Schmidt claims middle ground, steps up criticism of Kelly opposition to transgender sports bill


Trying to undercut Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's claim of representing the political middle, Republican challenger Derek Schmidt stepped up his criticism of the governor for vetoing a bill banning transgender athletes from competing in female sports.

Schmidt appeared alongside Riley Gaines, a former collegiate swimmer who has made national headlines for speaking out against transgender swimmer Lia Thomas for having an unfair biological advantage because she was . . .


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