How did Sen. Mitch Holmes, R-St. John, defend his rule advising “ladies” testifying before his committee against wearing “low-cut necklines and miniskirts”? By referring to the Topeka Capital-Journal reporter who wrote the initial story as being “known for not joining in the Pledge of Allegiance,” and by claiming, among his other comebacks, that the 3-year-old rule isn’t sexist because it also has gender-neutral language that “conferees should be dressed in professional attire.” It’s 2016. Lawmakers shouldn’t be telling women lobbyists and otherwise what not to wear. Men should be the ones looking in the mirror if they find female attire a “distraction.” And Kansas should be making national headlines not for throwback attitudes worthy of ridicule but for forward thinking. – Rhonda Holman
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