Alabama, Mississippi colleges cited for free speech infringement policies

By   /  March 6, 2015  /  Alabama, Education, First Amendment, Free Speech, Mississippi, News  /  No Comments

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At Athens State University in Alabama, students can’t transmit online anything deemed “threatening,” annoying” or “offensive.” At the University if Southern Mississippi, student organizations must register with the Office of Student Activities a month in advance before conducting protests or demonstrations.

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Podcast: Say It Loud, Say It Proud — Should school’s snoop on Facebook?

By   /  March 4, 2015  /  First Amendment, Free Speech, Podcast, Podcasts, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
Say It Loud, Say It Proud is Watchdog Radio’s weekly look at free speech and First Amendment issues — examining the rights that are some of the most important to our society, but also some of the most frequently under attack.
In this week’s episode: Does your kids’ school have the right to […]

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Candidates cash in on court-ordered end to donor limits

By   /  February 27, 2015  /  First Amendment, Free Speech, Government Regulation, Minnesota, News  /  No Comments

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Candidates from both political parties moved swiftly in the 2014 campaign to take advantage of a court-ordered end to contribution limits for bigger donors. But no one came close to Gov. Mark Dayton — a longtime advocate of campaign finance restrictions — in cashing in on the changes.

Dayton’s re-election campaign raised $744,000 more than would have been allowed under previous limits on so-called “special source” political contributions, according to an Institute for Justice analysis of recently filed campaign reports.

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Lawmakers to propose bill to make John Doe investigations more transparent

By   /  February 12, 2015  /  Abuse of power, Free Speech, News, Politics & Elections, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By Adam Tobias | Wisconsin Reporter
MADISON, Wis. — The predawn, paramilitary-style raids with children present. The assaults on free speech. The gag orders. The partisan witch hunts. State Rep. David Craig, R-Big Bend, knows all about the latest John Doe investigation into Republican Gov. Scott Walker and dozens of conservative groups, and he says he’s no longer going to stand by as district attorneys and political speech regulators “trample on the constitutional rights” of some citizens.

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‘Toilet trike man’ says council president assaulted him while discussing NSFW graffiti

By   /  February 3, 2015  /  First Amendment, Free Speech, News, Pennsylvania, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

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A former borough council member in western Pennsylvania with a history of innovative protest alleges that the current council president assaulted him on Jan. 25 – while discussing how police handled the penis graffiti on the former’s garage.

“Someone painted a giant 5-foot-long black d*** on my garage that said ‘f*** you’ underneath it,” Tom Suica described to local press. “The Monaca police told me they were going to prosecute me for the d***. It’s not my d***.” Suica told Watchdog doesn’t think people are being treated uniformly. “If a little old lady lived here, and someone did this, do you think they’d be banging on her door,” he said, and threatening her with prosecution?

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County commissioners want to shrink public participation policy

By   /  January 15, 2015  /  First Amendment, Free Speech, Local Government, Local News, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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The Crawford County Board of Commissioners is considering ways to restrict its public participation policy — including requiring advance notice to comment and banning people for 30 days for “improper conduct.”

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