Media's misleading lawmakers

Thursday, May 6, 2021
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Mary Kate and Madison - IdahoA Kansas-based editor believes some Republican legislators caved to media pressure to sustain the veto of a bill that aimed to protect female athletes.

More than 20 states have put forth proposals this year aimed at keeping biological males from competing in female sports. The Republican-controlled legislature in Kansas likewise passed a measure to that effect, but Democrat Governor Laura Kelly vetoed it, and the state Senate's subsequent vote to override was 26-14, leaving the measure's supporters one short of the necessary two-thirds majority and blocking an attempt in the House.

Lee Hartman, editor of the Topeka-based Metro Voice, believes the failure to override the veto came down to some key legislators who were swayed by left-wing media bias.

"Some of the legislators who might feel one way are hearing a lot of media that's out there, and I think the problem is there's not enough media on the conservative side speaking up and not enough Kansas voters on the conservative side that are making their voice heard loud enough," Hartman submits.

He says there is a reason why boys' and girls' sports are separate.

"When you get people coming into the girls' sports that are biological men, that are in general bigger and stronger … most people feel like it's not safe for the girls," he points out. "It's also not fair for girls to have their scholarships taken away or having injuries because there'' people who are bigger and stronger coming in that used to be men that are now competing as women. So, that's kind of the common-sense thing about it. I think that's the general feeling of the public."

Hartman says supporters of the bill hope that Kelly will be defeated in her re-election effort and that a Republican governor who supports the measure claims the post.

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