Stephen Koranda is the Statehouse Bureau Chief for Kansas Public Radio.
Former Kansas secretary of state, Kris Kobach, lost his race for governor in 2018 and the GOP primary for U.S. Senate in 2020. He also advised former President Trump on immigration and voting fraud.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has been nominated to a State Department post, ending his tenure as one of the least popular governors in the country.
Kansas lawmakers and Gov. Sam Brownback cut taxes in 2012 with the goal of spurring economic growth. But now they're facing a budget deficit of $400 million.
Last year, Kansas became the first state in the nation to completely eliminate arts funding. That started an uproar that pushed Gov. Sam Brownback to restore some funding, but arts organizations still face uncertainty.