter sits down with Kelly in her office at the Capitol to talk about her work as the state's chief executive and her thoughts entering the 2022 legislative session.
Name Change Project
For transgender Kansans, changing their names and identity documents to reflect their true selves can be an arduous and expensive process. A new program from Kansas Legal Services aims to change that for moderate and low income Kansans.
Tori Gleason, a healthcare provider in Western Kansas and Ellen Bertels, founder of the Kansas Name Change Project at Kansas Legal Services detail the effort and its importance on this episode of the Reflector Podcast.
Lee Norman on managing the pandemic and being fired
Lee Norman was prepared for the possibility that a new and deadly virus could induce a global pandemic long before many people were familiar with the threat that became known as COVID-19. But he was caught off-guard by the governor's decision to fire him as secretary of the Kansas Department for Health and Environment after managing the state's response to the pandemic for nearly two years.
Editor in chief Sherman Smith sat down with Norman in his Kansas City, Missouri, loft to talk about his leadership of the health agency, attacks on science, his departure from state government, and what he plans to do next.
Kansas advocates talk Build Back Better bill
There's a messy debate raging in Washington, D.C., around the Build Back Better bill, which is President Joe Biden's economic growth package. It's a profound investment in America's future, Democrats argue. Republicans, on the other hand, generally view it as a budgetary albatross.
On this Kansas Reflector Podcast, David Jordan, president of the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, Suzanne Wikle, senior policy analyst at the Center for Law and Social Policy, and Kelly Davydov, executive director of Child Care Aware of Kansas, share why they support this legislation.
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