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Patmos Library in Michigan’s Jamestown Township may face closure next year after voters rejected a millage renewal on Tuesday in protest of some graphic LGTBQ content in the library’s collection.

Voters defeated the millage by 62% to 37%, or 763 votes.

Bridge Michigan reported that 84% of the library’s $245,000 operating budget was derived from local property taxes, which would have cost each household about $24 annually.

At issue are a few LGBTQ books in the Patmos Library, including a graphic novel titled “Gender Queer: A Memoir” by Maia Kobabe, a writer using the eir pronoun. The book discusses the author’s gender fluidity and sexuality, and several panels feature graphic illustrations of sexual activity.

Some parents objected and created a Facebook page to garner opposition to the library millage vote.

A group calling itself The Jamestown Conservatives formed “to help others of the community to be aware of the pushed agenda of explicit sexual content that is being infiltrated into our local libraries aiming toward our children,” according to its Facebook page.

After seeing the millage results, Jamestown resident Jesse Dillman started a Gofundme account for the Patmos Library in 2023 that has raised more than $4,500 of its $245,000 goal.

Dillman said Patmos library is a “core part” of their community. He, his wife, and his kids frequent the library weekly to rent books and puzzles and attend free events such as dancing classes.

The library offers more than 67,000 books.

Dillman blamed small voter turnout and a coordinated movement via Facebook to swing the “no” vote. However, he maintains that most of the 10,000 residents support the library.

“I firmly believe the residents here in Jamestown want to fund the library,” Dillman told The Center Square in a phone interview. “It’s been a small vocal movement of people that are very upset about this, in my mind, perceived issue of [LGBTQ content].”

Millages were approved for the local fire department and road repairs.

James Lucas Jones, Oni Press’ head of publishing, supported Kobabe’s work.

“Oni Press supports Maia Kobabe for the truth and strength in sharing eir story, and hopes to be a home for others who want to share their own stories with the world,” Jones said in a statement. “The fact is, ‘Gender Queer’ is an important, timely piece of work that serves as an invaluable resource for not only those that identify as nonbinary or genderqueer, but for people looking to understand what that means. Limiting its availability is short-sighted and reactionary.”

Patmos Library Board President Larry Walton did not respond to an email from The Center Square seeking comment.

Emily Mitchell from Kobabe’s agency, Wernick & Pratt, also forwarded a response from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

It read, “While some might find the content objectionable, as is their right, there are undoubtedly students and parents in the school system who support and want access to ‘Gender Queer.’ Public schools and libraries have an obligation to support intellectual freedom and to meet the needs and interests of their entire community, including those who would like to read ‘Gender Queer.’ Parents can exercise the right to make decisions for their own children, but when they demand the removal of materials, they take that right away from others. Removing books such as ‘Gender Queer’ based on the view of a few violates the First Amendment rights of students, parents, and others in the community.”

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Bruce Walker is a regional editor at The Center Square. He previously worked as editor at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s MichiganScience magazine and The Heartland Institute’s InfoTech & Telecom News.
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Former President Donald Trump has seen his poll numbers improve after the raid at his Mar-a-Lago estate, at the expense of what many see as one of his key rivals in 2024.

Trump's share of the potential Republican primary voters boosted from 53 percent in mid-July to 57 percent on August 10, according to a Politico/Morning Consult poll.

That combines with a six-point dip for his biggest potential rival - Florida Governor Ron DeSantis - who dipped from 23 percent to 17 percent between the two polls.

Those numbers give a 10-point boost to Trump and an overall 40-point lead in a hypothetical primary. Neither man has committed to running in 2024 yet.  

The poll was conducted on Wednesday, August 10, which is after the raid on the ex-president's estate but prior to the unsealing of the search warrant. 

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Trump's share of the potential Republican primary voters boosted from 53 percent in mid-July to 57 percent on August 10, according to a Politico/Morning Consult poll

The passion shown on behalf of the president's most ardent fans - visible outside Mar-a-Lago all week - continued to Trump's Bedminster, New Jersey golf club Sunday.

Supporters brandishing signs with 'SAVE AMERICA' and 'YOU RAIDED THE WRONG PRESIDENT' were out on the streets near the club professing allegiance to Trump.

Trump demanded that the FBI return to him any attorney-client material they seized from Mar-a-Lago during the raid on Monday.

'Oh great! It has just been learned that the FBI, in its now famous raid of Mar-a-Lago, took boxes of privileged 'attorney-client' material, and also 'executive' privileged material, which they knowingly should not have taken,' the former president lamented on Truth Social, referencing a recent Fox News report.

He said that the FBI should consider his post on the alternative social media site his formal request that the documents be returned to his Palm Beach estate.

Trump's rise combines with a six-point dip for his biggest potential rival - Florida Governor Ron DeSantis - who dipped from 23 percent to 17 percent between the two polls

Supporters brandishing signs with 'SAVE AMERICA' and 'YOU RAIDED THE WRONG PRESIDENT' were out on the streets near the club professing allegiance to Trump

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'By copy of this TRUTH,' Trump wrote on Sunday, 'I respectfully request that these documents be immediately returned to the location from which they were taken. Thank you!'

Before Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday made his first public statement on the raid, a person close to Trump reached out to a Justice Department official to pass along a message from the former president, according to The New York Times.

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However, the investigation has triggered feverish speculation that he will soon announce a 2024 run - exciting supporters but worrying party leaders and donors that he could ruin hopes of retaking the House and Senate in November's midterms 

'I think he's running,' said Eric Levine, an attorney and longtime Republican fundraiser. 'The only question is whether he announces before the midterms, which would be a disaster.'

Multiple party insiders told DailyMail.com they fear an early announcement would divert fundraising away from candidates and towards the Trump war chest. 

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Trump grabbed the initiative by posting a campaign-style video on his Truth Social platform after midnight on Tuesday. He calls America 'a nation in decline' and slams Biden before ending with the slogan: 'The best is yet to come.'

At the same time, he has upped the number of fundraising emails sent to his distribution list.

'Mar-a-Lago was raided,' said one sent on Wednesday. 'The radical left is corrupt.

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