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Wow: Virginia senate Dem sides with Youngkin, GOP in pushing for end to school mask mandate

ALLAHPUNDIT Jan 24, 2022 at HotAir:

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There’s a huge win brewing here for Glenn Youngkin and the GOP in his first month in office, assuming state Sen. Chap Petersen means what he says.

Let’s back up. Republicans and Democrats are squabbling in Virginia over one of Youngkin’s first executive orders as governor, which authorizes parents to decide whether their child should wear a mask in class or not. Youngkin’s not forcing local school districts to repeal their mask mandates or blocking them from imposing them, a la Ron DeSantis in Florida. But his parental opt-out rule has the same effect in practice. If you don’t want your kid to have to mask up in school, you’re free to ignore the not-really-mandatory “mandate.”

But there’s a problem. Last year Virginia passed a…

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