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Seven school boards sue to stop Gov. Youngkin’s mask-optional order on the day it takes effect (The Washington Post)

Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington, said the twin lawsuits place significant pressure on the Virginia court system to step in soon and resolve the debate. “In situations like this, where there is no middle ground and where neither side has any interest in backing down, only judges can be the necessary umpires,” Farnsworth said. “The sooner they do so, the better for all concerned.”


School Boards Sue to Stop Mask-Optional Order (WTOP)

“The lawsuit offered up by school boards in Northern Virginia and elsewhere makes the argument that the governor’s executive order does not control this process. Rather it’s controlled by the constitution of Virginia, which gives school boards authority to make these decisions, and it’s controlled by a law that was passed by the legislature and signed by the previous governor that does say that the CDC guidance should be followed …,”said University of Mary Washington Professor of Political Science Stephen Farnsworth. “Ultimately, we’re going to need judges to sort this out.”


Youngkin Raised Big Bucks Post-Election (Washington Post)

“The reality is that when you win an election, especially an election where your party wasn’t favored, there are a lot of people who want to be friendly. So, it’s a great time to raise money for the next political battles to come,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington.