Youngkin-Era Law Forces Election Integrity Group To Take Down Its List Of Virginia Voter Rolls

An election transparency organization was forced to remove its online publication of Virginia voter rolls after the state’s Department of Elections (ELECT) threatened to have the group criminally charged under a law approved earlier this year by Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin.

In a letter obtained by The Federalist addressed to the Voter Reference Foundation (VRF), an organization “dedicated to ensuring transparent, accurate and fair elections,” ELECT officials demand that VRF “immediately remove the Virginia voter list and any personal voter information from its website” or risk being charged with a Class 5 felony for “the crime of election fraud.”

“In October 2021, Voter Reference Foundation published personal voter information of Virginia voters received through a Registered Voter List and/or a Vote History List that was not directly purchased from the Department of Elections (ELECT) by Voter Reference Foundation,” the letter reads. “The publication of voter information contained on the aforementioned lists is not a permissible use of the lists pursuant to § 24.2-405 and § 24.2-406 of the Code of Virginia.”

State officials go on to claim that VRF “did not receive the aforementioned lists from ELECT” as mandated under state law and that the group “did not sign the required Statement of Responsibility pursuant to § 24.2-407 of the Code of Virginia.”

Approved by Youngkin on April 11, the recently enacted amendment (SB698) to § 24.2-405 of the Virginia Code prohibits recipients “of a list of registered voters from publishing on the Internet any of the information contained in such list as a list, database, or other similar searchable format or providing information contained in a list of registered voters to a third party for such purpose.”

As noted in previously enacted subsections of § 24.2-405, entities such as political action committees and nonprofit organizations “that promote voter participation and registration” are able to purchase voter roll information from ELECT. Candidates for public office, political party committees, and “commissioners of the revenue,” are also given the ability to acquire such information.

In a statement provided to The Federalist, VRF President Doug Truax said he’s “puzzled” as to why Youngkin, “who said he favored election transparency,” would sign legislation that makes it more difficult for Virginians to see “the election records they pay for.”

“He’s on the wrong side of history here. People are demanding more transparency in their elections, not less,” he said.

Truax also added that VRF “is committed to publishing the voter rolls in all 50 states” and that the group “will take legal action in states that prevent publication, such as Virginia.”

During the 2021 Republican gubernatorial primary, Youngkin pledged to make election integrity “a top priority,” with the then-candidate releasing a five-point plan aimed at establishing “‘legal voting standards’ for election processes.” Among the key tenets of the plan were calls to update “voter rolls monthly to provide accurate voter information,” as well as to strengthen “Virginia’s voter identification in ‘all methods of voting’” and verify “‘all mail-in applications and ballots’ to ensure they are ‘legitimate and timely.’”

“This is not a Democrat issue or a Republican issue, it’s a democracy issue,” Youngkin said in February 2021. “Both parties have long raised concerns, and we must restore Americans’ faith in the integrity of our elections.”

When pressed by The Federalist on why Youngkin chose to sign the bill despite its limitations on individuals’ ability to distribute state voter roll information, a representative from the governor’s office said that “SB698 protects election integrity by ensuring that accurate information is posted online, as opposed to outdated voter rolls, which are only accurate the day they are pulled from the voter registration system.”

“In Virginia, voter lists are updated each and every day to account for people moving or passing away, a posted online list will quickly become inaccurate as more updates are made,” the Youngkin representative said. “Additionally, this legislation addresses the concerns for sharing voters’ personal identifiable information on the internet.”

In response to the Youngkin administration’s statement, Traux issued a challenge to the governor “to post the taxpayer-funded voter registration lists online and update them in real time so the public can see them.”

“Unless he’s willing to do that, Mr. Youngkin ought to stop making phony excuses for stifling election transparency,” Traux said.


Shawn Fleetwood is an intern at The Federalist and a graduate of the University of Mary Washington. He also serves as a state content writer for Convention of States Action and his work has been featured in numerous outlets, including RealClearPolitics, RealClearHealth, and Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @ShawnFleetwood

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Two Weeks After Anthony Fauci Finally Agreed No Further Testing on Beagles, Virginia Humane Society Trying to Find Homes for 4,000 Animal Test Beagles

Two Weeks After Anthony Fauci Finally Agreed No Further Testing on Beagles, Virginia Humane Society Trying to Find Homes for 4,000 Animal Test Beagles

The Humane Society of Virginia is trying to find homes for 4.000 beagles, exactly two weeks after NIAID Director Anthony Fauci told congress he would no longer use beagles for allergy testing.

These two stories seem connected.

July 5, 2022 – Under fire from foes of federal animal testing, the agency headed by COVID-19 czar Anthony Fauci has canceled a plan to start new tests of allergy medicine on beagles, some as young as 6 months.

In a letter to Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and promoted by the White Coat Waste Project, Fauci said that instead of dogs, the new hay fever drug will be tested on rodents.

“Although the contract to Inimmune Corporation proposed the use of murine and canine preclinical animal models, after consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the company elected to proceed using two rodent models only,” wrote Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “No experiments utilizing the canine model are being conducted under this contract.”

[…] The letter was a big victory for Ernst and the animal rights group, which had started a popular hashtag campaign against the testing: #BeagleGate. (read more)

Yesterday, this next story surfaced:

July 15, 2022 – CUMBERLAND, Va. — The Humane Society of the United States says it is working fast to transfer thousands of dogs bred for medical research from a facility in Virginia.

On Wednesday, the Humane Society said that over the course of 60 days, they’d be transporting around 4,000 beagles in stages to shelters nationwide so they could be adopted. (read more)

4,000 beagles?

Good grief, is that the scale of Anthony Fauci’s beagle abuse?

Suspicious Beagle is, well, suspicious….

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Illegal Aliens Plotted July 4th Mass Shooting, Thwarted by American ‘Hero Citizen’

Illegal Aliens Plotted July 4th Mass Shooting, Thwarted by American ‘Hero Citizen’

The pair of suspects arrested for allegedly plotting to “shoot up” a Fourth of July celebration in Richmond, Virginia — thwarted by an American citizen — are illegal aliens, court records state.

On Wednesday, as Breitbart News reported, the Richmond Police Department announced the arrests of Guatemalan nationals 52-year-old illegal alien Julio Alvardo Dubon and 38-year-old illegal alien Rolman Balacarcel Ac for allegedly plotting a mass shooting at the city’s July 4th celebration.

According to Police Chief Gerald Smith, Dubon and Ac’s plan was thwarted thanks to an American “hero citizen” who overheard a conversation about the plot and subsequently called the police.

Court records, reviewed by the Associated Press (AP), identify both Dubon and Ac as illegal aliens living in the U.S. Specifically, Dubon had been living in the U.S. on an expired visa, as millions often do:

Police spokesperson Tracy Walker said both men are from Guatemala. Initial documents filed in General District Court in Richmond say both Alvarado-Dubon and Balacarcel are not in the U.S. legally. The documents, which say Alvarado-Dubon has an expired visa, did not include any details about the alleged plot. [Emphasis added]

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed to Breitbart News that agents have lodged detainers on both illegal aliens so that they will be turned over to the agency for arrest and deportation when they are released from local police custody.

Likewise, ICE agents confirmed that Ac is a twice-deported illegal alien who was previously deported in October 2013 and then later in August 2014.

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Illegal aliens Julio Alvardo Dubon and Rolman Balacarcel Ac were arrested in Richmond, Virginia for allegedly plotting a mass shooting on July 4th. (Photos via Richmond Police Department)

The American citizen who thwarted the mass shooting plot called police after he heard a man discussing a plan to “shoot up” Richmond’s annual Fourth of July celebration.

That is when police raided Dubon’s residence to find two rifles, a handgun, and 223 rounds of ammunition. Dubon was subsequently charged with being in possession of a firearm as an alien to the U.S.

After police reached out to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Smith said they put surveillance on Ac who lived at the same residence as Dubon.

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Firearms and ammunition seized from Dubon and Ac’s residence. (Photo via Richmond Police Department)

Ac was then arrested and charged with being in possession of a firearm as an alien to the U.S. Smith said they still do not have a clear motive as to why the pair allegedly sought to conduct a mass shooting on American citizens on July 4th.

“There is no telling how many citizens this hero citizen saved from one phone call … one phone call saved numerous lives on the Fourth of July,” Smith said.

Dubon has been booked into the Richmond City Jail on a $15,000 bail. Though police said Ac was also booked, his records do not appear in the city jail’s records.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at jbinder@breitbart.com. Follow him on Twitter here

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*** Election Night Livewire *** Alabama Senate Runoff, Georgia Runoffs, and Virginia Primaries Further Set Midterm Stage

Voters in Alabama, Virginia, and Georgia head to the polls on Tuesday to select key candidates in Republican primaries and runoffs, further setting the stage for the upcoming November midterm elections and testing the trends inside the GOP away from the establishment and toward former President Donald Trump’s America First populist vision.

The biggest prize on Tuesday is the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in Alabama, where Katie Britt faces off against Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) in the runoff. Britt, the former chief of staff for retiring Sen. Dick Shelby (R-AL), has won Trump’s endorsement in the final weeks of this race–which came in after Trump revoked it from Brooks earlier, before the first round of primary voting.

Interestingly, the establishment media has framed Britt as an establishment candidate, but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, she has openly called for change and new blood in the GOP Senate leadership structure, and has championed plans offered by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) that would slash legal immigration levels to the United States. In his statement endorsing her, Trump picked up on this, noting that Britt believes Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell encouraged now failed candidate Mike Durant to run in the first round to try to stop her.

It is true that Brooks has been more aggressive in his calls for McConnell to go, and Brooks has tried to keep his campaign alive with some last-second endorsements from people like columnist Ann Coulter, but either way in this race the establishment will not be picking up an ally–Trump and America First outsiders will. Britt has taken an explosive lead in the final weeks in polling–in the first round of voting she blew away expectations and finished double digits better than her best polls–so seeing who emerges in Alabama and if Britt can deliver again will be particularly interesting.

Elsewhere, in Georgia, two Trump-backed congressional candidates–Jake Evans and Vernon Jones–face runoff opponents in Rich McCormick and Mike Collins respectively. Trump had a bad night in Georgia’s first round of primaries and both of these candidates finished in second place in that round, but Evans in particular seems to have rallied and Trump last night did a tele-town hall with him urging Georgians to back him.

In Virginia, several congressional primaries will be interesting to watch, particularly in both the Seventh and the Second Congressional Districts. In a state that flipped so hard to the right and elected GOP Gov. Glenn Youngkin last year, Republicans are hoping that momentum continues this year as they seek to oust Reps. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) and Elaine Luria (D-VA), among possibly others. Nominees against them will be selected on Tuesday.

Technically, Tuesday will also see runoffs in Arkansas–but none of those races have major national significance even though they do matter locally. Follow along here for the latest as the results stream in on Tuesday night. The polls close in Virginia and Georgia at 7 p.m. ET, in Alabama at 8 p.m. ET, and in Arkansas at 8:30 p.m. ET.

UPDATE 8:45 p.m. ET:

With just 1 percent reporting in Alabama, Katie Britt has a solid lead over Mo Brooks–so solid that Dave Wasserman from the Cook Political Report has already called it:

UPDATE 8:36 p.m. ET:

Muriel Bowser, the Democrat mayor of Washington DC, has won her primary:

With 38 percent reporting when the AP made the call according to the New York Times, Bowser was under 60 percent at just 56.6 percent. Against an unserious challenger, that is not impressive at all–and a sign she may be seriously weak.

UPDATE 8:30 p.m. ET:

The AP officially calls it for Rich McCormick in Georgia as well:

UPDATE 8:29 p.m. ET:

With 55 percent reporting in Virginia’s 7th district GOP primary, Derrick Anderson has retaken the lead by 199 votes–at 25 percent. Yesli Vega is down at 24.4 percent. Extremely close photo finish race here.

UPDATE 8:16 p.m. ET:

Even though Trump’s picks lost in Georgia again tonight, the winners are fairly hardcore MAGA types anyway:

So even establishment folks are warning to beware of Trump haters rejoicing over this.

UPDATE 8:13 p.m. ET:

The very first votes are reporting in from Alabama, where Katie Britt has a lead over Mo Brooks with just over a hundred votes in so far.

UPDATE 8:05 p.m. ET:

With 54 percent in now, Yesli Vega has moved back up in the lead by less than 100 votes over Derrick Anderson. She has 25 percent and he has 24.7 percent. Close, close race in Virginia’s 7th district GOP primary.

UPDATE 8:04 p.m. ET:

With 50 percent reporting in Virginia’s 7th district GOP primary, Derrick Anderson has now taken a slightly less than 100 vote lead over Yesli Vega. He has 24.7 percent to her 24.3 percent.

UPDATE 8:00 p.m. ET:

The polls have closed now in Alabama, and also in Washington DC. The mayor of the nation’s capital is facing a primary challenge, and in Alabama the U.S. Senate runoff for the GOP nomination is particularly heated. Results are expected in both imminently.

UPDATE 7:59 p.m. ET:

The AP officially calls it for Mike Collins in Georgia:

UPDATE 7:57 p.m. ET:

With 46 percent reporting, Yesli Vega still leads Derrick Anderson in Virginia’s 7th district GOP primary in a close race. She has 25.6 percent and he has 24.6 percent–her lead is currently less than 300 votes.

UPDATE 7:47 p.m. ET:

The AP officially calls it for Kiggans in Virginia’s second district:

UPDATE 7:39 p.m. ET:

Wasserman calls it in Georgia’s sixth:

That means two more Trump losses on the ledger.

UPDATE 7:38 p.m. ET:

In the sixth district runoff in Georgia, more votes just came in expanding Rich McCormick’s lead over Jake Evans. McCormick now has 71.9 percent and Evans has 28.1 percent with 4 percent reporting.

UPDATE 7:36 p.m. ET:

With 39 percent reporting in Virginia’s 7th congressional district GOP primary, Yesli Vega still leads a tight race with Derrick Anderson. She has 26.6 percent to his 24.9 percent.

UPDATE 7:24 p.m. ET:

However, Vega seems to be the favorite as her base is still not yet reporting, according to Dave Wasserman from the Cook Political Report:

UPDATE 7:23 p.m. ET:

In Virginia’s 7th district GOP primary, that much closer fight is carrying out as more results come in. Yesli Vega still leads, with 28.4 percent of the vote with 16 percent reporting, but Derrick Anderson is not far behind with 25.5 percent.

UPDATE 7:21 p.m. ET:

Kiggans is likely going to win the GOP nomination in Virginia’s second district:

UPDATE 7:18 p.m. ET:

In Georgia, Mike Collins–at least some are projecting–seems to have defeated Trump-backed Vernon Jones in the primary runoff:

UPDATE 7:17 p.m. ET:

With 13 percent now reporting in Virginia’s second district GOP primary, Jen Kiggans is cruising. She has 61.8 percent as compared with Bell’s 23 percent. Not over yet, but getting there.

UPDATE 7:14 p.m. ET:

In the 7th district GOP primary in Virginia, a much closer race is shaping up with just 1 percent reporting so far. Yesli Vega currently leads, but by less than 100 votes. It could be a long night and close race in this one.

UPDATE 7:12 p.m. ET:

Early results are coming in in Georgia as well, and Rich McCormick and Mike Collins both have substantial leads over their Trump-backed opponents in the early numbers.

UPDATE 7:10 p.m. ET:

About 3 percent is now reporting in Virginia’s second district and state Sen. Jen Kiggans has a huge lead with 63.7 percent to Jarome Bell’s 21.1 percent. Kiggans is the odds-on favorite to win this one so her early strong showing is unsurprising.

UPDATE 7:05 p.m. ET:

Per former President Donald Trump’s team, these are the endorsements Trump has on the line this evening:

Alabama-Senate: Britt, Katie
Virginia-01: Wittman, Rob
Virginia-06: Cline, Ben
Virginia-09: Griffith, Morgan
Georgia-06: Evans, Jake
Georgia-10: Jones, Vernon

UPDATE 7:02 p.m. ET:

Polls have closed in Georgia and Virginia. Results are expected to start coming in imminently.

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Youngkin Proposes Amendment To Make Picketing At Justices’ Homes A Felony

Youngkin Proposes Amendment To Make Picketing At Justices’ Homes A Felony

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin has proposed an amendment to the state budget that would make it a felony to protest outside the home of a sitting judge or justice with the intent to intimidate or influence said judge in a court case.

Under the proposed amendment, any individual that demonstrates outside “a building or residence occupied or used by such judge, juror, witness, court officer, or court employee, or any immediate family member of such judge, juror, witness, court officer, or court employee” with the intent of “interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice, or with the intent of influencing or intimidating in the discharge of his or her duty any judge, juror, witness, court officer, or court employee” in the state would be charged with a Class 6 felony.

As stated in the Virginia Code, individuals hit with a Class 6 felony could face “not less than one year nor more than five years” in prison, “or in the discretion of the jury or the court trying the case without a jury, confinement in jail for not more than 12 months and a fine of not more than $2,500, either or both.”

“I am asking that the General Assembly help keep our state and federal judges safe,” Youngkin said in a statement.

The motion by Youngkin to increase penalties against individuals harassing judicial figures comes amid continued demonstrations outside the homes of several U.S. Supreme Court justices. After a majority draft opinion striking down Roe v. Wade was leaked to Politico last month, pro-abortionists have repeatedly picketed the homes of Justices Brett Kavanaugh, John Roberts, Samuel Alito, and Amy Coney Barrett, with the latter two residing in Virginia.

Under existing Virginia law, individuals caught picketing outside of a residence face the prospect of being charged with a Class 3 misdemeanor and a fine “of not more than $500.” When asked last month if Virginia Attorney General Miyares intended to pursue charges against violators under that statute, a representative for the attorney general told The Federalist that “[u]nder Virginia law, local Commonwealth’s Attorneys are responsible for prosecuting violations of [the] statute.”

Despite also violating federal law, individuals engaged in such actions at the homes of SCOTUS justices have yet to be charged by U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, who has sat on his hands as left-wing agitators attempt to scare the justices into upholding federalized abortion.

In addition to protests, acts of physical violence have also been attempted against one of the court’s conservative justices. Last week, law enforcement arrested Nicholas John Roske near the home of Justice Brett Kavanaugh for attempting to assassinate the justice primarily over his purported support in striking down Roe. After calling 911 and telling the operator his plan to kill the justice, Roske was taken into custody by Montgomery County police, who found him armed with a gun, knife, and pepper spray.

Roske was indicted by a federal jury on Tuesday on a charge of attempted assassination.


Shawn Fleetwood is an intern at The Federalist and a graduate of the University of Mary Washington. He also serves as a state content writer for Convention of States Action and his work has been featured in numerous outlets, including RealClearPolitics, RealClearHealth, and Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @ShawnFleetwood

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Law-Abiding West Virginian Woman With Concealed Firearm Stops A Mass Shooting

Law-Abiding West Virginian Woman With Concealed Firearm Stops A Mass Shooting

ZeroHedge | by Tyler Durden – Saturday, May 28, 2022 – 10:45 PM

Instead of waiting for the police to arrive, a woman with a concealed carry license in West Virginia acted fast to stop a crazed man with an AR-15-style rifle who was about to kill dozens of people at a graduation party. 

“Instead of running from the threat, she engaged with the threat and saved several lives last night,” Charleston Police Department Chief of Detectives Tony Hazelett told local news WCHSTV

The incident occurred Wednesday when Dennis Butler,37, was angered by a group of people hosting a graduation party who told him to slow down through an apartment complex in Charleston. He returned 30 minutes later, parked his vehicle, jumped in the backseat, and discharged his weapon toward the group of 30-40 people. 

Unbeknownst to the shooter, a law-abiding citizen with a CCW was within the group and quickly drew her weapon and engaged Bulter with direct fire, fatally wounding him. 

“There was a graduation party, a party with kids,” Hazelett said at a press conference. “So obviously somebody just graduated high school and another birthday party. We could have had a casualty shooting there.” He estimated between 30 to 40 people attended the parties.

There were no injuries reported besides the gunman. Police have yet to release the woman’s name, though they said she’s not part of law enforcement and is just an average law-abiding citizen. 

Charleston police discuss the incident. 

So a good woman with a gun prevents a bad person with evil intentions and an extensive criminal record from committing a mass shooting. Should society consider her a hero for saving the lives of dozens of people?

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Fairfax, Va. Parents Rally Against Policy Punishing Their Middle-Schoolers For Calling Boys Boys And Girls Girls

Fairfax, Va. Parents Rally Against Policy Punishing Their Middle-Schoolers For Calling Boys Boys And Girls Girls

Parents rallied outside of Luther Jackson Middle School in Fairfax, Va., on Thursday in opposition to a proposed policy change that would increase penalties on fourth- through sixth-graders for “misgendering” or “deadnaming” people — for example, addressing a boy as “he” even though he calls himself a female, or calling “transgender or gender-expansive” people by a name other than their chosen name.

The Fairfax County School Board was initially scheduled to consider this change to the Student Rights and Responsibilities guide at their meeting that evening, but they rescheduled discussion of the topic to June 16.

“It could be that some people are waiting for the stillness and quiet of a summer evening when we’re all not paying attention,” said Stephanie Lundquist-Arora, a mother who spoke at the event. “But I’m here to say, our enthusiasm for the First Amendment will not wane; we will not stop paying attention, even in the summer months.”

In addition to this policy change, rally-goers expressed concern about declining education quality and racist and sexualized materials in schools. Asra Nomani, who is a senior contributor at The Federalist and whose son graduated from the school system, showed a group of parents a stack of books she said were in schools around the country.

In a children’s book called “Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness,” Nomani showed the other parents a line that read, “Innocence is overrated.” Nomani also held up a book for teenagers called “Let’s Talk About It: The Teen’s Guide to Sex, Relationships, and Being a Human.” The book had cartoon illustrations of people who were naked and engaged in sexual acts. Nomani showed the parents where the book encouraged teens to post pornography of themselves online.

Nomani said when government goes unsupervised, sexualized education “becomes state-sanctioned criminality,” and the state of Virginia does in fact allow public schools to engage in activity that is unlawful for almost every other entity. Publicly funded schools are included in a short list of entities not forbidden by state code to purchase, exhibit, distribute, and loan obscene books and printed materials. This means public schools in Virginia are allowed to distribute sexualized books to children even if the books have no “literary, artistic, political or scientific value.”

Alice Guo, a mother at the rally, said the sexualized books in schools confuse children, who hear conflicting messages from their parents and teachers and don’t know whom to trust.

“I see a lot of confusion in kids, a lot of depression in teens,” Guo said, “because how can they be happy? If you base all your actions, decisions on your emotions, you’re a depressed human being, because you don’t know what you’re going to feel tomorrow. But if you base your actions based on your character, based on your values, you don’t sway easily, even when the wind is strong. So most kids are kind of disoriented. They don’t know who they are.”


Olivia Hajicek is an intern at The Federalist and a junior at Hillsdale College studying history and journalism. She has covered campus and city news as a reporter for The Hillsdale Collegian. You can reach her at olivia.hajicek@gmail.com.

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Fairfax, Virginia Schools May Expel Elementary Students For ‘Misgendering’ People

Fairfax, Virginia Schools May Expel Elementary Students For ‘Misgendering’ People

For those who scoff that Florida’s new education law bans “non-existent” gender indoctrination, let the tale of Fairfax County, Virginia serve as a wake-up call.

Fairfax County’s school board has long prided itself on leading the way for the nation in cutting-edge education policy and curriculum. As the tenth-largest district in the nation, it holds disproportionate sway over other school boards.

In 2015, the Fairfax school board blindsided parents with changes to its non-discrimination policy, followed by a sweeping expansion of the sex-ed curriculum and new rules governing student offenses and penalties. This is not an isolated policy. In Wisconsin, three middle-schoolers have been accused of “sexual harassment” for using biologically accurate pronouns to refer to a fellow student.

Fairfax’s proposed changes, set to be approved May 26, have hit a new low. Legally meaningless offenses such as “malicious misgendering” and “outing related to gender identification” would be now punishable by up to “Level 4” sanctions. It’s the last level before penalties for drug dealing, rape, and homicide.

Level 4 is the punishment meted out for assault and battery, drug consumption, theft, and arson. These penalties may be applied even to kindergarteners and include, at their worst, expulsion at the behest of the school board.

This barrage of ideological punishment is accompanied by the school board sex-ed committee’s latest, unanimous April 2022 vote to move instruction on gender identity down to elementary school. This puts the Fairfax school system entirely out of step with the Virginia State Standards of Learning on Family Life Education (sex ed).

But this is nothing new. In 2015 Fairfax school board proposed moving instruction on gender fluidity and identity down to middle school from high school, as well as sweeping expansions of the sex-ed curriculum on gender and sexuality. The board and superintendent claimed they were required to make these changes in order to align with new Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs). When other mothers and I combed through the SOLs, we discovered this was a flat-out lie: there was not even a reference to these controversial new sexual concepts.

The Fairfax County School Board continued to steamroll families in 2018, when it voted against overwhelming community input to change the terminology of biological sex to “sex assigned at birth.” As I served on the sex-ed committee for more than years, I saw firsthand the determined effort to move teaching on sexuality to lower and lower grades, and to work around parents who might disagree—a trend mothers and fathers all over the nation are noting as well.

The 2019 blue wave in Virginia, when national LGBTQ advocacy groups including the Human Rights Campaign and the Victory Fund poured millions of dollars into our local races, resulted in further erosion of parental rights in Fairfax County. The new Transgender Policy (R2603.2) establishes a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary support and gender transition team for Fairfax County students.

This team can be formed and operate in secret, without the parents ever being made aware. The policy dictates that parents may be involved in a child’s gender transition team “if the student is willing.” It further stipulates that “a persistent refusal to use a student’s chosen name and pronouns constitutes discrimination”—again, a sanctionable offense for students and teachers alike.

At the state level, Fairfax ideologues are backstopped by their close ally in Richmond, the Senate Education Committee. Powerful members like state Sen. Janet Howell, who twice has used her election committee seat to gerrymander opponents out of her district during her campaigns, treat parents and students alike with staggering arrogance. The education committee is notorious as the graveyard of bills promoting curriculum transparency and accountability.

Taken as a whole, these actions and others by the Fairfax school board over the last several years constitute an ideological and dangerous overhaul of policy, curriculum, and standards that have little to no basis in law, but threaten very real harm to children. Two pending lawsuits in Virginia defending the rights of teachers are addressing these very questions of pronoun use.

But in the meantime, these actions by the Fairfax School Board have set the stage for children to be encouraged to transition in secret, and for children who might persist in using biologically accurate pronouns to be dealt criminal-level penalties.

For those who look at Florida and say “but no one is teaching these things in kindergarten,” let Fairfax be a cautionary tale. Our school board not only plans to teach them, but to expel the pint-size “criminals” who might resist.

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