Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly, who is seeking re-election this fall, attempted to backtrack on her recent campaign ad where she said she does not support men participating in women’s sports.
“Of course men should not compete in girls’ sports,” Kelly said in her most recent advertisement, after vetoing the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act” twice, a legislation that would have banned transgender students from being allowed to participate in women’s sport.
Following the release of her new ad, Kelly sought to clarify her position, telling the Kansas City Star that her ad was referring to males over the age of 18 in girls sports. She said the issue should be handled on a case by case basis.
“We already have a structure in place, the NCAA has a structure in place to deal with issues like this on a one by one basis and I don’t think there’s any other way that you can really deal with this,” Kelly told The Star responding to the ad.
Derek Schmidt, Kelly’s GOP midterm opponent, bashed her new ad and rhetoric shift after shutting down the law she now claims to support would have prevented men would participate in women’s sports. “She’s being dishonest about her position,” Schmidt shared to Twitter, also noting that he has been “clear from day one – I will sign it into law because our female athletes deserve better.”
Kelly has not only received backlash on the ad from her GOP opponent and Republican organizations, but also from LGBTQ+ groups and individuals who considered her phrasing in the ad to be hurtful to trans people.
Posted by Aubrie Spady
Ohio Democratic Senate candidate Tim Ryan is facing criticism over his ties to a teachers’ union that created badges for public school employees in an Ohio school district to wear, which included a QR code linking to websites promoting information and graphic descriptions of sexual practices.
Earlier this week, local reports revealed that the National Education Association (NEA), the largest teachers’ union in America, were providing educators in the Hilliard City Schools District with “LGBTQ+ Ally” badges. The badges, which feature a QR code linking to content many parents in the district consider explicit and unsuitable for young children, are supported by the NEA and the Hilliard Education Association (HEA), according to a photo obtained by Fox News Digital.
The badges read “Safe Person Safe Space” and the QR codes featured on one side of them leads inquiring minds to the “NEA LGBTQ+ Caucus” website that contains numerous links to sources like Sex, Etc., Gender Spectrum, Scarleteen, Teen Health Source, and The Trevor Project.
One of the linked resources from Teen Health Source, titled “Queering Sexual Education,” includes a how-to guide with explicit language for sex practices including “anal sex,” “bondage,” “sexting,” “rimming,” “domination,” “sadomasochism,” “muffing,” and “fisting.”
Lisa Chaffee, a parent in the Hilliard City Schools District who also serves as director of Ohio Parents Rights in Education, insisted Ryan has “empowered” the NEA to insert the “toxic material” into the school district’s classrooms.
“We are fighting tirelessly to get this toxic material out of our children’s classrooms, but the teachers’ unions we’re up against have been unrelenting in their efforts to indoctrinate our kids,” Chaffee said in a statement provided to Fox News Digital. “At the end of the day, it’s the Democrat politicians like Tim Ryan who empower these teachers’ unions.”
Posted by Kyle Morris
Heart surgeon, celebrity physician and GOP Senate candidate in Pennsylvania Mehmet Oz released a letter from a doctor Friday, describing the Republican as in “excellent health” as Democratic opponent John Fetterman continues recovering from a near-fatal stroke.
In a letter to the Associated Press, Dr. Rebecca Kurth of New York City said that she found Oz to be in “excellent health” during a checkup.
Kurth’s letter said Oz had a “borderline elevated” cholesterol level, but had normal heart function according to an electrocardiogram, and no medication was needed.
“Your examination is healthy, and the blood tests are favorable,” wrote Kurth.
In a statement, Oz said that “voters should have full transparency when it comes to the health status of candidates running for office.”
Oz has criticized Fetterman, the lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania, for not being open about his health following stroke he suffered in May, days before the Democratic primary which he easily won.
Fetterman was mostly absent from the campaign trail over the summer, but returned to holding rallies and giving short speeches in the past months.
Fetterman backed out of debates that were tentatively scheduled for the first week of September, citing his continued recovery from the stroke and an underlying heart issue.
Posted by Thomas Phippen
The Democratic Senate candidate in Wisconsin, Mandela Barnes, has taken multiple hits from his GOP opponent on crime, policing and prison reform policies, and is fighting back in a new ad.
In Barnes’ latest ad, a retired police officer from Racine, Wisconsin, champions Barnes as a pro-police politician.
“I worked on the force for 30years. I’ve seen many politicians, but Mandela, he’s the real deal,” says the retired police officer, identified as Rick.
“Mandela doesn’t want to defund the police, he’s very supportive of law enforcement and I know his objective is to make every community in the state of Wisconsin better,” Rick says.
“I trust him to get the resources we need to keep people safe and reduce crime in the first place. As a retired cop, I want someone like Mandela. Mandela is the right guy for the job.”
Incumbent Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, who faces Barnes in the Nov. 8 general election,. has launched multiple attacks against Barnes, accusing him of making the state less safe during his time as lieutenant governor with soft-on-crime policies.
An ad this week from the National Republican Senatorial Committee used clips of Barnes from several years ago where he said reducing prison populations was a “sexy” movement.
Posted by Thomas Phippen
Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee, on Friday stressed the importance that Republicans’ “Commitment to America” agenda would have on the party’s chances of winning a majority in the House of Representatives in the November midterm elections.
Speaking with Fox News Digital, Emmer said the planned agenda was “crucial” to House Republicans’ hopes of winning control of Congress, and that it set the party apart from Democrats’ failures as the majority party over the last few years.
“The Commitment to America is a crucial piece of our electoral strategy. These policies equip our candidates with a positive value proposition and provide a stark contrast to Democrats’ failed one-party rule,” Emmer said.
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Posted by Brandon Gillespie
After a summer where he was out raised and outspent, Republican Senate nominee JD Vance of Ohio says he’s in a “good spot” with less than seven weeks to go until November’s midterm election.
“We’re going to win the race,” the first-time candidate, former hedge fund executive and best-selling author predicted in a Fox News interview, as he faces off against longtime Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan in the battle to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Rob Portman. The race in the Buckeye State is one of a handful across the country that will likely determine if Republicans win back the Senate majority.
After winning a crowded and combustible Republican Senate primary in May, thanks in part to the endorsement and on-the-ground support from former President Donald Trump — who remains the most popular and influential politician in the GOP — Vance faced a summer of negative headlines and complaints from many Republicans over the state of his general election campaign.
“I don’t think we ever lost the momentum,” Vance argued when asked about the criticism. “I’ve heard these stories. I don’t think they ever had much to them.”
Posted by Paul Steinhauser
Some of former President Trump’s leading political advisers are launching a new Super PAC known as MAGA Inc. that is expected to spend heavily over the next six weeks to support Trump-endorsed candidates running in November’s midterm elections.
Nearly two years after his 2020 election defeat, the former president remains the most ferocious fundraiser in the GOP, as he hauls in both grassroots and top dollar contributions, and his Save America political action committee is sitting on nearly $100 million cash on hand in its coffers.
However, Trump has transferred little of his fundraising to fellow Republicans running in the midterm elections or to committees or outside groups backing GOP candidates. That has led to grumbling from some Republicans that Trump is hoarding his money at the expense of the party and its candidates that are underfunded in the midterms.
Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich, a veteran of the Trump 2020 campaign, will oversee the new committee. The news was first reported Friday morning by Politico and confirmed by Fox News.
“President Trump is committed to saving America, and Make America Great Again, Inc. will ensure that is achieved at the ballot box in November and beyond,” Budowich said in statement.
Posted by Paul Steinhauser
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