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Poll: Only 41% of voters favor eliminating filibuster

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Amid a push by Democrats to scrap the filibuster, a new poll reports that only 41% of likely voters actually want to change the age-old Senate procedure.

The survey of 1,000 likely voters from Rasmussen Reports published Tuesday also found that more voters oppose the proposed change to the legislative filibuster.

Asked if they “favor or oppose the plan to change the rules and eliminate the filibuster,” 49% of respondents expressed opposition to ditching the legislative hurdle. Additionally, 11% said they were unsure, the conservative-leaning pollster reports.

When it comes down to respondents’ party affiliation, 65% of Democrats favored the proposed change and 68% of Republicans opposed it. It is also worth noting that 59% identifying as “other” opposed it, whereas 29% favored it.

As The Hill explained, Senate Democrats would need all 50 of its caucus members to carry out the “nuclear option” to scrap or alter the rules on the 60-vote legislative filibuster. While President Joe Biden recently came out in support of changing the 60-vote threshold requirement for most legislation, which he referred to as a “relic of the Jim Crow-era,” Senate Democrats don’t have enough support since a number of them remain wary or opposed to reforms.

The survey conducted between March 28 and 29 also asked likely voters if it was more important “for the government to operate efficiently” or “to preserve our constitutional system of checks and balances,” for which the results were more conclusive. While only 24% of respondents chose the former, a solid 67% said the latter was more important—with 9% being unsure.

Looking at party affiliations, most of those with each of the affiliation options were in agreement that preserving checks and balances is more important—with 78% of Republicans, 53% of Democrats, and 70% of others choosing that option.

According to Rasmussen, it should be noted, the survey results have a three-point margin of error.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @DouglasPBraff.

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Virginia Public Schools Reinstates Two Books Despite Complaints of Pedophilia and Pornography

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Fairfax County Public Schools has reinstated two books despite complaints from parents that the literature depicted and legitimized obscene and pedophilic material. Parents confronted the school board with the graphic images contained in the books beginning in September. Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) announced the books were restored to libraries after two committees reviewed them.

The books, “Lawn Boy” and “Gender Queer” have been determined by the District as helpful to the LGBTQ community. Fox News reports “Lawn Boy” by Jonathan Evison includes long sections of a boy reminiscing about explicit experiences he had at 10 years old. “Gender Queer: A Memoir” is by Maia Kobabe and includes photos of sexual acts between a boy and a man.

Virginia mother and president of Parents Defending Education, Nicole Nelly, told Fox News last week, “It’s appalling that Fairfax County’s response to parental feedback is to quibble over the definition of ‘pedophilia’ and to shame and denigrate families who are concerned about this material.”

“By attempting to normalize this content – and reinstating these books under cover of darkness right before Thanksgiving break – FCPS has demonstrated that in their eyes, parental input is a bug, not a feature, in the system” added Nelly.

In an interview with Fox News, Stacy Langton, one of the mothers who first confronted the school board, says “plenty” of Democrats and liberals are also calling her to say they “don’t want their kids exposed to this in school…this is FCPS coming out and explicitly saying they are in favor of porn in schools for your children.”

FCPS, however, claims that two committees comprised of school administrators, librarians, parents, and students determined that the books did not contain pedophilia, nor did they violate regulations by including obscene material.

“The decision reaffirms FCPS’s ongoing commitment to provide diverse reading materials that reflect on our student population, allowing every child an opportunity to see themselves reflected in literary characters” said FCPS in a released statement.

“Both reviews concluded that the books were valuable in their potential to reach marginalized youth who may struggle to find relatable literary characters that reflect their personal journeys” the statement continued.

Michael Sabbeth, Colorado attorney and author of “The Good, The Bad & The Difference: How to Talk With Children About Values” says “the Board’s assertion cleverly employs a logical fallacy—a strawman argument.”

While the board’s “refutation alleges the material affirms students with ‘marginalized identities’ and acknowledges the ‘difficulties nonbinary and asexual individuals may face’, their justification ignores and fails to negate allegations of obscenity, pornography and or pedophilia” states Sabbeth.

“Ironically, the Board’s justification demeans those it alleges to support. If, for example, pedophilia is in a book, arguing it helps youngsters is morally beneath contempt. To virtuously support those individuals, the Board need do no more than advance this unambiguous message: Treat all people respectfully” Sabbeth concludes.

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