A Kansas lawmaker has defected from the Republican party to the Democrats over the GOP’s anti-trans efforts.
Senator Barbara Bollier, who represents Mission Hills in Kansas City, also stated Trump as a major factor in her decision to defect.
Talking about her defection, the lawmaker told the Shawnee Mission Post: ‘Morally, the party is not going where my compass resides.
‘I’m looking forward to being in a party that represents the ideals that I do, including Medicaid expansion and funding our K-12 schools.’
However, her decision came after the state party adopted a heavily-criticized resolution in February 2018 that would attempt to eliminate trans identities. It read: ‘We believe God created two genders, male and female.”
Bollier said this motivated her decision: ‘That was my final, last straw. I support the people of Kansas. I do not condemn whoever they are.’
The defection still keeps the Republicans in control of the state government. There are now 10 Democrat seats to 40 GOP. The state senate is the upper house in the USA’s individual states’ legislature.
Bollier has been at odds with Republican leadership for awhile now. In the 2018 Midterms, she backed Democrat Laura Kelly for Governor of Kansas. Kelly won the election, including a majority in the district Bollier represents.
That same district also overwhelming voted for Sharice Davids, who is a lesbian woman and native American, for Congress in the midterms.